As I mentioned in phase one of our living room makeover waaaay back in January, I bought five 20×20 down pillow inserts at Ikea for something like $5 a piece. Tired of having to retire saggy pillows, I thought down inserts might be a smart upgrade. Not only do they hold their shape better, it’s much easier to store an unused pillow cover than an entire throw pillow (did I mention our place is snug?).Here is my dream pillow combination. I used the guidelines I talked about in an earlier post about how to combine pillows. But $291 on pillow cases? I don’t think so. I get the advice that it’s better to save up to get the highest quality you can afford and invest in the pieces you really love. And I do really love these pieces…today. And tomorrow I might love something else. I’m still just gaining my decorating bearings. So maybe if I was eying a hutch that I envisioned being passed down through the generations would saving up my pennies make sense. But these are pillow cases. Plus I knew I would be able to recreate a similar effect for less if I was just patient enough. Here’s what I cam up with:
So the throw blanket isn’t exactly a pillow but I couldn’t find the color and texture I wanted for a price I was comfortable with and this rust colored nubby blanket fits the bill perfectly. The throw blanket was from Marshall’s.The pair of Greek key pillowcases were bought on closeout on Etsy and the Richloom Giverny in Chamelion pillowcase is from Gina Sew Stuff‘s Etsy shop. Gina has been one of the most responsive and helpful Etsy owners I’ve worked with and her pillows are quality—I highly recommend checking out her shop! If you squint, I think the colors and pattern are somewhat similar to Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon print, whaddya think?I thought pillows would complete the space but I’m still feeling like something is amiss. Maybe the couch is just not tailored enough?I also picked up this woven basket from Marshall’s for $13 to store the throw blanket in.
And if you follow Brave New Home on Facebook, you’ll recognize this gallery light I picked up from a thrift shop for $3. I literally spent more on light bulbs than the fixture itself! I just mounted it to a piece of scrap wood painted white.
Do you prefer envelope folds or zippered enclosures for your pillowcases? And are you with me, do you feel like even with the pillows the couch area is missing some oomph? What is it? I’m scratching my head here…