Thursday, 8 December 2016

Crushing on Velvet


As a teenager I dreamed of owning a house with sash windows huge enough to take floor length, trailing, ivory velvet curtains! (I clearly needed more hobbies at that time!) I still think that it would be a great look even now, although I'm currently very over curtains. I'm definitely not over velvet though. It's timeless and elegant, warm and luxurious and it's having a serious moment with soft furnishings. I love it when my favourite things are on trend and I can gorge myself on items that are usually not so easy to get hold of. Here's my top five velvet crushes (this week!)

1. Graham and Green 'Tiffany' Curved Velvet Sofa. 

Image: www.grahamandgreen.co,uk

Look! Look! Have you ever seen such beauty? Filling the gap that we never even realised was there between traditional sofas and corner sofas, I fell in love with the grey version of this sofa at Graham and Green Bath store launch party. The gold version is mighty fine too but at £3250 it's a huge statement piece that you're going to have to be absolutely sure of before you buy.

2. Ikea 'Stockholm' Sofa.
This three seat sofa comes with the 'Sandbacka' removable velvet cover as an option - in both emerald green and black. 

Image: Pinterest.

You can always trust Ikea to come up with a solid, budget option of an on trend item. At £1000, it's not their cheapest sofa but still a great price for this well designed piece that manages to straddle modern and traditional at the same time. And the covers are removable and dry cleanable, an absolute must when you have children under the age of ten and pets. Trust me, I've learnt this the hard way! 

3. Oliver Bonas Velvet Tub Chair.
Image: www.oliverbonas.com

If you can't afford a velvet sofa, then how about an armchair? This yellow velvet tub chair is £445 from Oliver Bonas and would add a splash of colour to a traditional room scheme, or add a splash of tradition to a modern room scheme. Here's one beautifully styled by @lou_ a_watkins looking just the ticket in her 1930s home. 

Image: @lou_a_watkins
4. Graham and Green Velvet Cushions.

If you can't stretch to a velvet sofa OR a chair, how about jumping on the velvet trend with a velvet cushion. There are lots around, and H&M do a good budget version (£6.99) but I particularly like the quality and generous proportions of the Graham and Green Velvet and Linen backed cushions. £35 for any size or colour. 

Image: www,grahamandgreen.co.uk

They come complete with a feather inner and they're perfect for adding a pop of jewel colour to a plain sofa. Mix them up with Mongolian fur, linen and knitted wool cushions for an extra cosy look. 
The Graham and Green 'Amalfi' dip dyed velvet cushions are currently on offer with the 60cm x 60cm floor cushion reduced from £60 to a bargainous £36. 

Image: www.grahamandgreen.co.uk
One of these *may* have dropped into my online shopping basket, just for research purposes for this blog post, obvs. 

5. Loaf Bagsie Sofa.

Last but not least, the Loaf Bagsie sofa has been at the top of my wish list forever. Starting at £1795, it's a modern homage to the classic Chesterfield and it looks like cosy, classy perfection to me. 


Image: www.loaf.com


Available in three sizes and a multitude of different fabrics, it also comes with the choice of 12 'clever' velvet colours. I like the sound of clever velvet  - 100% polyester, it claims to be dry cleanable, super durable, spill resistant and doesn't mark. This could be the answer to the prayers of anyone like me who has children and dogs! 

So - long live velvet! Easy on the eye, comfy on the bottom, eminently strokable and now easy to clean too, there's no excuse to jump on the velvet bandwagon.

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