Decorative Pillows On My Mind

Take a look at a few of my favourite decorative pillows, as well as tips for creating a beautiful pillow story in your own space.

Do you remember disliking Sundays as a kid? My husband and I were just talking about this the other day and our son’s response 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 our fireplace. It’s our time to catch up on what’s currently going on, what we want to do in the future and anything else that comes up. This is one of my favourite 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 procrastination. You get your wish!”

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

Decorative Pillows

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.

I think a few pillows like these will make their way into our 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 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 colour, area rug, accessories, etc.), but it’s a general rule to follow.

You can see more of my tips for mixing throw pillows in the living room.

Here are some inspiration photos of well-done pillow stories:

You can also see how I decorated a bench with pillows in printed linen fabric.

Looking for decorative pillow ideas for the bedroom? Get these tips for styling a bed.

How about you? Do you like to mix several colours or are you a neutral kind of girl? Do you like a sofa full of throw pillows or do you prefer simple and paired back?

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Enjoy your Sunday, 

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. Hi Shauna,
    Sundays for me are good but as it gets to the evening I do tend to think here we go again, we all lead such busy lives that weekends are to be cherished with our families. 

    As for cushions, I have way to many and still adding to my collection, they are all various kinds. 
    It’s a bit spooky but I too have blogged recently on both of these subjects. 
    Loved reading your blog by the way, and will return often.

    1. I love that I now work from a home office and don’t have that “here we go again feeling.” It has been really liberating, although I do get swamped at times!
      Love your blog as well!

  2. I love lots of pillows in coordinating colors in different prints and sizes!!  I love that fabric you are using! Great post!

    1. Thanks Rekha! I love the line of pillows you have as well. My husband brought me back some fabric from India and I’m thinking of making some pillow covers out of it as well.

  3. Nothing like a new pillow to quickly update a room, love the beautiful soft colors in the fabric you chose! The prints from Z Gallerie would definitely make a staement!

  4. I love those Z Gallerie pillows! I’ve had my eye on them but my husband says I have to stop, since we have 12 pillows in our living room already:) They are an eclectic mix of textures and patterns, but I’d love to find more covers so I could change things with the seasons like you.

    1. I think they drive my family nuts at times because there are certain ones I let them lay on and others that are purely for decoration (especially the cashmere and silk!). Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m off to check yours out!

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