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Going Natural: Mongolian Sheepskin

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Mongolian sheepskin is emerging onto the scene, and it’s beautiful. The colors are gorgeous, and who doesn’t want to snuggle up to it? Pillows made from this natural material are in high demand right now. In part, that’s because they’re fantastic design elements and because they’re so comfortable. What many people do not realize, however, is how good they are for you. Take a look at some of the benefits of using Mongolian sheepskin pillows.

Temperature Regulation

The sheep from which the wool is garnered have specific living conditions. They’re exposed to extreme heat during the day and extreme heat at night in their natural environment. Their ability to adapt to these extreme temperatures means their wool can maintain heat or coolness. The result is a material that keeps you warm when you curl up with it in winter. When it warms up, the fibers dispel heat quickly. It acts as a natural temperature-regulator. For anyone living in an area that gets four seasons a year, this material is a lifesaver.

Supportive Comfort

Every wool fiber on a sheep grows in a spiral shape. Each of these tiny springs respond to the amount of pressure placed on them. The result is a body-hugging experience that thoroughly supports you. This helps eliminate pressure points and thus reduce pain. Use small, rectangular throws for lower back support or full squares for the whole back experience.

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Pressure Relief

Sheepskin has been used in healthcare for a long time due to the level of relief it brings patients. Those suffering from arthritis, stiffness, back problems, or hip injuries benefit from the use of this material. When patients are cold, it heats them up. In turn, this keeps circulation healthy. Once the patient is warm, it draws dampness away from the body. Nobody wants sweat sitting on their skin, so this further elevates comfort.

Design

Maybe one of the best things about Mongolian sheepskin pillows is that they serve form as well as function. We’ve explored some remarkable health benefits associated with them, but there’s also plenty to be said for the design element they add to any room. These amazing pillows are the perfect balance of utility and comfort. Once you’ve squeezed one, you’ll see exactly what we mean. They also represent an awesome combination of sophistication and fun. Their fuzzy texture adds whimsy to any room while maintaining a sense of elegance. These trendy pillows are a welcome addition to any home or design scheme.

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Embrace a Touch of the Tropics This August

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There’s no better way to ring in the summer season than with tropical home décor. The great thing about tropical décor is that, contrary to popular belief, you can go bright and bold or clean and sophisticated. Consider your existing color palette before choosing your tropical additions, and then look for accents with a tropical theme.

If you’d like a tropical theme year round, try out a light sea blue on the walls or a Florida Keys Blue. Light blue tones will be reminiscent of the sea, but not so bold as to overtake a room. Florida Keys Blue is more like the beautiful turquoise colors of the Florida Keys, and it can make any area feel tropical.

Fortunately, you don’t need an entire room to be repainted to bring in the tropics. Accents do a good job of giving your home the feel you’ve been looking for, even if it’s just for a season. For those just wanting some incredible summer accents for their spaces, here are some options to consider.

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Creature Comfort

One of the most fun trends right now features sea creatures in your décor. For the fisherman in your life, this provides an alternative to that mounted bass over the fireplace. Simple, sophisticated, but with a nod to the sea, these accents recall the ocean. Choose a fish design that ties in with your color scheme for best effect. A personal favorite is the Lionfish.

For those with cool wall tones, beautiful seahorse décor makes for beautiful additions. These majestic creatures give you that underwater feel while remaining somewhat understated.

Floral Fantasies

When you set your tropical theme in motion, don’t forget to add touches of underwater plant life. If you’d like to bring a tropical reef feel to your bedroom, explore some coral-inspired options. Pale coral tones work beautifully with darker design schemes.

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Bold Is Beautiful

Big and bold tropical prints are trending right now, especially for outdoor areas. Tie your ocean theme home with your deck or pool area with bright and bold colors. Whether you choose Macaw Green or Sunset Orange, the right pillow colors can connect your inner tropic theme with your outdoor areas. If you want to embrace the season, jump in with some of these large print throws; they don’t have to be an obvious nod to the tropics. Waverly Fishbowl Caviar is a favorite year round but will still fit into a tropical décor.

Whether bright and attention grabbing or subtle and clean, there’s a summer-inspired tropical design out there for you. Experiment this season, and bring summer inside!

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4 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

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Energy costs usually rise in summer because of dependence on air conditioning and electric fans. Many homeowners retreat inside to avoid the heat, but then feel confined in their homes and restricted to indoor activities. This can lead to fatigue, sluggishness, and an overall disillusionment with what’s supposed to be a great season. Today, we’ll discuss some easy, cost-effective ways to keep your home cool this summer.

Perform Basic Maintenance

One of the best ways to save money is maintaining the cooling sources you already have. Business experts say about 55% of summer energy bills go to cooling, so it’s vital that your air conditioner undergoes a maintenance check about once a year. This includes cleaning the filters and ensuring grilles aren’t straining to circulate air. You should also change your air filters frequently, and make sure you’re buying filters that last three months or more for optimum money-saving.

Block the Sun

This might seem counter-intuitive, especially since sunlight is physically and emotionally healthy. If you have large rooms with big windows that let in too much sun, however, your house will heat up quickly, increasing your reliance on air conditioning. Consider investing in ultraviolet window treatments for your home and your vehicle; these will keep you and your family comfortable and safe, especially on car trips. Use blinds or shades to block the sun during the hottest part of the day, around 12:00-3:00 PM.

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 Use Cool Décor

The décor you choose can do more than you think to evoke coolness. For example, choose pillows and linens made from lightweight fabrics including cotton blends, rayon, and nylon. (Despite its reputation for coolness, avoid silk, especially in pillows, the weight of the human head can heat silk quickly). Use plenty of neutrals and calming colors such as turquoise, indigo, mint, and sea green. Spend as much outdoor time as possible in a shaded area, such as a deck with a comfortable chaise lounge or chairs.

 

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Turn Off Your Appliances

Almost everyone knows this trick, but few people actually do it. Financial experts agree that using a microwave instead of an oven will both save money and keep you much cooler during mealtimes. Go ahead and grill as much as you like – the exposure to fresh air will cool you down and make your food taste better. Consider drying your clothes on a clothesline as much as the weather permits, and avoid running your dishwasher unless you have a full load.

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Summer Pillows Ideas

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Pillows are a great décor item any time of year, but most people associate them only with fall and winter. The word “pillow” tends to connote a warm, somewhat bulky item that only serves indoor purposes. In reality, you can use pillows for a myriad of summer decorating projects, some of which we’ve highlighted here.

Use Durable Summer Pillows

Summer is the perfect time to move your decorating skills outdoors. Adding summer pillows to your deck or veranda can give it a splash of color and make guests more comfortable during a cookout or poolside party. While shopping for outdoor pillows though, make sure you look for a few key features:

  • Weather protection. Look for acrylics and other fabrics that won’t hold moisture or become mildewed
  • Durability. Avoid pillows made with silk, rayon, or nylon, as they will tear easily and are more difficult to clean
  • UV resistance. Using a pillow that soaks up too much sunlight can make you hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. In addition to this, colors exposed to sunlight from the wrong sorts of fabric will soon fade.  Look for temperature-resistant fabrics in light, heat-reflecting colors.

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Bring the Beach Home with Summer Pillows

During spring and summer, everyone is anxious to get outdoors again. If you aren’t near a beach or mountain resort, use outdoor pillows to bring those luxurious locales a bit closer. Look for pillows with specific designs, such as beach scenes, pineapples, sunsets, or bright florals. If you want more subtle décor, seek out pillows with multicolored waves or stripes, or a tie-dye style.

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Go Big and Bold

During summer, most people wear brighter, bolder colors. Your home and outdoor spaces can, too. Popular summer shades include –

  • Turquoise, aqua, and indigo blues
  • Deep, saturated pinks
  • Neon greens and yellows
  • Purple in almost any shade from lavender to violet; this is often used as an accent color in larger designs
  • Oranges in bold or soft shades; these can be tinged with soft pink for a sunrise effect

Many summer designs also use larger, bolder prints than their fall and winter counterparts. Look for starburst designs, large geometric patterns, or patterns that evoke tribal or Native American cultures. Some summer pillows are made with fringe or tassels for an extra bold touch.

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 Nod to Mother Nature

Your pillows and other outdoor décor should be backdrops to the natural beauty around you. To facilitate this, look for pillows whose designs celebrate nature. Some pillows use floral designs, while others have a single bird or animal as a focal point. Still other pillows use more abstract designs, relying on colors like green, cream, and earth brown.

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How to Design a Room with Geometric Patterns

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Decorating a room with geometric patterns and shapes is a bold move that’s sure to get your room noticed. Be careful, overuse of geometric shapes can be overwhelming to the eye. Make sure your room gets noticed for the right reasons, by following a few simple tips:

Keep to a Single Pattern

If you decide to cover a large area with geometric patterns, reserve yourself to using one pattern. By doing this, you will be able to use this pattern on many objects throughout the room without over-stimulating the eye. Research is important to decorate this way successfully. Find all the items you want to use before purchasing them. Once you begin shopping, you may decide to switch to a different geometric pattern due to the options you are finding the most of.

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Consider the Color of Geometric Patterns

Another strategy that will allow you to use different geometric patterns is to focus on just one color palette. It is more pleasing to the eye to see different patterns together if they share the same colors.

The color of a geometric pattern can soften its effects greatly. Look for patterns that use similar colors, such as white and cream or two shades of light blue. The pattern will appear softer, because the pattern will recede into the background.

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Reserve Your Theme to One Item

Geometric patterns create a strong focal point that fits the rule of less is more. If you have one item with the geometric pattern, centrally place it in the room. Next, decorate the rest of the room with solid colors and clean lines that will complement the geometric theme. This item could be very large, like a painting, area rug, or bedspread. A small item will be just as impactful such as lampshades, pillows, or placemats.

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Creating a Focal Point: Using Art Prints in Home Decor

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If you love art history, art prints or just enjoy spending time in art museums, you likely have a favorite artist or painting that inspires you. Be creative when decorating your home by using this passion for art as a theme for room décor. Don’t worry about breaking the bank to get a famous painter represented in your home, simply follow these ideas:

Create a Focal Point

If your piece of art is large, put it on display as the focal point of the room and decorate around it. Your favorite piece of art can be an original of a yet-to-be discovered artist to keep costs low. If it is a piece from Monet, you may want to opt for large art prints and splurge on an ornate frame. The focal point of the room doesn’t have to be a painting. You can find art on scarves or blankets that you can hung up as artwork as well.

Feeling creative? Paint your own replica of a masterpiece. Some famous painters’ work can be fun to mimic, such as Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue. If creating art isn’t what you had in mind, don’t worry; it is easy to find art prints and art-inspired objects.

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Art-Inspired Objects

Look around at stores and online, and you will find many items featuring famous artwork. Lampshades, curtains, towels, placemats, coasters, and pillows are all popular items decorated with famous art motifs.

Go Big with Art Prints

If you have the space and want to make a powerful statement about your favorite piece, consider reserving an entire wall to showcase your favorite artist. Buy a postcard of your favorite art and make many copies – enough to “wallpaper” your wall with the print. Another idea is to commission a local artist to paint a mural on the wall using your favorite painting style or movement.

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Color Palette

After you have found your focal point and art-inspired objects to place in the room, keep the rest of the décor simple. Doing so will draw attention to the art prints and allow it to be the centerpiece regardless of its location or size. Pull colors from the piece of art to decorate the rest of the room. If the artwork contains many bright colors, choose only one to paint the walls or pick a lighter shade of the color to avoid overpowering the artwork. Save the stronger colors in the art for accent colors in the room.

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An Animal Lovers Guide to Decorating Your Home

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Whether it’s a cat, dog, or goldfish, animal lovers love to display their favorite animal or breed, just as a sports fan likes to tout their favorite sports team. Adding pet-inspired touches to a room can be fun and whimsical, but it is also possible to maintain a high level of design aesthetic.

Color and Pattern for Animal Lovers

A pet-themed room doesn’t have to be filled with images of animals. Take a subtler path to creating your theme by designing a room with a color palette that is representative of your favorite animal. A Dalmatian-inspired room could be white and black with red accents. Look for spotted faux fur throws or upholstered chairs. Plaids are popular in dog accessories, so think plaid wall coverings or a plaid throw or bedspread matched with a neutral paint color similar to Rover’s brown fur.

Consider Your Pet’s Comfort

How better to show your love for your pet than to consider them when decorating your room? Make your beloved fish and fish tank the focal point of the room. Instead of hiding your dog or cat’s bed or scratching post, put it in the center of the room. Upgrade their bed to something that will be a conversation starter and complement the room décor.

Having an area designed for your pet’s comfort expresses how important your pet is in your life. A nice basket or bin can house your pet’s favorite toys. You can hang pet leashes or coats neatly with the rest of the family’s coats and accessories.

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Pictures and Sculptures

Animal photography and paintings are plentiful and easy to find. Decorate your walls with artwork of your favorite pet. Add a personal touch by framing your own pictures of your pet to remember special moments with him or her. Look for sculptures and nick-knacks of your favorite animal at novelty and home stores. Yard sales and vintage shops are other fun ways to find animal memorabilia.

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You can find animal images on just about any object. Clocks, aprons, napkins, tissue boxes, and throw pillows can be found with animal motifs on them. Get creative and do your own pet inspired piece of art to add to the room.

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Land-locked? Create Your Own Nautical-Inspired Room

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Nautical-inspired décor has always been popular and is making a strong resurgence this year. A maritime theme is possible in any room and can be as subtle or obvious as you choose.

Soothing Water Theme

For a soothing beach getaway feel, dress the room in paint and linens of light blue and green shades or light beiges and grays. Add a bright accent color, such as aqua, navy, or red, for interest. Nautical fabrics are easy to find and can be used to reupholster stool cushions or framed to add to your theme. You may also choose to strengthen your theme with nautical-inspired throw pillows. This is an easy way to create a nautical theme in any room, without spending a lot of time or money.

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Favorite Vacation Spot

Fill a room with reminders of your last beach vacation to keep the memories fresh. Frame pictures of your family having fun building sand castles or splashing in the water. Or, you can add more-traditional pictures like sailboats, lighthouses, or weathered cliffs and buildings. You may even have a maritime painting that you purchased while on vacation that would set the tone for your nautical theme.

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Found Objects

Maybe you collected some treasures while on your last vacation. Seashells are a great way to create an ocean theme. Large seashells can be centerpieces, and you can display driftwood and coral as pieces of art. Another idea is to fill a jar with small seashells. Use seashells to create a frame around a favorite photo or glue seashells onto a candle to add nautical touches to a room.

You can add fishing nets, oars, and life preservers to a room to enhance your theme. Get creative and use a fishing net as a curtain. A life preserver can double as a shadow box, and you can place oars horizontally above a bed or couch or stacked in a room corner.

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Appealing to the Senses – Textured Pillow Décor

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Recent décor trends call for texture throughout the home. From raw wooden surfaces in the kitchen to woven fabrics in the living room, the emphasis is on natural, unrefined materials. For those of us who want to dip our toes in the trend, textured throw pillows add visual interest to your living room without going overboard.

Why create texture in the first place? Usually one’s eyes are initially drawn to the lines of a room; along the walls, around furniture, or along the straight lines of exposed baseboards and carpet. These tend to be smooth, less cluttered but also less visually arresting. But just like looking at a photograph, our eyes naturally search for that final focal point in a room. The right throw pillows can be an excellent way of drawing the eye into the room, while at the same time extending an invitation to sit and relax.

Many people are aware of the power of color but few realize that texture can be just as effective at creating a visual point of interest in a space. For example, a long haired Mongolian sheepskin textured pillow on a smooth leather sofa can creates fantastic contrast in texture. Similarly, the reverse will work just as well, such as in the example of a smooth silk textured pillow on more heavily textured chenille sofa.

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Not only are pillows a great a way of bringing texture into a room, but they can also be changed with the seasons, and are more affordable than many larger accents pieces such as curtains or area rugs. Pillows allow you the freedom to experiment with color and texture until you find the perfect look without compromising comfort.
You can try to apply texture to the walls or ceiling in the eccentric rooms in your home and contrast this look with bright or patterned pillows. This loft looks fantastic, though without some pillows to liven up the space it would look sterile and perhaps too much like a museum. Notice how the orange and black pillows stand out against the white walls, also successfully complementing the picture hanging above the couch.

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Because the texture is the focus of the pillows, arranging them carefully is a must. It is just like hanging a picture. Pillows tossed carelessly against the floor or in the middle of the couch make the room look cluttered. Speaking of the couch:

• If you have two pillows sitting at both ends of your couch, find two with different patterns. You might want to keep the same texture so they match, but choose one with a solid color and the other with polka dots.
• Large sofas work best when patterned pillows are in the middle with solid colors at each end, or vice versa. Make sure your textured pillow matches the couch!
• Prints work much better with neutral colors. Bright-colored pillows stand out like a neon-green jogging suit in a room full of tuxedos.
• If you do decide to mix up patterns, at least one color should stay consistent. Otherwise, the color scheme fails and it looks less like décor and more like what you found in a string of garage sales.
• Vary the size of each pattern if possible. For instance, if one pillow has light, thin stripes, pick another with a bold plaid.

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Pillow Inspiration From Other Cultures

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Cultures from all over the world use pillows for decorating and comfort. Some cultures, like the Japanese, prefer to use pillows as seating, while other cultures, like Moroccans, spend weeks weaving decorative pillows and blankets for their homes. Below, we analyze some interesting trends in other countries for your pillow inspiration.

Japan. Dakimakura is a word that comes from the words daki and makura, which mean “to hug or cling” and “pillow,” respectively. Essentially, this translates to hug pillow. These traditional items are very similar to body pillows in the United States. Over time the word began to evolve, slowly becoming to mean “love pillow,” something people held when they were lonely or their spouses were away for the night. Today, this word has merged in Japanese popular culture, and the dakimakura’s popularity has exploded. The meaning is a tad different now as characters from Japanese popular culture have their faces printed on the top.

imagesCool-floor-cushions-help-usher-in-a-casual-atmosphere The zabuton is another important Japanese tradition, where squat but sturdy square pillows are used for sitting instead of chairs. They gained immense popularity during the Kamakura Era of Japan – between 1185 – 1333 AD. The zabuton is occasionally paired with a wooden zaisu, or wooden support. This backing prevents the pillow from sliding around. It is important that the zaisu and zabuton match in both color and style.

Indonesia. A guling is a cylindrical pillow borne out of Indonesian culture. It is considered standard fare before going to sleep and is a very round body pillow. Incorrectly (or perhaps mischievously) translated to “Dutch wife” in English, it is also sometimes used for decoration or to hold a person’s place on a bench.

Philippines. From these tropical islands comes another body pillow called the abrazador, which translates to “embrace.” Not used for decoration, these decorative pieces were made by family members when a child left the house.

Morocco. In Morocco, wedding preparations takes weeks. The guests are invited into a drifting passage that opens into a courtyard, then into the dormiria, where the reception takes place. The family spends weeks painting furniture, sometimes homemade, weaving rugs, and making pillows as décor for the dormiria. In the past, it was considered tacky to not create the pillows and rugs by hand.

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China. Many people in China and throughout Asia believed that soft pillows robbed the body of energy while you slept, so they perfected the creation of hard pillows. These were made of stone, wood, and at one point, ceramic. These pillows were engraved, painted, and filled with stories of their families’ past.

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Yes, You Can Use Outdoor Pillows Inside Your Home!

Have you ever purchased a new throw pillow for your living room, only to spill a glass of soda or wine on it a week later? Here’s a solution! Outdoor pillow fabric is made from a cotton polyester blend that is both stain and sun resistant. Some styles even come in luxurious silks and wools. Not only will it last a lot longer if you are raising young kids, but now you can get that puppy you always wanted.

There’s nothing more annoying than damaging a brand new pillow, except perhaps watching your older pillows’ vibrancy fade away from sunlight exposure. Outdoor pillows fade more slowly (some don’t at all!), and it will protect the integrity of your décor when a couch or chair is opened against large, south-facing windows.

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The protective polyester comes in a great number of styles, colors, and various textures. In fact, it is easier to find well-decorated, textured fabric with outdoor-woven covers. Comfortable lawn chair cushions make great body-sized floor pillows in the TV den or basement or perhaps just a comfortable place to relax with a book.

If you are unable to match your indoors with the outside, consider bringing the outside in! Bamboo ceiling slats or tiles look smashing paired with wicker furniture and a bold color. If you are one of those people with a spring and summer furniture set, you can seasonally decorate by swapping out the bases and keeping the cushions to match the ceiling and walls.

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Make Your Own!

As it turns out, making outdoor pillows is pretty easy. You can find the weather-resistant inserts you need for the cushion for as cheap as $10. Next, purchase a waterproof fabric. You will have a variety of options and outdoor canvas comes in several styles and is easily purchased online.

If canvas sounds too rough, you can also use outdoor tablecloth. There are other fabric options which work just as well, but they are a tad more expensive. You can use solution-dyed acrylic, or 100% spun poly fabric. Solid dyed acrylic averages $30 /yard, while stripes and woven are between $40-50 /yard. Spun polyester is much cheaper, ranging between $10-20 /yard. The big drawback to spun poly is it will fade in sunlight.

You can read through the process step-by-step here. The project guide recommends also using a shower curtain liner to prevent mold growth in the insert. Besides that, all you need a sewing machine!

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Stay Grounded – Using Floor Pillows in the Home

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Floor pillows and poufs are a great way to add extra seating and a decorative look to any room. Because they come in an endless variety of fabrics and sizes, they can be used in every room of the home. Recent college graduates take note: buying some sturdy pillows is going to be a lot cheaper than getting a whole set of chairs. Here are some neat ways to use pillows!

Accent Woodwork. Amber and maroon-colored floor pillows look great set against a dark hardwood floor or even scattered about next to a dark banister. Also, consider a woven floor cushion, its wicker-like design looks great against lighter colored wood flooring. Light wood also looks excellent with a paisley pattern adorning the pillow’s exterior. White on black is another popular mix-up.floor pillows

floor pillowsLiven the Room. For a fun accent style, go for floor pillows in bright colors and bold prints. For a more refined look, luxurious fabrics, like velvet in sandy neutrals or vibrant gem tones, add a touch of sophistication. Bright curtains supplement the zany pillows well against a neutral tone if you want the room to look young.

floor pillowsCoziness. Pillows used for seating in tiny spots are not only adorable, but comfortable as well. Pillows are stackable, which essentially makes them adjustable chairs. Place floor pillows around a short tea table in the corner of the room against the window. It will be your own little nook for relaxation after the days’ work.

Create Piles.You can use your pillows to make stacks on stacks on stacks. We’re not talking about money – we’re talking about height variation! Instead of using a classic end table at the foot of your couch, consider styling the room with extra tall end tables leaned up against the walls. This will create a unique contrast between the short pillows and the high tables. Typically, many home surfaces tend to be at waist height so why not mix it up?

Outdoor Floor Pillows. If you havefloor pillows an open patio overlooking a sprawling horizon, why not give yourself something to lean against? A dark, striped rug matches white-painted decks, giving you an excellent base to recline upon and it contrasts nicely with the wooden planks. With an exterior fire pit, you can recline with a good book in tribal style. Invite some friends to a barbeque and take a night to look at the stars. Citronella wicker torches further accentuate the outdoors look and is superb at keeping away those pesky mosquitoes.

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How Neutral Pillows Enhance Your Décor

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Neutral colors are often forgotten or pushed aside, especially during spring and summer when homeowners like to decorate using bright, saturated colors. While colors are a must for any decorating project, neutrals help ground your ideas and give you focal points from which to begin. Today, we’ll focus on how neutrals, especially neutral pillows, can enhance your spring and summer decorating.

Versatility

One of the best things about neutrals is that they go with every color and theme imaginable. This is crucial if your spring or summer project revolves around a few large items or an eye-popping theme. For example, let’s say you want to re-cover the big couch in the center of your living room, and your living room’s theme is “sunset.” Upholster the couch in burnt orange, yellow, or soft pink. Then choose neutral pillows in beige or white to evoke clouds and calm. If you have a bedroom with a literary theme, stay away from pillows with big quotes on them. Instead, let the walls and main furniture pieces revolve around the theme. Use cream or chocolate-colored neutral pillows to ground the design and evoke a relaxing library.

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Embellishment

Neutrals are often unfairly judged as boring. Yet neutrals are softer and less showy than other colors, so they’re easier to embellish. For instance, not many people know metallic colors are neutrals. If you want a truly eye-popping room, consider using pillows with hints of gold or silver sparkle to enhance existing neutrals. Purchase neutral pillows trimmed with fringe, lace, or embroidery to speak to a room’s theme – indigo trim for a celestial theme, perhaps. Finally, don’t forget the fabric. Neutral pillows can garner attention if they’re made from unique or luxurious fabrics like raw silk or Mongolian wool.

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All There in Black and White

Using neutral pillows doesn’t mean sacrificing pattern and theme. In fact, black and white pillows are increasingly popular because their patterns are often more versatile than those in multicolored pillows. A black-and-white striped pillow could evoke your love of zebras and African safari trips – or it could be the backdrop for the multicolored quilt you received as a wedding gift. Black and white pillows with kaleidoscope designs can evoke everything from flowers to snowflakes to spider webs. Black and white pillows often have special quotes or postcard designs on them, so if you’d like to build a theme around a favorite travel destination, they’re a great choice.

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Using Pillows to Create Thematic Rooms

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Thematic rooms decorating is enjoying increased popularity, especially among millennials and young couples. Many people like to decorate rooms based on themes including favorite colors, books and movies, or travel destinations. Pillows are a great way to showcase these themes in a cost-effective way without taking up too much space. Today, we’ll show you how pillows can enhance a few popular decorating themes.

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As the world becomes more concerned with caring for the environment, people enjoy keeping in touch with nature even indoors. A nature-themed bedroom or sitting room is one way to do so. For this type of room, you can use classics, such as pillows with floral designs, but don’t be afraid to think beyond the usual. Seek out pillows made from natural fibers, or ones that evoke nature without using specific prints. For example, choose a blue-striped pillow for an ocean-themed sunporch or sitting room. Choose pillows in sunset colors – deep orange and purple or soft pink – for a relaxing bedroom.

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The Capri Turquoise Argyle Seahorse Throw Pillow is a part of Tracy Effinger’s Nautical Pillow Series based on her original large-scale paintings inspired by natural beauty of the sea and coastal regions.

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Beautifully handmade, the Infinite World Taupe Throw Pillow is a textural delight that could be used on a bed or sofa, or displayed creatively as textile art. This is an earth friendly product, made with 100% new materials from garment fabric overages that would otherwise have been discarded as factory waste

Old World Tradition

Many homeowners enjoy the exotic flair of themes based on travel destinations, specific time periods, or specific art styles. If this describes you, go for pillows with tapestry designs or ones that evoke your favorite styles. If you love Native American culture, choose tribal designs, or choose a pillow with a large sun design if you like early Mexican or Aztec art. For those who experiment with creating thematic rooms to showcase a specific country, a pillow with a flag design is a good choice, as is one decorated with particular symbols. For instance, French heritage can be alluded to with fleur de lis designs.

Aztec design room and pillowsSingle Color Sparkle

Favorite colors make any room feel like home, but be careful not to saturate any room with one color. Instead, build your décor around one or two favorite colors with accents such as pillows. Solid pillows are often the best choice for rooms dedicated to specific colors. These can be made from material infused with sparkle or fabrics, like imitation velvet, to give your room a heightened sense of luxury. Use neutrals in your walls and furniture to make colors pop. Consider using pillows and blankets in varying shades of your chosen colors.

Yellow Kitchen Apartment TherapyThematic Rooms: Vintage Options

Vintage is a popular décor choice among today’s homeowners because when done with a keen eye, it’s timeless. The “vintage vibe” covers everything from postcard-style pillows to pastel florals, from linen and lace to hand-stitched country designs. To achieve this look, search out pillows made with time-honored fabrics and simple trim, such as a bit of lace tatting or understated embroidery.

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Light and airy floral pattern in pastel pinks and blues

How to Decorate Shared Kids Room

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Sharing a room can be difficult from multiple perspectives. While it’s generally hard to please any two people with one design, it could be even more difficult when the kids room is shared by a boy and a girl. Let’s take a look at some simple ways you can decorate an appealing room that pleases both boys and girls.

Proceed with Caution

Before starting the design process, discuss the idea of a shared room with your children. While they may not care, it can be helpful to hear their opinions. Kids are usually quite candid and will provide you with keen insights on how to approach the situation.

Aim for Symmetry

One of the best things you can do is aim for symmetry in the kids room. This is true for a number of reasons. First, it helps kids feel like they are being treated equally. If each side has the same amount of room and features, there is less ground for quarreling. From a design point of view, it makes the room flow better and is visually appealing.

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Incorporate Neutral Shades and Pops of Color                          

While you may be able to get away with blue, you most certainly won’t be able to go with a pink theme without some serious backlash. The idea here is to stay away from the traditional blues and pinks and go for something more neutral and satisfying. Think subtle blues and pinks, vivacious reds, bright pops of color and plenty of white and cream.

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Spring Tulips Throw Pillow adds a vibrant pop of color

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A playful rendition of the classic nautical anchor theme

Divide the Kids Room

If you absolutely need some separation and privacy, don’t be afraid to divide the room. You can use area rugs and furniture to create natural dividers, while still leaving the room fairly open. This way you can incorporate two distinct designs that will appeal to both kids.

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Pillow Décor in a Kids Room

Throw pillows are a fast, easy and creative way to add some personality to the room and also to change things up a bit. When designing a bedroom, be sure to add stylish fun pillows to the mix.

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Mongolian Sheepskin Hot Pink.

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Pacifico Stripes in Blue.

Kids Room Pillow Idea

Pacifico Stripes in Pink.

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Mongolian Sheepskin Turquoise Blue.

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