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What is luxury to you?

What is luxury to you?

We have always been about luxury. But, like beauty, is luxury in the eye and soul of the beholder? Luxury is defined as “the state of great comfort and extravagant living.” I’ll gather the thoughts on luxury from two sources; from replies on a survey done at the recent High Point Market, and from a blog written by an Italian Vogue editor. A newly minted term I like a lot is Legacy Luxury. Whether appreciating the luxury of a previous generation or creating luxury for the next, classics are mixed in with modern day masterpieces for a more discerning audience....

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Reusing, restyling, rediscovering

Reusing, restyling, rediscovering

Anyone who knows Pillow Talk Direct is aware that I find wonderful weavings and textiles – often decades and even centuries old - and restyle them into jewels for your home. So, maybe I was ahead of the movement. If you buy our pillows you are part of a growing recycling community whether you realize it or not. The pillow you see here was made from a drapery panel that had been destined for the trash because it had been made the wrong size. I was so fortunate to be at an upholsters workroom when he folded it up and...

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Sometimes you learn because you have to

Sometimes you learn because you have to

Because I purposefully seek out vintage weavings and antique fabrics, I'm occasionally drawn to a piece that has had a hard life. If the piece is too damaged, I must pass on it or, if it is just stunning, I'll keep it in my private collection. One day 20 years ago, the owner of the designer showroom where my pillows were on consignment asked me if I would repair a large Aubusson rug. What? He asked because I had many aubusson fragments made up into glorious pillows, so he assumed I knew how to weave them. I took it as...

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Warm up your holidays with red

Warm up your holidays with red

Holidays and winter expect the color red in all home accessories. It's such a seductive shade; intense, sensual. Shown here are perfect pillows for every decor, every taste, all red. Each is a one of a kind treasure, each a gift from the weaver, the artist who wove the textile.We celebrate winter and the holidays and pillow lovers around the world. Be inspired. www.pillowtalk.com

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Want to know how skilled a weaver is? Look underneath.

Want to know how skilled a weaver is? Look underneath.

Fabric – cloth – was a rudimentary weave 34,500 years ago. Twisting fibers from plants into yarns, then weaving the threads into a web of cloth must have been an exasperating, tedious discovery. Imagine how versatile this type of body protection was compared to the animal pelts worn the millennia prior. It wouldn’t take long before cloth became ceremonial with embellishments and color. The Egyptians had a way with golden threads turning their areas of rest into lavish dens with inviting plump pillows strewn about. Weaving has long been a treasured artform where talented hands with creative minds could express...

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