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A Bit of the Tropics: Pillows!

Photographer: Jean Allsopp ~ Coastal Living
We LOVE pillows - different shapes, sizes, fabrics! They are one of the most reasonably priced ways to change the look and feel of a couch, chair, rocker or entire room. Pillows can add a bit of fun, boldness or splash of color to an otherwise bland room. If you're afraid of putting color on your walls then put some on your favorite chair...there's nothing like snuggling up with a soft and comfy pillow while reading a great book.

Popular in America since the 1940s, bark cloth fabric is distinguished by tropical motifs and colors.
Photographer: Celia Pearson of Coastal Living

How to get the look:

If you're looking to add a Bit of the Tropics to your home's decor then look at incorporating teal blues, mango greens, fiery oranges or your favorite vibrant color. Vintage bark cloth, batiks and Hawaiian floral fabrics are sure to transform your bit of paradise into a Tropical haven.

Epping Forest Cottage ~ Grenada
Coastal partner, BEACHSIDE STYLE, has always had beach sand in her pockets and a passion for the sea! A few years ago owner, Auralie, had the incredible experience of sailing the East Coast from Maine to Key West in a 38′ sailboat and from there on to many Bahamas islands and much of the Caribbean, almost to South America. 

Auralie had a chance to absorb the sights, sounds, the islands’ memorable colors and the warmth of people.  She is now a landlubber again and creates pillows in a tropical and nautical style, which is her way of connecting with the colors and patterns from islands and seas loved and remembered. The beautiful batik fabrics used in BEACHSIDE STYLE pillows are some of our favorites...

If you appreciate the skill and care which goes into making a batik, here's a gem, hand printed in shades of blue and emerald green. This is a Bali cotton print in cool, restful colors. VIEW DETAILS

Light green bamboo trees against darker green background, an island-inspired batik print. Tropical all over, both sides identical. Casually classy! VIEW DETAILS

This is a beautiful and unusual pattern. This leaf design is made by the sun shining on leaves placed on top of the dye surface. Very natural, casual, true island style decor. VIEW DETAILS

These quiet shades of gold, rust, ochre and muted orange make this a beautiful accent pillow suitable for any area where you want island style charm. VIEW DETAILS

 ...this vintage Hawaiian bark cloth, with a 60's paisley design, stands out from the crowd and will add pizazz to your home!

Reveal your unique decorating style with this quality handcrafted Hawaiian bark cloth vintage 60's paisley pillow, it's tropical island colors guaranteed to knock your socks off every time you see it! VIEW DETAILS

Some Island Style relaxation for your white slip-covered couches?

Island style relaxation is featured here in this casual handcrafted tropical decor pillow.  This beautiful, smooth cotton fabric by Michael Miller in his Resort pattern is soft and durable. VIEW DETAILS

This marvelously soft cotton pillow brings tropical energy instantly with it's vibrant red hibiscus and several cool shades of green. Blue in the background reminds me of the tropical sky on a clear day. VIEW DETAILS

Adding a bit of the tropics to your life is all about keeping that 'fun in the sun' feeling alive throughout the year!

Photographer: Jean Allsop, Coastal Living
Visit our other coastal partners for a WIDE variety of coastal home pillows!! VIEW NOW

A Bit of the Tropics


  1. Pillows are the easiest way to change your decor in an instant with little cost! Great post

  2. Pillows!! Pillows are essential to any house! And more color the better :) The last photograph on the patio; I want to be there!

    Nice post.

  3. wonderful article - I love pillows and this selection is great. Am going to check on Beachside Style's site right now!!

  4. No worries! Thanks for taking a look, I'm following back :)


  5. I wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting... I am now following and I look forward to reading more of your stuff.
    All the best,

  6. love those rooms, wish I could move in. the pillows are so fab. this selection is very pretty.

  7. such pretty pillows. Love all the vibrant fabrics.

  8. Thanks for the follow... Right back at ya...
    Great blog... Looking forward to reading more!


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