Liven Up Your Home With Fresh Throw Pillow Combos

Need to refresh your home? An easy way to do it is with some new pillows! I've got tips on how to mix and match pillows as well as links to these five fresh combos to jumpstart your search.

Happy 2018, friends! It feels so good to be back after a couple of (much needed!) weeks off in December. With the holidays behind us and the Christmas decor put away, it feels like we get to hit the reset button in January. I love the fresh start that new year brings, don't you?

On the flip side, sometimes the post-holiday winter season can be just a tad depressing. Our homes can also feel a little bit, well, bare without all of the Christmas decor, and the festive feelings we had just days ago starts to fade. One way to combat the winter blues is to freshen up some of the decor around your house, and one of my favorite ways to do that is with PILLOWS!

Swapping pillows gives you an opportunity to quickly and easily change the look of your living room without replacing anything major or breaking the bank.

It can sometimes be a little bit tricky to know how to mix sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns though - a lot of people (understandably!) panic when it comes to putting them all together. But have no fear, I've got some tips for you on how to do just that, and I've got some fabulous, pre-picked combos to kickstart your pillow refresh.

Here are four suggestions on how to mix and match pillows:

  • Vary the sizes for visual interest. For example, on a sofa, choose a pair of 20" or 22" square pillows as your largest "anchors" on each end, and then layer in either a pair of smaller square pillows (20" or 18" depending on what you chose for your largest ones), or a smaller square and a rectangular one in something like a 12"x20" size.
  • Choose a large-scale pattern, a small-scale pattern, and a solid as your mix. To make it really easy on yourself, use one of the patterned pillows to pull colors from for the other two. This will keep the look cohesive. When you swap in new pillows, stick to that color palette and you'll be golden.
  • Go monochromatic. Just be sure to vary the textures and include pillows that have some kind of special detail (like tassels!) to keep things interesting.
  • Stick to similar tones. In this case, the colors don't actually match, but they complement one another in overall look and feel. You can pull this off with a group of bold colors, pastels, or neutrals. One thing to note about this method of choosing pillows will lean toward a slightly more eclectic style overall.

I would also suggest that you purchase down/down alternative pillow inserts and pillows with zippers (rather than sewn closures). They look much better than polyester and they'll last forever. Then, when you're ready to make a change, all you have to do is swap the covers! Buying pillow covers only is also a way to make it easier on your wallet. :) 

Now, onto the five fun and fresh combinations I pulled together for today! I've linked to all of them individually below*, and you can also click on the little "plus sign" that pops up on the pillows themselves in the graphic. (Note: if you're reading this post in your email or on a feed reader, you may have to click over to the full site to use that feature.)

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Holiday Gift Guide #4: Last Minute Ideas From Amazon

In need of some last minute holiday gift ideas? Here's a great list from Amazon! Take advantage of their two day shipping with a Prime membership. // last minute gift ideas for the home, last minute modern gift ideas

Psst! Did you miss the first three gift guides here on the blog? Be sure to check out my guides for shopping small, the home decor lover, and the hostess!

Do I have any last minute shoppers over here today? Well don't worry, because I've got you covered with a list of gift ideas for the home you can still get by Christmas from Amazon*. And no, this isn't a sponsored post - it's just plain smart to take advantage of that magical two day shipping option that comes with a Prime membership rather than running all over town trying to find that last minute present! Doesn't it sound much nicer to shop in your PJs with a glass of wine in hand than fighting traffic and other crazed shoppers?

You can even get one or same day shipping for certain items depending on where you live, and if you're not a Prime member, you can give it a try for free for 30 days. Win win win.

Amazon has a huge selection (obviously!), and it can be overwhelming to browse unless you know exactly what you're looking for, so I'm hoping this curated list will point you in the right direction. You can also use Amazon's departments and categories to sort through and narrow down the options. Also, as you shop (especially for gifts) take note of the return policy - it can vary by item, and sometimes there are restocking fees associated with sending an item back. 

All right! Let's dive into some last minute gift ideas for the home! 

In need of some last minute holiday gift ideas? Here's a great list from Amazon! Take advantage of their two day shipping with a Prime membership. // last minute gift ideas for the home, last minute modern gift ideas

1 | Mini Faux Deer Head: Faux taxidermy has been popular for quite awhile now, and for good reason! These wall hangings are a great addition to a gallery wall or hung on their own. I love the dimension and texture, and this particular version comes in a ton of different color combos.

2 | Modern Salt & Pepper Mills: These might be the most lovely minimalist modern salt and pepper mills I've ever seen. At first I thought they were bottles of some kind, but they're just cleverly designed to look like that thanks to their shape and cork top. You'll be proud to have these guys on permanent display in your dining room or kitchen.

3 | Rose Gold Wall Clock: Even though it seems like everything is going digital, sometimes it's still nice to have analog items around, and this wall clock is a perfect example. I love its simplicity.

4 | Multicolored Bowl Set: Perfect for cereal, ice cream, soup, and whatever else needs to go in a bowl! These are dishwasher, microwave, oven, and freezer safe as well. You can't beat that killer combination of pretty and functional!

5 | Havana Floral Notepad: I've sung Rifle Paper Co.'s praises before, and I'll do it again - this time with a gorgeous to do list notepad! I love having one of these around in my office, in the kitchen, or by the front door when I need to jot down a quick note by hand.

6 | Geometric Peaks Throw Pillow Cover: Pick up a pair of these pillows for the modern home decor-obsessed person in your life. The neutral colors and simple design will complement just about any color scheme.

7 | Sea Salt & Sage Candle: This candle has a really fresh and clean scent - it's definitely a crowd pleaser! The dipped concrete container adds some style points as well.

8 | Set of 20 Succulents: Yes you can buy plants online! These come in several sized sets, so if 20 sounds like a lot, you can downshift. This is perfect for the DIYer who wants to create his or her own terrarium or mini succulent garden.

9 | Stackable Glass Storage Containers: Staying organized can be tough, but when you have the right containers, you'll be far more motivated. These glass containers are great for the kitchen, and they're pretty enough to leave out on the counter.

10 | Mini Lightbox With Letters, Numbers & Symbols: Similar to the letter board idea I shared in one of my previous guides, this lightbox allows you to get those creative juices flowing with a clever phrase you can put on display. You can change it up as the mood strikes!

11 | Color Blocked Bamboo Kitchen Utensils: Kitchen tools don't have to be totally utilitarian. Add some fun with colored handles (or white, in this case) that will still look uniform when stored in a countertop crock.

12 | Floating Wall Shelf: This little shelf packs a lot of organizational punch, doesn't it? It's perfect for small spaces - hang a few together to maximize your vertical storage!

13 | Modern Bud Vases: I've had my eye on this unique flower vase for quite awhile now. It comes in several color combinations. It'll be a beautiful centerpiece on a table or set it on top of a dresser to add a pop of color.

14 | Glass Dome With Ash Base: I can think of so many different ideas for this glass dome. It's gorgeous on its own, but you could also fill it with small ornaments for the holidays, enclose a mini cake inside, or fill it with fairy lights. 

15 | Hanging Chain Photo Frames: Have a little wall space to fill? Try a set of these brass photo frames! The hanging chain is unique and will definitely be a conversation starter.

16 | Painted Dots Hamper: Great for kids and adults alike, this hamper's fun design will certainly be a hit and entice you to actually put your dirty clothes in the right spot. 

Happy shopping, my friends! I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the holiday season. See you back here on the blog in 2018!

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