A Parcel Of Cushions

Japanese Vintage Silk Cushions

One thing that Etsy sellers excel in is beautiful packaging of their wares, and when this parcel of cushions landed, Ste found me staring at it; mesmerised by its pristine shiny wrapping and almost unable to bring myself to tear into it (this didn’t last very long).

The parcel came about as a result of my search for a pair of cushions that would brighten up our dark grey sofa. I’d previously bought some lovely blue/grey velvet cushions, which added texture and a variation on shade, but I needed something contrasting to set against them.

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Grey Velvet Cushions on sofa

The tricky thing is, I have quite a bold pattern going on with my Anthropologie rug in there, and I’m not one of those people who can confidently mix and match bold patterns and make it look fabulous (if I tried it would end up more like an explosion in a Cath Kidston shop)

Looking for UK cushions on Etsy (where else?), I stumbled across a veritable treasure trove made by Lynn Watt from Brighton, who crafts beautiful cushions using vintage silk kimonos. I spent a whole day deliberating which of her cushions to purchase (I had a shortlist of about 12). In the end I went for these ‘waves of sand’ cushions which have a delicate undulating pattern, rather like contours on a map:

waves of sand patterned silk cushion

They give subtle pattern and colour without fighting with the rug – here they are in their new home


Sofa with Japanese silk cushions

With a shortlist of 12, I couldn’t be expected to limit myself to just one final pattern choice, so I also treated our little antique armchair in our office to a splash of colour with this gorgeous multicoloured Japanese maple leaf design:

Silk cushion with Japanese leaf pattern

They’re priced at around  £23-£28 which is incredible value for the quality of the fabric and amount of work and skill that goes into each one. Go visit her Etsy shop here (but please don’t snap up my entire shortlist – I’m still trying to think of ways to justify buying them….)

And if you need more cushion inspiration have a look at our recent cushion round up post.


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Comments: 2

  1. Lynn Watt Says:
    September 9th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Only two years too late I have stumbled upon your wonderful blog and this lovely piece about my cushions. I am blushing! Thank you for the lovely comments and I hope you still feel the same way about your cushions! : ) If ever you need anything for your blog I would be more than happy to oblige.
    Good luck and best wishes, Lynn aka Ribbonreal. x

  2. kath Says:
    September 12th, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Lynn,

    Thank you for your lovely comment – glad you found the blog 🙂 The cushions are still going strong, though the living room ones have been temporarily relocated so as to be out of dribbling distance from our 6 month old daughter!

    We’ll definitely keep an eye out on your shop for future posts, and will make sure we let you know next time we post one of your beautiful cushions!


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