Custom toss cushions add so much personality and colour, and transform your space.
“It is just as disastrous to have the wrong accessories in your room as it is to wear sport shoes with an evening dress.” – Dorothy Draper
I often lovingly refer to accessories as the “jewelry” of the space. It’s the often the last thing to go into the space, although I always have the accessories in mind as I am developing a client’s design concept. It’s the jewelry because it’s those beautiful fabrics that are the showstoppers in the room. Much to the client’s shock, they are also often quite expensive. It’s the conversation that I almost always have when they say, “How much for that cushion?”….This is where trust comes into play. I promise my clients that they will not be sorry. That this will be worth it. That they will love it. That the room is naked without accessories. After all, you would not leave the house without makeup or jewelry, would you? Then we have a good laugh, and I know that they still do not believe that a few simple cushions will actually do anything, but they trust me. At this point in the project, they know that I have not steered them wrong yet.
Quite often the fabrics that I select for window treatments or toss cushions, or side chairs are the really special ones. The spectacular colours, patterns and textures that may not be suitable for a large sofa or for heavy wear. They are the “bling” of the room, and what can transform a room from simple to stellar. It’s where a client’s love of purple can be showcased – while they may not want a purple sofa (I would LOVE a purple sofa!), they are thrilled with a purple chair or a purple cushion. It’s also where we can pair interesting colour combinations that are showcased by beautiful fabrics. You may not think that purple, turquoise and orange look good together, but as you can see in the above photo, once we pull these fabrics together – those colours look like perfection.
Gorgeous green velvet from Primavera Interiors.
Just look at these gorgeous green velvet cushions! They are just yummy! And look how they completely transform a classic grey sofa. The sofa on it’s own has beautiful lines and is lovely on it’s own, but it looks plain and unfinished. The green adds a pop of life, gives the sofa a stylish edge and certainly adds some needed glamour with the colour and the beautiful texture of the plush velvet. Pair this with some gold accent tables and you have instant gorgeous!
It’s these finishing touches that make the space. The cushions, the art, the books, the lamps, and the collections from our client’s lives that make up a completely finished space. It is what brings a space to life and gives us a clue about the the people who live in it. Accessories should absolutely enhance the space and make it beautiful, but should also reflect the personalities of the clients, almost like a visual history for everyone who is in the space to enjoy.
Art can define a space.
For this client, their collection of South West art and these masks specifically, were very important to them. They were symbols of their travels and of their deep affection for that part of the world. In this foyer space, I paired a natural hide and kept the side chairs simple, so that what is showcased is the collection. Without the masks, this would be a boring and empty space. In this instance, I did not have to create the “bling”, it was supplied by the client and creates and showcases the personality and mood of this part of the home.
“Have nothing in your home that you don’t believe to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
Accessories provide that little additional “something”. Sure a sofa or a chair or a table can be stunningly beautiful on their own, no question. But it’s the accessories, the added “bling” that give a space something special and unique. They emphasize that each home is different, and can help to illustrate the personality of the family that lives within that space. Accessories are what gives a home it’s life, and it does not hurt that they are beautiful too. So, add those finishing touches! Trust me, you will love it…..Bring on the “bling”!