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Throw Pillows

[photos by Ashlee Raubach]

The right throw pillows have solved a lot of design dilemmas for us. They can relate the sofa to the rug and/or other elements in the design scheme. Pillows connect the dots, so to speak. Pillows can animate a boring sofa and bring to life. They can update a room and introduce a new trend. They visually soften a space. Pillows add personality. Pillows can transform with the seasons. Add warmth and texture, or cool it down and add shimmer. They are the jewelry in the room. That finishing touch. That great pair of earrings and big bangle bracelet you always get complimented on – that is what the right pillows can do for your space.

Here are a few very important things when buying pillows: Use down inserts. If your pillow didn’t come with a down insert, replace it with a down insert. Otherwise your pillows are being used as a decoration, instead of adding comfort to your seat. And what’s the point of that?

[photos by Ashlee Raubach]

Almost always buy big pillows! 22″ to 24″ are my favorite for 98% of all sofas. People often use too many small pillows, and it adds visual clutter. If you’ll start with 2 large 24″ pillows in each corner and step down from there, you’ll find you may only need one or two more. Its not important to be symmetrical in laying out your pillows. You want it to look interesting and collected. Buying the right quality pillows, with genuine textures; hair on hide, woven leathers, furs, shell details, wovens, velvets, will give your decor a feeling of luxury and authenticity. It’s one area you don’t want to skimp. It’s the finishing layer – make it shine.

[photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat]

[photos by Ashlee Raubach]

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19 Comments
Melanie Rossi

I look forward to the decorating tips and it’s killing me that I can’t go see your store!

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Ashley

Yeah! Just linked over from ashlee raubach! I am loving her current post and pictures of Alice Lane products. Loved my last purchase, would love this pillow:)

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Kelli

pillows have been my biggest search this week I love the tips. It seems tricky to find larger than the standard 18×18.

where is the pillow- 4th from the top left- from?

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Nicole

Love, Love, Love this pillow. It’s amazing how much a simple pillow can change the look of a room…

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Michelle

You guys are fabulous! Thank you so much for the little tour you gave our class today, it was so much fun to learn all about your store and the industry. I definitely plan on being back in!

-love the pillow too, obviously :))

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Maureen

Just started reading your blog about a month ago. I enjoy it and love the pillow.

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Marta

I am trying to decorate my living room with throw pillows, because frankly my couch just looks sad. Your blog definitely helped, but I was wondering which colors or patterns work best on a light brown sofa?

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