Monday, April 25, 2011

single and loving it


Although I'm a happily married woman, I'm digging the singles scene, with pillows that is.

A few months back I noticed the big fluffy pillow above at my client Sara's house.
I was instantly intrigued. A single pillow, what a novel idea.
I usually have the more is better philosophy when it comes to throw pillows, but this clean look had me changing my tune.
This look is great for a few reasons:

1. It is a great way to give a lot of impact to the space with a single pattern

2. Those of us who have kids know all the pillows end up on the floor anyway,
so this would make for quicker and easier clean up.

3. It offers a more streamlined and tailored look and allows you to show of the lines of the sofa.

4. If there is a fabric you love, but the price tag scares you this is a
great way to employ the fabric because you only need 1 yard.

After I spotted this look at Sara's house I started noticing it all over.
This gorgeous spread is from Cococozy.
I love how the magenta pillow pops against that white sofa
A lovely Ashley Hicks pattern from John's Journal.
This lady might not be single, but she's certainly the star of the show.
embracing minimalism
big and fluffy from Southern Living
Bright and cheerful from BHG.

So what do you think?
Do you like the single pillow look or do you think your pillows should have company?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

34 comments:

  1. I'm still debating in my living room but I'm liking it! My pillows are ALWAYS on the floor. Seems like a novel idea to me!

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  2. I love it, and I have just lately been thinking to do this exact thing on my sofa! One large lumbar. Awesome.

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  3. I love! And you are right all the pillows do end up on the floor. Clean up would be quick!

    Jennifer

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  4. I personally like a lot of different pillows but the one pillow in your clients house looks amazing!

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  5. Brilliant! I especially agree with it because I've got two little ones and one of the things that irks me practially out of my dang mind is my pillows getting thrown everywhere...this might be my solution (c;

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  6. I love this look - and I love the fabric on the first photo's pillow - do you happen to know what it is?

    I really appreciate it!

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  7. I've never even considered one big pillow but I do love how this looks. Myy problem would be choosing just one fabric when so many gorgeous ones are out there!

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  8. I like individual pillows because I can arrange them perfectly for comfort. You totally could not curl up and lie down on the couch. The lumbar would be in the way, and then the whole thing ends up on the floor. I think it looks good for pictures, but not in reality.

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  9. I am in between, but you make a good point on number two!

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  10. I was just eyeing that one from southern living! I have a loveseat that really calls for this look. Haven't looked for a pillow form in a long length yet, though. Hoping it wouldn't have to be totally custom!

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  11. I think it looks awesome, but I don't know a lot of people who like to actually lean back on a pillow--they usually move them out of the way. This pillow would be hard to move when company wants to sit down, and uncomfortable to actually lean back on.

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  12. LOVE it - thanks for this post and for sharing this idea!

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  13. I just saw that Southern Living picture on another blog and I have to say, I think I like it! My husband hates pillows all over our couch so I think he would especially enjoy this.

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  14. Love it, and have it on the settee in my foyer.

    http://40daysof.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/new-pillows/

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  15. I love the look of a long pillow. My crazy-pattern sofa is in need of one I think. Something simple & neutral. I love the idea!

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  16. "the singles scene" ...so funny! good points. i'm convinced, i love it! xo

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  17. had a single long lumbar for awhile on my sofa but hubbie then squishes it up under his feet. nice.

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  18. That is so funny... I went from one pillow to many on my sofa! I love both looks, but just needed a change. I think it depends on the sofa and client. Great inspiration for someone looking to make an impact on a budget!!

    Tiffany @{Living Savvy} www.savvydesignwest.com

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  19. i think it is best done in the southern living image..which has been a favourite of mine..a lumbar cushion in a striking pattern againt the monochromatic cushions in the background! thanks for sharing..have a lovely day..do visit my blog when you have a moment! xx meenal

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  20. Love this look! I've been smitten with the Southern Living image -- thanks for sharing more great pictures.

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  21. Love the long, lumbar pillow look! That last photo with the little boy is actually from Cottage Living, God rest it's soul!

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  22. I like the look of lots of pillows, but I agree this is so eye catching! My brilliant friend made a long bolster pillow on the cheap by rolling up and duct-taping a king sized pillow, and then covering it in a pretty fabric. I've been meaning to try it, and now these photos you've shown are really making me want to!

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  23. I, too, love the look of lots of pillows, but I have to say, I love the pillow in the first picture! That fabric is amazing!

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  24. I'm on board! They all look great. Pulled together without being fussy.

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  25. I'm planning on utilizing this idea in my new house, a small 1930's cottage. I think its great for small spaces!

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  26. I'm loving it! I saw that same picture in Southern Living a few months back and thought it looked fantastic (although that one is so large I think you'd have a hard time finding room to actually sit on the couch). I have a bunch of pillows- which I love- on my LR couch, but I do have to say I've noticed guests awkwardly trying to rearrange them to make a place to sit comfortably. My family usually just tosses them on the floor, but when we have company, I quickly remember that they aren't so comfortable doing the same. I think a single lumbar pillow (the size of the Ashley Hicks patterned one) would be perfect!

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  27. I love it...such a clean look, but makes a big impact!!

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  28. I think it definitely depends on the look you are going for. Using more pillows definitely gives you more versatility but the single pillow definitely makes a statement! I love the look of both though. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Such a simple piece that makes such a big impact, in an unexpected way. I am in!!!

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  30. Love these pillows have always liked to use them for their unique shape instead of the regular square.

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  31. I absolutely love this idea...I may have to try this. We just bought fabric for my daughter's room and planned to make a bunch of little pillows....I'm now thinking one long patchwork one.

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  32. I recently made a large pillow like these for my bedroom, but I'm thinking about using it on the sofa now! Thanks!

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