A Bedroom Inspired by a Pillow

I spotted these Evie floral pillows on clearance at Pottery Barn when I was out the other day. I hadn’t noticed them online or browsing through the catalog before. The pattern has the quirk of a good vintage find, and scattered amongst the leaves and flowers are caterpillars, butterflies, and beetles (you know how I feel about beetles). I liked the back, which isn’t shown in the product photos, even better than the front.

Evie Floral Print Lumbar Pillow

I often see a new print, piece of furniture, wallpaper, pillow, whatever, and I start dreaming up a whole room around it. Do you guys do the same thing? It’s a little dangerous because I want to buy! all! the! things! so instead, I come home and whip up a design plan I can share here. Good thing I have a blog, eh?

Creative outlet: go!

A Bedroom Inspired by the Evie Floral Pillow

  1. Linden Coral and White Bedding, Crane & Canopy

  2. Evie Floral Pillow, Pottery Barn

  3. Threshold Vintage Washed Sheets in Possibly Pink, Target

  4. Franklin Marble Threshold Table Lamp, Target

  5. Queen-sized Jenny Lind Bed, Land of Nod

  6. Malone Campaign Teal Blue Nightstand, West Elm

  7. Muuto Rose Pink Nerd Chair, Design Public

  8. Paint: Pink Ground, Farrow & Ball

  9. Downing Desk, Kate Spade
    Have you seen this IKEA hack inspired by the Downing desk? Brilliant.

  10. Brass Tiny Terri Lamp by Visual Comfort, Bellacor

  11. Natural Sisal Rug, Rugs Direct

I would love to see this as a guest room. I wanted to play up the pinks and blues in the pillow, and the vintage-style bed is a nod to the pattern style. The use of black throughout would keep the whole thing from veering off into too-sweet territory, and more modern pieces keep the look current. The imperfect dots on the desk are a good complement to the floral print, and the brass hardware and lighting add warmth.

p.s. I almost used “bed bugs” in the title but then thought better of it. You’re welcome.

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  • Reply
    Dreaming on the fly
    March 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

    What a great inspiration! And thank you for using color… much as I love the sleek lines of light and airy white rooms….I feel like it’s all I’m seeing lately.
    Love the pops of color and that pokadot desk.

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    March 18, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I love your dreaming!! It IS the perfect guest room. Perfect balance of color and as you mentioned, usuing pink without making it too precious. Well done!! :)

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    March 18, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Oh dear. That blue caterpillar looks like an, ehrm, adult toy. I can’t unsee it!

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    March 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I have been looking for a particular green and the F&B looks right. I ordered the pink sheets at my local store and will head out to pick them up shortly. I love love the polka dots on the desk and even the sheets shown in the other blog I can never find polka dots in king size. I guess designers-believing that only adults have king beds and adults have grown beyond an affinity for polka dots there would be little to no market for them. I will keep looking. Thanks for the great post,all of your choices-as usual- are so “lovely”.

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    March 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    That desk is to die for!!!

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    Alison @ jolie x laide
    March 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Three cheers for the Ikea hackers, they are doing god’s work…

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    March 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I just bought those pillow shams! I am planning to use the other side of the print with the mini floral. Can’t wait for them to be delivered!

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    March 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    What does the back look like? I love these and we are planning to update our bedding this spring!

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      Making it Lovely
      March 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      It’s similar to the front, but the placement of leaves is a little different, I think there were more pink and blue flowers and foliage, and of course, the beetle I liked so much.

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    Ashly Schilling
    March 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

    The Evie line is by illustrator Llew Mejia! I mixed the Evie and Lyla bedding. Lyla also has moths and beetles (and is on sale).

    Llew Mejia has some awesome moody & buggy wallpaper coming out soon – I’m patiently waiting for the release to use in a bathroom remodel!

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    Merryjo Agnel
    March 23, 2016 at 12:29 am

    What a great inspiration! Love the pops of color and that pokadot desk. All of your choices are so lovely.
    Thanks for the great post

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    April 1, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I would love for you to consider a complimentary bug pillow from a new pillow collection I am doing with Portland entomologists, The Bug Chicks! I know you are a fan of insects and I can totally see one in this room. Check out the collection:

    The fun thing is you can color in the bug designs with fabric markers to add more color.

    I love following your blog and really enjoy your home and its progress. I also have a 100 yr old house that is always needing lots of TLC.

    By the way, where did you get the embroidered dragonfly pillow in your boy’s room? I love that one.

    Best, Suzanne

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      Making it Lovely
      April 2, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Those are so good! The dragonfly, and an embroidered beetle, were from Target a couple of years ago.

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    April 3, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Thank you. I bet Target doesn’t carry them anymore, but I will look into it. If you want a pillow cover from the bug chicks collection, just let me know which one and how to get it to you…


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