Pillows of Perfection

About five or six years ago I bought a new couch for the condo where I used to live and when it arrived I absolutely hated it. I called my mom because I was mortified I’d spent so much on something I couldn’t stand and she gave me one of the best pieces of design advice I’ve ever been given – you can change the entire look and feel of a room with pillows, throws, and accessories alone. Of course, I didn’t believe her at first, but as usual, she was right.

Here’s how the couch turned out with the new trimmings:

If you haven’t noticed already, the couch was leather and some of the pillows were made of cow hide, too.  I’m sad to admit it, but I didn’t used to think about the material choices I made like I do now.

Here’s the way I set it up at Christmas:

Mom’s advice actually turned out to be pretty good and it’s something I keep in mind whenever I buy furniture. The pieces you choose are important, but the accessories and finishing touches are even more important. And they don’t have to be expensive!

For example, I recently found these great pillows at Ross (yep, I once again hit up the Dress for Less store for home furnishings):

I found this grey one for $5.99 and it looks like a $50.00 pillow!

This one was only $9.99 and it's faux fur! I liked it so much I bought another one in brown!

Here’s how they helped define the style of the room:

The key is you can make a huge impact in a room for minimal cost.  I’ve seen toss pillows for $200.00 and beyond and when I think about the great ones I’ve found at places like Ross and Marshall’s for a fraction of the cost, I can’t imagine ever having to spend so much on something so small.  Can you?