A Look Inside Designers' Homes

In HGTV Magazine, three furniture and accessories makers share the insider tricks they use at home.

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Expert 3: The pillow designer on her sofa

Judy Ross, Judy Ross Textiles
Best known for: Graphic-print and hand-embroidered pillows, plus a line of scarves, rugs and fabrics by the yard in similar patterns

Take it from an insider:

  • Mix-and-match strategy: "I’m easygoing about picking pillows. I tell people just to find designs you love and choose a bunch of fun colors that work with the room. I do follow a simple size guideline, though: I almost always go with 18" x 18" pillows since they’re big enough to be supportive but never overwhelming on a couch or bed."
  • Buying secret: "Choose inserts that are two inches bigger than the cases. It gives pillows a fuller, plusher look."
  • People always ask me: "Whether the two pillows on the ends of the sofa have to match. The answer is no. Sure, you can do pairs, but I think an imbalance is more fun."

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