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The Finishing Touches: Pillows and Throws

November 18, 2016

To me, rugs, pillows and throws are the finishing touches that make a space feel like home. All of these are important additions to any room I’m working on. Over the past month I’ve been telling you all about how I got into designing my rug line and also breaking down my rug collections individually. What we haven’t talked about yet are the smaller touches: pillows and throws.

Just like with rugs, I’m choosy when it comes to these little things. I’d say just as much as I am with the big things—like furniture or paint colors. Because these are the pieces that bring it all together and make a room feel lived-in and cozy, not just “put together” or “staged”.

The Duke Throw Collection

My youngest son, Duke, is my snuggly child. I love this about him. It’s always a good night when he crawls up in my lap just to give me a hug and tell me he loves me. That’s why I named my throw collection after him; he’s sweet and thoughtful and nothing makes me feel warmer or more at home than when he’s feeling like being the snuggle bug he is.

I’d describe my throw line as simple, but at the same time, there is plenty of interest and texture in them. They add to a room without being a bold distraction—which let’s them pair perfectly with my pillow collection.

Throws can be used on the back of a couch to add texture, or fold a few and toss them in a basket or crate in the living room or guest room for easy access. Having extra blankets sitting around on a chilly day is always a cozy and welcomed element in a room—and one I never miss out on adding.

My Magnolia Home Pillows

Pillows were easily one of the most fun elements to design. Something that’s great about accent pillows is how easy it is to switch them out seasonally or when you need a change of pace. When designing, I used a mixture of bold and simple colors, patterns and textures. Some I even used tassels or thick stitching to make them stand out. I love how well they pair with my rugs and throws, but I also like that it’s not mandatory that they go together. Set them on a bed or even a bench, and they’ll look perfect all on their own.

If all of this is a little overwhelming, next week I’ll be doing a post over choosing the perfect size rug for your space, and how to set your furniture up around it. This will give you a starting point, and from there, choosing pillows and throws will just be the fun part! You can find my pillows and throws for sale at Magnolia Home Rugs retailers near you.

Comment below if you’ve snagged a Duke collection throw or any of my Magnolia Home pillows. I would love to see them all in your space, so tag me on Instagram (@joannagaines) if you post a photo!


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  • Janet DeMauro
    7:07 pm, January 7, 2017
    I have to say that I love your show and I just read your book The Magnolia Story I couldn't put it down I don't think I've ever read any book that I loved more than yours I really feel like I know you both like a not a friend but family. You have a beautiful family and a husband who loves you to the moon and back I can't wait for your next one. Keep doing what you do and keep Chip on his toes Love you Janet DeMauro
  • Lyn
    9:23 pm, January 5, 2017
    I would love to know where you get your bedding
  • Nona H.
    6:20 pm, January 2, 2017
    Hi Joanna, I absolutely love your show and all of your designs, and am thrilled that I can purchase some of the items you use when decorating your renovations. I recently purchased a few items for our new "retirement home" which we will be moving to in February and I know they will look great. I was hoping to be able to find bedding and bath towels for our new home also on your shopping site, but didn't see anything there. Do you plan on adding a bedding and bath line to your home design line any time in the future? If not, can you tell me where you get your favorite bath and bedding linens and what your favorite design line is? I am looking to do our new home in a combination Farm House and French Country, with maybe a little Tuscan style thrown in. Any information or direction you can point me in would really be appreciated. Thanks for all of the enjoyment you provide to your viewers!!!!!
  • Barbara Norman
    10:20 am, December 30, 2016
    Love your show . I have a cheeky question !
    We have renovated a 1920's house in Thorndale , Tx . We want to reconfigure our stairs . Who can we contact for help with this ? We are having a tough time finding the right person .
    Hoping you can point us in the right direction .
    I'm not sure even answer questions like this , but I though I would try .
  • Megan
    11:59 am, December 27, 2016
    First off, I wanted to say that I love your show and your style! I have a decorating question, I'm wondering if it can be answered by someone! My husband and I have made a rustic X farmhouse coffee table and two matching end tables for our living room. The tops are a dark stain and the frame and legs are an off white. We are now starting on a farmhouse dining table and bench. My question is what to stain and paint it. I love the color combo of our coffee and end tables and wouldn't mind doing the table the same, however, our house is small and our dining table is only feet from the coffee and end tables and I'm afraid of everything being too " matchy". However, I'm afraid to do something too different and not end up liking it or it looking too out of place. I'm also thinking ahead, knowing we won't be in this house forever, and who knows how the next house will be laid out and maybe having the same stain and paint on all the tables won't matter. Thanks for any input!
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