The easiest, most cost-effective way to inject a bit of newness into your summer home interiors scheme is via fresh, new cushions.

Looking to give your home a quick refresh before all your visitors arrive this Christmas? Looking to make your home a haven of lounging on those long summer holiday afternoons which aren’t too far away? Or maybe it’s even about keeping the kids comfy while they enjoy home hangs over their six-weeks’ break? Whatever your motive, throw some new cushions into the mix this summer.

Cushions are undoubtedly king when it comes to jazzing up your home on a budget. They add personality, glamour, fun and/or style depending on your choice. Kylie Foy of Gold Coast-based The Coastal Cushion Company says the Hamptons theme has always been popular in her online store, as has her Tropical range – especially at this time of the year. Kylie’s Top 3 cushion cover designs include Santorini Blue (coastal blue geometric pattern on linen, $24), Beverley Hills Beach (banana leaves print, on linen $25) and Raffles (statement black palm tree on linen, $26).

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“In saying that, there is a good cross mix of sales across the Coastal, Tropical, Hamptons and Nautical themes,” she says. “That’s what I love – providing such a variety of options for customers and letting them have fun with it.”

And she’s not kidding on variety. If an on-trend tropical leaf design sounds too plain, maybe it’s a flamingo, macaw parrot, blue whale or bold Bondi crab that’ll inject a smile into your home. Or one of dozens of pineapple designs. Or a gorgeous geometric pattern. With prices starting at $15 for standard-sized linen covers with zip closure, you can’t go wrong this summer.

If you’re more so a floor lounger, fellow Gold Coast brand Weave and Willow stocks organic floor cushions made with all natural and organic textiles.

“We’re passionate about offering a natural and ethical alternative for the modern, fashionable and eco-conscious,” Weave and Willow’s Michelle and Jess say. “We love spreading the word about conscious parenting and conscious purchasing and we want to motivate other families to think about every little step that goes into creating a product – and the impacts on the environment, ourselves and the makers.”

According to the girls, Willow and Weave floor cushions (at 90cm x 90cm, $189.95 – cover only) are the perfect addition to any family home and cater to babies, toddlers, teens and, of course, parents.

“Newborns love to lay on them and have a play or – if you’re lucky – a little snooze! For parents, floor cushions are perfect for story time with your toddlers. Teenagers love them to read, study and watch movies on and, as for parents, they are a perfect place to have a cup of tea, read a magazine and watch TV.

“Because our cushions are made from all natural textiles, they are hypoallergenic and contain no nasties so are perfectly safe and environmentally friendly for those eco-conscious families.”

And when it comes to uber-style on the GC, Kira & Kira’s cushions are always right at the top of the list. To step outside the box, literally, why not chose round cushions instead of standard squares? Kira & Kira’s range of roundies (various designs, $89) will have your lounge or occasional chair screaming ‘Look at me!”. You can also pick up fantastic oversized floor cushions from the Kira & Kira Miami store while you’re at it.

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Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.