A guest bedroom in our Southampton home. Pillows from Danielle Oakey. Designer: ME!!!
I’ve had a heavy fashion focus on the blog and social media lately. With Fall arriving, it was easy to do with everyone putting away their shorts, sundresses, and swimsuits and hunting for sweaters and coats. But I’ve learned that many people who have an eye and love for fashion also strive to have a beautiful home. If I could afford it, I’d probably renovate our apartment every few years, but alas, I don’t have that budget. The great news is that one easy way to refresh and beautify your abode is by changing up pillows. I love the idea of a neutral sofa so that textiles can be used for an easy and affordable update. Some think I’m crazy because I love a white/off-white sofa (we have two in our beach home!) Rest assured, they’re covered with stain-resistant fabric (Perennials). The same goes for my beds—I like white bedding dressed with pillows and quilts at the end to add texture and/or color.
When I first started this blog, I wrote a post to share My Favorite Online Pillow Shops. And as time goes by and I “meet” more fabulous creators and business owners through social media, my list of favorites has grown. Hallelujah! So this post will feature a repeat or two and some newcomers. Here comes the fun stuff!
Howdy, Danielle! (Danielle Oakey. Photo via danielleoakeyshop.com)
Photo via danielleoakeyshop.com
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having a girl crush on Danielle Oakey. Danielle started her business on Etsy and was unexpectedly removed from the site, so she established a shop on her own at lightning speed to save her business. She’s weathered the storm (literally) through natural disasters like a flood in her basement that destroyed much of her inventory. She recently moved across the country. What started as a small business to supplement her family’s income while her husband was completing his medical residency/fellowship, has blossomed into a very successful woman-owned business. Can you say “girl power?” Danielle’s pillows dress the bed in a guest room in our Hamptons home (opening photo), and with the launch of her new Fall Collection, I’m dying to update elsewhere. Other reasons to love Danielle? She assembles pillow combos to make your life easy and take the guesswork out of decorating. Her textile patterns all work really well together to bring warmth and style to one’s home. It’s also fun and helpful to follow her on social media for tips on growing your small business.
Photo via linenandcloth.com
Linen and Cloth is also owned and run by a hardworking wife and mother of FOUR! Michelle has done it all: owned a home decor store, a staging and design business, and has enjoyed designing and decorating homes for others. She uses vintage textiles, as well as designer fabrics, to offer a diverse collection of both neutrals for soothing spaces and pops of color for a more lively aesthetic.
Photo via harbortheory.com
Two shops that have a smaller selection of pillows are Harbor Theory and Pillowpia. They both have offerings outside of pillows. Harbor Theory creates her own designs, and in addition to offering pillows made from them, she offers fabric by the yard in case you want to coordinate other parts of your room like window treatments and other bedding. In addition, she offers a small art collection to complete the look in your room.
Photo via pillowpia.com
Pillowpia also sells home items other than just pillows. But what I like about this shop is the collection of solid pillows with beautiful texture. She also carries pillows in found indigo fabrics and a few other patterns, but I find it’s often difficult to find solid colored pillows that aren’t custom, so three cheers for Pillowpia!
Photo via chloeandolive.com
Chloe and Olive is a wonderful place to go for pillows from your favorite designer textile makers. Think Schumacher’s Vanderbilt fabric (one of my new favorites). They also carry pillows in the Antelope design that I first fell in love with in a rug but now also love in pillows. You can shop by colorway. They offer $1 swatches so you can try before you buy. And pillows ship for free within 1-3 days.
Photo via dearkeaton.com
Dear Keaton is a home decor site going way beyond just pillows. But I love so many of their pillow options because it’s a mix of designer and found/vintage offerings. And who doesn’t love a one-stop-shop to purchase other accessories once you’ve found the perfect textiles to anchor your room?
Photo via mcgeeandco.com
McGee & Co! ! I feel like I shouldn’t even mention them because their brand in home decor is probably as well known as Kleenex is in every American household. But they are that admired and well-known for a reason: they make some darn good stuff. And if you’re lacking inspiration, there’s no shortage of it on this site or that of their interior design studio, Studio McGee. Most recently, to help you style these pillows, they’ve released a tutorial (complete with video) on styling a sectional sofa! What more could you ask for?
Photo via susanconnorny.com
Susan Connor has a special place in my heart because she is based in Brooklyn and creates the most beautiful textiles. I first discovered Susan when one of my favorite designers, Kelly Nutt, decorated a home with her stunning creations. (See Kelly’s site for some serious design inspiration!) I’ve never met Susan, but she seems like such a humble person…difficult to believe with all of that talent. And a big congrats goes out to her, as she recently launched a new pillow collaboration for McGee & Co. How’s that for recognition of a job well done? Go, Susan! Beyond pillows, Susan also sells fabric by the yard to make coordination of upholstered pieces and window treatments easy. And wallpaper? Yep, that , too! You can order swatches of fabric and wallpaper for a try-before-you-buy service.
Photo via kerrirosenthal.com
Kerri Rosenthal is a Jane of All Trades. What doesn’t this woman do? She’s an interior designer, artist, and textile maker to name a few. Her vibe is bright and cheerful. You can’t help but feel energized and happy when viewing any of her creations. I love her pillows for a child’s space or a beach home. Her pillows are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to add that pop of color and joy to a home. And if you just can’t get enough, there’s always her art and wallpaper. And if you want to wear it all day and spread sunshine, she even makes clothing!
Devon and Paloma. (Can I bring my sleeping bag to your shop?)
Photos via shoppalomaandco.com
Paloma & Co. is the latest endeavor from talented interior designer, author, and now shop owner, Paloma Contreras, and her shop partner and fellow interior designer, Devon Liedtke. This Houston-based team has an absolutely gorgeous design aesthetic, flawlessly mixing old and new, modern and traditional, wherever they go. And they’ve brought that vibe to their shop so that you can carry it into your home. They travel the globe to bring unique home accessories to Houston (and anywhere you are because they ship!) I can’t get enough of their one-of-a-kind silk ikat pillows—this particular one is my favorite. And the best part? Their home accessories make it easy for you to complete the room…all delivered to your doorstep in one package from one of the best interior designers around.
Photo via clothandwool Instagram
As luck would have it, I received a new follow on Instagram from a company call Cloth & Wool while writing this post. I clicked on their profile, and my eyes were so thrilled with what a saw. Beautiful textiles from a Washington, DC based shop that will launch its online presence on October 1. I’m from the Washington, DC area, so I had to give them a shout-out. Plus, I love the vibe of her images. Think African mud cloth, indigos, and other found vintage fabrics. Here’s wishing you a successful launch and bright future, Katiana!
Pillows! The easiest and most cost effective way to transform the look of a room. Fresh flowers and coffee table books help, too! If you like to change things up a lot in your home, do yourself a favor and buy neutral furniture that would look great dressed in many different fabrics.