Features: Living

Editors Choice: Colourful Cushions

Some of our gorgeous colourful cushions

Choose one of our vibrant cushions to give your home a lift for the new season.

If you want to give your home a new look without breaking the budget and with minimal fuss, cushions are the perfect solution.

Whether you're looking to breathe life into an old chair or sofa, or simply want to jazz up your bedroom, we have a huge selection available, and here are some of our faves, all full of bright and beautiful colour.

Floral fans will struggle to resist either this fabulous Trippy Granny Cushion by The French Bedroom Company which will add a feminine touch without being too girly, or this Ellen Hand-embroidered Cushion by ALSO Home which combines gorgeous shades of grey and green.

Meanwhile, those looking to create real impact need look no further than the Jan Constantine Red Admiral Cushion by Out There Interiors or the Mosaic pattern pink cushion by JasmineWay, both ideal for adding a striking finishing touch to any room.

Shop the Trend: Florals

Pick your faves from these floral goodies

It's time to bring the outside in with these gorgeous floral home accessories.

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to blow away the cobwebs and inject some floral style into the home. And we have a fantastic mix just perfect for bringing the outside in.

Our floral pieces are great for instantly cheering up any interior and will give your home a much needed touch of spring.

For those who want to add pattern and colour to a sofa or chair, this Gypsy Blue Cushion by Artstar is super funky and the perfect choice. Meanwhile those who want to introduce some subtle lighting to their hallway or living area will love this Floral Tea Caddy Lamp by Shimu.

And if you really want to create maximum impact, how about this Romany Love Seat by The French Bedroom Company.

Shop the Trend: Monochrome home accessories

Some favourite monochrome accessories

This combo never dates so embrace these black and white favourites.

Just as in fashion, there’s always a place for monochrome within the home. Whether you opt for a stylish graphic rug or simple soft furnishings, this colour pairing doesn’t date and suits both contemporary and classic schemes.

To create a real style statement in your living room, this BLGAB04 Cowhide Rug by London Cows is the perfect piece while this Diamantini Star Clock by Red Candy is guaranteed to add interest to the plainest of walls.

Meanwhile, if graphic prints are your thing, then you’ll love this Bridget Riley-inspired Black Dots Spiral Print which comes courtesy of those clever folk at Duffy London and the stylish Swarm Cushion by Adam Slade by The French Bedroom Company which will add a touch of monochrome glamour to any sofa or chair.

Metal Storage Trunk

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Metal Storage Trunk

Get your storage sorted with one of these Metal Storage Trunks, from £99.

Despite having lots of storage space, I also seem to have lots of clutter.

I confess to being a hoarder and have only recently been able to part with copies of the magazine I worked on almost 10 years ago. So a massive clear out is on the cards.

As such I’ve been on the hunt for some stylish storage solutions to make sure I can find everything when I need to.

We have a huge choice available here at Furnish from baskets and boxes to blanket and storage chests.

These Metal Storage Trunks by Bodie and Fou are just the ticket and, as they’re so stylish, you won’t mind them being on show.

Available in two sizes/colours, they’re perfect for every room in the home whether stashing out of season bed linen in the bedroom or ensuring that children’s rooms are kept neat and tidy.

Editors Choice: Table Lamps

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Our pick of gorgeous table lamps

Brighten up gloomy evenings with our eclectic pick of table lamps.

We’re longing for spring to arrive here at Furnish, but while the dark, long evenings are still with us, we thought it was a good idea to have a round up of some of our favourite table lamps.

Great for every room in the house, from the bedroom to the study, we have a fabulous selection for every taste.

For those who like their lighting with beautiful curves, you will struggle to beat the Medusa Black Aluminum Desk/Table Lamp by Furniture for Home, while for a desk or a side table the Leitmotiv Barefoot Table Lamp by Dutch by Design is a great choice.

And if you want to add real impact to your hallway or living room, then you need look no further than this cute, kitsch Petit Bouledogue Table Lamp by The French Bedroom Company.

Editors Choice: Wall Art

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A selection of gorgeous prints.

Treat yourself to the perfect print with our fantastic selection of wall art.

Everyone likes to have some artwork in their lives and, here at Furnish, we have some fantastic prints and pictures to decorate your home.

If you like your art a little bit edgy, you'll love this eclectic Defaced Duchess print from The French Bedroom Company while this beautifully sketched Flying Pig Print from Lifestylebazaar will look great in a kid's room.

Meanwhile, if you're more into nature and literature, then you can kill two birds with one stone with this pretty Vintage Style Book Watercolour Butterfly Print from Burford Trading.

(Each of these would also make a perfect gift and many items can still be delivered before Christmas. Check the individual product listings for more information.)

Ercol Windsor Armchair

Ercol Windsor Armchair Model 204, £450, from Chairs Revived

Invest in a design classic with this Ercol Windsor Armchair Model 204 from Chairs Revived, £450.

Ercol is a national treasure, and owning a piece from this iconic furniture brand is something every self-respecting design aficionado dreams of.

While the company is still very much making furniture, there are plenty of vintage treasures to be found such as this Ercol Windsor Armchair from Chairs Revived.

Lovingly restored, this sleek armchair has been updated with a soft green seat cushion and is available with a vibrant Orla Kiely Multi Stem print scatter cushion to add a touch of colour and reinforce the retro look.

Perfect as a lounge chair in the living room, this unique and iconic piece will also look fabulous in the bedroom.

Shop the Trend: Stags

A selection of accessories featuring stags

Give your home a regal touch with our pick of the best stag homewares.

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble for the last few years, you can’t have failed to notice that stags are a massive trend when it comes to interiors.

Everything from cushions to rugs has been embellished with these majestic creatures, while faux stag heads have become the hero product in every interiors collection from high street to designer.

It’s easy to incorporate this look into your home whether you want to go classic or contemporary. Our favourite pieces include the Anorak – Kissing Stags Set of 3 Tins from Amara Living, which brings this quirky look to your kitchen and the Stag Head Coat Hook from OKA which will add a majestic touch to any hallway.

Clockwise from top left: Anorak – Kissing Stags Set of 3 Tins from Amara Living, £14; My Deer Looking Glass from The French Bedroom Company, from £145; Daddy Deer Mug from Oliver Bonas, £7.50; Stag Head Coat Hook from OKA, £35; Handmade cushion on natural fabrics – green deer cameo from Chocolate Creative, £48; Wall Decor Plywood Stag Head Trophy Deer from Design 55, £25.

Our interiors blog picks of the week

The kids' bedroom at Oh Happy Day!

This week we call in on the gorgeous Oh Happy Day! and Design Lovers Blog.

Everyone loves a good nose around in someone else’s life and, here at Furnish HQ, we love spending time having a read of all the fabulous design blogs that grace the wonder that is the Wide World Web.

So join us on our journey as this week we call in on San Francisco-based Oh Happy Day! and the Design Lovers Blog whose owners, Sam and Jill, live either side of The Pond.

Maybe it was the lure of sunshine but we just couldn’t resist heading over to San Francisco (virtually, of course) for the first stop on this instalment of our Blog Picks of the Week, visiting Oh Happy Day! And what a virtual trip it was as we landed in the world of Jordan Ferney.

As Jordan is an event planner, you can expect lots of tips and ideas for making every type of party fabulous from decorations to activities for children. But what really wowed us was Jordan’s recent apartment transformation. We loved the children’s bedroom which has been transformed from a dull, unloved space to a fabulous bedroom any little one would be proud to call their own. And we’re particularly taken with the living room, the after pictures of which bear little resemblance to the before shots.

Keep up with Jordan’s blog by following her on Twitter via @ohhappyday

Amy Merrick shows West Elm how to perfectly style paper flowers via Oh Happy Day!

Our next stop was Design Lovers Blog which is owned by Sam & Jill. Sam is based just outside London while Jill is another resident of sunny San Francisco. (We were definitely suffering from winter blues when on this blog hunt.)

This design-addicted pair met in London over 20 years ago and share a love of good design and all things interiors.

A fabulous mixture of news, trends and houses, we couldn’t resist having a peek at Liberace’s home. The house is now owned by an American couple who have remodelled the space to their own taste, while remaining faithful to Liberace’s vision. Check out the gold taps which the performer was infamous for having included in his home!

Keep up with Sam and Jill by following them on Twitter via @minkinteriors and @DesignLoversUSA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DesignLoversBlog.

A Peek inside Liberace's Home, Palm Springs via Design Lovers Blog

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog pick of the week, please drop us a line!

Our fave interiors blog pick of the week

Contemporary Living Room design by Larry Hanna via The Design Sheppard

This week we visit and enjoy the wonderful "The Design Sheppard" and "Simplifying Fabulous" blogs.

It’s that time again to settle down, leave the day’s stresses at the door and indulge in some great blog reading.

This week sees us visit the world of design writer Stacey Sheppard and her gorgeous blog The Design Sheppard. We then cross the pond to visit Manhattan-based interior designer Robin Baron and her fantastic Simplifying Fabulous blog.

What Stacey Sheppard doesn’t know about interior design isn’t worth knowing, which is why we simply had to tell you about her fabulous blog The Design Sheppard.

Based in beautiful Devon, Stacey blogs about everything from design news and interesting new products to current trends, and we're not the only ones who think it's great – Stacey's blog has been included in the Modenus Top 100 Interior Design Blogs and was named as one of The Top 10 Design Blogs on Twitter.

We were instantly lost in a world of fabulous design, but it was this post about the Runway Collection by Fireclay Tile, a new fashion-influenced wall tile collection, that really attracted our attention. What a fabulous way to pep up a boring wall.

To keep up with Stacey’s blog, you can also follow her on Twitter at @StaceyJSheppard

The Runway Collection by Fileclay Tile via The Design Sheppard

We love nothing better than a trip across the pond to see what our American friends are blogging about, and found a real gem when we stumbled across Simplifying Fabulous.

The work of Manhattan-based interior designer Robin Baron, the blog is a veritable treat of interior design advice and news.

Split into easy to navigate sections, our favourite bits are definitely the Fab Fridays and Tuesday Trend sections.

The Fab Fridays slot is a collection of in-depth interviews with fellow bloggers and other design gurus, while Tuesday Trend is a real treat for the eyes. With Easter just around the corner, we loved the post about glam Easter eggs which gave us some great ideas for decorating the home for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Make sure you don’t miss Robin’s latest musings by following her on Twitter at @RobinBaron

Thread eggs from Craftberry Blush via Simplifying Fabulous

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog pick of the week, please drop us a line!

Our interiors blog pick of the week

Neon pink style at Patchwork Harmony

Are you sitting comfortably as we get ready to visit the gorgeous "Patchwork Harmony" and "What's in your bedroom..." blogs?

Our first stop this week sees us call in on Caroline Taylor who, while particularly loving vintage style, is passionate about all forms of interior design.

Caroline is a veteran blogger having started Patchwork Harmony in 2008 and is also the editor and founder of the online 91 Magazine.

She’s also a rather nifty Pinner and we loved this post about H&M’s gorgeous spring collection. The perfect antidote to the grim weather we’ve been having of late, we especially liked the gorgeous floral bed linen, and kitchen and bathroom textiles.

Thanks to both Caroline and H&M, our homes will soon be looking like spring has sprung, even if the grey skies are persisting for now.

Kitchen spring brights at H&M via Patchwork Harmony

Meanwhile, we all love having a nose around other people’s homes right? Of course we do, which is why we are delighted to have come across What’s in your bedroom…

The blog focuses on intimate glimpses into people’s bedrooms, followed by in-depth interviews about what they love and how they live.

Blog owner Olivia Howitt travels around meeting various interesting people and taking pictures of them in their bedrooms, a space most of us would have trouble letting even our nearest and dearest have a good old nose around.

We love the most recent series which concentrates on the bedrooms of all-girl choir Gaggle and sees Olivia visiting 18 bedrooms in 18 days. And we were particularly interested in Sarah T’s bedroom and its mix of eclectic styling and fabulous shoes.

Warning: This blog, if you’re as nosey as us, is highly addictive!

Visit Sarah T's bedroom at What's in your bedroom...

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog pick of the week, please drop us a line!

Our home interiors blog pick of the week

Delicate paper flowers at Stylist's Own

This week, we take a sneaky peek at the glorious "Stylist's Own" and "me & Alice" interior stylists' blogs.

It’s time for our pick of the best interiors blogs around, so grab a cup of tea, a couple of biscuits, your laptop and settle down for some home design inspiration.

First up this week is Stylist’s Own, a blog from super talented interiors stylist Joanna Thornhill.

Joanna has tons of styling experience, so it’s safe to say that she knows a thing or two about making homes look gorgeous.

Joanna is in the middle of renovating her own “ramshackled” Victorian house, so you can expect to pick up lots of interesting tips. Plus, you can also have a sneaky look at some other of Joanna’s super stylish shoots.

We loved this post about the vintage book themed shoot Joanna recently did for the winter issue of 91 Magazine. With bucketfuls of inspiration for book lovers, our particular favourites are these delicate paper flowers and this gorgeous Penguin Classics cushion.

Penguins Classics cushion at Stylist's Own

Our next stop on the blog tour this week sees us call in on Swedish interiors stylist Susanne and her blog me & Alice.

Susanne grew up in Stockholm but now lives in the beautiful town of Dalarna and we can’t say we’re not just the teeniest bit jealous.

Susanne’s blog is a collection of her work, pictures of her home and other inspirational images and products. Her musings are published in both English and Swedish which is handy for international readers and is beautifully put together.

We loved this post on Susanne’s perfect weekend which includes gorgeous images of cosy throws, chunky crockery and a simple yet beautifully laid dining table ready for the perfect Sunday lunch.

We’ve certainly been inspired to take things easy next weekend…

Chunky crockery at me & Alice

Remember, we’d love to hear from you if you write your own blog so, if you fancy seeing your musings on our blog pick of the week, please drop us a line!

Quick Shop: Coat Stands

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A selection of our favourite coat stands

Find the perfect hallway home for your winter coats with our pick of the best coat stands.

Almost the whole country has seen snow this week.

My son and I have spent the last few days making a snowman (otherwise known as a snowflump), enjoying sledding races, and having great fun pelting my hubby with snowballs.

All of which have required us to be wrapped up in warm coats, together with woolly hats, scarves and gloves.

To ensure they are not all taken off afterwards and simply dumped on the hall floor means having plenty of coat storage. And here at Furnish we have plenty of coat racks and stands to choose from.

Here is a selection of our favourite coat stands (with coat racks to follow next week).

Clockwise from top left: Loll Tower Coat Stand from Found Home Store, £475; Barley Twist Dark Bronze Coat Stand from Artisanti, £142; Peg Coat Stand Black by Tom Dixon from Heal’s, £350; Iowa Coat Rack from Fashion for Home, £229; Magis Paradise Tree Coat Stand from Found Home Store, £415; Covo Latva Coat Rack from Occa Home, £287.

1960s 746 Phone from Oliver Bonas

1960s 746 Phone, £49, from Oliver Bonas

Keep in touch with this classic 1960s 746 Phone from Oliver Bonas, £49.

These days landline telephones are about as rare as hen’s teeth, and it seems everyone either uses Skype or their mobiles. So much so that recently in a very well-known department store, I received some very odd looks after asking where the landline phones were.

For those that still have them, landlines tend to be purely functional, but this 1960s 746 Phone from Oliver Bonas combines both style and substance.

A faithful reproduction of the classic 1960s design, the vibrant red colourway is guaranteed to brighten up even the dullest of hallways.

Plus, anyone who can remember the hassle of dialling 9 or 0 on one of the original models will be relieved to know that this design comes with finger-saving push buttons.

Heart Reindeer Christmas Decoration from Design My World

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Heart Reindeer Christmas Decoration, currently £5.06, from Design My World

Fly high with the Heart Reindeer Christmas Decoration from Design My World, currently £5.06.

If you’re looking for some new and stylish Christmas decorations this year, how about this cute little Heart Reindeer from Design My World.

Perfect for the tree, it would look particularly striking combined with the other decorations in the range, see below.

(As a bonus, we have an exclusive 15% off everything at Design My World but only until 21st November.)

Quick Shop: Nesting tables

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Our pick of the best nesting tables.

Find the perfect home for your cuppa with this selection of stylish nesting tables.

We always seem to have a problem when guests come round and I’ve welcomed them with a nice hot cup of tea or coffee, in that we don’t have enough space for their cups and saucers. They either get put on the floor (and then knocked over) or rested on a chair arm (and then knocked off).

Always practical, being popped away when not required, nesting tables are a useful addition to any living space.

I particularly like the Mirrored Nest Of Tables Corinne from Out There Interiors for lightening and brightening the smallest of rooms, and the Nest of 3 tables from Habitat which manages to do so whilst also adding a lovely hit of colour.

Clockwise from top left: Traditional Nest Of Tables from The Orchard, £88.50; Nest of 3 tables from Habitat, £70; Toko Mango Nest of 3 Tables from Verty furniture, £99; Heal’s Discovers Twist Nest of Tables from Heal’s, £795; Mirrored Nest Of Tables Corinne from Out There Interiors, £215; Retro Curve Oak Nest Of Cube Tables from Alexander and Pearl, £425.

Shop the look...

Karlsson Diamond DIY Multi Coloured Clock from Red Candy

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Karlsson Diamond DIY Multi Coloured Clock, £46.80, from Red Candy

Enjoy 'do it yourself' with a difference with the Karlsson Diamond DIY Multi Coloured Clock from Red Candy, £46.80.

Normally, the very thought of DIY sends shivers down my spine.

My failed attempts have included scorching a door whilst trying to strip paint off it, putting up a shelf so wonkily that a tealight holder slid right off, and getting so much paint on the ceiling when painting a wall, that the whole ceiling needed to be painted again afterwards.

My track record does mean, though, that my husband won’t allow me anywhere near our current DIY projects, which is a definite bonus.

This DIY, however, I could manage.

The gorgeous, bejewelled Karlsson Diamond DIY Multi Coloured Clock includes a stylish clock face together with 12 coloured plastic diamonds to be placed as you wish. Which means that no matter how wonky the end result, you can tell the world that was exactly how it was meant to be!

Leonhard Pfeifer Abbeywood Cabinet from John Lewis

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Leonhard Pfeifer Abbeywood Cabinet, £599, from John Lewis

Add retro storage to your home with this Leonhard Pfeifer Abbeywood Cabinet from John Lewis, £599.

Finding furniture which offers versatile storage within an attractive design is always a joy.

And I’ve found just that, and from a High Street retailer.

This wonderful 2 door Abbeywood cabinet by Leonhard Pfeifer for John Lewis uses an attractive combination of muted colours in a delightful retro design, whilst providing a multitude of ways for organising your bits and pieces.

The range also includes a bookcase and TV stand, allowing you to mix and match to suit your living space.

Shop the Designer: Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely's Multi-Stem design

We're loving the huge range of bold and beautiful Orla Kiely Stem homewares.

Orla Kiely’s stem leaf design has taken over the world. Well, it’s certainly covering a pretty large proportion of it.

The well-known design (in its various incarnations - Multi-Stem, Linear, Scribble, etc) is now incorporated into just about every type of product going, from bags to bed linen, pots to placemats, wellies to wallpaper.

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Orla Kiely Scribble Stem Duvet Cover, from £65, from John Lewis

We have a large selection of Orla designed homewares here on Furnish featuring this now iconic print.

With items from suppliers including Heal’s, Graham & Green and John Lewis, there’s something for everyone.

Orla Kiely Multi Stem Embroidered Bath Linen, £4.20 - £24.50, from Heal's

Quick Shop: Footstools

A selection of our favourite footstools (and ottomans and pouffes).

Put your feet up in comfort with our pick of the best footstools.

Footstools (and ottomans and pouffes) are so very useful.

In addition to being used simply as footstools, they also double up brilliantly as low tables, as extra seating and, in some cases, they provide additional storage.

The vibrant colours of the fabric in the Designers Guild Moyka Pink/Turquoise Stripe Bean Drum from Heal’s are particularly gorgeous, making it my favourite.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something to give your home a touch of bling, the Moroccan Silver Leather Pouffe is a shining example.

(Clockwise from top) Heal’s Designers Guild Moyka Pink/Turquoise Stripe Bean Drum from Heal’s, £160, Branagh Large Ottoman, Pearl Grey from Made.com, £299, Bohemia Home Moroccan Faux Leather Pouffe, Silver from Bohemia Design, £95, Klippan Multi Coloured Twist Pouf from Interior Addict, £101.15, Country Cottage Footstool in Home Sweet Home design from Fields of Blue, £29.95, Donna Wilson Henry Zig Zag Pouffe from John Lewis, £235.