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Sustainable cushions and home accessories from Happy + Co

Sustainable cushions and home accessories from Happy + Co

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favourite home interiors brands of the moment – Happy + Co. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen their black and white striped cushion popping up in my photos. It’s a piece that has in many ways inspired the design direction of my living room – focusing on a monochrome colour palette and lots of simple, clean lines. Now I want to delve a little deeper and tell you more about Happy + Co’s back story and socially responsible ethos. ‘We believe happiness starts at home. It’s a philosophy that informs all that we do and every product we design.’ Happy + Co creates smart, sustainable furniture and home accessories that are designed to brighten up the home and be noticed. There’s hand screen-printed cotton cushion covers with bold, eye-catching patterns, handcrafted mugs stamped with the brand’s signature cross, and best-selling monochrome tableware.     The designs are inspired by the team’s travels, whether it’s Bondi palms, Bogong butterflies or Palm Beach. But more than just taking from a place and …

10 must-have Spring cushions for the home

It definitely feels like Spring is just around the corner, the sun’s beginning to show it’s face, it’s getting lighter in the evenings and Spring bulbs are starting to crop up everywhere. During the winter months, the balcony of my flat might as well not exist, but after a little trip to Columbia Road flower market at the weekend, a cluster of hyacinths and daffodil sprouts are quietly making their home there. If you’re anything like me, you’ll like a Spring clean inside too. One of the easiest, commitment-free (compared to an entire wall of wallpaper for example) and sometimes cheapest ways to spruce up a home, in my opinion, is with a good old cushion. Here are ten lovely, Spring-like cushions to get you in the mood for sunshine and fresh breezes; my favourites are the cool blue tones of Marimekko’s Meriheinä cushion (3) and Nautical objects cushion by Rosie Moss for Heal’s (8). Inspired by mid-century textiles and British vernacular art, the cushion mixes maritime motifs in a charming print (who doesn’t like a Breton …

Introducing… Shedquarters

Followers of my Instagram might know that I fell in love with these lovely porcelain espresso cups from alissa + nienke (two designers who joined forces after having met at Design Academy Eindhoven) during my last trip to Amsterdam. They’re almost too good to use everyday. So, I was delighted  when I learnt that British homeware shop Shedquarters was selling them in the UK, partly just in case I wanted to add to my collection! Shedquarters is an online shop selling contemporary homeware and accessories that feature bold patterns, colours and textures. It was started by Hayley Pryke and Ross Frame last year from a shed. Here, they answer some of my burning questions… How did you start Shedquarters and where did the name come from? We set up the online shop last year after deciding it was the right time to leave London and start our own business. It’s something we had always talked about and had the dream to work for ourselves. We moved to Cambridge and spent some time converting a shed into a studio, which is where …

Nina Kullberg cushion, image my own

Swedish designer Nina Kullberg's cushions + discount code

We’ve recently put our guest room up on airbnb so I’ve been looking for ways to make the space a little homelier and not just a spare bed in our cluttered home office. Along came Swedish designer Nina Kullberg, who designs lovely geometric cushions in some of my favourite colours – it seemed to be one of the easiest, and perhaps obvious, ways to jazz up a clean, crisp, white bed. Nina is based in London but gets the cushions handmade in Istanbul, which perhaps explains some of the graphic, almost three-dimensional patterns. She says of her designs: I am inspired by historical ornaments and structures found foremost in London, such as iconic landmarks, building entrances, balconies and tapestry, but I’ve added my personalised twist to the dimensions. I went for London in Hemlock Green, a delicate, pastel turquoise, which is featured throughout the house. Along with a light grey throw and similarly-coloured accessories, it sets a calming scene for my guests (just don’t look at the other side of the room – books packed …

Handprinted textiles by Cotton & Flax

I only just discovered Los Angeles-based Cotton & Flax yesterday, via a retweet on Twitter, but it was enough for me to fall in love with its lookbook and write a post straightaway. Since 2010, Erin Dollar has been creating handmade textile goods as well as fine art prints on paper from her home in California. The range of cushions, teatowels and napkins are made using natural materials such as linen fabrics with water-based ink decorations. Her latest lookbook features Scandinavian-inspired patterns in a modern palette of grey, navy blue and mustard yellow. Here’s what she says: Each step of the creation of Cotton & Flax textiles is completed by Erin, beginning with the pattern design and the selection of heirloom quality fabrics. Erin draws each pattern by hand using brush and ink, and the drawing is later transferred to a silkscreen to create multiples on textiles. When it comes time to do the printing, Erin scours local sources to find beautiful linen and linen blend fabrics to hand print with her designs. She then …

Ferm Living’s new Spring/Summer collection

I’ve been a big fan of the Danish design and interior company Ferm Living for a while now– I love its graphic take on Scandinavian design and its Ettore Sotsass-style compositions– so I am delighted to share its latest lookbook on the blog. Here is what they say about the new collection: The new collection is full of tribal tones and more geometric shapes. We are still in love with brass, organic textiles, wood, paper and laminate and all these delicate materials keep fascinating us when developing more distinctive interior design.

The Scandinavian retro prints of Gunna Ydri

While trawling the internet for ideas for my new living room, I discovered these fantastic retro prints by London-based Danish textile designer Gunna Ydri on Etsy. She graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design as well as the RCA and specialises in printed textiles and illustrations, including my favourite design of hers- a cushion featuring a graphic dachshund print. She also designs a range of frames, brooches, screen prints and other equally cute accessories. Commenting on her design process, she said: “I have always been inspired by the constant change of the city which contrasts with my rural upbringing in Denmark where I spent most of my childhood. I have a natural passion for Nordic folklore designs and ethnic patterns, which constantly inspires and infuses my work.” Don’t forget to check out her Etsy page here and check out her blog too. For the cushions, Gunna uses water based non toxic pigments and the cushion covers are hand screen printed.