Musical Pillows: How to Achieve Fall Style. And Beyond.

Of all the questions I receive, the most frequent pertain to my pillows. Yes… go ahead, let’s all give a collective… “You have a pillow problemmmmm!” It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard it, and I know it won’t be the last.

(If you haven’t seen this commercial before, this one was made for me.)

IMO, one of the easiest, quickest and most efficient ways to change up the look of a living space is to do a quick switch-a-roo of the pillows and throw blankets. Now to most, it probably looks like I’m buying pillows every day. But the truth is, I have several basics that I move around, and I just change the accent pillows every so often. It’s like one big, ongoing game of musical pillows.

Take a look at this photo of my family room from the end of spring:pillows1 pillows2

I have several basic white throw pillows, as white tends to be my canvas. I have a set from Homegoods, a set from Pottery Barn and I have several of the basic VIGDIS pillow covers from IKEA. (At only $6 a cover, these are great to have around.) During the spring and summer, I’m usually happiest when my space consists of mostly white. This LAPPLJUNG RUTA pillow from IKEA also likes to move around my home (it’s currently on my guest bedroom bed). One of my FAVORITE new accent pillows I’ve added to my collection is this awesome Swiss Cross Pillow by So Vintage Chic. She has amazing pillow covers, including custom covers that make amazing gifts (think custom baby shower gifts, Christmas presents, housewarming…) Check her out, and use code “LUVBEC” for 20% off your order!* You’re welcome. 😉

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When October struck, (OK, OK, several weeks before October. I have ZERO patience when it comes to waiting for the holidays.) I couldn’t wait to add touches of fall to my home decor. And some color.

I took out my favorite furry Homegoods pillows** (that I keep stored the rest of the year in Ziplock Space Bags). I actually bought these at Christmas time last year, but I couldn’t wait to get them out. For a week or two, my pillow situation consisted of all of my white pillows, bookended by my furry pillows. I threw a gray cable knit blanket I had in a basket onto the sofa to make the furry pillows feel more season appropriate. I was going for the “I know it is still technically spring, but I just can’t help myself” look. Did it work at all?


{**Sidebar: Whatever the question, furry pillows are always the answer. Say “YES!” to furry pillows. They add texture and dimension, and they’re a great way to add style to an otherwise traditional sofa situation.}

Skip to a week ahead, and I was ready to take the full fall plunge. Another pillow secret of mine: Homegoods double-pillow packs. Have you ever been to Homegoods and noticed they have sets of pillows that come with 2 of the same? I LUV them! This is a great way to create a base of pillows and ensure the right symmetry. Plus, they’re always an amazing price.

Here’s my first fall edit. (Note that the yellow pillows and white ones next to them both came from Homegoods double packs. I think the packs were $29.99 each, so that’s 4 great pillow covers and inserts for only $60!)


I took some neutral, textured pillows from the leather sofa in my front sitting room and brought them in here. (So, I basically just switched the pillows from room to room and added the yellow. Have I confused you yet, or are you still following?)

It only took me a couple weeks to decide I wanted to make another change, and I grabbed my navy Homegoods pillows from my guest bedroom. (These did not come from a double pack, but they are larger and super plush.) See how the musical pillows works?

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You can’t see it in these photos, but my awesome navy tufted bench is tucked under a table right behind my sofa. These pillows bring the space together perfectly.

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So, here it is in a nutshell… buy basic pillows in super neutral colors (that YOU love). I highly suggest the Homegoods double-pillow packs. Find a couple great accent pillows, preferably some with texture. When bored with one look, play musical pillows from room to room. Continue as the seasons change.

Hope you got some useful information here that inspires you to make a space you LUV! Visit my Instagram page for more decor and fashion inspiration @luvbec. And if you need help styling a space of your own, email me for affordable E-design inquiries at 🙂

Luv, Bec

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