Monthly Archives: July 2009

Pillow Talk

Stacked pillows are everywhere!  The no-muss-no-fuss stacked pillows used to be reserved for the floating, low-sitting, Asian-inspired platform bed or other modern bedrooms, but these days pillow towers are in bedrooms of all styles.  Bonuses – great way to show off gorgeous sheets, and no ironing and starching the edges of pillow shams to make them stand up to the forces of gravity (who does that anyway?)!

I love the mix of styles in the picture below – modern canopy bed, crisp white sheets, traditional crystal lamps, small rose bouquets.

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The picture below may look familiar – it is from the Avia Hotel in Savannah (I posted on Avia last month).  I like the mix of the stacked pillows and the slanted accent pillows.  Check out the unexpected shape created by folding the throw blanket into a vertical rectangle.

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Here is another picture of the stacked pillows with slanted accent pillows sitting in front.  Personally, I think there are too many pillows on this bed – I think it would look great with either the slanted Euro shams behind the stacked pillows, or the stacked pillows behind the slanted accent pillows, but not all three together.

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Another similar look (notice the great end table too!):

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I like the simplicity and femininity of the stacked pillows here that coordinate with the upholstered headboard and ribboned duvet.

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Here is a similar look.  The edges of the Euro shams on the bottom of the stack fall beautifully on the bed – no ironing and starching required.

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Below is a simple, traditional look with flat pillow and a slanted accent pillow.  I like the placement of candlestick lamp, retro fan and sparkly picture frame on the nightstand too.

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Stacked pillows look right at home in a modern, contemporary bedroom.  I like the configuration of the monochromatic long bolster pillow with flat pillows in front, and pillows on a slant – looks comfortable and inviting, and not overdone.

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The flat pillows really complement this spartan and simple room:

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Check out these stacked pillows – oh my!  This is an image from the Blakes Hotel in London decorated by the famous Anouska Hempel.  Over the top?  Yes.  Visually interesting?  You betcha!

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Give the stack a try every now and then.  Play around with the placement of the shams, pillows and any accent pillows.  It’s a nice, no fuss, no cost update to your bedroom!

[Images courtesy of: 1. Southern Accents; 2.  Avia Hotels; 3. Coastal Living; 4.  Cottage Living; 5. MyHomeIdeas.com; 6. House Beautiful; 7. Coastal Living; 8. Veranda; 9. Veranda; 10. Blakes Hotel]

happy fourth!

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[Images courtesy of: 1. Country Living; 2. House Beautiful; 3. House Beautiful; 4. Veranda; 5. Cottage Living]

Favorite Things Friday!

All of my guest blogging prospects were smack dab in the middle of summer vacay, or heading out for sorties to fabulous locales for the long weekend.

So, I have decided to share some of my favorites from the room of my home that has received the most reflection and attention – my daughter’s nursery.  Next Friday, we will have an amazing interior designer guest blogging about his favorite things.  Here goes:

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This bubble gum lamp was one of my first purchases in my first house.  It now sits next to the glider and casts delicately tranquil shadows on the walls in the evenings (translation, 3am).  It’s like an oversized nightlight!

I bought this little chest of drawers at an antique store while on vacation in the Thousand Islands in upstate New York.  I fell in love with its miniature proportions, worn look and beautiful glass knobs.  The mirror hanging above belonged to my daughter’s great, great grandmother.  This ensemble sits at the end of the long, narrow dormer in the nursery.

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I could not resist these feminine, fun and whimsical birdy curtain holdbacks, aren’t they sweet?  They make me smile!

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This vintage Holly Hobbie plate hung in my bedroom growing up and its matching pair hung in my sister’s bedroom.  I flanked them on either side of a great Victoria Hagan mirror that I found at Target!  It’s fun to have familiar, sentimental and adorable items in my daughter’s room.  I am toying around with the idea of buying a few more plates from the set on Ebay and doing a larger display.

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There you have it – a few of the items that make me happy on a daily basis!  As always, thanks for reading.  Wishing you a very happy 4th of July!

P.S. I thought I would include my daughter’s favorite thing too – her BFF Longley, the stuffed giraffe:

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These acrylic bar stools from CB2 are magical!

VaporBarstoolsI find that traditional, high-backed bar stools often detract from the overall aesthetic of a kitchen, obscure the view into and out of the kitchen, and can distract the eye from the clean lines of a beautiful kitchen.

And, let’s be honest, backless bar stools are just plain uncomfortable.  These invisibly chic wonders solve all of these problems and promise to be comfortably “form fitting” in all the right places.  They add a modern element to the kitchen and would look terrific with stainless appliances.  Geniously gorgeous!

P.S. – A big thank you to Shades of Light for the nice post about the fans in my nursery and guest room.

P.P.S. – Thanks a million to my pal Paul Corrie for the great advice regarding the wasted space that is my hallway dormer.

P.P.P.S. – Be sure to click back tomorrow for Favorite Things Friday!  Yay Friday!

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Drum Roll, Please

Lately, I am loving the drum table.  It is best in a supporting role, usually complementing a small space.  Seen most often next to a sofa, bed or chaise with little room to spare.  The “don’t call me cute” drum table provides just enough space for a mug of coffee, a delicate lamp, or a paperback novel.

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I like the use of the two drum tables here as a cocktail table  (Image from House Beautiful).

I love the Middle Eastern flair of these silver and brown Moroccan drum tables from West Elm.

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Check out this GLAM Silver Faceted Side Table from West Elm which would look amazing in a small, sophisticated living room, or a feminine bedroom.

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Wouldn’t this Natural Tree Stump Side Table from West Elm be fun in an outdoor space, like a greenhouse room with a lush firm sitting on top, or even better as a whimsical stool in a child’s bedroom or playroom?

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I love the color and versatility of this porcelain celadon drum table from Williams Sonoma Home.

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This Twirl Stool and Side Table from Acacia would look amazing next to a wood-stained wicker chaise on a screened-in porch.

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I want to jump into this picture of the garden drum stool from Pottery Barn with a good book and a margarita!  (A girl can dream, right?)

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I am head-over-heels for this gorgeous Hammered Drum Stool from Viva Terra, which would be perfect indoors or outdoors.  Your favorite cocktail table books would look even better piled on this beauty.

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This ghostly, unexpected and creative Acrylic Timber Table from Unica Home is sure to get a few double-takes.  In a small space, the invisible medium makes the area looks larger and not so busy.

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I love the visual interest that this African-inspired Link Side Table from CB2 creates.  I am imagining it in a masculine home office or study.

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Aren’t they amazingly beautiful and functional?  Consider a drum table the next time you are looking for a table to complement a small space!