Bunting Design Oilcloth Cushion from Alana J Design

September 5, 2012 in Company Crush, Gifts, Home & Garden, Maternity, Supporting Small Businesses

Don’t you just love discovering new companies? I love that feeling of finding a new company, with great products that you just can’t help but fall in love with. Yes I’ve used the word love three times in two sentences but today it feels appropriate.

I recently discovered Alana J Design who specialise in handmade gifts for the home….and you guessed it I fell in love!
Alana J Design started off by creating handmade pillowcases for v pillows (a great gift for Mums-to-be) seeing a gap in the market for stylish designs rather than the plain, uninspiring ones that were previously available. From there they have moved on to creating gorgeous bunting and other types of cushions.
I was lucky enough to be sent one of their Oilcloth Garden Cushions and I was extremely impressed with what I saw!
The cushion arrived beautifully packaged. I think you can tell a lot about a company with how they present their products. Alana J Design clearly take a lot of pride in their work and my cushion arrived carefully wrapped in purple tissue paper with a sachet of lavender included. This is not just any lavender sachet though it’s from a Lavender Farm local to Alana J Design – another huge tick from me, supporting local businesses and so lovely and fresh! I actually have it hanging in the living room at the moment as I just love the smell. Such a great touch and I like that it has a personal edge too, a great idea.
As for the cushion itself, well I had high hopes after seeing how lovingly it had been wrapped and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The bunting design cushion epitomises quality. It measures 14″ x 14″ and is filled with a slightly larger cushion pad meaning that it is fully filled out. It really is very comfortable – in fact it’s comfy to sit on as well as to lean against.  The oilcloth fabric itself is gorgeous and feels durable and hard wearing. You can tell this cushion has been lovingly made as each and every stitch is perfect!
One thing I really like about this cushion is that fact that it is wipe clean. I’ve been looking for cushions for my garden furniture for a while now and was struggling to find something that met all my requirements, but this is perfect. In fact this cushion would be great for family picnics – comfy to sit on, easy to clean and a beautiful design too. I know that when my friend’s kids come round this will be the cushion I let them use as I won’t need to worry about a “sticky finger attack”!
I could go on and on about this beautiful cushion but there’s really just one final point I’d like to make. This cushion retails for just £10. Now I’ve been looking at mass produced cushions for the garden for a while now and I can tell you this handmade cushion blows them out the water in terms of value, quality and of course its beautiful design.
I’ve now got my eye on a few of the other products on the Alana J Design website. I know for a fact that my sister would love this Cath Kidston handmade V pillowcase….
….and anyone who knows me will tell you that this Sheep Bunting has my name written all over it!
Sometimes when I write a review I want to find something negative to “prove” that it is an honest review. I’ve been sat here trying to think of anything, anything at all slightly negative to say about this cushion but you’ve guessed it, I can’t think of one single thing. I’m just so impressed with the quality, price and overall design. I really love it!
Alana J Design tell me that they will be running a competition every month over on Facebook, so be sure to pop over and like their page so that you don’t miss out!
So there you have it, my latest company crush. I’m in love!
A sample cushion was received for consideration. This has in no way affected my opinion of the product and as always my review is 100% honest.