Throw Pillows | Selection and Styling

We love throw pillows...they're kindof a guilty pleasure for us.  There are always so many cool options available that we just want to find a way to use them all!  Some people get it and some people don't.  Men, for example, seem to think throw pillows are a hassle. Ha!  They just don't appreciate the beauty of a well-styled sofa.  Others get it (usually women :) ).  Throw pillows are a way to add color and pattern to a room and often are the textile that brings everything together in a space.  Layering them with different patterns, colors, and textures just seems to be that perfect finishing touch!  So today we're talking about the best way to select and style combinations of pillows.  It's meant to look effortless, but it really isn't (and you know this if you've ever tried to create your own mix), so hopefully these tips will be helpful as you freshen up your home for the new year!

The about throw pillows is that you don't want them to be matchy-matchy.  Mixing colors and patterns is the best way to make a piece of furniture come to life.  There should be some color overlap but not complete matching.  A little bit of matching color will help tie the pillows together even if they have slightly different styles.

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Major mistake number one: matching your pillows to your sofa.  Gone are the days of pillows matching sofas.  Now the key to good design is making  different styles and patterns work together which is key when it comes to sofa styling.

Mix large patterns with small patterns to help the eye move over the furniture easily.  A bunch of pillows with just one pattern will look like a heavy, blocked piece of furniture.  If there is a variety of pattern sizes the eye can move swiftly over the entire piece of furniture appreciating the difference and how it all works together.  A lot of small patterned pillows can look busy and too many large patterned pillows can be overwhelming.  A little of each is the perfect blend.

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Mix in textures and solids.  It's ok to have some solid colors in your pillow mix.  Every combination needs something solid to ground it, so don't feel like you've failed if you're putting solid colored pillows on your sofa.  The best way to make solid colored pillows more interesting is by mixing in pillows with different textures so that the different weaves create some depth without pattern.

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A few extra tips about pillow selection:

Don't buy tiny pillows.  Usually anything from an 18"x18" pillow to a 22"x22" pillow is the best bet for layering.  

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Don't use poly-filled pillows unless it's for a eurosham.  All sofa pillows should really be down filled or a poly-down blend.

Do use odd numbered pillows to layer.

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Do have fun with your pillow styling!

High Point Market 2014 | Re-Cap

We just got back from a fabulous five days at market and are so pumped about all of the great new lines we found as well as the opportunity to see so many of our existing vendors!  The new products are amazing and we can't wait to spec them!  We noticed that orange seemed to be the trending color this year at market, so we're anticipating that it's going to be the hot color for 2015!  Since many of you probably didn't have the opportunity to check out all the latest styles at Fall market, we wanted to do a re-cap of some of our favorites!

Of course we stopped by one of our favorite vendors--Bernhardt!  Their set-up took up the entire 5th floor of Showplace and was fantastic!  They went a little "mens-wear" this year for the majority of their display...very bachelor-pad-ish and tailored with dark colors and warm fabrics.  The gold was also a big hit in a number of their pieces:

Bernhardt Furniture

We also spent a lot of time at Surya!  They had some great market specials so we did a ton of shopping for clients!  Candice Olson made an appearance and hosted a seminar the first day which we thoroughly enjoyed--she really understands the designer-life and we learned a lot from the tips and tricks she had to offer!

Surya with Candice Olson

Sunpan had a great spread this year too!  They had a much larger display than last year and were really able to showcase some of their great pieces!  They are very tailored too but have a hit of rustic with a twist of mid-century modern (which is definitely on trend for 2015!).

Sunpan

Of course we stopped at one of our favorite lighting companies, Currey, to see their hot new fixtures! Mr. Currey, himself was there along with his dog, Reeves!

Currey and Company lighting

We also hit-up some new vendors--John Richard was another fantastic vendor--great lighting, fabulous furniture, and reasonable prices!  A little more glam than some of the other stops on our list, but we like variety!

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We were also loving all of the fantastic styling at Wesley Hall and CR Laine.  Aside from finding great vendors and pieces at market, it's always fun to see how the showrooms are designed!

Wesley Hall

This small re-cap doesn't even begin to touch the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all of the vendors at High Point Market!  It's basically like a city!  A few other vendors we don't want to forget were Taylor King, Randall Alan, Fauld, Norwalk,Curations, Safavieh, Harden, and Feizy.  Again, there were so many other great ones, but these are just this just highlights a few of our favorites!