Interior Designer Lee Waters

Never afraid to embrace a little edge and quirk, our designer friend Lee Waters is an expert at crafting bold homes for families who are ready to add more fun, funk, and function to their lives. Below she shares with us her tips for choosing pillows when you want a room that's stylish and chic but also very livable and family-friendly. 

Olive Green Velvet Sectional Sofa with Decorative Pillows | Design by Lee Waters Interior DesignerPhoto credit: Khand Tenney Photography

Photo credit: Gordon Gregory Photo


  1. Get a patterned pillow fabric. Marks can be camouflaged when they invariably appear, as they do.

  2. Get your pillow fabric on both sides instead of having a solid-backed option. Then should something irreparable happen, you can flip!

  3. Kid-friendly materials, could be performance, like Crypton or Sunbrella, or fabrics with synthetic fibers like polyester. Another great option is high quality velvets with a soil-resistant finish and a high durability rating.

  4. If you have linen blend fabrics, spray covers with ScotchGuard to help liquids bead up and protect against stains.

  5. Don't be afraid to invest in some beautiful pillow covers because you're teaching your kids to live with beautiful things, it will add joy to your life every time you see them, and if mom's happy, everyone's happy.

LEE'S PILLOW PICKS Pillow Combination - Leopard Velvet, Plum Luxe Velvet, Sinhala Linen Jewel | Lee Waters's Pillow Picks

Leopard Velvet | Plum Luxe Velvet | Sinhala Linen Jewel

 Adras Ikat Blue and GreenJade Green Velvet | Chiang Mai Alabaster


Vanderbilt Velvet Black | Orange Linen | Jungle Jet


Make sure to follow her on Instagram and learn more about her interior design services by visiting her website. Lee also teaches an on-demand design course called Take Back Your Home for anyone ready to stop being a #mommymartyr at home.

Photo credit: Gordon Gregory Photo