Tag Archives | decorative pillows

Union Jack Home Decor

Union Jack wall mirror art

Decorative items featuring the flag of the United Kingdom are all the rage around the globe.

Earlier this week Canvas Color Kitchen featured a counter top to ceiling Union Jack motif, but not in the Union Flag’s usual color scheme.  The original is red, white and blue, as depicted inside the heart of this striking British memorabilia from Jan Constantine. The cream linen pillow was designed for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and features hand embroidered appliqué wool work.

Softer colors and floral fabrics are used in this limited edition Prairie pillow by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture. I love the raw edges used on this pillow, and hope to snap one up when the perfect colors for my home come along.… Continue Reading


Fun Holiday Gift Ideas

reproduction vintage bark cloth pillows from Daytrip Society

For the “I can’t believe I’ve waited this late!” people, a few last minute gift suggestions.

Only ten more shopping days until Christmas!  Children, teenagers and (most) adults love balloon animals, so unleash a few balloon dogs under the tree.  Sold as bookends, they would be a whimsical touch anywhere at home. ($37 each)

Earworm alert!  “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like.” Whether or not a fan of Queen, every biker needs a cool bicycle bell on the handlebars. Painted with weather resistant eco-friendly paint, these are made to last mile after mile.… Continue Reading


Decorative Designer Pillows

blue and tan ikat designer lumbar pillows from Pillows by Dezign

Pillows add color and personality, and are a finishing touch to a project.

I’ve featured numerous husband and wife teams, but this is the first mother-son duo.  Marian LaFrance-Silverman convinced son Brian to join her at Pillows by Dezign.  Their goal is to offer affordable designer fabric pillows with an average price of $59.  This is a bargain with an included down/feather blend insert.  The pillows above were made from a Robert Allen linen fabric that has a velvet-like wave design.  Either color scheme leans to the fall season, with the lime being a bit more hip.

The website’s online shop features a small collection of lumbar bed pillows. … Continue Reading


Citrus Color Twists

orange home decorating accessories pillows and rugs

Breathe life into an old space with a punch of color.

Decorating inspiration can come from a variety of sources; a favorite painting, a souvenir purchased on vacation or a well-worn quilt….but I never expected to find inspiration for a design post in a bag of M&Ms.  The complementary candy colors of saturated orange and lime green are sure to raise energy levels.  Don’t be afraid of vibrant colors.  Use sparingly by adding clean line furnishings, patterned pillows, a throw and a few unique items.  Incorporating a twist of color has never been so easy.

(Source: piecesinc.com) Revised post originally published August 12, 2009… Continue Reading

Artistic Handmade Pillows

handmade embroidered Mexican pillows from The Loaded Trunk

Vintage garments are repurposed into colorful pillows.

A global network of artisans and designers work together to create unique pillows, coverlets, throws and more for The Loaded Trunk.  The pillow above, featuring cross-stitching and indigo block printing, was recycled from vintage garments once worn by Hmong women in Vietnam.

Deconstructed vintage sarongs are remade into exquisite batik pillows. The fabric is extremely soft, and the dyes have aged to perfection.

Hand-embroidered pillows by Otomi Indians feature traditional Mexican floral and animal motifs.  Designs are sewn using naturally dyed threads onto cotton background.  Both front and back are decorated.  All of these one-of-a-kind pillows include a feather down insert. … Continue Reading


My Search For Os De Mouton Chairs

honey linen fabric and nailhead trim spacing detail on French os de mouton chairs

Perseverance has its rewards, even in decorating.

Over a year ago, I entered a local antique store I don’t go to very often.  Oh, they have lovely things but not so lovely prices.  Why torture myself.  I had been longing for a pair of French os de mouton chairs to use by the great room fireplace.  Chairs in decent shape were out of my league, and those within budget needed major repairs — no savings there.  But the shopping goddesses were smiling on me that day.  On his last buying trip, the owner had purchased four chairs in excellent condition and reasonably priced. … Continue Reading