THE FALL BACK: A ROUND UP OF 14 UNIQUE THROW PILLOWS TO COZY UP TO

by Marisa Marcantonio


With a decidedly casual air of late, the vast assortment of throw pillows on the market are becoming more diverse and unique. Pulling influences from creative cultures with artisan roots designed by artistically-inclined creatives, designer-driven pillows are in the spotlight, providing opportunities to layer aplenty, for a lived-in look and feel. Here are some varied takes-- livable, cozy kick-back pillows to take home this fall.

Photo courtesy of Pinecone Hill

Photo courtesy of Pinecone Hill

It's hard to resist indigo when it is in a resist print-- here, Pinecone Hill's octagonal block printed lumbar pillow with graphic pattern created with traditional dying techniques

Photo courtesy of Avosetta Home

Photo courtesy of Avosetta Home

Truth be told I'm not a big fan of tie dyed anything, but when I saw this beautiful pillow made with Raoul Textiles from Avosetta Home, my friends Mila Daraz and Elissa Garret's new pillow line, I was sold

Photo courtesy of John Robshaw

Photo courtesy of John Robshaw

John Robshaw's Nansi Pillow with a small exotic floral print

Photo courtesy of Alegria Home

Photo courtesy of Alegria Home

Woven in Chiapas, Mexico, using traditional weaving techniques, Alison Joy Jones's launched a robust pillow collection called Alegria Home at NY NOW. Featuring on-trend colors and patterns, her designs update this craft to take it into the modern day.  I love her fresh palette and unique embroidery detailing.

Photo courtesy of St. Frank

Photo courtesy of St. Frank

Rounding out their collection of framed one of a kind textiles, St. Frank, the online company with a worldly heart is launching a new collection of pillows at the end of September. Working with vintage Guatemalan woven huipil textiles sourced by Christina Bryant on global jaunts, the no-two-are-the-same assortment means you will have something unique. Sign up for their Collectors' Circle to be notified of the pillow collection launch date.

Photo courtesy of Coral and Tusk

Photo courtesy of Coral and Tusk

Oozing charm and sweetness, Coral and Tusk have garnered a following for their highly realistic embroidery. Fall means country walks and wildlife spotting, so their Feather Cluster Cushion with the elegance of an Hermes scarf and intricate embroidery detailing appropriately ushers in the season.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

The entire surface area of Serena and Lily's Triangle Pillow is embroidered, giving the geometric pattern some lush, textural appeal

Photo courtesy of Ankasa

Photo courtesy of Ankasa

Capturing a little bit of Turkish tradition, Ankasa's Dhurrie pillow features detailed embroidered saffron yellow and white stripes on natural linen

Photo courtesy of Madcap Cottage HSN

Photo courtesy of Madcap Cottage HSN

When my friends Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke launched their Madcap Cottage Collection with HSN, I knew color would be its calling card. This duo, who enjoy classic old-school decorating, filled with spirited patterns and floral prints, deliver on their signature look, with a zingy assortment of bedding and soft goods to brighten the day. As they say, "It's not beige, or boring."

Photo courtesy of Luke Edward Hall

Photo courtesy of Luke Edward Hall

Discovering the genius Brit boy-wonder and Central Saint Martins grad Luke Edward Hall, I am taken with his style. As part of the decorating department at British architect Ben Pentreath's office, his beautiful embroidered linen pillows, featuring classical motifs paired with contrasting colors, can be found in the eclectic Bloomsbury shop, Pentreath and Hall, and they ship to the US.

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Foster

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Foster

Based on a photograph taken in Rome, Alexandra D. Foster designed this silk pillow with an aqua ground to pop the grisaille door knocker detailing. 

Photo courtesy of Priscilla and Parker

Photo courtesy of Priscilla and Parker

If you have outspoken upholstery fabric, try adding a pair of pillows with a toned-down vibe. Another new addition to the pillow category, Priscilla and Parker work with neutral linens enlivened with graphic embroidery and applique details inspired by urban and country motifs.

Photo courtesy of Hedgrhouse

Photo courtesy of Hedgrhouse

Known for their fluffy down-filled throw beds, Hedgehouse is launching these oversized cashmere-on-one-side Headboard Cushions for luxe lounging, due out soon.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Atwood

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Atwood

Black and white is a powerful combination, and when used sparingly, can create an eye-catching addition to a seating arrangement. Rebecca Atwood, known for her highly unique artisan pillows, often of shibori, indigo and hand painted details, has created the Spots pillow in the winning Dalmation patterned design