Posts tagged ‘throw pillows’

September 4th, 2012

Sugarboo Pillows and 15 Things

Life is Beauty Full

Life is Beauty Full via Layla Grayce

The calender has turned and the leaves have started to change to grades of yellow. Two by two. The heat wave halts. The rains come. Order ushers and cajoles the lazy summer sunshiny days into form. Into shape. As the seasons change, the reasons rearrange. I want to say something big and bold and inspirational about the summer, but I search for the right words and they elude me and scatter off like bunnies whenever I feel close. Instead I will face forward and embrace the coming winds with ideas on layering and padding the home with comfort items like Sugarboo pillows, throw blankets and other fabulous creature comforts that make the heart sing a song of autumnal enchantment.


Layla Grayce has a whole line of Sugarboo pillows , signs and art with quirky designs and sweet inspirational sayings. To create a fresh autumn look in your living room, layer a few graphic pillows with solids, textures and patterns. In the coming months as indoor time increases, think about creating different nooks in the home. Places you can read, play board games, complete craft projects, and watch movies.


My Whole Heart ScriptMy Whole Heart Script via Layla Grayce


Movies like Griff the Invisible, starring Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) of True Blood fame. Side note: it amazes me how many actors on True Blood pull off total American accents when they are in fact European or Australian. Some good acting there! Side note to the side note: what a finale for True Blood! Back to Griff and the time spent cozied on the couch dreaming up new pillow schematics– what a surprisingly cute film. It is much more of a love story than a super hero action film. Indie love. So cute!


Inspired by this 25 Things post I saw at aka Design, I decided to put my own list of summations together. Summer passed me by like two cars zooming past each other into the lightning lit night. Flares of August heat have given way to a shivery September, an indication of what will come, weather wise.


To My Heart You HoldTo My Heart You Hold via Layla Grayce


1. Songza is my new favourite app! It creates play lists in a variety of categories like Office Crowd Pleasers and Drop a Beat Workouts. I am so happy to have found this as I was getting very bored of my own play lists that I listen to at the gym!


2. I needed a new soundtrack to make my life feel like a movie. Who wants to do the voice over?


3. Summer is over.


4. I became a stylist for Stella and Dot and I looooove it! Beautiful jewelry and a dynamic group of awesome, positive people!


5. Plus it feeds my love of pretty shiny things.


6. School brings structure which equals more time to write and uncover decor-tastic images, craft and DIY projects and other goodies!


I Love You EverywhereI Love You Everywhere via Layla Grayce 


7. I need to develop a schedule. I love structure.


8. I have become a creature of habit.


9. I realized my home needs more pattern. I use a mixture of solids and textures, but I need more pattern.


10. My favourite patterns right now: herringbone, trellis, paisley, damask, stripes, botanicals and typographic designs.


11. I look forward to the cool weather.


12. I will make butternut squash soup and share my recipe with you.


13. I will make apple crisp and share my recipe too.


14. I must get my painting projects done soon, before it gets really, really cold!


15. What painting projects you ask? You shall see in the coming weeks!


Sweet DarlingSweet Darling via Layla Grayce 


Layer Sugarboo pillows with some solid colours, prints and textures and enjoy the turn of the season. Dream big, and believe in those dreams with all your might!

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January 18th, 2012

Decorative Throw Pillows

I love decorative pillows! What’s not to love? They come in all shapes and sizes and can be used in a variety of ways. On sofas, on chairs, on your bed, the guest bed, your kid’s beds, on a banquette, a bench and even in a corner for a casual, cozy reading area.


No matter what your existing colour scheme is, decorative pillows add additional hues, with pattern and ornate detail. They are a perfect way to introduce trendy patterns like ikat, damask or honeycomb, or on trend colours like lemon yellow and dove-gray, without the full on commitment of upholstery or drapes.






Use throw pillows to add a jolt of colour to a muted space or layer tone on tone texture into a room with existing splashes of colour. For instance, a room with a strong oxblood red influence will do well with a collection of oatmeal coloured pillows. Choose one silk pillow with ruffles, one light champagne damask pillow and one linen pillow with a vein of red thread running through it. Mix and match and tie in secondary or tertiary colours found elsewhere in the room to complete the look.

And why not choose a feature pillow in a fun pattern like the ones shown above?

1. Pride and Prejudice Chapter One by Jane Austen- Pillow Bookends by Two Stray Cats.  These pillows are stuffed with rice but would look fabulous anywhere!

2. Morroccan Peacock by Organic Shine Society

3. Red Decorative Pillow by Cody and Cooper Designs

Decorative slip covers can be collected and changed with the season, or as you see fit. Dress up white winter months with rich jewel tones or botanical prints. Quirky ideas include animal prints like leopard or zebra and kitschy animal faces, which you can make with a photo of your pet, a blank pillow case and a printer. Don’t forget to include the odd solid coloured pillow to tie everything together. Once you have collected a series, you can mix and match to come up with different combinations.


For those of you so inclined to make your own slip covers, the sky is the limit! Combine your favourite fabrics with ribbon and trim details to create original pieces. Design Sponge has a lovely tutorial on how to sew your own zippered throw pillows, right here. Use rubber stamps to add detail to a plain fabric or to complete a theme in a bedroom.