How to Style Pillows on Your Sofa!

You guys are always asking for tips on how to style pillows on a sofa! While there aren’t any set rules when it comes to pillow styling (and there’s a good case to be made for mixing things up regularly!), I have noticed a couple of rules I sort of fall back on.


sofa  //  coffee table  //  black lamp  //  side table //  rug 


I usually start by pulling my color palette from something else in the room. In this case, I used the rug to help guide which colors I would use for my pillows. Don’t be too literal here! The colors don’t have to be, and really shouldn’t be, exact. They should just sort of help the eye to move around and connect with other elements of the space.

For a larger sofa, I try to start with one or two basically solid pillows, one with a subtle pattern or texture in a smaller scale, and one or two with a bold color and pattern in a larger scale.

I also think it’s a good idea to group pillows in odd numbers. Two on each side or one on each side feels off to my eye.

Some of you followed along on my stories when we were styling this room. Here’s the progression of pillow styling!


I started with two large pillows on either end of the sofa as my base. These should be 22″ or 24″ square. I usually save 26″ pillows (which is the size of a Euro sham) for bed styling. Though if you have a REALLY big, deep sofa you can use this size without it looking weird. You will want to put your darkest color or solid pieces in the corners. This will help anchor the other pillows.


Once you’ve got your base, you will want to layer in two more smaller pillows on top. These should be around 20×20.  They don’t need to be the exact same size or shape as each other. The more color and texture, the better!

Taking photos of your styling work is a great tip. Sometimes looking at a room on a screen helps your eye to see what colors you need to add or take away. My team laughs at me because I’m constantly just looking at our spaces using my phone as a filter for my eyes! It helps SO much though! :)


Lastly, you will want to add in a lumbar pillow to mix up the shapes. This is a really great place to add in a pop of color or a crazy pattern.


Here’s what we landed on and I love the mix! What are your best pillow styling tips? I would also add that I almost ALWAYS go up a size on my down inserts so they are extra, extra fluffy! These down inserts are my go-to because they are very affordable and twice as full as the IKEA ones!



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Love Notes

Happy Friday! We’re a little late getting this post up (busy day!) but we’re really trying our best to stick to the posting schedule! Our goal is to have at least three or four posts up a week and a Love Notes post up every Friday. This one’s coming in just under the wire, but I’ll count it as a success! :)


First up, did you see Emily Henderson’s dorm inspired post? We were so excited to see some Jenny’s Print Shop prints featured in her collage wall! I love what Emily and her team did here! The post is full of great tips if you are heading off to college, or if you are just trying to channel your inner 18 year old :). How many Print Shop prints can you spot?








Speaking of the shop, this week are are retiring four more prints to make room for four new prints that will hit the shop next Friday. Some of you have seen the sneak peeks on my stories and you know they are going to be good!! :)

We’ll be saying goodbye for good to Prickly Pear, Lines, Carnival and BQE and you know what that means – they’ve all been dropped to $8 in the shop. Grab ’em before they’re gone for good! Some people have mentioned that they buy the download even if they don’t have a current place for the print, just so they can have the option to print down the road.









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I also wanted to mention that Michael’s is running a sale on frames right now and everyone’s favorite 24×36 inch frames are only $16 instead of $50! If you use Kinkos or Staples to get an Engineer Print for about $6, you are getting yourself a HUGE piece of art for not a lot of money! I think BQE and ANN STREET and both of Lynne’s floral abstracts look especially amazing as Engineer Prints.


Lots of you have DMed me to ask about my eye makeup when I do Stories so I thought I’d post the products and routine for you here. I am all about cheap makeup that you can get at Target (except for my expensive-but-worth-it sunscreen foundation). I also need my makeup routine to be fast – like five minutes max start to finish. I’ve used this exact same covergirl eyeliner and mascara since high school! I just put eyeliner (Espresso color) on my top lash line and then use a small brush to soften and smudge the line. And then I run that same brush (that now has some of the eyeliner makeup on it) along my lower lash line. Two coats of mascara in brown-black (not the waterproof kind), AND THAT’S IT. So, so easy. It lasts all day but comes off easily at night. I tried switching to fancy makeup at one point and I feel like the $45 eyeliner was melting off my face by 2pm, so I ran back to my CG with open arms. :)

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mascara  //  eyeliner  //  brush


Speaking of DMs on Instagram! I got approximately 34,276 messages this week that Shea McGee and I were wearing the same top on the same day on Stories. We both were cracking up at how many people were letting us know. :) It IS a cute shirt though, right!?

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top  //  shoes  //  bag

I got a new bag too when I bought the top and I’m OBSESSED with the color of the leather! It is the perfect size and has the cutest double drawstrings on either side that make the bag super easy to access. I think it’s going to be a great bag for fall!



Gentry Project update!!! The wood floors are going in TODAY and everything is starting to look so good! The next two or three weeks are going to get real exciting! :)


We have started buying stuff for staging the house and grabbed two of these gorgeous marble side tables that are on sale right now! The metal base is obviously amazing and the top is a really pretty marble! But I especially love the top is a generous size. You can easily fit a table lamp, small vase or planter and a stack of books. It’s an amazing deal for under $100!

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side table  //  kilim pillow 



And this it for us this week, friends! I hope you’re loving the Love Notes posts as much as we are. Any special requests for us?

DIY Tassel & Pom Pom Basket

We recently got this amazing, MASSIVE fiddle leaf fig tree for the studio at a local nursery. I knew we wanted to use a basket for the planter because I love the texture and baskets are so much more affordable than huge planters.  If you’re looking for a fun and simple craft project to liven up your basket planter or to drape on your mantle or tree around the holidays, today’s tutorial is just for you!


picture ledge  //  BEACH DAY print  //  FERRIS print


We bought a pack of these tassels and a pack of these as well. It was nice to mix the two sets for variation in size and color. They’re affordable and you’ll have enough to make quite a few of these little tassel garlands!

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You will also need a ball of yarn and yarn needles. We used a cream color, but feel free to use any color you’d like!


yarn needles  //  yarn


Start by laying out your tassels to get the color combination you’d like. This will make it so much easier when you go to start assembling them! I recommend using about 5-10 tassels per bunch, but you can adjust the amount based on the size of your basket.


Next, you will want to cut about a 2ft piece of yarn. Tie a knot at one end and then thread your yarn needle onto the other end.



Thread your first tassel onto your yarn and then tie a knot to keep it in place. Continue on as you work your way through the tassels you picked out. You will want to separate them by about 1/2 inch, tying a knot to secure each one. If you want the tassels to be a little more sparse, you can space them out more. Just be consistent about your spacing!



When you finish, they should look like this! Now just pick them up by the top knot and they should all just fall naturally into place!


Next up is the pom poms. These are super fun and simple to make! We are already dreaming up other ways we can incorporate these into our homes. (A Christmas tree garland is FOR SURE in the works this year!)


We used this super thick yarn to give them a really full texture. You can use a regular yarn, but the pom poms won’t turn out quite as fluffy.


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We already had some of these super cool pom pom makers, but we were able to find a few similar versions online. These things are the best! It might take one or two tries to get used to how it works, but once you figure it out you will be a pom pom making machine!!


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The instructions may vary a tad depending on which kind you get, but essentially you wrap your yarn around the tool, tie it off, then trim the ends and voila, pom poms!!!


We used eight pom poms for this project in varying sizes. You can tie your pom poms together like we did, or hang them off the basket individually. It’s hard to make these not look cute!

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We simply took all of our strands and tied them around them around one of the handles of our basket. If your basket doesn’t have handles you could use hot glue to attach them to the inside of the basket and have then drape over the side.



There are bunch of great baskets that can be used as planters out there. Below are some of our favorites!


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Trying this DIY? Don’t be afraid to go crazy with the colors! We would love to see what kind of combinations you come up with! Tag @juniper_studio in your pictures!

P.S. Having trouble keeping your fiddle leaf fig alive? (you’re not alone…) When I bought this new tree, I told the nursery owner I have a terrible track record for killing these trees. He handed me a bottle of this liquid plant food and said it would be a game-changer! We have been watering our giant tree religiously with this concentrate and our tree has stayed happy and perky! So far so good. Maybe I have reversed the curse?

P.P.S. Still think even our super magical plant food won’t keep your fiddle alive? Check back next week for a full round-up of faux plants, including a few fiddles! :) We found some great ones!

UPDATE—- A lot of you have been asking about how we care for our fiddle leaf fig! We water it once a week with this plant food and rotate it each time. This helps make sure that it’s receiving an even amount of sunlight. The instructions on the plant food call for 2-4 teaspoons per gallon of water. We have a gallon container that we make up and use about 1/3 of it each time we water. Super easy!! The water will run through the plant and pool on the floor. Luckily for us we have concrete floors so this isn’t an issue, but if you are concerned about water getting on your floor we would recommend bringing your plant outside or into your bathtub/shower when watering. Hope this helps!!! Let me know if you have any more questions!!


Leather Sofas


Last week we posted our orthodontist office reveal and we got a bunch of questions about the leather sofa we used in the space. This one was custom made from Monarch Sofas, but it got us thinking about all of the other amazing leather sofas readily available online! We are especially loving camel right now, but there are so many great options in mid-tone brown, black and even gray. Here are some projects we’ve done in the last year using leather sofas and our round up of currently-available favorites!


stripped pillow  //  blue pillow  //  lamp  //  Beach Day print  //  rug


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Hamilton Sofa Juniper Studio

sofa  //  coffee table  //  ottoman  //  pillow  //  rug

Psssst — > If you have had your eye on any of the leather options from West Elm, now is the time to buy! They are currently running a sale offering up to 30% off sofas!! Shown here is the Hamilton Sofa in Sienna.

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sofa  //  coffee table  //  rug  //  lamp  //  pillow  //  DOVER HOUSE print


sofa // rug // pillow // throw


sofa  //  rug  //  gray pillows  //  blue pillow

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sofa  //  coffee table  //  planter  //  pillow

Did we miss any of your favorites here? PS I use this leather conditioner and it is a LIFE SAVER if you have any leather furniture in your house! I also use Otter Wax products regularly to clean and protect!


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