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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 00:00

Working Mum has launched a range of bespoke cushions with Avolo Home

A mumtrepreneur is giving up a high-flying City job to launch a stunning range of bespoke, British-made cushions, perfect for the home. Yvonne Samaranayake, 40, was working long hours in the IT department at a London investment bank, but her venture into interior design means she can spend time with two girls, as well as enjoying a fulfilling career as her own boss.

Avalo Home was born after inspiration struck on a family holiday to Devon. Mum Yvonne had a ‘eureka moment’ leading her to quit her job and start a brand new adventure. Now her bespoke designs, in a whole variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colours, are transforming lifeless interiors into plush, comfortable havens.

Yvonne says, “We rented a cottage in Devon just last year and there didn’t seem to be anywhere comfortable for my girls, Ava and Lois, to sit. Inspiration hit me, and I suddenly had an idea for a range of wonderful cushions that would be perfect in a family setting. One year later, and with a lot of hard work, we’ve created a line of beautiful, yet practical cushions in a range of colours, sizes and textures to suit all.”

She adds, “Launching Avalo Home has not only given my career a new lease of life, it also means I have more time to spend with my girls. Working in the City was demanding, but managing my time and running my own business is challenging in a totally different way – and more rewarding than I’d ever imagined.”

The creative vision of Avalo Home is unlike any other line of soft furnishings. The brand imagines cushions used in the home in the same way that furniture is – rather than simply dressing or decoration. They can become a fort in the corner for children to play in, a sun lounger in the garden on those scorching hot days, a plump resting place in the car, or a way to create dazzling floor seating in an outdoor barbecue area or patio.

The design team at Avalo Home find their inspiration in everything from nature to technology – and it shows in the designs, which are classic and chic but also child-friendly and playful. Made using British materials, and manufactured on UK soil, the brand is a wonderful example of a home-grown business with a unique creative outlook and the means to truly transform homes and living spaces.

  • For more information about Avalo Home, visit their website


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