For the Love of Cushions!

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I recently embarked on what can only be described as an epic cushion-finding odyssey to restyle our living room.  Cushions are one of the most effective ways to instantly add colour and alter the mood of your interiors. So, I thought I would share some of the fabulous finds in my quest for the perfect combination of basic scatter cushions and accent pieces.

Here is the [Savage Interiors edit]:

[Black Edition by Romo]: Thankfully their cushion collection is now available online, and it’s utterly fabulous! I splashed out on a Jessica Zoop cushion (the Passion 5 Cushion) and it came delivered in a beautiful black box. A great investment piece.

[Kit Miles]: “Vivid and ground-breaking” are some of the words used by the industry to describe Kit Miles’ aptitude for designing striking and original fabrics and wallpapers. His  Birds in Chain cushions are simply di-vine!

[Timorous Beasties]: If you’re into bees and butterflies, you have come to the right place. The creation of Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons, Timorous Beasties products echo a diversity of patterns from the natural world. They also have a few abstract designs; I fell for the Kaleido Splatt cushion.

[House of Hackney]: My, oh my.  If you ever find yourself in Shoreditch, do yourself a favour and head for their store.  An absolute feast for the eye and a super friendly team. I love the opulence of their fabrics and the Babylon Fringe Velvet Anemone cushion is to die for (ok, ok,  I *might* have bought one).

[17 Patterns]: Founded in 2014 by art director & designer, Nosca Inc, 17 Patterns is London-based luxury wall-coverings and fabrics studio. Their original cushions are so swoon worthy, you might want to think twice before clicking that link!

[Mairi Helena]: I found Mairi’s designs on Instagram. Based in Edinburgh, she designs and produces high-end luxury home accessories for interiors and fashion. Her novel designs are created using influences from her photographic portfolio of Scotland, producing abstract surface pattern designs with a unique fine art feel. I recently had the chance to meet her at the House and Garden Festival and she is a delightful talented lady. My favourite is the Bronze Flush Thistle Velvet Cushion.

Now for some tips if you are on your own pillow quest:

  • Start a Pinterest board to get inspiration and pin anything you vaguely like.
  • Settle on two or three key colours to drive your scheme.
  • Map out your requirements (i.e. is it for a bed, or a sofa, or a kid’s room?) so you should know how many–and what style of–cushions you need.
  • Mix shapes and material; this will give your scheme dimension.
  • If your budget can stretch to it, invest in a statement piece or two that will make your scheme unique. I guarantee you will enjoy them for years.
  • If you get basic scatter cushions, they will often come with low quality pads; upgrade with duck feather cushion pad inserts for as little as £5 on Amazon or eBay—they will literally transform your cushions in a flash!
  • Have a great legacy “perfect shape” cushion but want to change the cover?  Etsy has some great cushion cover makers who will make any cover to your exact requirements at very reasonable prices. Try PillowLink, their linens are just fabulous!

Caught the bug yet? Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration.

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