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Endless Etsy Pillow Combinations

Pillow Inspiration - Sweet Home Chicago

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If you follow me on Pinterest or Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I have a slight obsession with pillows. Similar to my black shirt / jeans uniform, the furniture anchoring my apartment is relatively neutral, so, just as I do with necklaces and scarves, I rely on pillows and other accessories for pops of color. And since pillow covers are relatively inexpensive, it feels like I am constantly rotating and replacing them.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of my favorites from around the blogosphere (like the palm print shown above) on Etsy, so I wanted to come up with a few combinations — by mixing and matching Etsy pillows — to help you freshen up any room in your house for under $200!

But first, a few tips! Even though my couch is relatively small (I bought the “apartment” size when I lived in a studio), I prefer to have five pillows: two 20/22 inch, two 16/18 inch and one lumbar or statement pillow for the middle. And, although my pairs are 20 inches and 18 inches, I think it looks best when there is a four-inch difference.

In the round-up below, I’ve combined groupings of three pillows that I think would work well together, but almost all of them can be mixed and matched with each other!

Interchangeable Etsy Pillow Combinations - Sweet Home Chicago

1 // 2  // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15

What do you think? Are there other combinations that might work better? (I spent hours playing around with the combinations, so there are definitely others that work!)

A Slightly Nautical Nursery

I have to admit that until I started doing e-designs, I hadn’t paid much attention to nurseries, but now I’m about as obsessed as you can be without actually having a kid. I even went into Land of Nod for the first time last week and OH MY GOD I wanted everything for myself. Gold dot sheets? Yes, please. (I’m serious. If they remotely matched my current bedding, I would have already bought them.)  My new niece or nephew is going to have the cutest sleeping nook ever.

A friend let me loose on an e-design for her new son and said she had thought about nautical, but would consider any theme. After a little browsing, I came across this and decided to build the decor around it. The final design includes some nautical elements, but they’re subtle and can be easily swapped out to incorporate her son’s interests as he gets older.

Nautical Nursery

Dream Big Banner // Surfer Print // Rope Mirror // Crib // Crib Sheet // Anchor Pillow // Glider // Rug // Lamp // Dresser

Feel free to email me if you need help finishing (or starting) a room!

Get The Look: Bookshelves

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m in the midst of helping my mom freshen up the accessories for the built-in unit in my parents’ family room. And, as I predicted, she really liked the image with white shelves and a lot of bright books and accessories. With that in mind, I decided to round up some of my favorite (bright) design books and some accessories that would coordinate well with the coral West Elm pillows we bought last summer.

Well Mom, what do you think?

Bookshelf Ideas1. Urchin // 2. Elephant // 3. Sculptural Sphere (or this) // 4.  Love Print // 5. Art (sold out, but according to Insta, more are coming soon!) // 6. Domino // 7. Big Book of Small Cool Places // 8. Design*Sponge At Home // 9. Remodelista // 10. Decorate // 11. Bud Vase // 12. Face Planter // 13. Tall Vase // 14. Absolutely Beautiful Things // 15. Elements of Style // 16. Bookends // 17. Coasters // 18. Well-Read Women // 19. Creativity at Work

If you’re trying to find some new elements for your shelves or end tables, here are a few questions you should consider before you begin:

1. What do you already have that can be used?  The best accessories (and books) are those collected over time. So whenever I’m styling end tables, nightstands or shelves, I start by shopping my own apartment because sometimes just rotating what I already own will gives me the fresh look I’m craving. (And other times I realize I really need more decorative objects!)

2. What colors do you want to emphasize?  It’s much easier to pick out accessories when you have a color scheme in mind. If there are pillows that are a bright color, just a few small (and inexpensive objects) in another part of the room will help create a cohesive and well thought out look.

3. What elements do you want to incorporate?  One thing I noted in the inspiration images is that most had four main elements: books, vases, objects and prints. If you don’t have a lot of books, incorporating the other items will help the shelves look balanced.

Good luck!

A Jungle Nursery

For the past several weeks, I’ve had an ongoing text conversation (complete with LOTS of screenshots) with one of my good friends about her baby’s nursery. We’ve debated everything from wallpaper (for a feature wall) to light fixtures. She had already ordered these dressers and wanted to include a daybed in addition to the crib. I decided to do an e-design to pick out the finishing touches and to get a sense of how everything would look in the same room. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

Harley's Nursery


1. Light Fixture // 2. Animal Prints // 3. Dresser // 4. Lamp // 5. Bookshelf // 6. Bookends // 7. Duvet // 8. Sheets // 9. Giraffe // 10. Horns Photo // 11. Daybed // 12. Lion Pillow // 13. Table // 14. Crib // 15. Crib Sheet // Not Numbered: Wallpaper