Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pillow Talk

The family room progress is slow going, but during my summer blogging hiatus YiaYia came over and helped me sew pillows for the family room. And I use the phrase "helped me" loosely as it congers up images of her assisting me. Truth is, YiaYia managed to whip out 4 pillows in the time it took me to layout the design for my one.  

If we walk down memory lane, you'll recall that we started off with our originally cream monogram pillows from Ballard designs and layered on the Ikea toile pillows.

We then brought the blue & white to the other side of the room with two matching throw pillows on the leather club chairs. YiaYia took a $3 white pillow cover from Ikea and sewed a seersucker band down the center of the pillow and then trimmed it out with navy grosgrain. Now the pillows help to move your eye around the room & carry the colors from the mantel to that side of the family room.

As for my single contribution to the room, I put together a fret work pillow following the tutorial I created for my outdoor pillows. For whatever reason, this time the pillow took me forever to complete & was exhausting. For that reason, there is only one but I think it adds a nice graphic punch to the corner of the couch. 

And paired with the solid navy pillow w/ white piping & a 24x24 seersucker sham with navy piping (both made by YiaYia from remnant fabrics I had in my stash), they anchor the center of the couch and add a bit of masculinity to the room.

Now I'm on the hunt for a few good orange pillows to toss into the mix when the Fall finally comes. It is in the 90s today so seersucker still feels completely appropriate in my book! I've been browsing esty & when I finally pick the winners I'll be sure to let you all know.

I'll be back tomorrow to share what I decided to do with the fireplace mantel & my much too small DIY artwork.


  1. Those fretwork pillows are simply stunning! Thanks for your sweet comments on my post today. You are one of those amazing moms who seem to do it all with such grace!!

  2. Why buy pillows? Find some great orange fabric and have your mom make those too. If you think she wouldn't mind.


  3. I adore this combo, so personalized! I also am loving the idea of some orange thrown in! Impressive work ladies :)


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