Learn how to design the room you’ve always dreamed of…
Want to know how to put your own stamp on your home? Style at Home has teamed up with leading design school KLC to bring you a brand-new five-week online interior design course called My Design School that will teach you some tricks of the trade, including plenty of cushion advice!
Covering everything from choosing colour and pattern to space planning and lighting, you will gain the skills and confidence to tackle your own design projects.
With a stimulating mix of videos, forums, inspirational links and course notes, join us online from the comfort of your own home and be guided by a dedicated tutor.
We have a special early-bird offer for you of just £199 (saving £100 on the normal price of £299) and learn about transforming a space into a dream home. The course runsfrom 27 October to 28 November 2014.
For more information and to register, call KLC on 020 7376 3377 or click here using promotional code SM0614.
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We all want our guests to feel welcome and comfortable when they come to stay, and nothing looks more inviting than a guest room bed that’s piled high with cushions. We’re loving these dusky pink and plum cushions from the English Vintage range at Sainsbury’s – ideal for creating a calm and tranquil space to ensure a good night’s sleep. And if you don’t have guests staying any time soon, make the most of it yourself and curl up with a good book. You deserve some ‘me’ time…
Purple Square Button cushion, £8, Sainsbury’s
Mauve Antique Floral cushion, £12, Sainsbury’s
Mauve Quilted cushion, £12, Sainsbury’s
I’ve always been a lover of artist Rob Ryan’s work, so when I had the chance to visit his store in London’s Columbia Road recently, I couldn’t wait to meet the man himself. You’ve probably seen his delicate paper cutout designs, on cushions, greetings cards, mugs, and other homewares, but for those that haven’t, you can’t help but fall in love with his beautiful, intricate and whimsical figures teamed with sentimental quotes.
I caught up with Rob on his latest ventures and, of course, all things cushion…
First off, how did you become involved in paper craft, Rob?
I studied fine art and screen printing to begin with, and specialised in printmaking, but it was after college that that I got my own studio in London and started down this route. Six years ago I opened my shop and I haven’t looked back.
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
It’s important to me that I’m able to be creative all the time, whether I’m at home or out and about, so I carry a sketch book with me and jot words and ideas down all day long – I’d be lost without it.
What made you decide to have your prints transferred onto items such as tiles and cushions?
I love that I’m able to send messages out via my art on a range of products and it’s exciting to be able to adapt a big picture into something smaller. Having my own studio, with a kiln, means I can turn ideas around quickly, too – for example, if I have an idea for a tile on a Wednesday I can have a sample made by the Friday.
You’ve recently teamed up with Pure to produce your first design for a radio – what was your inspiration?
When Pure approached me and we started talking about what was possible, I knew I wanted to tell a story about what radio meant to me, and my memories of radio growing up. I had to work around the shape of the radio, so I simplified the story to a poem instead.
Can you recall which of your designs was first transferred onto a cushion?
Yes, it was the ‘You Can Still Do a Lot With a Small Brain’ design, followed by ‘This Bell Will Ring When You Take Me in Your Arms’. I like a cushion to feel quite robust, so we use a heavy drill fabric and piping – I’m not happy if we don’t have that piping!
What cushions do you have on your own sofa?
I’ve got a few nice repro Picasso designs, and others from Mini Moderns and, of course, some of my own. I tend to just see something I like and buy it, so it’s a real mix.
Who would you most like to curl up with on a cushion-filled sofa?
My wife – I’ve been with her since I was 18!Read more →
We love our fix of Scandi style here at Cushie Number and have recently been inspired by this cool look from Matalan. Combining fresh yellow and grey to create cutting-edge Nordic chic, it has more than a hint of urban loft living about it.
However, if you’re after more homely Scandinavian style, we’ve also tracked down simplistic floral cushions that go down the rustic, comforting road. Take your pick and mix it up.
MAIN PICTURE Zig Zag Cruell print cushion, £14; Large quilted cushion, £14; Diagonal Cruell cushion, £12; all Matalan.
1. Rare Scandinavian Chick Handmade cushion by Love Franke, £32, Notonthehighstreet.com
2. Scandinavian Fabric cushion by Love Franke, £22, Notonthehighstreet.com
3. Scandinavian printed cushion by Love Franke, £22, Notonthehighstreet.com
4. Scandi Flowers cushion in Yellow by Bread & Jam, £35, Notonthehighstreet.comRead more →