We at Tchochkes would like to give a special thank you to PILLOWfolly for sponsoring the Pick a Pillow contest. If you’re just visiting the site for the first time today, sorry, the contest is over – but we’ll have more in the future. (The winner will be announced in a few days.)
Here’s the dilemma – do I write this in the way I would if I wasn’t the one who approached PILLOWfolly and suggested we do this contest? In other words, do I give my opinion filled with honesty and a dash of snark? Because as you all know – there is one pillow in the group that I just don’t get.
Some of you didn’t like any of the PILLOWfolly pillows, which is fair enough. I would like to know what you do like – so for the people who disliked all of the pillows – a small request / challenge for you – comment here and give a link of a pillow that you do like. And why. I’m really interested in the why.
Ok – on to the opinions…
I’m starting off with my favorite. I love the flowers, I love the colors and I love the striped flange. I even like the word flange. The colors also fit my house really well and my sofa is screaming for this.
The one above and the one below are tied for second place. I love the colors of the Lime Paisley Print above and I like how the paisley is more of a nod to paisley shape wise then a true paisley pattern (which would make it just too 80s, even for me.) I even like the pom pom trim.
I know this choice is probably shocking many of you. I love it. Love love love it. Actually, when I first wrote the contest post it was my favorite. First off, it’s linen – which is one of my favorite fabrics. Then there’s the pattern – grandma-ish flowers. Anyone who knows me knows I dig grandma-ish flowers. My sofas would be slipcovered in a pattern like this if I thought my husband would stay in such a home. It’s just so pretty and cozy. The more I look at it, the more I like it. I just really like this pillow. Actually, maybe it’s tied for first instead?
I dig the toile.
And who can say no to roosters on acid? Seriously though, this is such a classic French country choice I wasn’t surprised that Krug95 chose it. And as I have an oh so slight obsession with all things French country this was another one I thought a lot about this week.
We like plaid and we needed one that looked different than the rest. This is an inoffensive pillow. No major world changing design going on. Colors are nice. Tassels are always good. I don’t do coral, but this would have looked amazing in Patti’s old place in Tel Aviv – she’s big into coral. I’m more on the teal side. Love silk shantung (the fabric.)
How to put this… meh.
It reminds me too much of my mom’s sofa. My mom has a human size cut out of Betty Boop in her sun room. Granted, she is a lovely woman with a deep love of all things kitsch, has a fabulous sense of humor and an infectious laugh – but she’s been wearing Pepto Bismol colored polyester suits for over 20 years now. As such, I can’t go there. Sorry, we all have our interior design baggage and this would be mine.
These aren’t my colors. I can recognize how stylish it is and I know that this is a major look in interior design today. It just doesn’t do a blessed thing for me.
I love the color combination and pomegranates are a major theme in Israel for patterns and pottery.
Which leaves one – my least favorite – the one I just didn’t get.
Yeah, I know. This was one of the favorites and I just don’t get it.
I love Italy but that doesn’t mean I want it on my pillow. The more I look at it the more I would expect to see it in a house filled with paint by numbers art (which admittedly could be quite cool under certain circumstances, but that isn’t changing the fact that I’m not “feelin” this pillow). The only reason why I’m comfortable saying such a thing, knowing that the wonderful owners of PILLOWfolly will be reading it, is the fact that none of you seem to agree with me. I’m totally ok with being the only one who doesn’t get it. I also am not fond of olives and I hate coffee. Sometimes it’s ok to be alone in the world – this would be one of those times.
A special thank you to all who participated.
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