I’ve been reading some interesting articles on decorative pillows written by interior designers on Houzz.com.* The writers insert ample photos of fabulously decorated rooms to make their points. My initial attention is always given to the whole composition of the room. As a maker of decorative pillows, I then give even more attention to these lovely creations. After that, I like to move on to visitor comments. What I find particularly disturbing is the number of comments made about pillows being chopped. Never mind the efforts of the writer’s article; never mind the decorated rooms–the colors, furnishings, decorative accents; and the spectacularly finished walls all coming together beautifully. Never mind any of this. It’s those pillows. Their chopped, karate chopped as some would say.
You see, there are at least three ways to present decorative pillows: straight, “Karate” chopped or with just a little tap:
Karate chopping decorative pillows was once a trend but has now gone out of fashion, at least for some. For seeing a chopped pillow is not just bad taste but cause to fixate, circle the poor pillows and denigrate without mercy one comment after another, after another. Whether one likes to chop or not to chop the pillow and whether one cares about following trends or not, it seems to me the question is does it work in the composition of the room?
*Great articles on decorative pillows:
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