Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pillows & Toss Cushions

Never underestimate the decorative impact of a toss cushion!

I was looking around on Velocity Art and Design's website today and I fell in love with some toss custions they have.  The cushions are actually from Dwell Studios.

DwellStudio was born as Dwell Home Furnishings, in 1999. Founder and Creative Director Christiane Lemieux, a veteran of the worlds of fashion and home retail, wanted to offer the discerning customer a range of vibrant and modern textile designs. She certainly succeeded. DwellStudio established itself as a leader and innovator in the junior to adult bedding market. With a unique sense of color, an unwavering commitment to quality, and always remaining a step ahead in design. The DwellStudio brand has roots in modern print and pattern and is the destination for the well designed, decorative minimal space.

Here are some of the pillows I love and some inspriation pictures!

Another great store

Inhabit Living 

check out their website Inhabit Living.

A varitey of their pillows

Neutral colors

Pillows and bedding.

More pillows.
Inhabit Carnival in Chocolate and Cornflower Pillow
(one of my favorites)

How to decorate with throw pillows
5 Rules
(curtousy of Color Me Happy )

 Never design a space without including fabrics for throw pillows because I truly believe they make or break a living room. Here are some guidelines to get yours just right:

1. If your cushions match your sofa (that’s usually standard when you buy one), grab them and run, do not walk, to give them to your nearest thrift store!! That’s the first step to update your look. The exception to this is if you have a large sofa or sectional, just as long as you also include the decorative ones that pull the room together.
Sarah Richardson

2. If there’s a pattern in the room like in the ottoman [above] I never repeat it in the toss cushions I design for the sofa, personally I think it looks contrived. I like my toss cushions to have their own personality, like this media room [below]:

Maria Killam

3. If you do have solid coloured cushions, make sure they are pulling together other colours in the room. Here Jeffrey Bilhuber has repeated the caramel tones of the chair in the toss cushions on the sofa as well as the orange to work with the drapery and tie the room together.

4. If you buy a patterned toss cushion (instead of a solid, like the ones shown above), make sure that pattern picks up at least one colour that is already in your space. This toss cushion [below] would be fabulous on a black sofa, but not as coordinated sitting on a blue one.

5. The easiest way to buy new cushions (without taking your living room with you) is to take a fan deck of paint colours (you can get one in any paint store, and every home owner should have one) and find the paint chips that match the furniture already in the space. Then when you are out shopping, you will have an easy reference already in your wallet for determining if that pillow will look just as great in your bedroom or living room as it does in the store!

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