The new upholstery range from Heal’s

I do love a good sofa. And I also love new stuff! So when I was asked to check out the shiny new upholstery collection from Heal’s, I was all too happy to oblige.

As well as a wide range of carefully curated designer products, Heal’s also have their own range of furniture and accessories. Known for their design-forward style, the in-house products are designed and manufactured exclusively for Heal’s and hold their own amongst the other big name brands that the store carries. I was eager to see the new upholstery collection and I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s a little taster…

The Balmoral Chesterfield
The Balmoral Chesterfield sofa from Heal’s AW16

Everywhere I look, it certainly seems like yellow is the shade for Autumn/Winter with Mustard being a key trend at Neptune’s AW16 preview and burnt yellow appearing as the colour of the season at Loaf. There’s something quite splendid about a yellow velvet sofa so, even as someone who isn’t a massive fan of yellow, I was all 😍 when I laid eyes on this Balmoral Chesterfield sofa. This sofa is a thing of beauty and what I love is that it’s put such an interesting spin on the traditional Chesterfield design. The high arms and deep buttons create a real feeling of grandeur whilst the shape and proportions make it ideal for small spaces. Clean, straight lines and contemporary style legs bring this classic style bang up to date and my favourite bit is the long lumbar cushion spanning the entire length. Comfort, design and quality in one!

Yellow not to your taste? Can’t stand velvet (what the hell is wrong with you)? Fear not. The best bit about the Heal’s in-house range is that it’s completely customisable so you can choose your own fabric, legs and size so there’s something for everyone. The Balmoral comes in Designer’s Guild Varese velvet, Heal’s own velvet or you can supply your own fabric. Opt for the 3 or 4 seater and the feet come in matt black, natural or walnut stained finishes.

The Nimbus modular sofa and the Ziggy fur chair
The Nimbus Modular sofa from Heal's AW16
The Nimbus Modular sofa and Ziggy fur chair from Heal’s AW16

The ever-popular modular sofa is an absolute godsend with it’s versatile configuration options and contemporary style. The new Nimbus sofa is a perfect example and a fine choice if you’re looking for big, comfy seating. With seat and back cushions filled with feather and foam, you’ll get a squishy, cosy sofa to sink into without the constant plumping and fluffing of cushions to get things looking neat again. Personally, I kind of love a crumpled sofa but I know it’s a bugbear for some. There’s a huge range of size options and arrangements to choose from as well as a wide selection of fabrics, or alternatively you can supply your own fabric.

The Ziggy fur chair brought a little smile to my face. Perhaps it’s the super sweet name, or perhaps it’s the soft sheepskin that looks like sitting in the chair would be like being hugged by a sheep. (I am aware that, in reality, this would actually be quite disturbing). Despite being quite unusual, the Ziggy has wide appeal. It’s all at once luxurious without being overly opulent, classic but a bit quirky, beautiful yet a little fun. The super soft sheepskin comes in grey (as shown above) or in clotted cream, which I haven’t seen but sounds divine. The contrasting fabric on the back comes in the option of a complementary linen and cotton mix or, to ramp up the soft factor, you can go for wool. You can also choose to have the legs in a painted grey, matt black or natural finish.

The Victoria button back chair
The Victoria button back chair from Heal's AW16
The Victoria button back chair from Heal’s AW16

I do love a room with a statement armchair and with my penchant for upholstery buttons, the Victoria button back chair has won my heart. With exquisite details like the turned wooden legs and scrolled arms, it’s impossibly elegant. Plus, the loose seat cushion for added comfort makes the Victoria a chair that’s simply inviting, nay, begging you to sink your tired bum into it with a good book and a cup of tea.

Again, a choice of fabrics are available to make it your own, from Heal’s own range, the Romo Emin fabric or you may choose to supply your own.

That’s all you’re getting for now. The full new collection will be available online at or in store from early September. The iconic flagship showroom on Tottenham Court Road is well worth a visit with most pieces on the website on display (as it’s flippin’ massive) and the recently renovated cafe is my new favourite spot for lunch or coffee. Maybe I’ll see you there…

J x

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