Styling a Bed

How was your weekend? We were bombarded with rain, so all outside projects were put on hold until it dries up a bit. However, it did allow me to focus on organizing my office for a while and I’m getting close to having it just the way I want it. Those of you who have been asking about my office closet makeover, I promise you will see the after photos soon. Between our basement renovation, the Outdoor Extravaganza and wrapping up client projects before summer holidays, that particular project took a back seat. I’m sure some of you can relate!

A while back, I stumbled upon a clever visual on Pinterest for arranging pillows on a bed. After tracking down the source, I discovered that Marissa from Marissa Waddell Interiors and Roost was the creator and I asked if she would share some tips for styling a bed. Thankfully she agreed, so here goes…



One of my favorite decorating duties is to pick out and arrange pillows. There are literally a million ways to style pillows on a bed! I made this little cheat sheet of my 10 favorite ways… but how do I decide which one to use? That decision process is usually three steps for me:


Tips for Styling A Bed


1. How big is the bed? 
King-size beds usually require arrangements with two or three big Euro pillows. Queen-size beds can handle standard or Euro arrangements. Most of these arrangements work for twin-size beds, too– just half the number of pillows (round down for odd numbers).
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Satori Blog Updates + Guest Posting for Cre8ive Motives

Are you looking for new ways to advertise or promote your shop/site? There are several opportunities available at Satori Design for Living including monthly sidebar sponsorshipgiveaways, product reviews and more! You can check out the Sponsorship Information page to inquire about any or all of these opportunities.

NEW! Starting this month, I’m seeking and scheduling shops for a new sponsorship opportunity called Fab Find Deal. Every month, I will do a post that showcases up to four shops that provide a discount code exclusive to Satori readers for one fabulous product or the entire shop.

Here’s how it will work:

Fab Find Deal {Aya Designs}

Fab Find Deal- Aya Designs

Fantastic deal this month on Aya Designs! Aya’s shop has beautiful jewelry pieces handcrafted with the best quality stones, pearls and crystals.

 Enjoy 30% Off the entire Aya Designs online shop by entering coupon code Satori30 at the checkout. Ends May 31, 2012.


Note: Aya volunteered her shop to demonstrate how Fab Find Deal will work in the coming months. The coupon code is indeed valid for Satori readers, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and start shopping. Thank you Aya!

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To switch gears a little, today I’m guest posting over at Cre8ive Motives. Mandy’s blog is full of interior design inspiration, as well as impressive DIY projects.

Cre8tive Motives Blog

Come check out my formula for adding interest and personality to a room with decorative pillows.


 {via Look Linger Love}

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Decorative Pillows On My Mind

Do you remember disliking Sundays as a kid? My husband and I were just talking about this the other day and my son was “WHAT!” He happens to be a big fan of Sundays and I can say I’ve grown to love them too. We’re not big on sleeping in (and our dog wouldn’t let us anyway), but I cherish getting up and having a coffee in front of the fireplace, talking about what’s currently going on, what we want to do in the future and anything else that comes up. This is one of my favorite parts of the week.

Today my husband is traveling, so it’s a bit of a different Sunday. Although I’m missing our Sunday ritual, all is not lost. I’ve decided to take advantage of the extra hours to finally get to some projects that have been on the back burner. Before Christmas I ordered some lovely fabric I want to make new pillow covers out of. It has been sitting in my office taunting me. Today I can finally say- “No more, you get your wish!”

{via Dwell Studio}

I think it’s the perfect fabric to breathe a bit of Spring into my home. I’m hoping to find a few additional fabrics in smaller-scaled patterns and a solid to pull the whole thing together.

This week, while working on a client project, I came across a few ready-made pillows that knocked my socks off. Although they’re not the perfect complement to my fabric, they will definitely work in other rooms.

{via Z Gallerie}

I think a few pillows like these will make their way to my home very soon!

Speaking of pillows, I’m often asked how to combine different fabrics and how to know when too much is too much. It’s really a personal preference and it depends on what else is going on in the room. With that being said, if the furniture pieces are neutral, I like to combine:

  • one large-scaled print
  • two or three small-scaled prints
  • one or two solids

It isn’t always that simple and often depends on the different textures of fabrics and other features of the room (paint color, area rug, accessories, etc.), but it’s a general rule to follow.

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