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Details, handwork, creativity bring a unique vibe to your home

Details, handwork, creativity bring a unique vibe to your home

We all know people who have the drapes match the chair and the lamp bases in the same color as the carpet.  Best yet, thanks to thousands of home decor magazines through the years, the fall back colors are white on white.  Blah.  No personality.  No place for your eye to rest and enjoy shape, texture and depth of hue.  Yes, we sell white pillows.  But, we do not suggest you buy them all and opt for pallid. Pillow Talk has always been about one of a kind and very limited quantities of unique fabrics.  Mixing vintages and colorways may...

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Beware of false textile advertising

Beware of false textile advertising

  Because I am in the business of fine and vintage textiles which are designed into unique and opulent accessories, I am sent postings for valuable fabrics daily.  It’s commonplace for the descriptions of these textiles, especially those called “Aubusson,” to be incorrect.  The sellers seem ignorant of their mislabeling.  I hope it’s an innocent mistake.  But, if it misleads a buyer, that’s another story and they could pay too much. How can you tell what is Aubusson tapestry?  It is a weave, not a needlepoint.  See my photo where the Aubusson is on the left.  It’s a very fine...

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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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