need a new toss cushion or two?

The simplest, and perhaps the least expensive, way to update your living room is to add a couple of fresh new toss cushions! It’s such a fun way to elevate the look of any sofa, and to add the current trends that make a space feel fresh again. Here are some of my favourites and how they work in different spaces.

decorative pillows - how to make them work

The decorative pillows on a sofa or bed is a very personal thing. Some people like to be minimalists and just have pillows for function. Others want a variety of pillows in various colours and textures to make a grand statement, waiting to be admired at every passing.

Whatever your style, choosing what you love and are willing to keep organized is key. You may like the way a room looks with tons of cushions on a sofa or piled neatly on a bed, but if you're not going to make that look happen each day, is that really the look for you?

I recommend going through a variety of photos and seeing what combinations seem to catch your eye. And of course what doesn't! Hopefully some of these examples below give you the confidence to know what to go for.

My personal favourites for inexpensive finds? HomeSense and H&MHome

accessories for your home

Accessorizing is such a personal thing. I typically like to start with what a client already has and then inject a few more pieces, only as needed, to complete a space for beauty and function. So when I was faced with just a handful of accessories for a client in her new home of over 4000 sq. ft., we really had to work magic. And that's what accessorizing is - it's kind of like magic. It brings the whole room together in a day after months of hard work getting all the larger elements right.

My client's home is still not ready for showing (still missing the perfect chandelier!), but it's coming. For now, enjoy these beautifully accessorized rooms I found around the web.

rustic country accessories
coffee table accessories
black room with great accessories
bookcase accessorizing
armour heights residence - by Toronto Designers

update with brightly coloured pillows

If you have an old sofa and want to update its look, just toss on some really great pillows! It's as easy as that. And with colourful pillows such a hot trend right now, you'll find them almost everywhere. Don't forget, the trend calls for pillows that don't necessarily match. Just be sure to love what you buy.