Sunday, November 21, 2010

Making Your Home Cushier, One Throw Pillow at a Time

Throw pillows are one of my favorite ways to give a room a softer and more finished look.  They’re also an easy way to change the décor on a neutral background. In general, I don’t like to use two of the same patterned pillow anywhere except my bed, and only when they’re pillow or euro shams. I don’t like to use the same pillows because I think that using a bunch of different but coordinating pillows makes the room more personal by giving the look that the various items were collected over time. While I admire some that are far out of my price range, I’ve complied a few of my favorite affordable sources for my fellow budget-conscious friends:

Pier 1 – Pier 1’s throw pillows are reasonably priced and often on sale. They have great colorful embellished pillows, and a good assortment of basic solid pillows in different textures. Lately I’ve been eyeing this fuzzy faux fur pillow and this little brown and white rick rack pillow:

Pier 1 Fuzzy Pillow - Sand
Pier 1 Velvet Ric Rac Pillow

World Market – World Market’s pillows are almost all $24.99 and under. You could pick up a bunch of solid color velvet pillows to play with texture a bit, and pair them with a great textured medallion pillow.

World Market Medallion Stitch Toss Pillow, Red
World Market Velvet Toss Pillow
Etsy – Etsy is a great place for affordable pillows. It’s slightly more expensive than Pier 1 and World Market for the most part because sellers tend to sell more pillow covers at about the same price of a Pier 1 pillow. Still, you have the comfort of knowing that you item is handmade and you’re supporting an artist, not a big box retail corporation.

Right now I’m loving the HomeCentric, which has a huge selection of gorgeous textured pillow covers.

HomeCentric Blue Moon Throw Pillow Cover
HomeCentric Gold Mosaic Throw Pillow Cover

HomeCentric Silver Coral Throw Pillow Cover
HomeCentric Green Peacock Feather Throw Pillow Cover

I’m also loving NestaHome, which has really cool pillows with prints from architectural photos on them, among other cool designs.

NestaHome Urban Throw Pillow Cover Style No7
NestHome Urban Throw Pillow Cover Style No3

NestaHome Urban Throw Pillow Style No17

NestaHome Happy Harvest Red with White text Cushion

Tonic Living – Tonic Living has really fun fabrics, and you can buy pillows directly from their website. Most of the pillows are about $24.95, but you can also order a custom pillow out of your choice of fabric for $27.95.

Tonic Living "Adorn, Olive" Throw Pillow
Tonic Living "Emilio, Lemon Drop" Throw Pillow
Tonic Living "Sweet William, Teal" Throw Pillow

Home Goods – Home goods has pillows at great prices. Sometimes the selection is a little sparse, but inventory turns over weekly, so it’s worth shopping there often to find what you’re looking for.

Target – Target has good basic pillows as well. Right now I have my eye on this fun reindeer pillow to add to our Christmas décor:
Target Decorative Reindeer Pillow

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