Enter pillows (look #1)...I added a few pillows that I already own just to see what some color would do:
And, just for fun, I did a little pillow switcheroo:
It looks a bit more inviting now, don't you think? I'll keep playing around with pillows until I find the right combo that I like, but I like the options so far. I'm thinking maybe another pillow in a floral would be nice. The blue pillow is from CB2 and the ikat pillow was purchased from World Market a few months back but looks to be out of stock. These pillow choices were all compliments of help from Kirsten (thank you Kirsten! Check out Kirsten's blog if you have a chance - she is extremely talented and one of the many reasons I am so much more passionate about this wonderful world of interiors and design but that is for another post.) While I was browsing the World Market website, I came across this pillow that could be a nice option:
Or maybe a pillow in this fabric might work a little better which I found
while getting lost on Pinterest. This print wouldn't compete as much as the floral would with the ikat. But, confession, I can't sew (anyone know a good place I can take some sewing lessons so I can whip up some pillow covers? I'm accepting any and all suggestions!)
That is my pillow play for the day, and I'm sure the saga will continue but a fun saga it will be of course. To paint or not to paint the bench? Feedback gladly accepted.