• Stephanie Sarris

Design Details: Pillows

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” -Charles Eames


Many details must come together in a beautifully designed room to create a harmonious whole. One of those details can be pillows. With pillows, you can instantly add softness, texture, and warmth to a space. And they are a fun way to add exquisite trims and fabrics that might break the budget if done on a drapery or piece of furniture. Here’s a look at some favorite pillows:



Subtle Window Seat

Window Seat Pillows


Both this embroidered bolster (to the left) and dupioni silk lumbar pillow gain richness and interest from lavish banded trims. As you can see here, even just a yard of the right trim makes a huge impact.






Child’s Play

Daybed pillows

On this child’s daybed, pillows add whimsy. The fun fish print pillow shams echo all the colors of the bedding and bolsters. And a personal touch was added with a custom pillow embroidered with – “A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep.” – to commemorate the family’s Disney Cruise vacations.





Mancave Mix



In this mancave, fussy details wouldn’t work – nor be welcomed. Here some masculine fabrics with handsome leather cording add a bit of color and warmth. (Pro Tip: Fabric pillows don’t remain upright on leather furniture – they slip. Adding a leather cord gives enough friction for the pillows to resist slippage.)

















Family Room Fun

Family Room Pillows


Bobble trim – in moderation – adds a bit of lighthearted fun to these family room lumbar pillows. The colors of the banding and bobbles coordinate neatly with the chair’s patterned upholstery fabric.