Earlier today I was removing all of our pillow covers to throw in the wash (a must do, when you have a black shedding puppy & white pillows!) and I got an itch to grab some new ones. I have about 10 different pillows that I rotate throughout the house (master, guest bedroom, living room, etc). but haven’t purchased new ones in so long!
As I got to shopping around, I thought I would share some of my findings with y’all. After all, pillow covers are an easy & effective way to switch things up, especially if you keep a similar color pallet throughout your home, making each cover even more versatile. I prefer a thicker, better quality fabric on most pillows; however, if you have children or pets & want to remain a bit more budget friendly, I’ve included a variety of price points.
Tip: Be sure to have your inserts larger than the covers, to keep ’em looking real full! i.e. if you have a 20×20 pillow cover, get a 22×22 insert!
Ahh, the thought of sunnier days. Given that it’s pretty cold & dreary here in Boston, designing a sunroom has me dreaming of warmer days. I’m working with some newlyweds who are moving into their first home. We’ve already knocked down walls, demolished old bathrooms/cabinetry, re-wired for new lighting, and painted the entire home. The major reno stages are over and now we’re planning room layouts, purchasing furniture, eyeing decor, etc. This week starts install and I can’t wait to see the first pieces come in!
When envisioning a sunroom, this is exactly what I was picturing in my head:
This couple has the exact same amount of oversized windows & natural light. We’re sticking to the same color scheme throughout the house- ivory/cream, blues, natural wood, gray. It’s a monochromatic classic with a touch of rustic.
I really wanted to keep it neutral but bring in pops of color with blue accessories and plants/greenery. It’s more of a rectangle shape so opposing the sofa will be a big buffet/bar cabinet, with the tv mounted over. I think they’re going to enjoy spending time in this room, watching football games, and hosting family & friends.
If you remember last year, the Pantone color of the year was Marsala (see my post here). While I think Marsala can be used in a sultry or pretty way, this year’s colors are way more my style. I love both rose quartz and serenity, so I was thrilled to see that, for the first time, they blended the two shades!
Rose Quartz is a soft, gentle, sweet color while Serenity is a calm, tranquil, smoothing hue. I personally have both tones currently in pillows in my living room (they mix together perfectly on my ivory sofa, along with pops of navy & leopard!)
Let’s explore how these two gorgeous colors can be used together in the home space…
If you’re looking for some currently items to freshen up your space with, check these out. And don’t forget, fresh flowers such as roses (rose quartz!) and hydrangeas (serenity!) are the perfect way to throw these colors into the mix.
What are your thoughts on the 2016 Panatone color(s) of the year?!
While plaid is a great way to decorate for the holidays (more to come on that tomorrow!), it’s also a great way to warm a space up in general. Something about the plaid pattern makes a room feel warm, cozy & comfortable. That’s an auto win for winter in my book! So swap out some of your floral, ikat & bright prints for plaid- think pillows, blankets & upholstery. Here are some inspirational ideas:
I love how it’s not your typical fall decor….no pumpkins, no plaid, no twigs. Still, the heavier fabrics on the rug & sofa (helloooo navy sofa!) , the dark-ish floral print accent pillows and the deep purple flowers. All of these elements create a comfortable, cozy, warm space that transitions from fall to winter. I mean, don’t you want to pour a hot cup of tea and snuggle with a warm blanket?!
If this type of non-traditional fall decor is your style, or you want to recreate this look- here are some items that you can purchase in stores now:
Oh this bedroom makes me happy. It is the perfect fall combo…navy & white..clean & crisp…clean & cozy.
If you want to start transitioning your mostly-white space (like me!) into more fall colors, while keeping the space neutral, try navy! White, gray and navy is one of my favorite combos (hint: my new sofa pillows reflect this color scheme). You can easily add a pop of color to this neutral pallet- hot pink, mustard yellow, burnt orange, emerald…the options are endless!
Are you as inspired as I am? See some current picks below so you can refresh your space using navy & white: