Hi friends! How was Halloween? Are you going a little crazy inside that it’s officially November??? How did that happen? This is going to sound really weird but I’m glad Halloween is gone now so I can start focusing on the holiday stuff – Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I really love Halloween and I loved taking my kids out trick or treating. But I think because I started decorating for Halloween early this year, I’m quite ready to put it all away. Plus, let’s be honest – the holiday stuff is so in our faces now. As I write this post I have Bing Crosby Holiday music playing in the background. (It’s so soothing.) I’m getting all the holiday catalogs now and all my favorite online store homepages are full of christmas trees, twinkle lights and holiday gift guides. Yep – I’m ready for it! How about you guys? And Hallmark Countdown to Christmas started – did I mention that to you guys already??? (Yes, I’m sure I did.) Anyways, let’s talk pillows! I wanted to show you guys some new pillows I purchased and made for us and talk about mixing pillow patterns. I’ll show you my little formula for mixing patterns that I use – but really there are no rules, just guidelines. I’ve included some cool pillow cover ideas to get you started.
Here’s a shot of our pillows. I don’t have them lined up like this on the couch, I’m just doing that for the photo. I wanted a mix of blues in different patterns and also a pop of color – which the pink patterned pillow gives us.
I really love stripes. I think they add so much to a room and they go with a lot of different styles. The solid pillow is from Pottery Barn. I like my solid pillows to have a bit of texture to them – whether its washed velvet (shown here), leather, fur or linen.
Mixing Pillow Patterns
Here’s a cheat sheet for how I mix my pillow patterns. Again – there are no rules (at least I don’t think so) but this serves as a good guideline for me and helps me from making things too busy looking. I’m also into tribal and shibori pillows which are everywhere right now. I didn’t include them in this cheat sheet, but you could easily replace the floral/pattern pillow with a tribal pillow. Or, throw a neutral tribal in as bonus. I love those black and white ones and they pretty much go with everything. So, take a good textured solid pillow in your color choice. This could be leather, faux fur, velvet, textured linen etc. Then throw in a nice stripe like ticking stripe and finish with a floral or patterned pillow. I’ve never really had pillows clash on me using these guidelines and it gives a good mix of styles to liven up the room.
Sources for Pillows:
Where I love to shop for Fabulous Pillows/Covers
Although I really enjoy making my own pillow covers, sometimes I just can’t find the fabric I want or sometimes when I take the time and money into account it just makes more sense to purchase one. Here are my favorite places to buy pillows.
Pottery Barn – they have a great selection of basics, solids and seasonal as well as outdoor. Quality is good so you can’t go wrong.
Etsy – a pillow lovers dream. They have so much to choose from. Some of my favorite shops are sparkmodern, Danielle Oakey, PopUpGreens, BryarWolf, ClothandMain and WillaSkyeHome.
McGee & Co. – their interior design business is booming and their decor is beautiful!
Caitlin Wilson – I love all her stuff. Her pillows are so dang good.
Target – With their designer lines in stores, like Nate Berkus and Hearth and Home, you can pick up some pretty sweet pillows here and they are affordable! Target also recently debuted a new home line called Project 62 and guys it is pretty incredible.
West Elm – I also really love their pillow patterns and they usually have good sales.
If you want that “designer” look, you have to go for feather down or down alternative inserts. Then you can make that karate chop V down the center. You can find inserts just about anywhere! The polyester ones just don’t lay as nice on the couch. I personally hate when I’m changing out covers and a bunch of feathers fall out on the floor (or to have a feather poke me in the back when I sit down), so I tend to go for the down alternative. I can still chop the V with them so I’m happy!
Crate and Barrel – I LOVE their inserts. I’ve had pillow inserts from other companies and I just keep coming back to Crate and Barrel. The down alternative ones are great and they hold their full shape! Also, did you guys know you can wash these inserts? Don’t be afraid to throw them in on a delicate cycle. Sometimes a low dryer can plump them back up. That’s why you can use them outside in the summer too. Just throw them in a quick wash after the season or when needed depending on your weather.
And that about sums up this post on mixing pillow patterns. If you guys have any questions let me know in the comments. I hope you all enjoy this very first day of November!