Here is a simple seasonal "trick" that I do constantly. It's not really a trick, but it is a simple solution to changing the look of a room without spending a zillion dollars. It's your pillows! Changing out the pillow covers makes for a quick rejuvenation of a space.
Inspired by my friend, Sarah@A Beach Cottage, I wanted to make my home feel more beach cottage-y. I changed out my springy yellows and greens to beachy blues and sandy beiges. Take a look...
BEFORE...the "spring" look
AFTER...the "beachy summer" look
They are the exact same pillows! For the set on the far left and far right, I changed out the pillow covers. For the two in the center, I removed the yellow linen covers to reveal the blue and brown striped pillows underneath. (NOTE: The spring covers are ready to go to the dry cleaner. They get cleaned and pressed. Then they are stored until needed again. Easy, peasy!)
Where do I get the pillows and pillow covers? These particular pillow covers are Pottery Barn covers that I found on e-bay or on sale in the store. My mom and I have also perviously sewn some before (see my These are a Few of My Favorite Things post from November 2008). I like to get the pillow inserts from clearance pillows at TJMaxx. A lot of pillows at TJMaxx have covers that are zippered and come off for cleaning. Even if the pillow cover is not your taste, you can often get a high-quality feather insert for a lot less than buying them at a fabric store or Pottery Barn.
Why do I do this? Four reasons...
- It's easy.
- I like to change things up constantly.
- It takes up less space to store a pillow cover than to store a pillow. So, it is possible to have a dozen pillow covers in the same space as storing one pillow.
- Pillow covers are washable/dry cleanable!
Does anybody else do this? Why or why not? Where do you find your pillows and pillow covers? Any tips or tricks?