My absolute most favorite part of being a designer is working with fabrics. The options are endless and I feel they present an opportunity to inject so much personality into a room. When I begin working with a client on a room, I always start with selecting fabrics. Typically, I pull a myriad of options and we choose our window treatments first and foremost and the room sort of unfolds from there.
If you dropped by my house, you would immediately witness my obsession with pillows. They are everywhere! I typically make my own with fabrics I have been eying for a while but I'll save you some time and effort by sharing my favorite ready made pillows. Put away your sewing machines and get ready for some serious pillow eye candy.
Dwell Studio Diamond Ikat Square in Citrine- available here for $58
Thomas Paul Outdoor Octopus Pillow in Denim- available here for $80
Red and White Chevron Stripe Pillow Cover by Deco Yellow- available here for $56
Schumacher's Randolph Leopard Print Lumbar Pillow by Woody Liana- available here for $75
Kelly Wearstler's Grodian Walnut by Plum Cushion- available here for $175
Windsor Smith Prep Insignia Pillow from Furbish- available here for $65
Red & Black Suzani pillow from Wisteria- available here for $129
Dwell Studio for Target Yellow Rosette Pillow- available here for $25
(sold out online but available in some stores, check your local availability at www.target.com)
(I know this is pricey, but this fabric is breathtaking and worth every darn penny)
Schumacher's Imperial Trellis by Jillian Lee Home- available here for $225
(also, this is pricey but it is such a good timeless fabric)
Furbish' Pink Fleckled Pillow- available here for $50
Here are my tips to achieving the right look with pillows:
When it comes to throw pillows, the most interesting arrangement will consist of a mix of varying solids and prints in different scales that all coordinate with one other. It really is a matter of playing matchmaker and pairing up prints and/or solids until you find the perfect fit for you. Before you order pillows (or any home item) from the internet, take a second to really look at the measurements. The most rookie mistake in home decorating is having the scale off on pieces and it really is one of the easiest things to work with, so break out your tape measure and make sure the sizes are right. As a general rule of thumb, I don't tend to go smaller than a 18x18 square pillow on a living room sofa. Last but not least, spend the money to use down inserts for all of your pillows. It looks luxurious and custom and it doesn't add much cost. Seriously, don't try to use that fiberfill crap, it won't look good no matter how beautiful your pillow fabric is.