Karen from Strictly Simple Style
is a Midwestern girl who delivers beautiful, affordable design.
I remember smiling reading one of her
posts where her daughter's friend commented (totally paraphrasing here)
that nothing ever stays in one place for long in their home.
Then, I knew I loved Karen!
A girl after my own heart...and OF COURSE...she has a pillow problem, too...
Hi everyone, I'm Karen from Strictly Simple Style. I am a card carrying member of
Pillow Addicts Anonymous and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
I love experimenting with new looks in my home and swapping out the pillows is
the most cost effective way I know to do that.
Just about a year ago I was completely caught up in the light and bright trend and
my choice of pillows reflected that.
As winter approached I was yearning for a change to a warmer, cozy feel in my room. A darker wall color and black and white chairs were added. Time to switch out the pillows again!
By keeping high ticket furniture pieces in neutral colors, it's easy to add color, pattern and texture to a room in the form of pillows. The entire mood of a room can change dramatically as well.
Let me illustrate. These bright pillow covers that I picked up on clearance at Pottery Barn normally brighten up the bed in my guest room, but I could toss them on my white sofa to instantly give my room a casual, cheery feel.
But look what happens when I trade one pillow and reposition another. The look to me is a bit nautical and slightly more masculine.
The above looks feel summery to me but that's an easy change with the help of pillows. These neutral pillow covers could help me transition into the cooler weather.
Presto chang-o! By flipping the brown pillow over to reveal a different fabric on the reverse side of this cover I get an entirely new look, perfect for autumn. Reversible pillow covers equal more bang for your buck. I think I'll use the leaf patterned pillow on the brown leather chairs in our tv room this fall.
I regularly stalk my favorite online retailers like Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and West Elm to find new pillow covers when they go on sale. Buying pillow inserts in standard sizes saves money, just unzip the old cover and replace with a new one.
You probably won't find this hard to believe, but I'm ready for a change again. I'm having white slipcovers made for my black and white chairs to give me more options. I'm already daydreaming about new pillow covers in a deep amethyst. Give me a nudge if you see any.
A big thank you to Mary Ann for letting me share my story of how pillow addiction affects my life-for the better!
Great tips for changing seasons, Karen. Looking forward to what you do next.
Guess I need to start thinking about the Fall pillows for MY neutral back drop.