Pillow Pairings | My Favorite Black and White Pillow Styles

Raise your hand it you own this black and white pillow cover from Ikea.  I think half the world owns the Lappljung Ruta cushion cover, including me!

I think the appeal of this covers is the graphic design, the sturdy fabric and of course the black and white color combo.  And let’s not overlook the $10 price which makes this pillow one of the best design deals around.

Ikea Black and White Pillow

via Ikea

While I love the Ikea pillow, I think its time a new black and white pillow becomes the darling of the design world. To find a winner, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite black and white pillows/cushion covers along with the accent pillows I’d pair them with them when decorating.

Check out my pillow pairings and leave me a comment and let me know which is your favorite.


No. 1

Black, white and greek key are always a winning combination and a classic look that will be around for years to come.  The black velvet pillow pairs beautifully with this dusty blue Schumacher floral fabric and a tan and white mini animal print.

 Black Velvet Pillow Cover with Greek Key Trim // Hot House Flowers Pillow Cover // Tan Cheetah Pillow Cover 

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No. 2

This woven black and white pillow has a casual vibe that is perfect for a sectional or sofa.  Because of the texture, I’ve paired it with a deep yellow velvet pillow and an abstract floral so the look is relaxed and carefree.  The black and white woven pillow would also look great paired with other black and white pillow designs.

p.s.  the velvet pillow is available in 10 fabulous colors
 Linework Woven Decorative Pillow // Watercolour Floral Pillow Cover // Brenner Yellow Velvet Pillow

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No. 3

By far my favorite black and white pillow grouping!  This textured black and white pillow cover is so versatile that you can easily pair it with other patterns.  Since I love all things emerald green I used that as the accent color for this combo.  The floral pillow keeps the overall look soft while the velvet green pillow with greek key keeps the look classic.

   Ben Soleimani Textured Wool Nailhead Pillow Cover //  Bermuda Blossoms Pillow Cover // Emerald Green Velvet Pillow 

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No. 4

If you like a more modern vibe, you’ll love this combo.  I like how the bold design of the black and white grid pillow mixes well with a modern strip and Asian floral design.

p.s.  there are a thousand shades of white so don’t think you have to have the exact hue in each pillow design.  A little contrast is a good thing.
 Modern Black Pillow //  Black and White Dotted Stripe Pillow Cover // Asian Floral Pillow Cover
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No. 5

I’m starting to see black and white buffalo check pillows all over Pinterest so it looks like this pillow design is a new favorite amongst designers and design bloggers.  An oversized plaid like this works will with ditzy prints and florals and you can go with just about any color combo you want.

 Buffalo Check Pillow // Dalmatian Spots Pillow // P. Kaufmann Candid Moment Pillow Cover

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Tips For Pairing Pillows Like A Pro


  1. Ensure all pillows have a consistent color theme.  If you’re using a black and white pillow as the foundation, pair it will other designs that include black, white or both colors so there is a connection amongst the pillows.
  2. The scale of patterns should balance each other, not compete for attention. A good rule of thumb is one large , one medium and one small.
  3. Texture is important and can be visual texture (what the eye sees) as well as tactile texture (what you actually feel).  Texture adds warmth and depth to pillow pairings and should always be a part of your pillow mix.
  4. The size of the pillows matter.  Just like you scale the size of print, you want different sizes of pillows. Here’s a winning combo you can always count on…

For the sofa:  (2) 24×24 pillows  + (2) 20×20 pillows + (1) Lumbar pillow  //  For a loveseat: (2) 20×20 pillows + (1) Lumbar pillow

So, which black and white pillow is your favorite and which pillow pairing do you like most? 

Printable Art–My Love Note Designs


Thank you for all the wonderful comments on our spring bedroom refresh.

Today I wanted to share a little more about the beautiful prints I used in the bedroom.  I knew I wanted to place a grouping of images on the wall next to the window and closet to my side of the bed.  You see that wall when you enter the room so I wanted to make an impact.  I also knew that whatever I hung I that wall would be hung in gold frames.

Since one of the goals for the refresh was to add more accents of gold into the space, frames were an obvious and easy solution.

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All four of the prints I used are from an awesome Etsy shop called MyLoveNotedesigns.  The shop is run by Christina who personally designs all of the printable art, many which contain inspirational words and positive messages.  Christina opened her Etsy shop in 2014 after starting a family and leaving an accounting career and the corporate world behind.  Christina said she started designing her prints as a way to inspire and remind herself of what is meaningful in life and to personally connect with others.

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The collection of prints I choose to use were perfect for a bedroom space and also allowed me to add a touch of personalization into the room.  The LOVE print is one of my favorite designs and gold foil is so pretty once printed.  The HEART of flowers couldn’t have been more perfect for our room with a black background and pink flowers.  I also choose a monogram print and love how Christina has added flowers to give the design a special touch.  The last design in the group reads All Of Me Loves All Of You and I love both the message and the delicate details of the design.

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Once printed, I placed each image in a Ikea frame which I spray painted gold using Rustoleum Bright Coat Spray Paint (which happens to be my favorite gold spray paint)

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I’ve purchased several printable images from Etsy in the past and I must say that the collection of designs that MyLoveNotedesigns offers is one of the best.  There are over 450 designs to choose from including gold foil, nursery designs, calendars, meal planners, expense trackers and weekly planners and most of the designs are $5.00 or less.  And, Christina also offers custom orders if you have a specific design in mind.

Because there are so many great prints, picking your favorites will be tough but you can use my list of top 10 to help you shop…


Feather and Floral / Be Our Guest (so awesome for a guest bedroom or bath)


Home Sweet Home (great housewarming gift) / You Got This (fun print for an office)


Ampersand Floral (add this to a gallery wall arrangement) / Fox Fun (fun for a kids room)


Watercolor Feather (love this) / Family Initial (great wedding gift)


Gold foil HEART/  Love Arrow (love the chalkboard feel of this print)

MyLoveNotedesigns can be used in any room of your home and because the prints are so affordable, you can create a gallery wall arrangement with minimal investment.


I know you want to go shopping but before you head over the MyLoveNotedesigns, let me tell you about a great sale Christina is offering right now..

 Buy 2 Prints Get 1 Free (code GET1FREE) minimum cart purchase $15 prior to coupon 


Buy 3 Prints Get 2 Free (code GET2FREE) minimum cart purchase $25 prior to coupon
(Custom Prints excluded from coupon use)

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See the full bedroom refresh here
Thank you to MyLoveNotedesigns for providing the prints used in my bedroom designs.  I love sharing my favorite Etsy shops with you and know you’ll find something for yourself in her shop.  All opinions are 100% mine. 


Pretty In Pink: Spring Bedroom Refresh


Whew!  Refreshing our bedroom for spring has taken a lot longer than I expected.  I was originally waiting for pillow covers to arrive from overseas, then my schedule got super busy and last week I got sick.  Despite it all, I’m so glad to have the little project done and so excited to share it with you.

Let’s take a look at where it all started.

I spotted this floral pillow cover on Etsy and immediately fell in love.  I don’t decorate with many floral pattens but something about this design and the colors captured my heart.

Pink Rose Pillow

Once I had the pillows in hand, I created a design board to represent the vision I had for the space.  I love our  headboard and frame and wanted to stick with a foundation of black and white for the room.  I also wanted to add in more gold accents and a pop of green.

 As I was planning the space, Christina from MyLoveNotedesigns contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing her custom designed art.  I jumped at the opportunity!  What timing and just the detail I was looking to add to the room.


Now that the vision was set, it was time to execute (lots of photos to follow)…

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Spring Bedroom Refresh–The Plan

Hello there!

I hope your weekend was a good one. I got some work done, made a dent in my magazine stack and the hubs and I finished watching season 2 of the Orange is the New Black.  We are anxiously awaiting season 3 which is supposed to debut sometime in June.

I just wanted to drop in today to share the plans for my spring bedroom refresh.  Because I’ve decorated our bedroom on a foundation of black and white and use color as the accent, I get the urge each season to change the accent colors.  It’s a good thing I love color and love to change-up my decor.

What started as a love for these pillows (which I may have shown you before) and the assurance from the hubs that he could embrace pink…

Pink Rose Pillow

has turned into a plan to freshen up the bedroom for spring.


Here’s what I have planned:

New black bedding (some custom and some diy)

New pillows for the bed (oh how I love pretty pillows)

Create a gallery wall with LOVE as the theme (I can’t wait to share the incredible source of these beautiful images with you)

New accent pieces to introduce more gold into the room

I’m hoping everything falls into  place because I love the feel of the inspiration board~

Stay tuned, I plan to have the makeover done by mid-April.


Plans in Motion: Christmas 2014


Wow, did the weekend fly by or what?  I got quite a few things checked off  my  to-do list this weekend but I could definitely have used another day to wrap up and wind down.  I hope you all had a great weekend.

One of the things I found my self doing this weekend was finalizing my Christmas decor plans.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I told you I was thinking about something like this…

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Inspiration {plus a design tip}

Frame as Headboard


Sometimes an image can stop you in your tracks not because it is a space with lots of design details and color, but because what makes it beautiful are the simple details and simplicity.

Design Tip:  Never, Ever, Ever pass up a beautiful picture frame when antiquing or thrifting.  There are so many other great ways to use a picture frame beyond framing a photo.


11 Design Details I’m Loving & that you can do in your own home


If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, Design is in the Details.  And that’s one of the things I love about design.  The fact that you can take a basic ordinary architectural element, accessory, furniture piece or decorative element and use it to create something unique and beautiful for your home.  I’m working on a project that is requiring me to think about details and how they can be used to transform a space and save money at the same time.  With details on my mind I thought I’d share 11 of my favorite ideas, ideas you can use in your own home.

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I love the look of black and white wall décor but often times if your décor style is something other than modern or contemporary it can be challenging to decorate with.  Here are three design tips that might make the task of decorating with black and white wall décor a little easier!


With a more transitional or eclectic décor style mix things up a bit by combing traditional artwork with other decorative objects or mirrors.  The wall grouping below is a great example of traditional botanical prints being paired with a black framed mirror and tortoise shells.  There is a traditional undertone but the overall feel is more eclectic and personalized.





Black and white artwork hung as a collection and hung close together creates symmetry and balance within a room.  This option is also great when you have a large wall that needs impact but you don’t want to invest in a single piece of over-sized art.

*  Ikea is your best and most economical source when you need to buy multiple frames in the same style




A great way to make your black and white wall décor statement even stronger is by framing your art in wide black AND white matts.  Alternate the matt colors for visual balance and keep the picture frames all the same color so the look isn’t too busy.



Need a little more black and white wall décor inspiration, check out these stunning wall statement and rooms.







Do you like the look of black and white wall décor or are you into more color?


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