November 9, 2012

friday’s five minute *giveaway* fix: add a bolster

* This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations, Catherine! *

I often recommend that moms of twins use fewer, larger accessories rather than more small ones.  Why?  Visually, I find it has greater impact.  Practically, it’s a lot easier to keep up with!   Would you rather fluff one pillow or five?  Rearrange three objects or thirteen?

Today’s five minute fix — something that a busy MOM can do quickly and relatively inexpensively — takes that little trick to the bedroom.  I don’t think that sounds exactly how I meant it.  Minds out of the gutter, peeps.  We already have twins, right?! 

Adding a large bolster in front of your bed shams is an easy way to upgrade the look of plain bedding … and inject a little bit of pattern into an otherwise solid space.  Another bonus?  You can splurge on a more expensive fabric because, depending on the size, a bolster only requires a couple of yards (or less).  The bolster also won’t get the wear and tear of the linens you actually use, such as the comforter or sheets.  Surely I’m not the only one who has had a twin arrive with the news he is about to be sick?  It’s an oh-so-pleasant way to wake up.  Or not.  

Remember how I used a custom bolster in the Queen City Exclusive article?  Now I’m giving that bolster to one lucky reader!  The bolster was fabricated by my fantastic workroom using Suzanne Kasler‘s Montmartre fabric for Lee Jofa.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of this fabric … partly because you can take it in so many different directions!  Blue, red, lavender, green — the Montmartre fabric uses all of these colors beautifully.

To enter, just leave a comment … and be sure I have your contact information!  The contest will close at the end of the day on Wednesday, November 14.  None of the other bedding is included in the giveaway, but — if you feel so inspired — you can check out the Queen City Exclusive article and learn how to recreate the entire look!

How are your bed pillows arranged?

Interior design by traci zeller designs.  Top photo by Dustin Peck Photography.  Fabric photo via Lee Jofa.  


  • Catherine
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Traci, love the pillow! Great fabric that would look awesome in any of my bedrooms. Pick me :)
  • Shirley
    Nov. 09, 2012
    I Have multiple on my bed, with two smaller accent pillows.
  • Cheryl
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Love the beautiful bolster pillow, its exactly what I need to brighten up my white duvet!
  • Mandy Graessle
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Great tip! I'm a new reader but looking forward to catching up. And now ... will be searching for a seasonal bolster. Thanks! Mandy Graessle
  • Sarah T
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Love this idea and the fabric!
  • Sarah Bradley
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Thanks for the opportunity Traci! Also, would you mind sharing the name of the bolster fabric in the first image?
  • Karen
    Nov. 09, 2012
    I am in the "never knowingly undercushion" camp, but have been craving simplicity in my life and home. Love the idea of one large bolster on the bed.
  • Doreen
    Nov. 09, 2012
    I have been looking for a bolster for a guest bedroom. I love this fabric. It would be perfect!
  • Ryan Di Salvo
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Our pillows are a nightmare. We have waaay too many and they always look so sad and slumpy (not sure but I may have just made up that word?) We are in the middle of a master bedroom redo and that pillow fabric might be a great jumping off point? Love this giveaway!
  • Terry
    Nov. 09, 2012
    I have the perfect spot to use this fabric!
  • Julie B
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Great bolster. Would match my bedding perfectly.
  • Shana
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Love the fabric and the way you did the beds!
  • diane
    Nov. 09, 2012
    Love bolsters and this large one is really fun. Nice of you to use it as a giveaway as well.
  • carol jane
    Nov. 09, 2012
    My bed pillows are not very exciting. just my 2 pillows with a PB blue stripe pillow in front of them. The bolster sure would add that pop of color my bed is needing, Looks so pretty.
  • Annie/House on Rene
    Nov. 10, 2012
    Bolster me!! LOL Love all the color schemes you can get out of this!
  • Monica P
    Nov. 11, 2012
    I have tons of pillows on our bed with a smaller accent pillow in front. I can never have to many pillows!
  • Sarit
    Nov. 11, 2012
    i love that fabric and the fact that 2 heads can rest there...I am a twin and I want to win this contest for my twin sister...her master bedroom could use some more character and these colors and pattern would be just the right accent and our birthdays are coming up.....
  • Laura
    Nov. 11, 2012
    I love that pillow Traci! I have 3 eruo's on my bed now and I love the idea of a large bolster on a bed or even a sofa.
  • nicole
    Nov. 11, 2012
    I am redoing my guest room, and this pillow is so pretty. Love you blog, Traci!
  • courtney
    Nov. 11, 2012
    you can never have too many pillows! great giveaway!
  • Lyn
    Nov. 12, 2012
    love love love your work. The Bolster is gorgeous!
  • pam
    Nov. 12, 2012
    oh wow, what a gorgeous bolster! that would look awesome on my new sofa. pam
  • Janna
    Nov. 13, 2012
    I love bolsters too! And I think my hubby would appreciate ONE pillow instead of the pile of them on our bed!
  • Lori
    Nov. 13, 2012
    This is a great idea for my king size bed. I like that it is one pillow that packs a lot of punch!
  • lj jasper
    Nov. 13, 2012
    NICE bolster pillow. Need one!
  • cp
    Nov. 13, 2012
    Love the bolster - pick me!

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