Some people love toss pillows, and all the color and textural variety they can add to a room; and others don’t want a single thing that needs fluffing or moving around. I’m entering my Minimalist Moment, but still I have a special knack for toss pillows and creating unique pillows. John and my clients have pointed this out, and it can’t be denied, Minimalist Moment or not.
- 2 Toss Pillows for accents, Photo: Michael Lee
When I get in my pillow groove, all of my pillows (my creations) become my favorite children. John told me once, “I love these pillows.” I said, “Why?” He replied, “Look at the magazines. You don’t see pillows like that. Your pillows are special.” Wow, I love having a fan club right under my own roof. Here are some of my favorite children:
Inset pillow design with fringe and gimp, Photo: Rick Mandelkorn
So many things can be done with custom toss pillows. You can inset designs and outline with a solid color. You can add contrast welt cord at the edges. You can add beautiful silk fringes at the edges, or even on an inside “layer”. You can outline with gimp, or ribbon. You can put one fabric on one side and a contrasting fabric on the other. You can take a monochromatic room and add zest via multi fabrics in toss pillows.
- Silk Pillows adding panache, Photo: Rick Mandelkorn
Using Multiple Fabric for Zest
Colorful Chintz and Great Fringe
Wonderful Cashmere Velvet and a Damask, Photo: Eric Roth
Fabulous fabrics used for shams, Photo: Laura Moss
Adding fringe for Details
Sometimes I work with women who love fabric so much that they want it all in one room! With some control, this impulse can be gratified by adding some of those beautiful fabrics in toss pillows, without upsetting the balance of the room. Make your toss pillows with feather and down inserts and they become an invitation to recline the moment you see them! Use them – for color, or for resting your head – but don’t overlook the power of the pillow!