for the love of a house • Pillow Addict Guest

Joan from for the love of a house and her husband are doing an amazing 
job restoring their antique farm house in New Hampshire.
Source: Renovation Style
When I read on Cote de Texas that their home was featured in the current 
Renovation Style, I ran out and bought the issue.  It is a great home tour!
Thinking of Joan, 
I picture her cozy fireside kitchen below and
her beautiful cobble stoned walkway.  

With Joan's attention to detail, I was sure she was another pillow nut...

 Thank you to the lovely and talented Mary Ann for inviting me to participate in her "Pillow Addict" series.   It is a well known fact in our house that I have "pillow issues."  So, it's time to come clean...

 Over the years I have designed three custom sofas for our home and within weeks of each one being delivered I have removed the back cushions (that I just had made;) and replaced them with lots of pillows!  (And, for the record- three sets of back cushions take up a lot of space in the attic;) I feel pillows send the message:  please relax and be comfortable in this room!

 As a lover of antiques I often use vintage and antique fabrics in making pillows. Here are pillows from around the farmhouse: Our living room sofa, sans back cushions, is covered with down-filled pillows.  The 18th and 19th century antique tapestries that I had made into pillows are my very best antiquing find and buy...ever!  They share the sofa with light cocoa colored swirl-patterned pillows from Home Goods and two gray velvet pillows, the covers were found at Ikea.  The covers were too large for this grouping, so I had my upholsterer re-size them.
I adore repurposing vintage fur muffs into pillows.  This one is mink. This small pillow, the same velvet on the sofa, was sized to perfectly fit the French chair.
 An antique tapestry piece with pea-green ticking is a pillow in the master closet.
Chocolate velvet pillow from Ikea with antique tapestry pillow on the chaise in the master bedroom.
This pillow was made using the reverse side of the fabric which was softer in color and worked better in the master bedroom.
A large antique Flemish verdure tapestry pillow in one of the guest bedrooms.
This gorgeous piece of  antique red velvet and hand-stitched gold scroll-work was originally a bell pull.  The large linen pillow expands the width of the full-sized bed in the other guest bedroom. 
 Another vintage muff turned pillow- this one in leopard sits in a chair in the reading room.
Antique tapestry pillows at the kitchen dining room table.
  Master bedroom bed pillows.  The large pillow is made from an antique kilim rug. And, finally- another mink muff made into a pillow in the master bath.
Beautiful, unique pillows!!  Great mix of textures with new and antique materials. 
Thanks, Joan.  
Please visit for the love of a house.  


  1. Absolutely beautiful pillows! I LOVE the ones you made using the vintage fabrics! LOVELY- xo Diana

  2. I always love to see more of Joan's house from every angle and the "pillow angle" is no exception. How creative to turn vintage muffs into pillows. Love that she mixes in ordinary things from places like IKEA as well...it all look so beautiful!

  3. Joan's taste is exquisite and it shows in all of the beautiful pillows she has all around her house. The tapestry pillows are gorgeous and fabulous to have a pillow made of mink!!

    Thanks for featuring Joan...it's hard not to imagine why her lovely home is in a magazine!!


  4. What a pretty post! I love each and every pillow featured, and Joans house is a real treat, I follow her blog and always enjoy seeing her latest project. Beautiful pillows, thank you both for this great post!

  5. So warm and cozy. I love the pillows and her house!

  6. The mix of textures is great - I love the pillow in the master. And I love the mix of vintage looks as well.

  7. I just love Joan's home! That green velvet pillow in the master - there is something so lovely about that soft color - beautiful!

  8. Joan's home is beautiful, and each and every pillow is exquisite!
    Have a lovely evening, Mary Ann. Stop by for a visit at Classic Chic Home when you have a free moment or two.
    ~ Wendi ~

  9. What a unique collection of pillows, love the Ikea paried with antique tapestry and the luxurious look of the muffs and the kilim rug - truly beautiful!

  10. I LOVE Joan's home, and it was so fun getting up close and personal with her pillows! What a brilliant idea to use pillows in place of back cushions. My favorite is the antique rug turned pillow. It's gorgeous!

  11. Mary Ann, I am a big fan of Joan and her beautiful home. She has such wonderful style!

  12. What fabulous pillows and I think that the mink pillows are divine!

    I will be in Paris by Friday and I wish that you were going to be there too, mon amie!


  13. Mary Ann,Joan's home is beautiful. I am going to go buy Renovation. Thanks

  14. Joan has great style. Her beautiful pillow collection and the unique materials she uses is just more proof of her talent.

  15. Mary Ann and Joan,

    Great pillow post and love the assortment of pillows new and repurposed. Pillows are an obvious home enhancer for many and it's great to change them out for the season too. Lovely home Joan and your pillows have got me thinking of possibilities for some of my clients too!

    Thanks Ladies have a great weekend.


  16. Oh my, I am not surprised to see the attention Joan has put into her pillows with the vintage fabrics. And you can bet that if I EVER see a fur muff while "on the hunt", i'll be sure to turn it into a pillow! Great ideas! I love Joan's blog and better

  17. All stunning pillows and I lean toward the neeedlepoint/tapestry type.

    I am excited to find your blog and am your new follower. I shall look forward to your visit

    Helen Tilston

  18. I love Joan's blog and it is so fun to see this great line-up of her beautiful pillows. Love the mix of old and new together. All making a seamless presentation on each piece of furniture!! Joan has a real talent for mixing textiles, Happy Halloween weekend, Kathysue

  19. I love Joan's house and her pillows! Fabulous use of vintage fabrics, and a wonderful array of sizes custom fit to each chair or sofa. I wouldn't expect anything less from my friend with such exquisite taste!!

  20. I'm afraid I am late to my own party!! We have been without power for three days...
    Thank you all for you very sweet comments, and thank you again to Mary Ann for inviting me over!


  21. Joan's home is about as lovely and cozy as it gets. I love all of her vintage tapestry pillows.

  22. Those pillows are stunning especially the one on the master's bed. I could sleep hugging that pillow all night.

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  24. What a lovely home! I love all of the pillows! Beautiful! You have inspired me to change the ones in my living room. Great post.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest


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