House Beautiful asked me to style a sofa for their most recent issue (Jan/ Feb 2011). It was a fun project as it challenged me to get my personal style across with just throw pillows. As you can see from my portfolio, I love color, texture, and fabrics so I thought it best to try to find a combination of the three. There are many fabulous throw pillows out there but these caught my eye as something fun, chic, and different. I am a fan of pairs of pillows and on a white sofa I love a solid color to make the throw pillows pop. The deep eggplant ostrich feather pillows are so much fun. Both the color and the feathers jump off the clean ivory linen sofa. Layered in front are some of the most beautifully embroidered multi-color throw pillows I have ever seen. The embroidery adfds another layer of texture.
I often advise clients who are in rental apartments/ homes to go with a neutral color palette for their base so they won’t have to reupholster their sofas over and over as this can be expensive. Stick with a neutral on the sofa and you can completely change the feel of your next apartment with throw pillows and paint colors.
To see the other 5 ways to refresh a sofa visit House beautiful: http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/home-makeovers/pillow-decorating-ideas-0211
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I took it one step further and selected additional items I would furnish the room with:
I would go with a deep teal grasscloth on the walls ( as seen in the background) to add an earthy texture in a bold color. Taking a cue from the glam ostrich throw pillows I would bring in the capiz shell light fixture, gilt foo dog table lamps, and antique mirrored desk. A desk chair with a fun shape upholstered in acidy yellow pulls out the color from the embroidered throw pillow. The rug from Van der hurd studios adds another pattern and so unbelievably soft.