Catalog Courtship – Pillows For My (Imaginary) Couch

There are two things I love finding in my mailbox: this week’s edition of New York magazine
and the Crate & Barrel catalog. I walk into my apartment, grab a pen and place either issue on my bed. I arrange them perfectly, in order to study them later and take notes. Like any normal nerdy person would. And then I take off my coat and put down my purse. That’s how giddy excited I get.

I love to think about each and every page, mentally redecorating my entire apartment. I pick new furniture. I pick new accessories. I think about parties I would host. It is an hour of daydreaming excitement.

About a year ago, I decided that the next piece of furniture I purchase will be the Aidan Sofa.


It was love at first sight. Each time I’m in a Crate & Barrel store, I gaze at it longingly. Je T’aime. Me Amo. Love in all languages. It’s a full on courtship.

Imagine my delight when the catalog arrived and new fabrics had been chosen for the pillows. Fandom proved, I know which are year-round and which are seasonal fabrics. The new fabrics set in motion a chain reaction of mentally accessorizing my “new” sofa many times over. Here are my 9 favorite pillows:


1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

And you? Is the sofa your style? What pillows would you use to accessorize that sofa? Do you also mentally redecorate while flipping through home decor catalogs?

Until next time!



  1. That is one beautiful sofa! My favourite kind is the really wide, L-shaped kind but I don’t really have enough space yet to get one… Grey would be my colour of choice too, with some colourful cushions to lift up the mood a bit. Enjoy the daydreaming with your new catalog!

    • Hi Alice!

      I’m in love with that sofa! One day! The L-shaped ones are really great to curl up on, too!

      Hope you had a great weekend!


  2. Ohh, i really love pillow #2 for that sofa. That sofa is gorgeous!

    • Hi Kimmy!

      I’m oh-so-obsessed with that sofa! Every time the Crate & Barrel catalog comes, I check to make sure they are still selling it! One day!

      Hope you’re off to great start for the week!


  3. Catalog day dreams are the best! I went to Ikea this weekend and spent the while time imagining the showroom was my kitchen/bedroom/office etc. The only thing better is going to charity lottery grand prize show houses for a tour! I could picture my life there very easily!

    I personally LOVE pillows 2 and 5 but really I love all of them!

    • Hi Jaime!

      I couldn’t agree with you more! I mentally redecorate my apartment every single time a new catalog arrives! What are the charity lottery grand prize show houses? Is there a link you can share? I love every pillow in that assortment, but I think I’m leaning towards pillows #1 and #9 this morning. But, I reserve the right to change my opinion about favorite pillows this afternoon! After all, that’s the fun of imaginary accessorizing!


  4. What a great sofa and I really love the pillows. great colors.

    • Hi Kira,

      Thanks so much! I’m obsessed with that sofa!

      Hope you’re week is off to a great start!


  5. But is it comfortable?!
    It reminds me of my grandparents sofa. Looked great but you couldn’t sit on it for more than 10 minutes; adults and kids usually reverted to the floor or dragging in dining room chairs.

    If I’ve learned anything though, women typically sacrifice comfort for style :)

    • Hi Marc!

      I’ve sat on it and laid on it about ten times and I think it’s really comfortable. But it all may be proportional to what you already have. To be fair, my current sofa leaves A LOT to be desired, so… Next time you’re in a Crate & Barrel, lay down on it and let me know what you think!

      Hope you’re week is off to a great start!


  6. What a lovely sofa Stacey!!! I love it! And what a pity we don’t have a Crate & Barrel over here… :-( I fell in love the minute I saw it here!! :-) So yeah, you’re totally right when you’re filled with AMOUR for this beauty. 😉
    We’re still waiting for our ‘sort of’ new sofa to arrive – it’s my brother-in-law’s which he doesn’t use anymore since he just moved in with his girlfriend and she already had a whole new sofa. I can’t wait to start redecorating again too.
    And I completely recognize myself in what you said: I ALWAYS take more than enough time to explore new catalogs and start dreaming away of new home accessories and furniture for our future dream home. 😉 Probably all women are like that? :-)
    Anyway, pillows 1, 3 and 7 are my personal favorites, although these days I’m more into pastels and bright color combinations. I did change my pillow fabrics (beige and bland and boring) recently into white, hot pink, orange and soft pinks. :-)
    But I would love to try that cute C&B sofa out… Inge x

    • Hi Inge,

      I couldn’t agree with you more: this sofa is stunning! I’m really in love. So sad you don’t have Crate & Barrel. You’ll have to go visit one if you ever find yourself in the U.S. Ooo, new sofa for you! So exciting! Please share pictures once it arrives. Isn’t redecorating so much fun? It might be my hobby!

      I don’t know if all women like to mentally redecorate, but I certainly do!! And I’m so happy to hear that you do, too!

      The new pillow colors you picked sound incredible!! Have you shared pics on your blog? Is there a link? I’d love to see it!!

      What are your favorite places to buy home goods? I would love to look at the links for that, too.