Jun 16, 2014

~ patio pillow predicament


Sorry if you are sick of me talking about my patio. Because here I go again...

This installment of whining about my patio falls in the pillow department. I'm obsessed with pillows as I'm sure I've made crystal clear by now. Here's a look through the years of my patio and the pillow situation. 

2011 was the first year of my blog, and the first photographic record of my patio. (Please, for the love, notice the trees planted along the fence on the other side… see last post) Anyway, the pillows are green here, from Pottery Barn. 

And this striped pillow...

I loved the striped pillows but they faded so dramatically the first summer they were used and were never brought out again. 


Then I went for an orange stripe...




Next, I did the Pottery Barn butterfly pillows...




Somewhere along the line, I got the orange and coral pillows ~ about a thousand of them. And all the accent pillows seemed to work nicely with them...




Next came the cameo pillows with the check backs... 


I brought them out for this photo shoot...

And kept them under the veranda for the rest of the summer!

I like the idea of having the collection of orange and coral colored pillows, in actual outdoor fabric, and then updating every summer (or every other) with just a few coordinating accent pillows for under the veranda...





So first I thought it would be fun to add blue. I've discovered blue late in life, and I especially love it with orange... About the time I thought of the blue idea, Tina (The Enchanted Home) did a post on an Etsy shop (Studio Tullia) with great pillows, and I fell in love with these:
Orange...

and a pretty turquoise blue...

Another Etsy shop (6 Wilson) Tina featured had these...




 Just loved this fabric!

Here it is in a different color... also charming...

Then I thought of this salmon colored Schumacher chinoiserie...

Or this Lee Jofa blue and salmon...

And remember this Dana Gibson? This gorgeous coral is the exact color of my existing coral pillows!

Mixed with this favorite Brunschwig fabric?

And then, THEN, I discovered this beauty. Apparently I've arrived to this party a bit late because everyone seems to have heard of Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon except me. 
Can you imagine? With my existing orange and coral pillows?




The color options are spectacular! (here)
China Blue

And the orange is perfect in both Mocha and Aquamarine!
Mocha

 Aquamarine

Clearly, there are too many options. So often when I'm choosing fabrics, I get too excited and get sidetracked choosing favorite fabrics that aren't necessarily the best for the space… they are just fabulous fabrics. So I calmed myself down, and realized I wasn't quite ready to do the blue thing, and some of the fabric choices might start to feel like a bit too much with what I've got going on…


Loved this fabulous Manuel Canovas toile...

And this Manuel Canovas "Lutece"? Amazing!

That first toile option was not the right orange. (It sure looks like it works online, but it doesn't in person.) However, this toile, also a Manuel Canovas, is perfect in person. And it is perfect mixed with the Lutece. And it is the exact color of the orange pillows I currently have. Which is perfect.

And so my friends, I have ordered pillows in the Lutece and the toile Manuel Canovas fabrics. OMG I can't wait for them to get here!
I've got a little something else up my sleeve regarding the patio pillows, but you'll have to wait for that... I can't tell all my secrets in one post!


Stay tuned...



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12 comments:

sharon smith said...

Love your patio! I get excited too with so many great fabrics...
It can make a girl crazy!
Can't wait to see what your're going to do!
Sharon

pve design said...

Jan,
I think we are twins because each and every post, I have a similar sort of story going on around my home....a broken pot, some pillow primping and a fence to make good neighbors....ha ha.
Can't wait to see what's up your tangerine sleeve!
pve

jayneonweedstreet said...

Love your patio! The orange makes everything just pop! So inviting too! I love the table and chairs - can you tell us where you found them? I am looking for a set of chairs for my glass top table. I sold my outdoor furniture before moving and now have to find replacements.

Sparkling Like A Diamond said...

Your patio is very pretty. All of the choices you have made are very pretty. I can't wait to see the finished project.

lisa said...

Your back yard is beautiful. I only wish mine looked as good. Love the Manual Canovas toile.

Lisa

The French Tangerine said...

Jayne - the chairs and table (and the other seating on the veranda) are Brown Jordan.. "Provence" I'm not sure if it's discontinued or not.. we bought the set at a local furniture store 15 years ago..
Hope this helps
XO
jan

The enchanted home said...

Love this post! Your patio is exquisite no matter what pillows you put, I could see blue with the orange or green...Suzanne has gorgeous things (thanks for the shout out). I could go crazy with pillows too and just ordered more from her...a total addiction. Every one of yours is just beautiful!

Michelle Seman said...

Jan....your patios are lovely and can not wait to see the new pillows! Working on some new pillows for our outdoor space.....not done with my planters. Feel like I am so behind this year. Always look forward to your posts and love your style!

Cindy Weis said...

Jan, I LOVE your orange and coral pillows they are so colorful and beautiful, don't change them, they are the perfect accent for your house setting. Just love them.

chefmimiblog.com said...

wow. wow. wow. You're so talented. You might be late to the party, but I have never been invited!!! Love what you did with that patio!!!

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

Hi Jan! I have been so preoccupied with a family illness that I didn't realize you had mentioned me in this post! Thanks so much for the shout out ;-) I appreciate it so much. Your end choice is a beautiful one -- it's popular because it's gorgeous. Love all your images.

Pillow Talk said...

Well, I was thrilled to see Studio Tullia's ribbon pillows in the latest lineup of pillows you we're considering. I can make the ribbon on outdoor fabrics as well as I have done for many customers with Sunbrella fabric. Quite a legacy already of pillows for that gorgeous patio and garden of yours. I love reading your blog. Am also a huge fan of Manuel Canovas toiles so I can't wait to see how they look. Please let me know if I can help...would love to!!