Monday, July 30, 2012

Pillow Ideas

One of the ways I like to change up the look of a room for pennies, besides paint, is throw pillows.  I usually always sew my own pillow covers because it's much cheaper that way.  Even if you find some fabric that is a little on the pricey side per yard, you can always just buy a half a yard to cut the price.  And really, that is all you need anyway.  I like to use plain canvas for the backs of my pillows and the pretty fabric for the front.  That may seem like an obvious thing to do but actually,
 I didn't figure that out till this past year.  :)

Lately, I've been making some small pillow changes in our living room mainly to give it a little more color.  If you follow us on Facebook, you know that we purchased these new bamboo blinds from Lowe's several months ago.  Previously, we had sheers on the windows and I was beginning to hate how they really absorb dirt and dust.  For a family with allergies, that's not so good.  So, we ditched them and purchased the bamboo blinds.  They are the roll-up kind and inexpensive.  
I am so happy with them.  

By far, the question I am asked the most via email is where did we buy our bamboo shades in our kitchen and dining area.  Unfortunately, I don't think they are available any longer.  We bought them about 6 years ago and recently tried to find another set without any luck.
But I like these just as much.

I was so excited to come across this pillow cover at Restoration Hardware ON CLEARANCE a few months ago.  It's a tiny pillow but who cares.  I loved it and it wasn't a budget buster.

The fabric on the pillow behind it came from here.
It was almost $16 per yard but I just bought a half a yard, cutting the price in half.
I love that will allow you to buy a half instead of a whole.

So, that's it for now.  Stay tuned for more pillow changes coming up....

Have a great Monday!



  1. those are great pillows Diana, and they look good in your room.
    congrats on the rh find for a sweet price.

  2. Dear Diana,

    Love your blog!

    I coudn't agree more with your cost-saving theory:-) by making the pillows by yourself. Besides, it's so much fun.


  3. Love your pillow, I just ordered one similar from etsy. Waiting with bated breath....

  4. You have such a pretty living room! I love your style and tips. If I ever learn to sew I will have to remember your fabric tips. Have a wonderful day! ~ Jamie

  5. I just re-did our bedroom pillows by sewing them and saved around $300. It took a lot of time and energy but it was so worth it!

  6. Diana,
    Your pillows are pretty.And just the right pop of color too!

  7. Love the pillows! I am so with you on this. I was going to paint my living room in my favorite shade of robin's egg blue but then decided I am going to go grey and just get my fav color in there with pillows, frames, etc. That way if in the fall I want some "fallish" colors I won't regret my wall color choice. I will just change the pillows and be happy.

  8. Just "Stumbled" across your blog today... YAAAAAH for me!!! Gorgeous Cottage Style Home...... Beautiful pillows.... and I wanted to add.... love bamboo shades and have some that look almost exactly like yours.... I actually found them on!!! .... so excited about following your blog!!! Terri


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