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Decorative pillows add such a finishing touch to a room. They are the icing on the cake. This is where you can splurge on that oh-so-pricey fabric and trim and not feel too guilty. Your sofa and chairs will thank you for gracing them with that special little pillow or two!

Vintage ribbon from France was used to make the rosette on the striped pillow.

Vintage ribbon from France was used to make the rosette on the striped pillow.  

Vintage braid from France is hand-sewn on this simple silk pillow.

Vintage braid from France is hand-sewn on this simple silk pillow.

As a designer, I love to create custom pillows. I always start with a down pillow form. I consider this a must. Think outside the box–the size of your form does not have to be standard. Many work rooms will create down pillow forms to any dimension. Once the fabric is selected, I then begin to look through my collection of vintage textiles and decorative trims. I am a textiles and trim hoarder! I have pieces that I found everywhere from Round Top, Texas to Paris, France. I’m always looking for vintage ribbon, trim, pieces of needlepoint, and old silk velvets. With fabric and trim in hand, I am ready to make a sketch for the workroom showing all the details. Then I eagerly await the arrival of my little creation.

Some of the antique trim that I have collected from near and far.

Some of the antique trim that I have collected from near and far. 

Outlining the details for the creation of a pillow.

Outlining the details for the creation of a pillow.

This sketch outlines the details for the creation of a pillow using an antique piece of needlepoint found in a Paris flea market. It is important to relay as many details as you can to the work room. More details equal a more successful design.

Special, one-of-a-kind pillows by Ornamentations Design.

The finished pillow is special and one-of-a-kind. See more custom creations below using decorative fabrics available through design showrooms. You will notice that I have a thing for braid!

Special, custom pillows by Ornamentations Design.

Special, custom pillows by Ornamentations Design.

Why not start throwing around some ideas for your own creations?

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