*Image above via the ultra-talented Cameron Ruppert.
One of my favorite ways to elevate or refresh a living space is to add a couple of throw pillows in a designer fabric. Much less expensive than reupholstering an entire sofa or chair in the fabric, which I currently find wanton given the age of my children (home decor has a life span of a couple of years with small children around), but still roundly capable of packing a dramatic and high-end punch. (And most of the Etsy sellers below will make the pillows one-sided with a solid fabric on the back, cutting the price further. You can also buy a few of the designer pillows and then mix with simpler solids, like this honeycomb style, this linen style, or this velvet.) This is also a great way to upgrade simple, affordable white bedding — add a bolster pillow in a designer fabric.
If you take nothing else away from this post, though, please note that when buying the insert for a pillow cover, you should buy one 2″ up in size from the dimensions of the pillow cover — e.g., if you buy a 20″ pillow cover, buy 22″ pillows. Trust me. It will work. You will remove the pillow from the box and look at me with suspicion — this will never fit! — but trust, trust! This is the secret to full, happy pillows.
Also, while not for everyone, this flutter slipcovered sofa from CB2 looks ultra high-end/custom to me, especially paired with a couple of the pillows below.
A few designer patterns worth considering:
SCHUMACHER’S CHENONCEAU (02.)
QUADRILLE’S BALI HAI (04.) IS CURRENTLY AT THE TOP OF MY LUST LIST
THIBAUT’S HONSHU (05. — CURRENTLY IN OUR LIVING ROOM)
KATIE RIDDER’S BEETLECAT (07. — MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE FOR A BOY’S ROOM)
KUFRI’S REX JADE (08.)
And a handful of others not pictured above…
SISTER PARISH SERENDIPITY (PLAYROOM, NURSERY, OR BREAKFAST NOOK)
JP&G BAKER’S NYMPHEUS (WE USED TO HAVE THIS IN A FAMILY ROOM IN OUR CHICAGO HOME — SO FUN)
PENDLETON WOOL PLAID (LIBRARY/BASEMENT/FAMILY ROOM)
My other strategy? Keeping an eye out in the sale section of home furnishing shops I like. You can often find really great deals on pillows for some reason — it seems like sale-section furniture is always only a modest price break, but pillows? You can find outrageous discounts! Consider, for example, these great S&L pillows for $34.99!
P.P.P.S. If you want an escape…