Thursday, April 21, 2011
Call it what you want. My Achilles Heel, the thorn in my side, the bane of my existence. Truth be told, I hate decorating with pillows. More to the point - I suck at it.
I can put together a tabletop display or assemble a decent vignette without batting an eye. I love to put the finishing touches in my decorating. To me, accessorizing is like an aphrodesiac.
But the one thing I struggle with in nearly every room is pillows. Which is especially frustrating because these days, pillows are the thing - indoors and out. Never before has there been such a plethora of fabric choices for your outdoor seating. Perhaps that is my problem in a nutshell - too many choices. I can be the most decisive person given a choice between A and B, but put me in a room with a thousand different pillows and I break out in hives. Too many choices can be a bad thing for someone like me.
But someone like me also loves a good challenge.
One decorating challenge I have managed to overcome is mixing the old with the new. I'm a traditional girl at heart, and I have an appreciation for all things old and worn. Pieces with a history have me at hello. But decorating with them can be tricky. There's a fine line between traditional decor and grandmom chic.
The easiest way to balance old and new is also the most inexpensive - with your accessories. Which brings us back to pillows. I love the contemporary pillows I'm seeing all over these days with their funky geometric patterns and cheery bright colors. I've even seen pillows all blinged out with rhinestones and sequins. But what intrigues me the most are those of you who are able to mix pillows using fabrics and colors that don't match. That takes serious skillz. I have a nasty old habit of coordinating colors. To date the most I've been able to use in a single room is three. I also have a thing for balance, which requires two of the same. BORING! I find a pillow that I love and I buy two - one for each end of the sofa.
So, I've decided to challenge myself to buy, or rather NOT to buy the same two pillows ever again. What I wasn't prepared for was how difficult that would be. For someone like me.
Here are some examples of pure pillow fabulosity that I've come across in blogland recently.
Marty's living room sofas dazzle with these pillows in contrasting colors and fabrics.
Kim at Keller Creative has clearly mastered the art. In my wildest dreams I wouldn't be able to pull this off.
And Oakridge Revival cleverly uses a bold patterned pillow to bring contemporary style to an old but stylish chair.
See how it brings life to this beautiful room?
And this brown leather sofa from Hernando House goes from dull to wow with a mix of new and old pillows in an array of colors, sizes and styles. I love how this room looks lived-in but chic at the same time.
And the name of this blog tells the tale. Involving Color is a genius at mixing colors and styles, using artwork as well as pillows to bring a contemporary vibe to this chic space.
What I love most here, is how Candysu wasn't afraid to introduce bold colors in a room with neutral beige walls and window treatments. I would have never thought to do this, but it works so well.
In my living room I have no excuses. I have a brown leather sofa, which in the decorating world translates to a blank canvas. I also have yellow walls, which goes with every color on the wheel. So what's my problem? Baby steps. I'm taking baby steps. The palette in this room is blue and yellow. So far I've used the colors blue and yellow.......
The above pillows came from Walmart. Given my problem with commitment, why spend a lot? The one on the left is a bit outside of my comfort zone with its bold geometric pattern, but that is the point.
Another bold pattern, this pillow is from Burlington Coat Factory and is a bit out of shape. But again, it's blue and yellow.
Not bad, but I'm looking for wow.
In the master, I've been shopping for accent pillows for months. I finally took the plunge with this pillow from Pottery Barn. I knew this one was right so I didn't mind the splurge.
This was the look before my splurge pillow. All of the bedding here is Pottery Barn, but I wanted more color.
Also goes well with the artwork on the opposite wall.
This canvas is huge.
Not much brave going on here. Just not sure how hot pink or bright orange would work in this room.
So what are your decorating challenges? I'd love to hear from you!