Pillow Cover Confession

4 Reasons Why You Need Throw Pillows

I have a confession. I’m obsessed with pillows. I was so thrilled the other day when I got a package from my favorite pillow shop on Etsy. I quickly traded out some pillows on the couch and smiled to myself at how satisfied I was. About 30 minutes later, I hear Kevin from the other room, “Babe…”  He wasn’t pleased. “I have no clue what you’re talking about,” I said. Tehehe. “Didn’t you just buy new pillows a few weeks ago?” To which I quickly replied, “Yeah, weeks ago!” I seriously can’t help myself. Pillows are such an easy way to transform a room. They add that perfect pop of color to the living room or that comfy, cozy feeling to the master bedroom. I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way!

The obsession started when Kevin bought a new sofa last year. I love it. I actually helped him pick it out. It’s a great size with a nice, neutral color and it’s comfortable! Like most couches, this one came with its own “matching” pillows. Little did I know they were absolutely hideous. To their defense (I never thought I would defend a pillow, but that’s how much I love them), they were well made with a stitched floral design on the front and the matching couch material on the back. I tried my best to make them work by pairing them with over-sized orange pillows from At Home. I thought it would all tie together. Wrong. It was still ugly and the new pillows quickly got flattened and deformed. See below.

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Those pillows…yikes! This sectional and ottoman (similar), on the other hand, are awesome.

I clearly knew little about throw pillows, so I decided to do some research and ended up purchasing some hand-made ones from Etsy (support small businesses!) This is where I discovered pillow covers. Say what? Why would I want to get a pillow cover and a pillow insert when I could just buy a regular throw pillow for half the cost? Well, here’s why:

  1. SHAPE. Remember my flattened, deformed, ugly, orange pillows? I was forced to throw them away (after letting Drake roll around on them since he prefers anything over his own dog bed) simply because they lost their shape. With pillow covers, you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite pillow because all you need is a new insert. Magic!
  2. CLEANING. Spills and stains are much easier to treat with a pillow cover. Ever tried washing a throw pillow? Yeah, it doesn’t work and then you end up with yet another deformed pillow. Fail. Most pillow covers are machine-washable.
  3. STORAGE. The space needed to store one is less than a folded up t-shirt. I love to change out my pillows with the seasons, and if I had as many pillows as I do pillow covers, I wouldn’t have enough storage.
  4. COMFORT. This doesn’t have as much to do with the pillow cover as it does with the pillow insert you choose. I prefer the feather down pillows (if you are allergic you can opt for the synthetic version). This way your pillows can be pretty and comfy unlike the throw pillows stuffed with poly-fil.

Here are a few of my favorite pillow combinations:

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    Mixing patterns and textures is so fun! Try out these from Motif Pillows on Etsy. Both are on sale for $25 each! greek key and multi-colored stripe [cable knit throw]
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    Brighten up your space with a paisley pattern paired with white or beige
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    Still loving my pillow combo from last spring! white, seafoam, mint floral
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    Layering pillows on a bed adds dimention and character. Again, don’t be afraid to mix patterns!  blue chevron, coral nautical (similar)
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    This South Carolina pillow is darling! It was a gift from my mom and it is one of my favorites. They make them for different states, cities, and countries, too!

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    Monkey in the middle! Two matching pillows with an oddball in front is a popular way to put pillows on a bed. Shhh, this little pillow isn’t actually a pillow cover! [P.S. I’m loving the quilt and sheets on this bed!]

Most of these pillow covers were purchased from various vendors on Etsy. Other great places to buy pillow covers are Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and Restoration Hardware. While I love Target and HomeGoods for other decor items, they don’t typically carry pillow covers.  *TIP: Crate and Barrel includes a pillow insert with the purchase of a pillow cover (sweet!), so it’s a great place to start your pillow collection.

Where do y’all love to buy pillows?

Thanks for reading!

Summer