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September 9, 2011

Pillow Talk

You might have noticed on the updated House Tour (or this post) that our sofa has new pillows, courtesy of Mom.  She had sewn one awhile back but recently finished the other two. 

I think the crisp print on a white background does a good job of brightening up our dark brown sofa.  The turquoise and saffron is such a perfect pairing for the room - it really ties in a lot of the other elements, like artwork and accessories.  I am pretty tickled by how perfectly the fabric (from a humble quilting store) works in the room.  And I'm getting bold.  I am mixing four prints: 2 printed cushions + houndstooth throw + apricot coloured tweed-y vintage teak chair = design bravery for me.  I've never been one for mixing prints so although its a baby step, I'm feeling pretty proud.  Someone tell Sarah Richardson.

And if you're curious about the status of our disintegrating sofa, courtesy of The Brick, it has continued falling apart.  We decided to hide it under the throw I bought awhile back and have abandoned plans to buy a new sofa.  We'd rather save up and buy a nice, quality sofa for our next house.  In the meantime, I have come up with a better solution than the throw because it keeps slip-sliding around - I just need to find the time to implement my genius plan.  I will keep you all posted.



  1. The pillows look great, I love the turquoise polka dots.
    what a shame about your couch :(
    I am intrigued about your plan....

  2. Love the pillows...and can't wait to find out what the wheels in your head will turn out for taking care of the sofa problem. :)

  3. nicely decorated and neatly arranged house.... lovely!

  4. You're right - the new pillows do brighten up the darker sofa. The contrast is nice.

  5. Thanks everyone.

    Whew, now the pressure is on to wow you with my sofa quick-fix. Uh-oh. Well, I'll have a post ready in a few weeks. I just need to assemble some materials and get busy!

  6. as they say, you can never have enough cushions...lovely patterns and textures...cant beat the DIY and its impact and the sense of achievement..your mom is awesome:)

  7. Looks darling! Those colors are great.

  8. Lovely colors of the pillows..they add a lot of charm to the room!

  9. I vote a black sharpie or black nail polish!! (for the couch)


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