July 15th, 2010
Those looking to adapt their home to the changing seasons may want to note one couple’s advice and consider the role that luxury throws and cushions can play in achieving this.
Speaking to DNA India, interior design experts Raseel and Naveen Ansal point out cushions “are seasonal and bring in mood change”.
As such, those looking to buy faux fur cushions and other soft furnishings products may be interested to note their advice to purchase cushions in “warm tones and colours like fuchsia, sapphires, coral and purples” for the winter.
The pair also claim that instead of following major interior design trends, homeowners should follow their own interests and purchase items they genuinely like.
“Art, patterns [and] textures should all appeal personally,” they state, something people may wish to take onboard when shopping for luxury throws.
Meanwhile, Kate Gould told the Independent that people should be “more imaginative” when selecting the colour of cushions to be used with outdoors furniture.
July 8th, 2010
Large luxury cushions are being used as part of a temporary public amenity set up in central London, it has been revealed.
Samira Ahmed of Channel 4 News points out that French architect Jean Nouvel has constructed his Red Sun Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, in the grounds of the Serpentine Art Gallery, as a place where people can come together and enjoy the summer.
And it seems that luxury cushions have their role to play in such a structure, as “there are big red lounging cushions on the grass”.
Nouvel also indicates he carefully researched how people already use the park and was keen to add something to it that was not already there.
In addition to large luxury cushions, the Red Sun Pavilion also features ping pong tables and a cafe.
Those looking to welcome the summer into their homes may also want to consider using of luxury throws and cushions.
A recent lovehome.co.uk article revealed cushions can be used to help create a variety of looks in summerhouses, from Greek-Mediterranean designs to Moroccan-influenced interiors.
July 5th, 2010
Those looking to make the most of the warm weather by converting their garden shed into a summerhouse may want to follow the advice of one publication and fit out such a room with luxury cushions.
A lovehome.co.uk article points out that as there has been "a huge surge of interest" in garden buildings over recent months, having a summerhouse could be an ideal escape for those keen to have somewhere that they can relax.
And it appears luxury cushions could play a role in this, whatever style or design people want in such rooms.
"You could conjure up a Greek-Mediterranean theme and go for a colour-scheme of cobalt blue and white combined with wooden shutters and simple floor cushions in a bright and breezy fabric," lovehome.co.uk suggests.
Meanwhile, "opulent, jewel-coloured" cushions were recommended for those wanting a Moroccan flavour to their summer building.
Last week, designer Kate Gould told the Independent that people should be "a bit more imaginative" when choosing cushions for use with outdoor furniture, advising that instead of going for items in the usual shades of brown and cream, more vibrant colours like purple should be considered.
June 23rd, 2010
Those living in properties where room is at a premium may want to consider the advice of one publication and invest in throws and cushions in order to increase the sense of spaciousness in their home.
A Calgary Herald article notes that there are a number of ways people can make their house feel bigger – and luxury throws could play a role in this.
The news provider indicates that homeowners should purchase furniture that has “clean lines and solid colours”. However, those looking to incorporate some patterns, even if they are small ones, into their interior design were advised to do so with the use of throw cushions.
It was also suggested that as the likes of mirrors and high-gloss paint reflect light, including such features into a home can help to increase space.
Meanwhile, a Times article noted that the use of cushions can be an ideal way for homeowners to add a splash of colour into neutrally-decorated rooms.
June 21st, 2010
A software designer has revealed how his canine – Daphne – chills out on a dog bed while he works.
Speaking to AnnArbor.com, Rob Raux points out his two-year-old rottweiler gets a lot of attention and company every day, as she sits on the dog bed located in his basement office while his wife and children are away at work and school.
During his lunch break, he indicates that he plays with Daphne one-on-one before he goes back to work in the afternoon and she returns to her dog bed.
“She’s a great dog and we feel at this young age she’s more settled and less needy than she might be if this arrangement wasn’t in place,” he states.
But Daphne is not the first canine to relax on dog beds while their owner works. Speaking to Express Night Out last month, personal trainer George Kassouf claims that his dogs – Buddy and Logan – sit on dog beds while he works with clients in his fitness studio.
June 15th, 2010
A pair of canines will be taking to dog beds while their owner is away, one newspaper reveals.
The SunHerald reports that Sandy Guild, who lives in Gulfport, Mississippi, has chosen to look after her daughter’s two schnauzers – Lucky and Pip – while she is away at a cheerleading camp for a week.
And as they get used to their new home, the publication reveals that Lucky is quite content to relax on his dog bed which is situated close to the television.
Pip, on the other hand, is a lot more active – and rather than chilling out on dog beds is happy to follow Ms Guild around the house, while her own dog Lollipop plays with stuffed animals
However, the pet lover points out that she has chosen not to look after her daughter’s macaw.
“You can’t have a conversation with him around,” she claims.
Meanwhile, the Times-Herald Record recently advised those looking to their four-legged friend on a long car journey should ensure they place a dog bed in their back seat so their canine can stay comfortable.
June 7th, 2010
A dog bean bag served as a suitable sleeping place for a worthy four-legged hero at his award ceremony.
Barney, who works in fire investigation for Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, was named Hero Dog at the Dogs Trust Honours event in London.
Despite receiving the accolade for his career in the fire service, during which he has attended 226 scenes, he was not dazzled by the event.
His handler Kerry Burns revealed that he had fallen asleep on his dog bean bag before the close of the ceremony.
Barney can sniff out substances such as lighter fluid which may be used by arsonists to start fires.
However, he will retire later this year, passing his duties on to Ember, a four-year-old labrador.
In related news, Dr Ellen Friedman has suggested using a familiar dog bed for pooches who need to travel.
She highlighted in the Times Herald-Record that pet owners should use pack a dog bed on a car journey, as well as making sure their animals have plenty of water to drink.
May 27th, 2010
With the long weekend approaching, those planning on taking their pet away with them in the car should consider their animal’s seating options.
A Times-Herald Record article reports that dog owners should ensure that their four-legged friend “is a fit passenger by observing how he travels over the short haul”.
With the publication suggesting that placing a dog bed in the back seat could help an animal to stay comfortable, drivers should also make sure their pet has plenty of water.
“Rest stops need to be frequent and extremely carefully monitored,” it adds.
While the article refers to the Memorial Day weekend taking place in the US, with Britain also set to benefit from a long weekend due to the May bank holiday such advice on dog beds is likely to also apply to pet owners on this side of the Atlantic.
Last month, actress Sharron Matthews told Metro Canada how she keeps a pair of large dog beds in the back of her 2003 Ford Explorer.
May 25th, 2010
Luxury cushions appear to becoming an increasingly popular outdoor furniture trend, according to one publication.
As the Ottawa Citizen notes people are prepared spend more money on furnishing their gardens, they are now looking at hosting “bigger gatherings and outdoor dinner and cocktail parties”.
And as outdoors dining looks set to become increasingly popular as the summer beckons, the publication indicates that such a trend will see homeowners use large, colourful cushions as they eat, drink and mingle.
This kind of furniture could make for a much more comfortable alternative to folding aluminium chairs, which the newspaper claims seems “to have gone the way of the ice cream truck” and are no longer a sought-after seating option.
Earlier this month, the Times noted that the use of brightly-coloured cushions can prove an effective way for homeowners to spruce up their interior, particularly if in rooms which are decorated in neutral colours.
April 28th, 2010
If you’re considering the role that luxury throws and cushions can play in sprucing up your home then you could do well take into account the measures taken by one homeowner in Italy.
Alessandro Benetto, executive deputy chairman of the Benetton Group, reveals how the process of building his family’s home in Italy has been “a little bit of an adventure”.
With the property, which is located around a 20-minute drive north of Venice, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the publication states it is “one of the architectural gems of the region”.
And although it was once the company’s communications research centre it has since been redeveloped into a cosy home, with the use of cushions seemingly playing a key role in this.
The Daily Telegraph states that while the decor is “fittingly spare”, the sofas which are lined with cushions ensure that it is “comfortable”.
But Mr Benetto has not been the first to use luxury cushions to add a sense of style to his home. Earlier this month, Gary and Carol Jones revealed to the Courier-Journal that they use black and white patterned cushions in their kitchen.