When it comes to cushions in my home, more is definitely more! One can never have enough cushions, they add a chic touch to a home in an instance. My husband cannot understand the amount of cushions I seem to accumulate at rapid speed. One decorating tip I highly recommend when sprucing up your living space is to go neutral with the paint colour scheme and add the colour and finishing touches with the furnishings and their texture, namely cushions, textiles and accessories.
The Perfect Cushion
On my hunt for the perfect cushion to finishing off my living room, I came across Apponyi Home, a design and build brand for the home founded by Alice Apponyi. Not only do they design and fit interiors, they also sell some of the exquisite furnishings to go with their schemes. What caught my eye was the range of leather cushions namely the Soho Red Leather Cushion. It is made from beautifully soft red leather which contrasts well with the grey-blue and black of the cushion design. It is also backed with a 100% natural linen which complements the leather side perfectly well. This is a good way to add colour into the home without being too overpowering. The cushions are also available in a number of other hues which have definitely caught my eye.
Soho Red Leather Cushion
Soho Red & Soho Blue Leather Cushions
You can see the quality in the design of these cushions featuring perforated leather and a premium zip which all add a luxurious touch to the home. Here are a few of their designs. Which leather cushion is your favourite?
Cushions start from £85 and are available from Apponyi Home.
Well I have to say I am more than a little excited with the launch of Soho House’s new homeware collection, Soho Home, inspired by the House’s 17 locations.
When a new House is opened, the design team creates new products inspired by that location. The products on offer include the distinctive striped towels that surround the pools like Shoreditch House with its abundance of candy stripes as well as crockery, glassware, one-off vintage pieces sourced by the design team on their travels, chairs, framed limited edition prints and other furniture, textiles and accessories. Some items have been selected from Berlin, Miami and New York, while others have been specifically designed for the recent openings: Soho House Chicago and Soho Farmhouse.
Soho House report that they were often asked by visitors and guests where they sourced the products from so an interiors collection only seemed natural. And it’s true, after my visits to Shoreditch House and Dean St Townhouse, I have been in love with the the overall interior design, especially the black and white Burleigh crockery. You can get the Soho House look for your own home and it won’t break the bank. My other favourites from the collection include the Portobello cashmere throw, House hammam towel, Renfrew wool cushion and some of the vintage pieces like the 1950s Moroccan Diamond rug. What’s not to love? The Soho Home collection is now available through its own standalone website www.sohohome.com. Get it before it goes, these pieces are sure to be snapped up pronto.
All pictures courtesy of Soho Home.
Renfrew cushion & throws
House Hammam Towel
Vintage Moroccan Rug
So for once this year I am turning my attention to the great outdoors. With an impending birthday party to plan in the garden, let’s hope the weather improves by July. Keeping fingers and toes crossed for this or am I just seriously deluded?!
First up is the seating, I have always loved the classic lines and shape of the stunning acapulco chair but this bistro chair from George is a purse friendly alternative. I wouldn’t normally go for lime green but for me the zingy hue just works alongside all the foiliage outside. Next up is the Indian Garden Company‘s Cream Pearl parasol. What’s not to love about this handcrafted beauty made in Bali by highly skilled artisans using bamboo and coconut wood. Set the table with some eye catching picnic and tableware in natural inspired materials like the woven basket from Habitat. Love the Palm and La Selva collection from John Lewis as well as the table textiles. For that extra hint of green foliage, add a block printed cushion pad from CMYK Living. The reverse print actually features tuk tuks but I love the natural look of this cushion which works just as well outdoors.
The Great Outdoors
Main picture: John Lewis
1. Primo Egg Bistro Chair at George £60
2. Cream Pear Parasol at Indian Garden Company £310
3. Green woven seagrass bowl at Habitat £14
4. Tuk Tuk Cushion cover reversible at CMYK Living £11
5. La Selva picnic tableware at John Lewis from £3.50 and also love this Palm collection
6. Leaf salad bowl at John Lewis £8.00
Here it is. Part 2 of the Christmas gift guide, this time for the homelovers in your life. First off, I have to highlight a fab homewares company which is new to me called Urbanara where I could literally buy the whole store. If you are on the look-out for beautiful throws, ceramics, bed linen or accessories, this online store has it all. And it’s prices are really affordable. I will be snapping a lot up this Christmas!
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this elegant Luxe Drinks Trolley from Oliver Bonas but with a hefty price tag, this might have to wait till next year!
Next on wishlist is this elegant copper lamp, a must-have for any chic home office. If you can stretch to the budget of the Palmeral tea set from House of Hackney, consider this is an investment buy. And finally don’t be put off by the name of the post-poo drops from Aesop. They fill the bathroom with a gorgeous smell after use.
- Gotland wool blanket from Urbanara £55 | 2. Copper angled lamp from Handpicked Collection £65 | 3. Grey Teepee Basket from Olliella £75 |4. Palmeral Tea Set from House of Hackney £175 | 5. Post-poo drops from Aesop £20
Picture credit: Eliza Gran | Bohemia Design | Eliza Gran
Having just returned from Mallorca, not only was it beautiful baking hot sunshine but also Spanish woven basket heaven! I aways manage to return form Spain or France with a woven basket of some sort but this time there was so many on offer. Baskets to use as beach bags, sequin baskets, dip-dyed, pom pom baskets or those to use for storage, there seem to be baskets to suit all. The purchase this year was a lovely colourful Moroccan pom pom basket all for the bargain price of £13. You can find a similar larger basket to this one below at newly launched edit58 who have a variety of pom pom baskets including the Eliza Gran baskets, also available in black with a hint of colour.
Moroccan pom pom basket
With so many on offer, I compiled my pick of the best whilst the summer lasts to use as beach bags and a variety of different baskets to use in the home.
WOVEN BASKETS FOR HER
1. Micaela Spadoni basket at Saks | 2. Pom Pom basket at Isme | 3. Monogrammed basket at Rae Feather | 4. Louche Kenya Straw Cutch at Joy | 5. Emma Sequin Star basket at La Papillon Vert
I also like these star sequin baskets from Skoura that you can find at Notonthehighstreet.
Star sequin basket at notonthehightstreet
Hedgehog also have a good selection of Spanish woven baskets
Hedgehog Spanish woven basket
WOVEN BASKETS FOR THE HOME
1. Woven baskets at Eliza Gran Studio or edit58 | 2. Rose in April bsket at Smallable | 3. Numero 74 rattan baskets at bobo kids | 4. Mint belly basket at Olliella
I also love these ones for the home. A good selection can be found at children’s store, Olliella.
Belly baskets at Olliella
You could also think of creating a wall display with a number of woven baskets but you must use similar looking baskets and those of the similar size to make an impact.