How to Style Your Patio Area

How to Style Your Patio Area

Spring is in the air, so it’s time to start looking at getting that outdoor patio area prepped and looking cookout, bonfire, and party ready! Bring your style outdoors with our outside- approved pillows. Designed to be U/V fade resistant, durable, water resistant, and stain resistant, their plushness and eclectic fabric options will keep your patio space comfortable and on-trend for seasons to come.

Keep it cool and coastal with our Halifax, Hancock, and Brinestone throw pillows. Pair with big stripes and bright red, beiges, and blues for the perfect maritime theme patio. Pair one solid pillow with one patterned on each side of a couch, or one of each on a chair, for that polished designer look.

For a fun, summery vibe, the Highland, Yamka, and Hilo pillows are the perfect touch. Colorful with fun patterns, they’re also the perfect choice when one pillow needs to do the job of many- especially in a small outdoor space like a balcony, or somewhere that just needs that little bit of summer flair. 

Keep it classic and simple with stripes, solids, or timeless herringbone with the Underwood, Cambridge, and Edythe throw pillows. A friend to other patterns and prints, these selections would have a tough time not suiting your pre-existing decor! Suitable with almost any patio furniture, decor style, and personal taste, these tried-and-true pieces will be with you for seasons to come.

March 23, 2022 — Merchandising Dept
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How to Buy Throw Pillows

Looking to buy throw pillows? Shopping for throw pillows can be daunting. There are literally hundreds of thousands of options to choose from which cover any and every style you can dream up. (We have a few thousand throw pillows for sale just on our own website!)

So how do you narrow down the best styles for your space? Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on a newly renovated room, or giving an old décor scheme a new twist, these expert tips will help you choose the right throw pillows for your space.

Throw Pillow Color:

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We recommend narrowing down your choices first by color. Color not only has the biggest potential impact on the overall design of your space, but it’s also the easiest criterion for weeding out what will and won’t work.

There are a few ways to go about choosing a color for your throw pillows.

1. Look to other pieces in the room. The easiest place to pull color inspiration is from other pieces in the room. If there’s a shade in your drapery that really catches your eye, or you want to reinforce your blue-and-white porcelain collection, for example, use these elements as design cues.

2. Consider the amount of color already in the room. If your couch is a saturated shade of navy velvet, your rug is a rainbow of pinks and blues, and your walls are covered in shiny gold frames, then your throw pillows might be an opportunity to add some “white space” in a color-saturated room. Consider pairing one colorful pillow with a two or three others in complimentary neutrals.

3. Think repetition. When it comes to color in a room, repetition is key to making a design feel cohesive. So whatever color you choose for your pillows, be sure its represented in at least two other places throughout the room.\

Throw Pillow Print

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Unlike color, the key to nailing print in a room isn’t repetition, but variety. That doesn’t mean you need to mix polka dots, checks and stripes to create a beautiful space. What is does mean is that the prints you choose for your room must have enough variation in their size and scale so that each pattern stands out distinctly from the others. Too many small- or large-scale prints compete with one another and feel busy, while one small-scale, one medium-scale, and one large-scale print, on the other hand, will look complementary and balanced.

For example, if you have large-scale geometric-print curtains, try a small-scale animal-print pillow and a medium-scale stripe.

Throw Pillow Fabric

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The fabric of the pillows you choose can be just as much of a design element as the color or print. Fabrics with sheen, like velvet or silk, feel fancier than matte linens and cottons, while heavy textures like faux fur, flannel or cable knit instantly bring a warm, wintry vibe to any space they occupy.

One good rule of thumb: If you want pillows with color AND pattern, look for a simple fabric like cotton. On the other hand, if you’re opting for all solid pillows in neutral shades, fabric is a chance to add texture and depth to your room, so consider statement makers like faux fur and velvet.

Throw Pillow Fill

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Most pillows come in either down or polyester fill. If you’re going for looks-only and are working on a budget, polyester-fill pillows are the less-expensive option, while still being plenty durable and comfortable. Choose down-fill if you prefer natural materials, love the look of “fluffed” pillow, and want extra comfort.

Also, when shopping around for pillows, check to see if the manufacturer lists the size of the pillow insert. In an 18″ x 18″ pillow, for example, a 20″ x 20″ pillow insert is ideal, to ensure a snug, full fit.

Now that you know what you’re looking for, browse our collection by style, color,  pattern, or fabric, here.

July 12, 2021 — Merchandising Dept
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Three Approaches to Living Room Design

In every home, the living room is a natural gathering spot, a place where friends and family convene to relax, watch a movie, or enjoy conversation (and perhaps a cocktail or two). However, depending on the needs of your family and the size of your home, the function–and design–of your living room may vary from a comfy, casual spot, to an adults-only space with a more formal feel.

Trying to determine the style of space that’s right for your home? Here, we’ve put together three approaches to living room design that scale from relaxed to regal.

The Family Space

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If you live in a home with one main gathering space, it’s likely that your living room will act as a family room, too. Meaning it will be the spot where the entire family gathers to watch television or play board games, but it’ll also be the space where you entertain, too. In this type of room plenty of seating and lots of storage are key. Start with a sectional sofa in a dark hue, which will accommodate a crowd while covering up spills. Adding in furniture like storage ottomans or a bookshelf filled with pretty baskets will allow you to quickly store toys and games when company comes over. Finish off the look with accents like toss pillows and throw blankets, which are both decorative and cozy.

The Relaxed Living Room

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If you do happen to have a separate living room space, that doesn’t mean it has to be downright formal. You can take a slightly more elevated approach to the design of your space while still keeping it comfortable and inviting. Instead of a sectional, choose a separate sofa and loveseat or a pair of armchairs in classic, more structured shapes. If you have children, stick to resilient fabrics and darker upholstery. If not, pale neutral shades like white, cream, and khaki are light and beautiful options.

The Formal Room

Three Approaches to Living Room Design I The Pillow CollectionBring on the breakables! If you have space for a formal living room in addition to a family room, you can also consider making it a space that’s adults only; somewhere you can gather with your own friends without worrying they might trip over legos and spill their martini. Use the living room as a space that’s a representation of your style without worrying about whether or not it’s functional for the rest of the family. It’s the perfect place to indulge your love of mirrored furniture, glass tabletops, sharp edges and light colors.

July 12, 2021 — Merchandising Dept
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The History of Ikat & Why We Love It

Ikat throw pillows may be a huge trend in interior design at the moment, but the popular printmaking technique actually has roots that date back hundreds of years. The process, which involves strategically tying and knotting yarn then dying it in order to form patterns, can almost be likened to tie-dye, except that the dying is done before individual threads are actually woven into fabric.

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Ikat has been traced to cultures around the world since the middle ages. Though the term Ikat itself is a Malaysian word, the technique didn’t exactly originate there. Ikat designs dating back centuries have been pinpointed in cultures from South America, to Japan and Central Asia. After being westernized by silk road traders in the 1800s, Ikat designs have remained a staple in both fashion and interior design, but there’s been an especially big resurgence over the last few years.

Given the fact that Ikat has origins around the globe, it’s not surprising that it’s become especially popular over recently, as the bohemian look and decor with an indigenous, worldly feel have both exploded in popularity.

One of our favorite parts about the print is just how versatile it is. Ikat prints can be geometric or abstract, contemporary or traditional, bold or subdued.

July 12, 2021 — Merchandising Dept