The gateway Drexel Hack: Throw pillows!

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One of the first things that I noticed about  all our Drexel couches was that the cushions (or throw pillows, depending on where you’re from) are the standard 20 x 20 square. To my delight it was  easy to unzip the covers and store them flat, and then cover the interior pillows with more fashionable  options. This was something I did right away, and have enjoyed redoing seasonally to refresh the room.  It helped with my decision to embrace the gold burlap, too – much easier to swallow the cost of a few pillows upon arrival than a set of slipcovers, at least for this tour.  20 x 20 square pillow covers can be found  at  all major retailers, though my favorite hunting grounds are  ($)  H&M,  ($$)  CB2,  West Elm,  and Fab.

Currently on my couch:
Cotton Cushion Cover (gold feather)  hm.com, $9.99.
Cotton Cushion Cover (yellow pattern) hm.com (sold out) $5.99, similar color here  and pattern here (in brighter yellow, charcoal and beige).
Cotton Cushion Cover (gold pattern on white) hm.com (sold out) $9.99,  similar  here and here.

All around the internets, and in my personal experiences within other FS homes, I see inspiring examples of this particular adaptation. It seems these pillows are the sort of gateway to home style adaptation, a means of entry into a place where we feel  empowered  to  personalize  everything. It’s easy and fun, and for many veterans it’s a nice way to  maintain some visual consistency wherever we find ourselves at home. I’ve been able to round up just a  few of those inspiring examples, and I welcome more! If you’re proud of your pillow and slipcovers, please send a photo (at least 400 px on the shortest side and at least 72 dpi) and I’ll gladly add it here! Don’t forget to share details of where you got your pillow and slipcovers so others can snag your look and enjoy your story.

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1  “After about 8 months of living with the dark brown couches in our living room, I finally decided enough was enough. What a difference. I think the photos speak for themselves.” (full custom slipcover story by Julie to come in a posting soon!)  Pillows, left to right, first couch:  IKEA (old), Harris Tweed Notonthehighstreet.com  $67,  local Indian block printed, IKEA (old). On 2nd couch: Brown tweet 22″ cushion,  ANTA  (similar) $74, Indian paisley printed cushion,  ANTA cushion. Also the green and white striped cushions on the chairs are the original brown sofa cushions with new covers (the brown sofa cushion covers could not be removed). Slipcover, custom made by local tailor in Chennai with pale blue linen blend fabric. (Julie Stewart Kight, Chennai)

2  “When we were in Madagascar I set out to buy the brightest and weirdest fabric I could find and these pillows helped so much in making our house livable and lovable.  When we were at Oakwood last year these pillows (and my stash of antique quilts from my husband’s grandmother) brightened up our little apartment.  Now we’re in Tokyo where everything is pretty and awesome and it would be a whole lot easier to make things look nice – but these throw pillows still top the list for making our home feel homey.” Left, pillows made from dish towels: Anthropologie (old sale) $8 each (need  two in each pattern, sewed  together) similar here. Right, Madagascar fabric.  Jodi Harris (Yokohama)

3  Left, Ikea (old) similar here (this one’s a bit of a reach guys, sorry), right Pottery Barn (old), similar here and here.  Andie Hanna (Ashkabat)

4  Unknown, but awesome! If you can  claim this, please email me and I’ll update the post.

5  “I have collected pillow covers along the way to mask those pesky throw pillows that come with our Drexel sofas, but these are by far my favorites. My talented mother-in-law is a wonderful knitter and after sending her a photo and giving her the measurements of those 2 jumbo throw pillows that come with the herringbone mustard yellow love seat that we all know and love, she knit these wonderful covers for me. They have zippers for easy removal and a sturdy fabric backing so we can use them on the sofa or on the floor. The texture and colors create a cozy atmosphere on blustery Riga nights! I plan to add these to my collection of textiles that I put in each UAB shipment. It amazes me how something as simple as familiar pillow covers, tablecloths, throws, and table runners can create an instant feeling of home while waiting for HHE to arrive.” Carrie Carroll (Riga)

 Unknown, but I love the color combination! If you can claim this, please email me and I’ll update the post.

Pillows, Pier 1 (old)  similar  here  and  here. Slipcover, Surefit Ultimate Stretch Chenille Loveseat in tan $149.99 Alice Jones (Tiblilisi)

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Do you have some throw pillow covers that work great on a particular style of Drexel, or an interesting color combination or slipcover story? Send them over and I’ll add your story to this post to help inspire others!

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