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Taffeta, Darling

Now is the time of year when so many of us long to redecorate our nests. We look around us and realize that the whole house looks shabby and uninspired. We are sick of looking at the same things we’ve been looking at for years, and imagine tearing it all down and starting over from scratch.

Well, before you do too much damage to domestic tranquility (not to mention your bank account and credit rating), perhaps it would be best to consider whether adding or changing up one or two details will be just about as satisfying as a full redo.

R Lauren Adriana Tafetta Throw Pillow This charming taffeta throw pillow by Ralph Lauren, for instance, would go a long way to brightening up a sofa, chair, window seat, or day bed.  At 18″ x 18″ it makes a bold statement. The colors are rich, the Madras plaid is both classic and casual, the feel of the taffeta is delightfully cool and unexpected on a warm day…all in all, it’s a quick and effective way of making the place seem newer again.

What’s more, it’s a bargain as redecorating ideas go. It’s usually priced at $99.99, but for a limited time it’s been marked down to just $69.99.

Look at it this way, you could probably paint the room for the same price (assuming you DIY the project), but this is so much faster and easier, and you won’t wind up spattering paint on the carpet. But if you decide to paint the walls, too, then a softer shade of one of these colors would be amazingly gorgeous.

Hey Stud!

One of my favorite scenes in a sitcom ever comes from the British show Coupling. Steve and Susan are going to move in together and are shopping for a new sofa for their home. When Susan asks Steve what he thinks of a throw pillow, he throws a fit and gives an impassioned speech on the uselessness of throw pillows and his utter contempt for the species that never fails to leave me in stitches.

As it happens, while I find the speech hilarious, I do like pillows. I like how they look and I do tend to cuddle up with them on chilly evenings. Today I found one not even Steve could object to too horribly. Here it is.

Michael Kors Studded Suede Pillow This suede throw pillow by Michael Kors means business, but it’s not afraid to let its softer side show, too. If you’re in the market for something cuddly enough to make her happy and masculine enough not to make him throw a fit, this could be your answer.

Oh, and don’t let price worry you, either. The retail value may be $190.00, but Bluefly has it at 40% off for a quite believable $114.00. And can you really put a price on something classic and classy that allows both side to win in the battle of the decorating sexes? I think not.