Dont get me wrong, there is nothing quite like custom-made pillows that you’ve painstakingly measured for, specifying the exact size, style, edge detail and trim for – in the fabric that goes perfectly with your room scheme. But I’ve learned that’s not always necessary as there are so many great ready-made pillow sources out there, seemingly more each day. In a perfect world you would use a combination of ready-made and custom pillows, but there is no reason to panic around installation week, or while prepping for a photo shoot, if you dont have all the pillows in order. Here is a round up of our favorite stocked and ready-made pillows we love:
Anke Drechsel pillows are a long-time favorite I first learned about seeing them at Gracious Home on the upper east side many years ago. While their velvet pillows with metallic fringe trim are a favorite, their floral patterns are just as on point and elegant. Head over to John Derian or ABC Home if you’re in NYC, or check their website to see their nearest retailer near you.
John Robshaw is known for his vibrantly-colored hand block prints that work in a beach bungalow just as well as in an eclectic urban living room, or my favorite, in a child’s bedroom. His neutral-colored patterns like this one would be perfect year round for a sofa or chaise.
Aviva Stanoff pillows just speak for themselves like a couture gown. They are so elegant, have a hand-made quality and the perfect anecdote to a formal living room, or a master bedroom to take the decor a step up. The icing on the cake is they are now available at Barney’s, ABC Home and Gracious Home, or online.
Seville Bouclé Pillows are the perfect layering pillows. Boucle is not going out of style anytime soon, and with the fun matching fringe, they can work on their own, or with a pattern pillow in front of it. It comes in 3 neutral colors and 3 sizes, and you can find them online or at L’Object and Gracious Home.
Velvet Throw Pillows from World Market can be a lifesaver and are perfect pillows for layering in literally any room. They are polyester velvet meaning they can come in saturated colors, and are soft and stain-resistant. I have used these in several projects with pretty floral or texture-rich pillows in front of them, and their lumbar shape is perfect for tough sofa corners. Their $9.99 starting price cant be beat and World Markets are seem to be popping up everywhere, or you can buy online.
Hudson Park Collection, Bloomingdales own brand, is a collection of subtle, understated while sophisticated textured pillows in neutral colors. As Hudson Park is their house brand, there’s no hefty price tag and they are made to last. Perfect for fillers before a photo shoot, but you’ll want to keep them for good.
The Rome Pillow collection from Ann Gish is perfection in beautiful soft jewel tones. I first learned about the brand when I found myself in need of luxurious bedding for several projects all at once, and fell in love with this line that while having linen and silk content, is machine washable. Im not sure if Ann’s other patterns are washable but wouldn’t be surprised, and its a huge selling point. I cant think of many fabrics as luxurious and elegant, that can be tossed in a washing machine, and you can find them in their showroom, Gracious Home or online.
Hope you’ve enjoyed our throw pillow round up. Now your turn to share your favorite pillow sources! All the very best, SE