• Archive for December, 2013

    Going underground

    by  • December 23, 2013 • Craze • 0 Comments

    We love a retro-style cushion, so when we saw these fab Underground cushions by Kirkby Designs we had to share them with you. Kirkby Designs has worked with Transport for London to create five iconic designs: Bakerloo, District, Marylebone, Piccadilly and Southbank. Made from viscose velvet, they came from the London Transport Museum’s archive. Underground cushions 43cm x 43cm, £55, Kirkby Design

    Underground cushions

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    Winter watch

    by  • December 16, 2013 • Craze • 1 Comment

    Shhh, go quietly and do not disturb these cute creatures that have snuggled down to hibernate on our sofas in the shape of adorable woodland cushions. The Woodland trend is a firm favourite here at Style at Home and particularly irresistible at Christmas. What’s your favourite?


    1. Felt Robin cushion, £25, White Stuff

    2. Linea Mr Owl knit cushion, £30, House of Fraser

    3. Woodland cushion, £18, Paperchase

    4. Velvet cushion, £25 Marks & Spencer

    5. Linea Mr Squirrel knit cushion, £30, House of Fraser

    6. Linea Mr Fox knit cushion, £30, House of Fraser

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    Introducing our Christmas Jumper Cushion… Mr Frosty Snowman

    by  • December 12, 2013 • Craft • 0 Comments

    Jumper cushion Cushie Number blog

    We’re fond of a Christmas knit (okay – I even own the Christmas Jumper Blanket, above!), and there are some great designs out there at the moment, but when we found out about Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, December 13th (as I write this, tomorrow… so just time to get yours ready!), we thought about a little festive cushion challenge – could we turn a jumper into your own Christmas Jumper Cushion? Ohh yes! Here’s how…

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    Start by popping along to your local charity shop and buy an unloved jumper. Our lovely red one cost us £2.50. Then head to Paperchase for a pack two Festive Appliqué Patches, £5.75. You’ll also need an iron, sewing machine, contrasting embroidery thread and a needle, plus a cushion pad (40cm x 40cm, £3.49, Dunelm). Work out the best position for the Snowman (or Reindeer – you have the choice), making sure you’ve enough ‘jumper’ around him for a finished cushion size of 40cm x 40cm. Iron on the patch until it sticks.

    Jumper cushion 3 Cushie Number blog

    Cut out two 40cm x 40cm cushion pieces from your jumper, then using two strands of embroidery thread, sew neat running stitches around the Snowman, approximately 1cm away from the motif edge. With right sides together, pin and machine stitch the front to the back, leaving a 15cm gap along one side. Turn the right way and pop in your cushion pad. Slip stitch the gap closed.

    If you make one, then why not donate the £1 Save the Children are asking for from those festive jumper wearers right here… and do your bit for charity too.

    Photos David Giles

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    Bah humbug!

    by  • December 11, 2013 • Craze • 0 Comments

    It’s practically impossible to avoid Christmas now that we’re well into December and, as we’re a considerate bunch at Style at Home, we’ve decided it’s high time for a break from Christmas cushions too. These fab designs still have a distinctly wintry feel, but without the Christmas bells and whistles. In fact, they’re the perfect buys to see you through to 2014.

    1. Winter Trees cushion, £20, John Lewis

    2. Fairisle Pattern cushion, £14, Matalan

    3. Robin cushion, £44, Notonthehighstreet.com

    Winter cushions | John Lewis | Matalan | Notonthehighstreet.com | Cushie Number blog

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    Christmas countdown

    by  • December 6, 2013 • Styling • 0 Comments

    Here at Style at Home, we’ve set aside this weekend to go and buy our Christmas trees, or at least haul the old faithful out of the attic. There’s nothing more Christmassy than sipping a glass of mulled wine while you decorate the tree but, of course, we’ll also be turning our attention to our sofas and cushions, inspired by Stylist at Home Gemma’s festive living room in our latest issue.

    Starting with tonal cushions to match your sofa and scheme, arrange a variety of sizes in a mix of square and oblong shapes in a corner, like Gemma has done, or along the sofa. And then – because it’s Christmas – add your dazzling hero cushion to finish off. We love this sparkly gold number from the Aquilla range at Voyage Maison (the embroidered tree cushions are also from here) but you can introduce your own hero cushion to suit your Christmas style: whether it’s folksy, Scandi, jewel-bright or winter wonderland.

    And remember, cushions aren’t just for Christmas!


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