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10 Tips for Decorative Pillows

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again..and again…and again. We’ve got a serious thing for throw pillows. In fact, you may have to call it a shopping obsession. If we see a cute decorative pillow, at a decent price, you better believe it’s hopping into our carts.

bridget_bedroomLucky for us (& our wallets) many of our favorite stores have great pillows with inexpensive price tags. I mean, have you been to the HomeGoods pillow aisle? It makes you want to curl up and take a nap right there amongst all of the fluff, color, and pattern.DSC_0021

We are also big fans of Etsy, Target, and the clearance bin at West Elm for even more gorgeous pillows.

Here are a few of our favorites! (Affiliate links used for your convenience).

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10 Tips for Buying Pillows

1. Find pillows with a zippered, removable cover. That way you can keep the cushion and find new covers if you’re looking to change things up. Major cost saver.Pillow

2. Zippered covers also come in handy for washing. You can easily toss it into the wash and you’re good to go!

3. We try not to spend more than $30 for a single pillow. We try and aim for $15-$20. Look for steals, sales, and clearance sections. You can find some great stuff if you’re patient.Blue-Pillows4. Avoid being too matchy-matchy. That goes for color, texture, and pattern. Change it up and you’ll have a more appealing, layered look.dorm room pillows dormify5. Incorporate a wide variety of pillow sizes on couches and beds.

6. As with most home decor, group pillows in odd numbers (we prefer 3’s & 5’s)View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroom7. Switch pillows from room to room around your home for a “fresh” look without a new price tag.pillows-couch-tulips-flowers8. Only buy pillows that you absolutely LOVE; don’t just buy to buy. If you wait for a pillow you really love, rather than just settling with what’s in stock or available, you’ll tend to use it for a lot longer and will continue to love it every time you look at it!

family_room_couch_pillows_flowers_Bridget-0029. Choose pillows that fit your style… no one else’s! With Pinterest, the blogosphere & every amazing home decor magazine putting you on decor overload, sometimes it’s easy to adopt someone else’s style rather than embrace your own style. Buy pillows that fit YOUR style, even if that style is different than what’s the most pinned. You’re the one who has to cuddle up with it at the end of the day… be proud!Gold Office Makeover Trunk10. When you find the perfect pillow combinations, do NOT forget the most important part – – kicking up your feet up, cozying up on that adorable couch & enjoying all of your new fluffy friends!Bridget's_House_Tour_family_room_couch

We hope this helps with your next pillow shopping trip!
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Want some advice on bedroom pillows, check out this post!
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  1. heather

    I’m curious how you determine how many pillows and which sizes to use. I have a couch and loveseat and am considering changing up my pillows, but can’t decide how many I need and what sizes. I do have both euro shams and 20×20 forms available to use. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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    I’m curious how you determine how many pillows and which sizes to use. I have a couch and loveseat and am considering changing up my pillows, but can’t decide how many I need and what sizes. I do have both euro shams and 20×20 forms available to use. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Hunting for New Pillows

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I have a slight pillow addiction. If I see one I love (that is reasonably priced) I typically scoop it up, even if I have no home for it.  My man is not exactly a fan of this pillow addiction. He always makes some sort of remark when we have to take the dozens of pillows off of our bed each night. Oops. Some women buy shoes…I buy pillows! At least they’re more comfortable…

Orange and red family room

Remember our family room setup in St. Louis? I loved all of the reds and oranges we had going on in there.  The pillows really popped against the white couch and added the perfect amount of color.

But with our new Chicago pad, I’m looking to skew more towards the cool side.  Think grays, blues, and greens instead of the reds and oranges.

Colored pillows

To start my big pillow purge, I first plopped all of them onto our couch. I wanted to see what would work in the space, and which ones I would have to secretly hide in our storage unit donate to Goodwill.

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Seeing all of the pillows on the couch made it very clear what would stay and what would go. Any pillows that worked with the painting over our couch made the cut, while the others were permanently benched.

One good thing about the big pillow purge is that many of my pillows have inserts and I simply zipped off the covers.  So now I have half a dozen pillow inserts and no covers. Which means I’m on the pillow cover hunt.

My New Pillow Favorites
I recently discovered an amazing Etsy shop for pillow covers…Festive Home Decor. They have a huge selection of throw pillow covers and the best part is you can choose any size you want.  I’m seriously in love. The only bad part is I can’t really figure out which pillows to actually purchase!
Until I make up my mind and take the “purchase plunge” I have these placeholders hanging out on our couch. The reds & oranges have been donated to my sister-in-law (so sad, but at least they have a happy home!) and these grays and blues are hanging out waiting to be upgraded.
Hopefully soon I’ll be back with an official couch “after” pic.
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Which throw pillows are your favorite? Where do you shop to find the perfect pillow? 
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  1. KristyDoyle

    I would love to have a pillow addiction, but throw pillows are SO EXPENSIVE. I get overwhelmed because I currently have ONE. I want to have a few in the living room and a few on the bed, but if I shop for them, that’s like $200 for PILLOWS. I can’t bring myself to do it. I know I should just buy one at a time, but for some reason I get overwhelmed.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      You are too funny! Yes, it can definitely be overwhelming and expensive! Those bad boys add up quickly. I always check out the sale & clearance areas when I go to Target & Homegoods (two of my pillow hot spots)…sometimes you’ll find some really good steals!

  2. KristyDoyle

    I would love to have a pillow addiction, but throw pillows are SO EXPENSIVE. I get overwhelmed because I currently have ONE. I want to have a few in the living room and a few on the bed, but if I shop for them, that’s like $200 for PILLOWS. I can’t bring myself to do it. I know I should just buy one at a time, but for some reason I get overwhelmed.

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  3. DIY Playbook

    You are too funny! Yes, it can definitely be overwhelming and expensive! Those bad boys add up quickly. I always check out the sale & clearance areas when I go to Target & Homegoods (two of my pillow hot spots)…sometimes you’ll find some really good steals!

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12 thoughts on “Hunting for New Pillows

  1. KristyDoyle

    I would love to have a pillow addiction, but throw pillows are SO EXPENSIVE. I get overwhelmed because I currently have ONE. I want to have a few in the living room and a few on the bed, but if I shop for them, that’s like $200 for PILLOWS. I can’t bring myself to do it. I know I should just buy one at a time, but for some reason I get overwhelmed.

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  2. KristyDoyle

    I would love to have a pillow addiction, but throw pillows are SO EXPENSIVE. I get overwhelmed because I currently have ONE. I want to have a few in the living room and a few on the bed, but if I shop for them, that’s like $200 for PILLOWS. I can’t bring myself to do it. I know I should just buy one at a time, but for some reason I get overwhelmed.

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    You are too funny! Yes, it can definitely be overwhelming and expensive! Those bad boys add up quickly. I always check out the sale & clearance areas when I go to Target & Homegoods (two of my pillow hot spots)…sometimes you’ll find some really good steals!

    Reply
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