Decorating For Christmas With Pillows!
Yikes! Yes, I know we still have the Thanksgiving Holiday to enjoy, and I am going to really enjoy all that wonderful eating.
But in the meantime, I decided to start checking out my pillow stash for the change-over from Autumn to Christmas decor.
For the pictures below, I sat most of the pillows on the two sofas, but some will go in the bedrooms and on other chairs. This is sort of my staging area as I decide where I want what.
Did that make sense?
My dear readers, I have a confession to make.
I love pillows and someone might say that I am a pillow addict.
I am not sure when it started, perhaps it was a Christmas many years ago when I saw a soft, white pillow with the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling blue blanket embroidered beautifully on the cover…. and Santa Clause in his bright, red suit kneeling beside the manger, his hands in prayer. My friends, I just had to have that pillow so it went home with me and I placed it on my sofa…and so the journey began.
Today, I am going to share a few of the pillows I am bringing out for my Christmas decorating.
Now, one can go online and find the most adorable pillows and when I am shopping the brick-and-mortar stores…I make sure I go through the pillow aisle to see what treasures I may find.
I have been asked where do you store your pillows and the answer is simple.
Most of the pillows I buy are the covers only.
Yep! I buy the covers and change out the pillows with down inserts. The cover above is buttoned but most are just openings in the back so you can just slip the insert inside.
This way I can store the covers folded neatly in a drawer and change out my rooms for the changes in seasons or just because I am ready for a different look.
From time to time, I will see a pillow that I can not live without and it is not a cover but a bonified cover sewn on pillow and those I store in baskets in my linen closet….and I have a few in a labeled box in my garage.
Yep! When I change out the pillows for a new season. I give the pillows a good shake and punch them a few times to redistribute the feathers or down in the insert…gently of course, as I don’t want my pillows to be flat which can make them appear old and tired.
I use big baskets in each room of my home to hold these pillows if guests find them uncomfortable for their backs, etc. It is so easy to toss them in the basket and set them back out when guests have gone.
My pillows are like working with artwork. Not only are the patterns pretty and attractive, they take the blank canvas of one’s sofa or chairs by providing pops of color, design and texture that make a room look as if a designer worked their magic.
Adding pops of color with pillows works especially if your room is neutral. Last Spring and Summer the Captain and I painted our combination living room, dining room and kitchen a light shade of gray and repainted all the dark, stained woodwork white. Now, I can add any color I want to the room.
Excuse the darkness of the pic above and the pic below as I didn’t have any lighting on and it was very overcast. And with all the cooking and baking for Thanksgiving, I didn’t edit the pictures. Sorry! but I am sure you get the idea.
If your room is not neutral, some colors may limit your choices in regards to pillows,but I am sure you know what colors work best for your room and my advice to you is go with what you have. There are all kinds of colors and patterns of pillows on the market today.
In a future post, I will discuss the groupings of pillows that will best suit any room, because scale is important.
But this is the Holiday season and almost anything goes as far as Christmas decor goes.
If something doesn’t look right to you…then it most likely isn’t right.
However, if you like it…then go with it!
Karole Jacobsen says
Love pillows – have a few Christmas ones that are usually in a red wicker basket. Am anxious to start getting my holiday “stuff” out.
For some reason, Christmas seems to be coming earlier this year and yet, I know different. So I am anxious to get the decor going…I am like a little kid I guess. Luv ya