She cinched it!
One of the best parts of my job is discovering designers who come up with clever ideas for home decor. It’s extra-super-pleasant when I learn they’re Canadian. So allow me please, the pleasure of introducing you to Melanie Norris of Fresh Leaf Designs. Based on Vancouver Island, Norris has designed a removable decorative panel for throw cushions that she calls the Cushion Corset. Suitable for 17- and 18-inch throw cushions, the corset wraps around a pillow and is tied at the back with grommets and ribbons. The cinched pillow, used alone or with a co-ordinating cushion, adds a punch of colour or graphic interest. Norris also makes the co-ordinating cushions, the backs of which are often faux suede or microfibers. Bonus - it’s also easy to take a corset with you when you go shopping for matching decor pieces. Norris kindly sent me a sample cushion case in luxurious magenta brocade with rose and orange accents (see pic at left). It’s beautiful — rich, rich colour and a wonderfully bold design. I think I’ll take it with me when I go shopping for bed linens for my bedroom reno – I love the idea of using these hot hues as accents to the cool grey I picked for the space. You can find out more about Norris’ designs at the Fresh Leaf Design website and shop for the products on Etsy. Prices are very reasonable – starting at about $35US.