Author Archives: Nicki Richards

About Nicki Richards

Nicki is a self confessed cushion lover, director and co-founder of Beach Abode Living, an Australian owned and operated company, based on the Gold Coast. Specialising in outdoor cushions inspired by the beach and coastal living, the focus is principally on designing and creating unique, functional and affordable products that allow everyone to enjoy and appreciate the great Australian lifestyle. Style is as important with homewares as it is in fashion, so being 'on trend' requires continual development of ideas and designs, through travel, experimentation and collaboration. Favourite Quote: "You can never over-cushion!"

UV Treated, Water Repellant, Mildew Resistant Outdoor Cushions

Maui Water repellent outdoor cushion
Start the year right. Stop wasting money on cheap outdoor cushions.
You’ll save a lot of money in the long run!
All our products are designed with YOUR outdoor area in mind. They are not only resistant to UV, but repel rain / water and are specially treated to resist the growth of mould and mildew.
Keep your outdoor area looking fantastic with bright, clean, weather resistant soft furnishings – outdoor cushions and recycled plastic mats.

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Get Ready For Summer Outdoor Styling – Show Off Your Beach Lifestyle

Here it is! You've waited all year for SUMMER

Here it is! You’ve waited all year for SUMMER

Even if your state doesn't enjoy daylight savings (come on QLD Government - get with the program!!!), you can still jump out of bed and attack some crisp clear waves before breakfast! :)

Even if your state doesn’t enjoy daylight savings (come on QLD Government – get with the program!!!), you can still jump out of bed and attack some crisp clear waves before breakfast!:)

Summer is notorious for some wicked afternoon storms!  RELAX - Don't rush out to get your cushions in - THEY'RE Water Resistant!! WOW!

Summer is notorious for some wicked afternoon storms! RELAX – Don’t rush out to get your cushions in – THEY’RE Water Resistant!! WOW!

Ah! .... and back to the SERENITY

Ah! …. and back to the SERENITY

Decorate with the colours of Summer - Bright Aqua Palm trees / Pineappples - we call these Palmapples :)

Decorate with the colours of Summer – Bright Aqua Palm trees / Pineappples – we call these Palmapples :)

Check out the range of outdoor cushions online now - sale on!

Check out the range of outdoor cushions online now – sale on!

Colour In Your Outdoors!

bring on Summer!The best thing about Spring is that Summer is not far behind! :)Are you ready to have the best outdoor room you’ve ever had?

Are your cushions ready to endure the SUN and RAIN? or are you thinking you might just not use cushions this year?

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Life's pretty hard IMG_3772Cushions are the easiest way to create colour, fun and vibrancy into an area.Create some Fun, take life not too seriously with ‘Aloha’, ‘Beach’, ‘Paradise’ cushions

IMG_3787Or here’s a nice mix and match collection: Flamingo Coco’, ‘Sunset’ and ‘Summer’.

IMG_4081Love Flamingoes, frangipanis and Hibiscus? Here are our best sellers: ‘ Flamingo Navy’, ‘Maui’ and Flamingo Azure’.

IMG_4098Tropicana White and Tropicana Black are a sophisticated addition to any outdoor room.

IMG_4118Parrots and Pineapples? Try our ‘Parrot Red Face’, ‘Pineapple Multi’ or ‘Yellow Parrot’ designs

IMG_4133Classic Coastal Style ‘Boho Feathers’, ‘Boho Mandala’ and ‘Summer’ all go nicely together.

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What will your guests say next time they come over for a BBQ at your place?

Outdoor Entertaining Dining table cushions

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Outdoor Cushions Feature on Channel 7 House Rules – Luke and Cody’s Backyard

From the moment Luke and Cody set eyes on their newly renovated home, they were wrapped!
“We’re definitely going to have a lot of fun times here, we can’t thank you guys enough.”
images courtesy of Abode Living Outdoor Cushions used in this backyard renovation are available from

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Beach Abode Living Outdoor Cushions:

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Watch the full house reveal now from Sunday 19th June Season 4, Episode 30
Beach Abode Living Outdoor Cushions used in this renovation are available from



New Recycled Plastic Outdoor Woven Mats Have Landed!

Plastic Mats are perfect for any outdoor area, around the pool or outdoor lounge or dining, kids rooms, caravanning, the beach, picnics and more. Made from recycled plastic bottles and UV, Water and Mildew Resistant, they are a sinch to clean… just hose off!

Mix and Match with our outdoor cushions for a truly inspirational holiday look and feel.

Size: 2.1 x 1.5m

Buy online: $69.99 each at
Shipping flat rate: $9.95 Australia Wide

Get that fun, sunshine feel with ‘Trio Yellow’ Outdoor Mat and matching cushions.IMG_8297

Feeling Blue? ‘Trio Turq’ Outdoor Mat and matching turquoise cushions will brighten your day!


Are pastels or coastal colours your style? Match ‘Trio Mint’ Outdoor Mat with ‘Hampton Style Outdoor Cushions’ and create a calm, relaxed, coordinated outdoor area.

IMG_8334More brightly coloured accents coming in Spring 2016

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‘Colour In Your Outdoor Living’




Tropical Island Resort Style Living – Fiji

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Royal Davui Fiji

Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji’s spectacular Beqa Lagoon.

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“Barefoot Fijian Luxury at it’s finest”

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Bula Vinaka! – Welcome to Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji

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This amazing resort also shares a love of Beach Abode Living Outdoor Cushions because they are UV, Water and Mildew Resistant. They add colour and a relaxing feel to any outdoor area. Bring a little bit of FIJI style living to your home.

Enjoy Tropical Island Resort Style Living and shop for tropical cushions and floral cushions or cushion covers online today!

Love Coastal Style? Checkout our Coastal Style Decorating Guide

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My Island Home – The Cook Islands


Rarotonga Daydreamer Resort – Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Located on the main Island Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga is a quiet, friendly, beautiful place that simply commands you to relax. There are no shopping malls here! Only the town markets on a Sunday offering unique local handmade goodies and if you fancy adventuring, the bus will pick you up anywhere along the circular route (one that goes clockwise and another that goes anticlockwise) and you can jump off at regular intervals to explore the many secluded beaches and waterfalls it offers.

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Beach houses here are cool. They are not fancy or precious. They are practical and authentic. Outdoor areas are surrounded by tropical plants and flowers. Even though it is a simple life in the Cook Islands, the consistent warm weather and breathtaking surroundings make it impossible not to love.

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Outdoor living is an integral part of Cook Island living. Its not uncommon to have an outdoor shower or bath as well! Isn’t this beautiful.

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Strolling along the beach at Rarotonga, you’ll be forgiven for mistaking this place for Heaven. The protected lagoon is teaming with hundreds of tropical fish and you can even swim across to “MOTU” The little Island.


Tropical Island Resort Style Living is about creating the feeling you have when you’re on holidays at a place just like this. Our outdoor cushions feature designs that are not only inspired by the lifestyle, but also the relaxed nature of the locals. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is their motto. The best way to bring that philosophy into our cushions was to make them UV, Water and Mildew Resistant!
When you’re in Rarotonga, you’re on Cook Island time!

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Adventurous? Take the walk up the mountain to their one and only waterfall. You’re sure to see a few pigs, cows, dogs and chickens along the way!

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Stunning tropical flowers by the side of the road – My favourite – Orange Hibiscus!

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Our Orange Hibiscus Outdoor Cushions inspired by the tropical, coastal lifestyle of the Cook Islands

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Make sure you checkout the Sunday markets in town and immerse yourself in traditional Cook Island culture. There’s plenty of fresh produce, handmade wares and traditional dancing.

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Coming soon! – Sneak Peek!!!
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Designed in Australia, Inspired by Cook Islands.
Shop NEW Outdoor Cushion covers
Send us an email and we’ll contact you when these brand new coastal style tropical cushions

Create your own “Island Home”
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Tropical Island Resort Style Living – Soloman Islands

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Have you ever been to a tropical Island Resort? Sounds divine doesn’t it? There’s nothing quite like thought of the untouched, natural beauty of a tropical Island where crystal clear waters meet pure white sandy beaches lined with coconut trees that gently sway in the breeze…

Tavanipupu Island Resort is a Luxury Island Resort in the Soloman Islands


Located in Marau Sound, Soloman Islands, this pristine magical place has been called “The Last Paradise on Earth”. Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the exclusive 13-hectare island features just 10 bungalows. Tavanipupu is an island resort that has all the amenities and facilities for your ideal moments to enjoy in paradise.

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10 Breathtaking bungalows…

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Right on the beach…

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You may even spot some of our new floral cushions and tropical cushions


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Shop Hibiscus outdoor cushions

(Floral cushions include – Pink Hibiscus, Frangipani and Strilitzia Flower Designs too!)

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Enjoy Tropical Island Resort Style Living and shop for tropical cushions and cushion covers online Australia today! We specialise in coastal style outdoor cushions. Checkout the entire range:

Looking for waterproof cushions? Learn about the water resistant properties of our outdoor cushions here:

Beach Abode Living – “Colour In Your Outdoor Living”

Outdoor Living – Beach Style

Outdoor Living Backyard

Welcome to Beach Abode Living where we help you “Colour In Your Outdoors!”

You’ll find a vast range of UV, Water and Mildew Resistant Outdoor Cushions (and coming soon – Recycled Plastic Outdoor Mats) to coordinate your outdoor living area.

Most people like to retreat outdoors to relax and entertain when the weather is good.

Colour usually plays an important role in creating a fun, inviting outdoor room where you want to spend time. That’s why at Beach Abode Living we use a lot of colour!

Choose from a range of vibrant, beachy, fun patterns and coastal pastels that instantly transform any outdoor area into a tropical paradise or sophisticated coastal hideaway.

If you L O V E the beach but can’t be there 24/7, the next best thing is to create a beach feel in your own outdoor living area by decorating with beach inspired, coastal style homewares.

Starting with your outdoor furniture:

Create ultimate comfort in your outdoor living room with outdoor furniture that is a generous blend of quality and functionality.

The pieces you select for your outdoor space should suit your needs so if you have a large family or regularly entertain, you’ll probably want to go for a large outdoor dining table (10 seater) and perhaps an L-shaped outdoor lounge with chaise and extra pouffes or chairs for everyone.

Checkout the exquisite range of high quality outdoor furniture options at The Outdoor Furniture Specialists – They have over 50 stores around Australia so there’s sure to be a store near you.

TOFS The Outdoor Furniture Specialists

The most important thing to remember when selecting furniture is will it last outdoors? Ask about the features and any warranties when buying furniture and ensure you know how to look after it whether it needs oiling or regular cleaning or covering when not in use.

While you’re there, ask about the Exclusive Range of Outdoor Cushions for TOFS by Beach Abode Living – coming mid 2016

Got your furniture sorted?

Then its time to add some C O L O U R with some Outdoor Cushions.

This is the fun part.

Before you even ask the question, the answer is no, you don’t need an interior decorator or a home stylist to choose your soft furnishings for you. You can create a stunning looking outdoor living space your friends would envy. At Beach Abode Living, we have taken the headache out of coordinating designs, by creating a  comprehansive range that will automatically include at least 6 otehrs cushions to match any choice you make. With each of these being reversible (this means they have a different design on the back), there is literally double the amount of styling options so you can’t go wrong.

Just follow a few basic guidelines (which I’ll share in a moment) but most importantly, follow your instinct. Usually if you go with what you like, and stick with a theme, you’ll love the result. Remember its about creating the feeling that you want. The colours you like will make you feel good.

Ok so here we go.

Choosing cushions for your outdoor living area:

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1. Think about whether this outdoor living space is going to have an upbeat, fun, vibrant, energetic, colourful kind of vibe, or if you want it to be more subtle, soothing and relaxing kind of vibe.

Determining this may help you choose a colour pallette.

Generally lots of colours can ignite the senses, creating stunning visual appeal and giving energy and fun to the space, whereas pastels and coastal taupes, mint and greys can have (the opposite), a calming effect.

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2. Decide on how many cushions you will require: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9?

Visually, an odd number tends to be more interesting. Design-wise, creating the perfect room is not about symmetry but balance. For example, you can offset the extra cushion on one side with a small table and vase on the other side or mix up the sizes of cushions to create interest. ie Put a large cushion behind a smaller one to create a layered look.

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3. With your colours and numbers you need in mind, scan the options available to you (either on a website or in the shop) and put them on a “short list”

4. Take notice of what pops out to you initially. (9 times out of 10 people ultimately choose what they liked first)

5. Have you got enough on your short list to fill your number requirements?

6. Try putting the selected cushions together and see how they look. Do they have a consistent colour or design in them that links them all together? (Go with your gut on this) Cull or add til you’re happy.

Lets say you’ve decided on 5 cushions in the “Hamptons” pastel colours. With the Beach Abode Living range, you could choose 5 different cushions (in this colour range) or you could choose 3 of your favourites and take 1, 2 and 2 of each. Because they are reversible, you actually have 6 different designs so there’s plenty of styling versititlity without making it too complicated.

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If you prefer a lot of colour, consider choose a design you love ie Fishscales and take them in 5 different colours. This decision is popular as it creates unity in design but adds a surprising POP of colour.

That’s it, designing done.

Enjoy your uniquely styled outdoor living space.

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