Cindy orchestrated several fabrics and trims in fashioning these jewel-like accents. "I worked around the oak-leaf linen and selected fabrics that contrast with it. Adding a different detail to each pillow gives a custom look," she says. Try some of her other tips for creating your own stash of perfect pillows.
- Start with a pillow made from a patterned fabric that contains several colors you like, and use those colors for covering additional pillows. Include a variety of textures and weaves. Balance a large-scale floral with a smaller-scale check.
- In a grouping, use several edge treatments such as intricate fringe, a half-inch-wide ruffle, or pleated corners. With strips of bias-cut fabric, frame a small center panel, or create a border with decorative tape.
- Think of comfort, and use pillow forms made of the softest down. Smaller trims are always appropriate because when you sit down they're easy on your back.
"Borrow Her Favorite Ideas" is from the January 2008 issue of Southern Living.