I’m laughing, because I just read a blog post about tossing throw pillows, and I just got new ones. 🙂
The author looks at her pillows through William Morris’ quote: “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” For her, the pillows fit neither criteria. In our home, however, throw pillows are useful. Back support in our chairs, propping laptops and books in laps, cozying kids up; especially poor, sick kids, camped out in the living room. We use those throw pillows; good grief, even the dog uses our throw pillows. They were so loved and well-used that they needed to be replaced. They were useful, maybe, but definitely not beautiful. (You can only wash pillows so many times….)
So I have two sets of two pillows sitting in my laundry room right now (happy birthday to me!). And I am typing this on a laptop that sits on an old pillow.
Because they’re new and fresh and clean and too pretty to use.
Yes, even after I wrote an entire post devoted to the idea of “too” stuff, how everything in our house gets used, how we don’t have anything “too” nice or “too” fragile to be used… In the house where I just pulled out my grandmother’s cranberry glassware bowls to use everyday, because they’re a perfect size and why buy new ones if we have ones that work…. I have four pillows stacked neatly, waiting. Just…waiting.
Time to go get the pillows. The useful, beautiful pillows.