Notes from the Field: Pillow Power

July 27, 2011

By Stacy Kunstel

Believe me as a stylist when I tell you that pillows can make a place. There’s nothing else that adds layers of interest better than a beautiful fabric stuffed with down. Even better is a collection of the sofa or bed toppers in an array of sizes, colors and patterns. There are some shoots where I show up with at least a dozen extra pillows on hand. I mix, I match, I throw them around. I never severely karate chop them though–that’s just cruel.

Here are a few images where pillows make you sit up and take notice.

We are lucky enough to feature architect Louise Brooks‘s Connecticut home in our current issue of New England Home’s Connecticut. Beside her spot-on renovations and new construction work she also designs for her line called Oomph. Here, pillows from her collection pack just enough punch.

Photo by Tria Giovan; click to see more

For more of the Oomph pillow line visit Here’s one of our favorites:

We pulled these nautical inspired blue-and-white pillows from the store Belongings for the shoot of owner Michele Kolb‘s Nantucket home. Picking up on the play of blues in the painting, they provide just enough drama to warrant a photo.

Photo by Michael Partenio; click to see more

The cover of our current issue features pillows from a favorite local company, Patch NYC. Although they’ve got New York in their name, they’re actually Boston-based and have struck deals with nationally known companies such as West Elm and Anthropologie who also carry their work.

Photo by Michael Partenio; click to see more

Here’s another from their collection we love:

Next time you look around your living room and it needs a lift, it might just be time to pillow up.

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