When I told Hubby I was getting four new pillows for the living room, he eyed me suspiciously. He tolerates my love of throw pillows, but he’d prefer that we each have a pillow for sleeping and/or lounging that we carry around with us to avoid absolutely any excess of pillows. Guests would be required to bring their own. I tell him that I’m not even that much of a throw pillow enthusiast because other people switch them out seasonally. But he says that no one does that, that’s just madness.
Not to worry, I now have the best excuse ever for a plethora of pillows: having an abundance of decorative pillows is actually part of my Hungarian
Now, if I’m being honest, I still have to do some research on
this, but, at the Museum of Ethnography in Budapest, you can see
examples of dowry displays, which would have been paraded through a town
and put on display before a wedding. As I understand it, the quality and quantity of the
handmade pillows was an important part of a dowry and would be judged by
Here’s an older photograph, demonstrating the practice:
|Found on Pinterest, unsure of original source|
See? If anything, I’ve been slacking in the pillow department – a total embarrassment to my ancestors. Here’s an inventory of my embarrassingly small collection, starting with my new Marimekko pillows:
The bedroom could actually use a pillow refresh, because I’ve had the same silk throw pillows and orange paisley
print pillow since 2011!! My plan for a new embroidery one was set on the back burner but I’ll get to it this year. Maybe. (Who had money on it taking four years for me to finish?)
Apparently I am abnormally committed to my throw pillows.
It makes sense that I hang onto pillows because I take my sweet time finding the perfect fabrics. Remember my struggle finding THE perfect print (I’m so picky) to mix in with the existing patterns on the sofa in the townhouse? I had those for years too, only switching them when we moved to the lakehouse because the fabric was becoming threadbare by that point and I was starting to favor more aqua and blue hues.
Hardly enough to impress the townsfolk!