Tag Archives: Cushions

  • Velvet Cushions

    There is nothing quite like velvet, it is luxurious but also understated, it is modern yet classic. It  never seems to go out of fashion and always seems to fit in with any interior style. I do have a slight obsession with cushions in general and velvet cushions especially at the moment.

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    Recently, I had my sofa re-upholstered in green velvet, a beautiful dark forest green to be precise. Choosing the colour was a bit of a dilemma though, I was such a dithering nightmare! For weeks I had sample books hanging around, much to the annoyance of my other half I'm sure, whose advice I kept asking (out of desperation) I just couldn't decide between a green velvet and a blue one. In the end I decided to go with the green as much as I loved the teal blue I just thought I have seen to much of it recently.

    When I chose the cushions for the sofa I decided to go with a soft pink velvet, those colours just seemed to go so well together. Choosing the sofa material maybe where my obsession with velvet cushions began, coincidentally we started adding a lot of new cushions to Idyll Home at around the same time!

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    Velvet and especially green velvet seems to be very fashionable at the moment in interiors, I have seen a lot of it recently in Living etc and Elle Decoration. Pantone's colour for 2017 is called Greenery which is a zesty bright yellow/green which it says evokes the early days of Spring when fresh shoots appear and the outdoors are suddenly lush and green again. They also combine the new shade with Rose Quartz which is similar to my pink cushion on the sofa so we seem to be on the same wavelength!

     

     

     

  • Outside Inside - Let Nature Lead The Way

    Nature gets it right

    Summer may be behind us now, but it left a little inspiration for us at Idyll Home. Whilst whiling away the hours on a beautiful Portuguese beach (life can be such an effort, I know!), I found several small pebbles in faded pastel shades of pink, yellow and grey and noticed how closely they matched the colours of some of our new linen cushions. That set us talking about how nature always seems to get it right.

     

    Sense of peace

    Much further than just the colours of nature, the textures and materials themselves can bring a sense of calm and relaxation to a room. Try mixing light woods with raw clean metals such as copper, brass or silver to achieve an authentic 'earthy' feel.

    Evoke the sense of tranquil communion with nature achieved through a rustic lifestyle by finding simple designs such as linen cushions, hand-crafted pottery and natural wooden furniture, such as these bamboo tables from Tine K Home

    Calm or chaos

    The forces of nature can clash of course - think of waves smashing into the cliff-face or strong winds up-rooting trees. Far more common though are the complementary relationships between elements of nature - grasses, plants and trees building up a seamless, expansive landscape. It is this feature of layering and setting accessories against furniture and soft furnishings in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts which is the key to interior design for many.

    Where chaos does creep in from time to time (such as the tropical storm which are kids!) there are of course several good storage solutions to quickly restore serenity, like these metal storage trunks from House Doctor

    Changing seasons

    Styles and trends come and go, it can be difficult to keep up. Nature moves with the seasons too of course and different moods are revealed as the months go by, but there is always the right balance - so whichever feel you go for, why not take a look out of your window to get a design lesson for free?!

  • Home accessories - Silk Route altitude, Fair Trade attitude

    Karawan authentic home accessories arrival

    We may not have climbed Everest, but Idyll Home have scaled new heights this month by sourcing a beautiful range of ethical home accessories and fair trade home decor ideas from Nepal and India. French distributor Karawan has established sustainable relationships with traditional craftspeople to supply handcrafted products, using natural materials and an eco-design concept.

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  • Cushions and Textiles - hand block prints for an Indian Summer

    Summer seems like a long way off with this never ending winter but there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, it is meant to be warm this weekend... finally!! So in the hope that we will get the summer that we all long for here are a few of my favourite Indian block printed cushions and textiles to get us in the mood. Continue reading

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