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Are you a renaissance woman? Or, man?

Are you a renaissance woman? Or, man?

Are you ready to show your many facets of design? It's so easy. Let us help. It's time to blend vintage with modern accessories. Take your bed for instance. Pillows are the quickest way to do that. Don't be afraid to mix luxe fabrics and opulent beading with the sublime excesses of antique, labor-intensive hand weaving. You will feel the most successful if you select a colorway, layering in several types of fabric and adornment, but all in one shade (as we show here with the creams). Plush or spare, country or queenly, you can be all of it if...

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You'll need new pillows for the 2017 'Colors of the Year'

You'll need new pillows for the 2017 'Colors of the Year'

Those in the home decor industries will find this year's pronouncements of "The 2017 Color of the Year" not one, but a wide assortment of shades. What does this mean? Are we all so confused and lacking direction that how we paint our walls is suddenly mired in designer discourse? Pillowtalkdirect.com has the answer: Go with glamour. The Pantone people offer Greenery as their color for the year. It's a yellow green that they hope will suggest a new beginning. Sherwin-Williams has posted Poised Taupe as a neutral that begs for bright accessories. Benjamin Moore goes dark, too, called Shadow,...

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Why so expensive? How stitches dictate quality and value of a textile

Why so expensive? How stitches dictate quality and value of a textile

Just like precious gems, needlework has qualities that allow those of us in the industry to rate pieces for quality, rarity, age, and value. Because Pillow Talk has for over 30 years specialized in rather expensive pillows assembled from antique weavings and needlework, we can share what makes the inventory so rare. The most noticeable is the stitching. Wool and silk yarns are pulled through a canvas with varying sizes of mesh which guides the craftsperson’s selection of stitch. Gros point is the stitch that most of us call needlepoint. Petit point is far smaller and requires an expert needle...

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Are you someone who hates following the rules?

Are you someone who hates following the rules?

I met Pat Ross in 1989 when she published "Formal Country," the quintessential book on relaxed decorating. We both lived in New York. She still lives in the city and has added a country home in Virginia. My pillow business was 5 or 6 years old by that time. The vintage and one-of-a-kind textiles that still make up the core of Pillow Talk's reputation were being bought by home accessory and gift stores along Madison Avenue. Pat owned Sweet Nellie, a popular antiques shop, and she eagerly included many of my pillows. She wrote her book, with lovely photography by...

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Collecting: Habit, Addiction, Passion

Collecting:  Habit, Addiction, Passion

(Standing) "Hi, my name is Patricia and I'm an addict." With those words, that admission, out for all to take in, I will defend those who like myself simply cannot have enough fabric. The textures, the smells, and oh, the endless visuals. I'm a novice compared to many who work with fabrics. Whether using fabric in a hobby or business there is an intimate relationship with it, one that some find difficult to understand. There is the attraction, then the plan and the complex handling that leads to the final product. Ideally this pleases the maker and perhaps others. Like...

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