Throw Pillows – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

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And, Why I’m Proud To Be Called A Pillow Fluffer!

 

When I was in design school back in the late 80’s, I would quip smugly that interior design is so much more than just figuring out the throw pillows.

Years later, I realized that I was wrong.

 

Actually, throw pillows are everything.

 

Well, almost everything.

Don’t believe me? Check out the following rooms and put your finger over the pillows and imagine that same room without them.

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Above and below by me.

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My living room.

 

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A room without beautiful throw pillows would be like:

Jennifer Aniston jumping out of the shower without blow drying her lovely hair and then showing up on Oscar night in her Versace with massive amounts of frizz. Oh, the tongues would be wagging about that one!

I mean, the pillows are front and center. Put a cheap (but still nice) fabric on the sofa. No one will notice because you spent your wad on the exquisite fabric on the pillows! That is what they and you will notice most.

 

In fact, if you muck up your pillows, you can destroy your room in one fell swoop of goose down.

It is very easy to screw up your throw pillows. I see it all the time. Flat, shapeless, limp, lumpy and sad.

We shall have none of that.

What I didn’t realize back in 1988 is that decorative throw pillows are actually quite complex creatures.

 

Here’s the skinny on what to do and look out for.

 

Inserts

 

Unless you’re highly allergic, all throw pillows should be filled with a nice fluffy mixture of down and feathers. Please. The optimal IMO is 50/50 down but 30/70 is fine and even a good quality 10/90 is preferable to some crappy foam insert.

However… for the highly allergic (and I say highly because there are the down/feathers, the down-proof case and then the outer cover between the victim and his allergen), there is something else. It’s usually called a down alternative.

United Pillow actually makes a nice one.

But, please don’t get your real down and feather pillow inserts from United Pillow.

 

That is, unless you like the smell of dead duck. Not joking. It’s a rather foul (haha) odor. I spoke to them about it and they weren’t very helpful. Oh well.

I’ve been getting my down and feather inserts from Cuddle Down. They sell retail and to the trade. The inserts are wonderful! Their standard 90/10 is actually quite nice but their 50/50 is like floating on a cloud. The latter is a custom order. If anyone knows of any other great sources for down and feather pillow inserts, please let us know.

I can spot a polyester insert in about .0001 seconds. That’s how much they stand out. There is almost nothing that will cheapen your room more quickly. Yes, the down and feather inserts are more money but I think that is an expenditure that is worth every dollar.

 

You want your pillow filling to be nice and full.

 

In fact, better too full than too skimpy. If you are doing say a 20″x20″ throw pillow and your insert is also 20×20, it will be too skimpy. The only exception might be a particularly dense insert, but they usually aren’t dense enough.

 

Here’s the rule:

 

If your pillow is 18″ or larger, then the insert should be two inches larger on each side or 20 x 20.

However, if it’s a lumbar pillow and one side is smaller or a square with sides less than 18″, the increase is only one inch.

So, if your finished size is 14 x 24 then the insert should be 15 x 26.

I have even gotten a 24×24 insert into a 20″ pillow. Absolutely fine. So better too big than too small. Too small and your pillows will look they had their stomach stapled and lost 100 lbs. No flabby pillows please.

How large should the throw pillows be?

 

Well, it depends on the size of the furniture.

But, dinky pillows are not rich.

For most sofas, if doing four pillows, I do two @20″ and two @22.”

OH! and BTW, very important. If you don’t already know this, pillows should be measured UNFILLED– from seam to seam (or welt to welt if there’s welting). I got into trouble recently, because one of my vendors measures their pillows filled which is not an industry standard. First of all, it’s impossible to get an accurate and consistent measurement when they are filled.

 

If you order throw pillows from a furniture manufacturer, do not assume that they know the proper way to fill a pillow.

 

Story time.

 

Last year I ordered a whole mess of pillows from CR Laine and furniture too for a wonderful client. Usually, I have the pillows custom-made, but not always. This time, we were using mostly their fabrics and trim, so it made sense to do their pillows.

The size that came with the sofa was 18″. This is what an 18″ pillow looks like.

 

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They weren’t made for these chairs. I’ve had these pillows for 20 years and still love them! They are a little small, but acceptable, I think. I would’ve done a 20″ pillow if I had made the pillows for these chairs.

Therefore, I did a custom order and did two pillows at 20″ and two at 22″. You can see that in the images above of my living room and my client’s living room with the yellow sofa. Lumbar pillows are usually about 14″ x 22″ or so. The one in my living room is a non-custom pillow from Bliss Studio.

This client received her CR Laine furniture and was happy. But after weeks, the pillows were bugging her and they were bugging me too a little, quite frankly. I measured them. And, they were from 2″ to as much as 4″ larger than specified!

Below, you can see the pillows the way they arrived.

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Beautiful, but mostly a little too big. It’s primarily the black pillows and the ones in the window seat were the really huge ones. The floral pillow is fine.

I called my rep who said that they measure the pillow when it is filled.

What?

 

How do they know how big to cut it then?

 

That makes no sense because the fill size could be lots of different things depending on how full it is. I’m not trying to be a miss-know-it-all, but in my 24 year working history have never heard of such a thing. We did take care of it and the pillows are perfect now!

For chairs, you will need to measure the inside but it gets a bit tricky because the pillow “shrinks” after it’s filled. I find if the interior is let’s say 20″ wide, I would not go wider than 22″ if a lumbar pillow or 20″ for a square pillow.

Sadly, we can no longer stand behind CR Laine. :[ You can find out why here.

My favorite brand for upholstered sofas, chair and ottomans is now Lee Industries.

In fact, for motion furniture, such as recliners, Lee has an amazing collection.

What else do you need to be concerned about with your throw pillows.

 

Make sure they put in zippers!!! Don’t assume they will, because as soon as you do that, your pillows will come without them. Of course, you’ll want to be able to remove the pillow cover for cleaning purposes.

  • Pillow corners. I like mine pretty sharp. I am not fond of pleated corners. Sharp corners = upscale, expensive. Pleated corners, no.

 

The best places to get cool designer throw pillows

 

Well, it used to be that the only way was to have them made. But that was then and now, you can get amazing pillows in zillions of places.

One place to get pillows with expensive designer fabric for not-a-lot-of-$ is Etsy.

 

But here’s what you need to know about Etsy pillows.

 

  • Although it looks like only one person is making them, they are made by many vendors, but there’s an “Etsy style”
  • There’s usually no welting. I actually like this and sometimes do specify pillows without welting as it gives them a little more modern look. But if you like welting, you’ll need to find out if they’ll do that.
  • The expensive fabric is usually only on one side and on the back is something plain and far less expensive. However, they will do the expensive fabric on both sides, but of course the pillow will cost more.
  • The pattern may or may not be centered on the pillow. You’ll need to specify if it’s important to you and/or if it’s a pattern that would look bizarre with an off-center pattern.
  • Is there a particular part of the pattern you’d like to see or not see? Again, you’ll need to expect an upcharge for that.
  • The pillows might not match each other if ordering in pairs. In some situations, I actually prefer that because there’s a huge repeat and/or I won’t get to see parts of the pattern I’d like to see. Sometimes I’ll have them put one part on one side and the other part on the back.
  • The pillows do not come with inserts.

 

Who knew that ordering throw pillows could be so complex?

I didn’t until I started working in the business and that is when I found out the truth.

 

And finally, some great sources for throw pillows.

 

Most of these are in Laurel’s Rolodex, but there are dozens more in the rolodex not listed here.

 

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Just a tiny sampling above with sources like Quadrille, F. Schumacher, Scalamandre, etc. Please pin to pinterest if you like!

 

And now, I hope that you’ll like this.

 

Below are numerous pairings of five pillows each in rows. If you click on any image, it will take you to the source.

Most of these pillows come in a wide variety of sizes and most come in both lumbar and square versions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And below, are some of my favorite sources for ready-made pillows. Some of these sources also sell high-end window treatments and other soft-goods, made to order.

 

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Oh, One last tip.

 

If you are looking for something on Etsy, but don’t know where to find it; let’s say you see a designer fabric like a Quadrille fabric for example. Go to your google search box and put in the name of the fabric and pillow and Etsy too, if you like. Hit images. They’ll all pop up. :]

xo,

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PS: Happy Mother’s Day! I’m spending a beautiful weekend with my son and girlfriend who are showing me a wonderful time in western Massachusetts!

PPS: Please check out the newly updated Hot Sales!!!

 

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  • Nina - May 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM

    Could you PLEASE clear up why it’s a “thing” to put a dent in the middle of the top of throw pillows?:-)ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 29, 2019 - 11:36 PM

      It’s like a lot of things; a matter of preference, not a requirement. :]ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - May 22, 2019 - 11:29 AM

    Hi Laurel,

    I love love love this post! I find it so helpful. Do you have any advice on bolster pillows? I’m not sure how to size the covers for my 10×30 inserts. I plan on putting them on the sides of a deep daybed. Would it follow the same logic as the lumbars?

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 22, 2019 - 9:27 PM

      Hi Melinda,

      Are you making them yourself? I have had bolsters made for clients before, but I’m not 100% sure about the size of the insert. I think it might ever so slightly larger than the cover. I know that for upholstery cushions they really stuff them in there. But, maybe you can find a good tutorial somewhere that explains what you need to know.ReplyCancel

  • Dale F WallH - May 16, 2019 - 12:56 PM

    Hi Laurel, I’ve been following your blog for some three years now, I’ve learned sooo much and your sense of humor delights me. I need some info on mixing fabric textures and wonder if you have done a post on that? We want to mix velvet with Linen in a formal traditional setting. Is that a “no-no”?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 17, 2019 - 12:20 AM

      Hi Dale,

      Well, the issue is not whether you can mix the two, but what your definition of formal traditional is. And, also what else is going on, plus what pieces the fabrics are going on and in what concentration. A lot of pieces to the puzzle aside from the two fabrics.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Emery - May 15, 2019 - 12:40 PM

    Oh, please do, Laurel. I can see some themes emerging in the pairings that you’ve done but some basic tips would be wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Bloodgood - May 15, 2019 - 12:24 PM

    I get my inserts from Hardin Company in North Carolina and I find them to be very good quality. I usually use 90/10. Greer Industries is another one, but the cover is not as substantial as Hardin’s.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - May 15, 2019 - 8:33 AM

    Hi Laurel,
    What a great post. Pillows are my favorite things. I often get down inserts at the resale stores…gasp. I know this may not go over well, but I can usually score down/feather inserts for about 5 dollars. I always unzip them, smell them look for stains, etc. If they meet all those criteria I do a power wash and presto – good as new. One has to visit these shops often, and you don’t always find the size you want, but after a visit or two, I generally do.
    Just food for thought for those of us on a tight budget, and a tighter husband!ReplyCancel

  • Joanna Shea O'Brien - May 14, 2019 - 6:01 PM

    Amazing post, as usual, full of humor and so much valuable advice. We just finished our family room / sun room and the ONLY thing left I need are accent pillows. You inspired me to create a bunch of different moodboards (that just autocorrected to “mold-boards” and sent to all my stylish friends/family to get final decision advice! One question…. I found some good sales on beautiful pillows from W-S Home, then started scouring Etsy based on your recommendations. Wow, Etsy is more than W-S Home! Are there any suggestions you have for pillow sources under $50? I’m gathering that investing in good fabric / craftsmanship is worth it.. on the other hand, I have three kids … thank you thank you and enjoy Massachusetts!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 15, 2019 - 2:01 AM

      Hi Joanna,

      A lot of those pillow covers are under $50! Some of the stores have more expensive fabrics. Or, they have the fabric on both sides and other custom details that drive the price up. But, also check out MillbrookCo. for pillows well under $50. You’ll still need the inserts, but most will still keep your price under $50.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Protzel - May 13, 2019 - 10:00 PM

    Thank you for the wonderful post. I am in serious need of a throw pillow overhaul! What I am wondering is when you have two matching sofas facing one another, is there a rule/guideline about whether or not the pillows on each sofa should match? Or do you keep the matching pillows confined to one sofa and make the ones on the other sofa different, but coordinating?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:44 AM

      Hi Rachel,

      I would make them mostly matching, but you could throw in a surprise or two.ReplyCancel

  • Juli Korneychuk - May 13, 2019 - 4:46 PM

    Belated happy Mother’s Day! My Mother’s Day gift from one of my daughter’s was another grandchild on the way! Such a wonderful gift!

    But back to throw pillows, I was hoping when you updated the pillow post, you’d give us another insert source besides Cuddle Down. They currently offer 95/5 inserts and something they call “white duck down” — no % given or details given. Neither type is available in 22×22 or 24×24.

    I’ve seen a couple vendors on Etsy offering higher % down and the larger sizes you recommend and wondered if you have any recommendations for getting throw pillow inserts from Etsy vendors. I don’t want to end up with the ones that smell like “dead duck”!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:43 AM

      Hi Juli, please check out Dewoolfson Down.

      I was able to special order custom sizes at Cuddle Down, but I don’t know if they are still doing that or not.ReplyCancel

  • Loi Thai Tone on Tone - May 13, 2019 - 3:08 PM

    Hi friend 🙂 Miss ya!!
    Laurel, you are the BEST! This post is everything. Thanks for breaking it down – everything we need to know about throw pillows. They really can transform a room.
    xo
    LReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:39 AM

      LOI!!! Made my day hearing from you. Well, two days since it’s now the 14th! I miss you too! xoxoxo! LReplyCancel

  • megan - May 13, 2019 - 11:51 AM

    You also forgot Danielle Oakey Pillow Shop, she has great options and even puts together combos to make it even easier!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:38 AM

      Hi Megan,

      I didn’t forget Danielle Oakey Pillow Shop. I’ve never heard of her before! lol Her pillows are very nice. I see some of the same ones I posted in the widgets!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - May 13, 2019 - 9:48 AM

    This is great Laurel and very informative? Would you be able to do a post on putting pillow pattern options together? And how to do it? How many on each length of furniture, and how to come up with a combination?
    What are the rules? I have such a difficult time doing that and I feel that I am paralyzed by my indecision. I find it especially challenging with all of the choices on Etsy. Thanks again! Love your blog – it is hands down my favourite!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:33 AM

      Hi Karen,

      There are lots and lots of rules for mixing and matching. I tried to convey some of that in the mini widgets I put together. But, I could also spell it out one day.ReplyCancel

  • Tsippi - May 13, 2019 - 8:51 AM

    Hi Laurel. Great article and great photos.

    I want to recommend Etsy merchant PillowFlex for faux down pillow inserts. PillowFlex is a bit more expensive than United Pillow, but I’ve always found the quality very high and they will make custom sizes. I actually prefer the PillowFlex pillows, in both look and comfort, to real down.

    Thanks again for your article!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - May 12, 2019 - 8:49 PM

    Great resource – saving this!
    What would you recommend for a section couch in terms of size and pattern repetition? Say you have an L shape couch for example, would you do the same arrangement in the corner and both sides? Seems like it might be too matchy but I’m not sure. I’d love your thoughts on dressing up a rather casual piece of furniture. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:29 AM

      Hi Lisa,

      Yes, L-shaped sectionals are a little tricky. I would not make it too matchy. And besides, the pillows are going to be moving around anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Dina - May 12, 2019 - 8:23 PM

    Gidday Laurel,
    Love, love love your article on pillows. Love your daily email too. Sometimes the taste is too much for my taste but I always learn something but more often than not the post gives me joy. 😁
    If you ever fancy a holiday in Perth Western Australia you would be most welcome to stay with me. Then I could really pick your brains. Haha
    Kindest regards,
    Dina Downunder. 🤣ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:28 AM

      Oh wow! Thank you so much! I always say. Be careful what you wish for. You might just find me ringing your doorbell one day. hahaReplyCancel

  • Amy S - May 12, 2019 - 6:56 PM

    I love it when you post about pillows!

    I have just ordered a Brooke sofa from OKL in ivory and the plan is to be able to change the pillows every few years if we want change.

    I’m in love with all the chiang mei dragon color ways and I’ve ordered a few sample swatches. I know from your blog that you don’t mix colorways of the same print but I’m having a really hard time deciding.

    You mentioned you could go on, I’m all for it! I’d love to see you pick a few different iconic prints (chiang mei dragon, hothouse flowers, trellis, etc) and mix and match color ways. For example the same 3-4 prints in multiple ways.

    How do you know how much is too much? Can you replace the stripe with a second pattern if it is in a neutral (to the room) color way?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:28 AM

      Hi Amy,

      Chiang Mai could potentially get mixed with more than one colorway in the same room. I have done that on occasion. Yes, you can replace a strip with another pattern. You can use two geometrics as well, as long as they compliment each other. Sometimes, one is a larger scale and one is a small scale. And, Ralph Lauren and others mix stripes all of the time.ReplyCancel

  • mrsbe4n - May 12, 2019 - 5:05 PM

    First of all Laurel, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY and its so nice that you are having some quality time with one of your sons. Secondly, excellent and informative post! Having always made my own throw pillows (toss cushions), I have always a) cut the welting/piping on the bias in one continuous piece (rather than join in sections) plus b) for the down ‘n feather ‘cover insert’; ensure that they are made with 100% cotton (usually bleached) feather-proof ticking (not to be confused with the striped pattern fabric called ticking). All said; perhaps this tid-bit of information will also assist those who are having theirs custom made. -Brenda-
    P.S.: The shaft of feathers rather than down are more apt to poke through fabric and reason why it essential to have the proper ticking.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 14, 2019 - 12:25 AM

      Thanks so much Brenda! Sorry, a little behind on my moderating.ReplyCancel

  • Mary E - May 12, 2019 - 2:55 PM

    Oh my…I love the juxtaposition of a modern pillow on an antique! Very pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Val - May 12, 2019 - 2:35 PM

    Wow there is so much to throw pillows!!! And still… I don’t get what are the rules of mixing them together… the patterns on fabric I mean. Oh! There is cotton next to velvet, linen next to something else. Mind blowing;]ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 3:07 PM

      Hi Val,

      That is a very good question and one I thought might pop up. For me, it is not so much the weight of the fabric as it is the visual weight. And then of course, is the fabric on the sofa, itself. Often-times if there is a plain pillow, I’ll use the sofa fabric. One reason is that many sofas already come with a self-pillow and so we incorporate that. One can’t go wrong with mixing a floral or toile with a geometric and a plain.

      This is yet another topic. I think that there is a post on mixing fabrics.

      Here it is. I haven’t read it recently, but hopefully it will provide more answers.ReplyCancel

  • Alice - May 12, 2019 - 1:53 PM

    Thank you for all the information. It’s more complex than just throwing a few pillows on the sofa and calling it decorated, isn’t it. My granddaughters go to school at Mount Holyoke and Amherst in western Massachusetts. If you want to see the quintessential college campus visit either (or both), especially in the fall. Happy Mother’s DayReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 3:02 PM

      Hi Alice,

      We were in Amherst yesterday! This is an amazing area and both old-fashioned and progressive in lifestyle. That combo = a level of sophistication that I don’t find where I live. Quite extraordinary!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. - May 12, 2019 - 12:37 PM

    Happy Mother’s Day, Laurel, and thank you for the fabulous pillow post, and for the wonderful sources on Etsy. (I’ve been absolutely gobsmacked over that Hunt Slonem bunny fabric at Lee Jofa for sometime now.)ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

      Hi Lisa,

      HMD to you as well! These custom high-end fabrics made into pillows on Etsy is about the best thing since sliced bread, IMO.ReplyCancel

  • Donna - May 12, 2019 - 12:13 PM

    I have a beautiful lived-in champagne taupe colored linen bench seat sofa that I alter the pillows for different looks. My current look is a grey green cream chinoiserie print (of people fishing in a creek and it works so beautifully) as well as a taupe green toned Tibetan lamb pillow. I am looking for another 20×20 pillow to complete the new look. Changing the pillows changes the entire look.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Shuchman - May 12, 2019 - 11:42 AM

    Enjoy Mother’s Day, Laurel! This is a fantastic post and you are so right about throw pillows: they can add so much to a room. I am nuts for textiles and fabrics and have a collection. i long to make pillows out of some of mine – everything from a Canovas tablecloth to tapestry fragments- . Is it worth it? And who to trust for this so it doesn’t get terribly expensive? Would Etsy vendors do this?ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - May 12, 2019 - 11:24 AM

    McGee and Co. (Studio McGee’s shop) has some great pillow options, too.

    Have you ordered from Dekowe on Etsy? I ordered fabric samples from them over a month ago, and they still haven’t arrived, despite getting a shipping notice once (turns out they created a label but never set them), and then another promise that they’d ship out over a week ago. I’m still hopeful that they’ll arrive eventually, but I’m starting to wonder.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 2:25 PM

      Hi Kristin,

      Oh man! I was really going to add them to the list but forgot so thank you so much for the reminder. I love their pillows! I’m going to McGee and Co. to the list as soon as I finish writing this.

      I have not ordered from Dekowe on Etsy. And, I hate hearing reports about poor customer service. They need to understand that if they are going to run an internet service, that they cannot afford to have negative press. But, these companies are generally quite small and it’s possible that they are having a personal problem that’s affecting their work. OR, they have more biz than they can handle. OR, they might be away. Most vendors do shut down or at least put up a note stating that they are gone until such and such a time and may not be able to take care of things during that time.

      But, to just not send out samples within a week is just plain bad business.ReplyCancel

  • Jan Miller - May 12, 2019 - 11:04 AM

    Thanks for this post Laurel. I purchased a neutral sofa about 2 years ago hoping to use pillows and throws to change up the decor two or three times a year, but have been stymied with what goes with what, and sizes, etc. Also – seems like the pillows are just for decoration and not comfort? I have noticed that most people toss them aside when they sit on the sofa.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 2:18 PM

      Hi Jan,

      As for tossing them aside, it depends on a number of factors including the size of the person, depth of the seat and sometimes pitch of the back and seat height. But, if the person sitting in the sofa cannot comfortably touch the floor with their feet while sitting and leaving back into the seat back, then it stands to reason that a throw pillow will allow them to do so.

      But, styling a sofa and/or chair with pillows adds another layer and complexity to the over-all composition of the furnishings which I think is quite appealing. Most of the 40 boards in the Laurel Home paint/palette collection have sofas and I thoroughly enjoyed styling them with the pillows.ReplyCancel

  • Christine March - May 12, 2019 - 10:37 AM

    Laurel, this is so timely. I am close to ordering pillows for our newly revamped living room. Lots of grey so I’m hoping to bring in pops of colour with the throws. My darling hubby doesn’t get it. Thinks they’re a waste and will just end up chucked on the floor. I will pull rank here and make the decisions on my own. Great tips, as always. Happy Mother’s Day.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 2:13 PM

      Hi Christine,

      Men rarely get it and universally say the same thing. “Throw pillows are a waste and they just end up chucked on the floor.” So be it; I’ve heard this dozens of times! However, I can guarantee that once they are there, they usually like them if they are done right. Plus– picking them up and shaking them out by banging them together is great exercise for the arms and pecs. Most men will not have a problem with that. hahahaha!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - May 12, 2019 - 10:29 AM

    Just out of curiosity, when and why did it become popular to karate chop all the pillows!??!?!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 2:09 PM

      Hi Sharon,

      That is a very good question. Here is my take on that. I think it looks more attractive if the pillow isn’t just a plain square. I think that a very light chop is more attractive, although certainly not necessary. It just depends on the shape, size and fill.ReplyCancel

  • Mary E. - May 12, 2019 - 9:56 AM

    Hi Laurel,
    Happy Mother’s Day!
    This week I’m having this sofa delivered that I ordered from Room & Board:

    I was thinking of doing one long skinny pillow on it. What do you think of those types of pillows? I’ve also seen them used on beds. I guess it’s a more modern look.

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  • Virginia - May 12, 2019 - 8:51 AM

    Great article!!! 25 years in the business and I am still learning lots of great things thanks to you! Ryan Studio is also a great source for ready made pillows. Opening a wholesale account does not have too high of an initial opening order so its worth checking out!!! KEEP THE GREAT POSTS COMING!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 1:58 PM

      Yes, Ryan Studio is another great one! Thanks for the reminder.They are in Laurel’s Rolodex, as well. They are strictly a trade source, for those not in the trade. But if you google “ryan studio pillows for sale” (not in quotes), several online sources will pop up.ReplyCancel

  • PAULA RENNIE - May 12, 2019 - 7:05 AM

    I tend to check out the pillows at Homesense and Winners (I’m in Canada), mostly for the inserts. I’ve sometimes found nice patterns and colours, but I’ll buy a $15 – $20 pillow if it has a really nice down insert, and then just change the cover.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - May 12, 2019 - 6:57 AM

    Happy Mother’s Day Laurel! Enjoy your day with your son and I hope the weather is warm and sunny!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 1:52 PM

      Hi Pat,

      Well, yesterday certainly was. And today, not only rainy, but quite cold as well. But, I’m still having a great time.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Peterson - May 12, 2019 - 6:12 AM

    Good morning, Laurel. Happy Mothers Day to you, as well. I’m sitting in bed drinking coffee reading about throw pillows … a wonderful start to my Mother’s Day.
    Just as a FYI, I’ll let you know that my Etsy order from Pop O Color, promised for April 1st has not shown up and they’ve not responded to three of my inquiries. Maybe they are on a hiatus of some sort or no longer in business?
    Enjoy your weekend and thanks for sharing your amazing talents.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 1:51 PM

      Hi Elaine,

      That is very weird. I’ve never had anything like that happen on Etsy. I wonder if there’s a higher-up customer service that could intervene or give you further information. And, HMD to you, too!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - May 12, 2019 - 4:02 AM

    Dear Laurel,
    My head is spinning! This is excellent information, and I didn’t know there was so much to throw pillows. Thank you so much for your sources, and I will be bookmarking this article.

    Happy Mother’s Day 🎉ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 10:46 AM

      Thank you Michelle. Same to you! I know. Who knew that there was so much to throw pillows? The truth is that there’s so much to EVERYTHING in this business. It is not nearly as easy as it first appears to be.

      Well, to others reading this, my son is calling my name. What a treat this is!!! I’ll answer the rest of the comments later… Thank you all so much!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - May 12, 2019 - 3:31 AM

    Great info, Laurel. Thank you.
    When I have guests the pillows almost always seem to be in the way and the guests are not sure where to put them, want to get them out of their way. Some pillows end up on the floor. Obviously I am doing something wrong. What to do?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 10:44 AM

      Hi Catherine,

      I’m surprised that you don’t know. Of course, you hand-cuff your guests so that they won’t be tempted to throw your beautiful pillows on the floor! ;] But, seriously, everyone does that. Particularly men. :]ReplyCancel

  • Parnassus - May 12, 2019 - 2:40 AM

    Hello Laurel, I agree with you about the importance of the existence and quality of throw pillows, although I think this is something that most men would not want to acknowledge. Also, I understand the looks of layers and richness, but banked pillows bother me visually, and are also uncomfortable–where are you supposed to put the extra pillows when you sit down?

    Your joke about Jennifer Aniston shows that she needs to watch this classic commercial with Kelly LeBrock. You might remember it–it was possibly the most ridiculed commercial ever:


    –Jim
    p.s. Did you get my photos of Shandy Hall and its scenic paper?ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - May 12, 2019 - 10:42 AM

      Hi Jim,

      Oh, what a pisher that ad is! Although, Pantene is garbage with clever brandking/marketing, including the name. I’m sorry if I forgot to reply to your note. It’s been an intense week with the product update and then going away and having to double-up a little.ReplyCancel

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