She reveals that when working on a new project, early on, she'll select an anchor fabric to be the impetus for the overall vision of the room.
The anchor fabric is typically a fabric that she is very inspired by and whose colors and pattern serve as a springboard for subsequently selecting complementary fabrics, trims, rugs, window treatments, and other pieces.
Since she typically uses solid fabrics on larger pieces of furniture, the anchor fabric is usually reserved for smaller pieces such as pillows. Small doses of a fabulous fabric goes a long way towards adding personality and making a statement in the room.
We were so honored that Paloma chose to feature our pillows in her book (pg 77!) and list us in the recommended Resources section. Below are her picks for which of our pillows she'd use as anchors and which other pillows she'd combine them with:
Pillow Combinations That Start With an Anchor Fabric
For more on Paloma's design process, inspiration and tips, be sure to pick up her book!
The right insert or filler is essential to a great looking decorative pillow. In short, we recommend feather down inserts that are 2" larger than the cover and have a ratio of 90% feathers and 10% down. Read on to learn more.
What size insert should I get for my pillow cover?
- We generally recommend using inserts that are 2" larger all around than your finished pillow size. For example if you have an 18x18 pillow cover, you'll want to use a 20x20 insert. This will ensure that your pillow looks plump and luxurious. If the insert is too small, the pillow cover will look saggy. The exceptions to this rule:
- pillows smaller than 18x18 and most lumbars- these work best with inserts that are 1" larger (instead of 2" larger)
- extra large pillows (24x24 and larger)- these will also work well with inserts that are 3" to 4" larger than the cover
- extra dense inserts - this is rare - they're usually not dense enough, however sometimes small rectangular inserts (such as 10x18) are full enough to use with covers of the same size (for example a 10x18 insert for a 10x18 cover)
- see our Insert Size Guide for size specific recommendations
What fill type should I get?
We recommend going with feather down inserts. Feathers provide firmness, weight, body and support, while down provides softness and comfort.
What feather/down ratio should I choose?
A higher percentage of down tends to be considered more luxurious, however depending on the use of the pillow, you'll want to be careful not to go too high on the down percentage as it will make it too soft and unsupportive. The ideal ratio for decorative pillows is 10%-25% down and 90%-75% feathers - not too firm and not too soft.
Below is a summary of the pros and cons of the various ratios:
- 95% feather / 5% down (95/5)
- lowest priced feather down blend option
- firm density
- due to the small percentage of down, some people may find it to be too stiff
- due to the majority of the fill being feathers, can sometimes be too prickly since the quills are more likely to poke out
- good if the pillow is just for looks and/or you like firm pillows
- 90% feather / 10% down (90/10)
- an ideal feather down ratio for decorative throw pillows
- not too soft and not too firm - provides support and flexibility
- softer than 95/5 inserts, firmer than 75/25 inserts
- 75% feather / 25% down (75/25)
- another ideal ratio for decorative throw pillows
- softer than the 90/10 pillows and usually higher priced due to higher percentage of down
- 50% feather / 50% down (50/50)
- soft-density and lightweight
- comfortable, however doesn't provide as much support as inserts with a higher percentage of feathers
- if used for decorative pillows, will require constant fluffing to keep it from looking flat
- better suited for pillows that are used for sleeping
What kind of insert should I get if I want to "karate chop" my pillows?
- Feather down pillow fillers will hold a chop.
Why are some inserts pricier than others?
- The majority of inserts you'll see available for sale are 95% feather and 5% down and these will be lower priced because the cost of feathers is lower than the cost of down. As the percentage of down increases, so will the price of the insert.
What if I'm allergic to down or feathers?
- If allergies are a concern, good quality alternative down inserts that mimic the softness of down are the next best thing.
For a quick tutorial on how to easily get your insert into your pillow cover, watch our Instagram story
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This post is part of our Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing Pillows.
How do you create a pillow combination that works? Below is a simple and easy-to-remember formula we like to use to effortlessly mix and match pillows plus some examples of it in action. Make it even easier by starting with a multi-color pillow to guide your color palette.
Doing this makes it so much simpler to sort through all the options and easily decide what will and won't work. Of course, it doesn't have to be an exact color match and you can bring in as many neutral pieces as you'd like, but by using the pillow palette as an overall guide, you'll ensure you are creating a cohesive look.
You can also do this with a piece of art or a rug, however what I love about pillows is that they're small enough to take along with you when you go out shopping for other pieces (tip: remove the insert and take only the cover).
Interior design by Shay Geyer of IBB Design
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Peonies are currently in season and I couldn't be happier because they are my absolute favorite flower. I picked up these pictured above from Trader Joe's earlier this month. They are the abalone pearl variety which are a beautiful vibrant pink. Of course with beauties like this, I like to make sure I take care of them so they stay fresh as long as possible. Here are some quick tips on how to do so:
- Buy them as buds - they don't look as pretty initially but they're less likely to get damaged during the car ride home and will for sure last longer. These ones pictured above were tight buds when I picked them up at the store and they started opening up within an hour. By the next day, they were fully open. If you want to help them along, you can put them in warm water or a warm location.
- Keep them away from direct sunlight - I made the mistake of putting an arrangement right next to a window that received a lot of direct sun, and came back to find out they had drastically lost their color and some petals had started falling off.
- Store them in the fridge at night - If you have the space, put them in your fridge. It will prolong their life.
- Cut the stems and replace the water every day or every other day - Use warm water if you want them to open up more, and cold water if they're already open. Cut the stems at a diagonal for maximum water absorption.
If you've followed me for some time, you may know about my obsession with French bistro chairs (just the other day instagrammed this photo). I always seem to be drawn to spaces incorporating this type of chair.
French bistro chairs tend to be expensive and hard to find (they're often sold just to those in the restaurant industry) so I was delighted to discover a budget-friendly source...Overstock! I don't have any space in my current home for these, but when we get a larger place - perhaps with a breakfast nook or nice outdoor area, I'll be getting some for sure. A little round-up below:
photo credit: cococozy