Decorate for Christmas with Whimsical Christmas Pillows

Do you love decorating with pillows? I really love it when a pretty decor item is also functional and pillows definitely fall into that category. In addition to lamps, cozy throws, art, and books, I love, love, love using lots of pillows in all the rooms of my home. They can add so much whimsy, not to mention a ton of cozy during the fall and winter months. I guess in a way, they are like the scarf or jewelry we add to an outfit, that finishing touch that makes a room feel complete.

Before I get into today’s post, just want to mention I’m having a few technical difficulties these days. So posts are taking a bit longer to create than they normally would. Don’t want to bore you with all the details but in a nutshell, I finally, finally broke down and upgraded my computers (first my laptop and then my desktop) to Windows 10.

I loved Windows 7 and had primarily resisted upgrading to another Windows version because the newer versions no longer included Picture Manager, the system I’ve always used to organize and store all of my photos. If I had upgraded when Windows 8 first came out, all my photos (and there are thousands!) would have been tossed in a random mess onto my computer since there was no Picture Manager in Windows 8. I know this is what would have happened after the update because I was one of the many unfortunate folks whose computer was automatically updated one night while they slept. I awoke to an absolute disaster!

After a good deal of research online, I found the steps to revert my system back to Windows 7. I think I shared that in a post back when it happened. After a telephone call to Microsoft, my system was set to no longer update automatically to Windows 8. That lasted two years and then the persistent messages to update started appearing again exactly two years later from the date the updates were turned off. Anyway, there’s a lot more to this story, but I won’t bore you with all the details.

I’m guessing Microsoft must have received a ton of negative feedback because they eventually made Picture Manager available online for download. I spent Monday evening and all day yesterday adding the downloadable version of Picture Manager to my laptop and desktop and upgrading my laptop/desktop to Windows 10.

I’m not sure if it was absolutely necessary to download Picture Manager again since I had a version already on my computers, but I think it was because the version I downloaded looks and functions differently from my 2010 version of Picture Manager, and not in a good way. This is how I’ve been consoling myself and keeping my energy up: Hot Apple-Berry Pie and my favorite, Peppermint Icecream. lol You need carbs when you’re under stress!


Anyone else use Picture Manager for storing or editing their photos? I really like the cropping tool in PM and how you can organize/store photos. It isn’t perfect but def better than other photo management systems I’ve tried.

Okay, how about some fun stuff and a little Christmas eye candy. Today I thought I’d share some of the whimsical pillows I use throughout my home during the Christmas months. Not sure if I can remember where all the pillows came from now, but most probably came from HomeGoods or Marshalls. I always check out their pillows whenever I’m shopping in one of those two stores. Not much of that happening these days, though.

Let’s start in the living room. (Photo below is from 2017)

Living Room, Judges Paneling, Christmas Tree


I’m pretty sure I found this adorable Christmas Advent calendar pillow in HomeGoods or Marshalls one year.

Advent Calendar on Pillow, Christmas Pillow


I just noticed it’s missing it’s green felt Christmas tree that you move from day to day. I bet someone named Charlie pulled it off when he was here visiting. I need to look for it and reattach it.

Christmas Decorating, Christmas Pillows


Still cute though, even without its green tree.

Christmas Advent Calendar Pillow with Reindeer Design


This pillow usually ends up on the sofa since it’s a great size for a sofa. The colors also work really well in this room. I just checked and surprisingly this pillow is still available! You’ll find it on sale here: Crewel Embroidered Pillow.

Christmas Pillow, Bringing Home the Christmas Tree


This wee pillow adds a bit of Southern charm to this room.


This pillow normally ends up on my bed.


But this year it landed here on one of the chairs in the bedroom.

Decorating for Christmas, Christmas Pillows


I love Rudolphs’s antlers sticking out through the sunroof and his scarf flying in the breeze 🙂 The looks on Santa’s face says, “I’m on a mission!” Rudolph is along for moral support. 😉  This pillow was available HERE but it appears to be no longer available.

Christmas Pillow, Santa and Reindeer


The upstairs living room (aka the bonus/frog) probably has the most Christmas pillows of all. (Photo below is from a  few years back.)


This whimsical pillow depicting a note to Santa resides here on the sofa.


I love the big lumbar pillows for sofas. I’m pretty sure this pillow was another find in HomeGoods or Marshalls.


There’s an armoire in this room that sometimes gets decorated for Christmas. I actually left the greenery up last year because I love seeing it lit all throughout the year. On either side of the armoire, there are chairs and dormer windows.

Antique Pine Armoire decorated for Christmas



I bought two of these adorable reindeer pillows one year. They tend to roam…


…sometimes ending up on the porch…


…and sometimes in the guest room.


This year they are here in the upstairs family room.

Reindeer Pillow for Christmas


Did you notice the little Christmas pillow tucked into the dormer seat?

Whimsical Reindeer Pillow for Christmas


I love a cute dormer window, especially if it has a window seat. They can be so fun to decorate!

Christmas Stocking Pillow


The chair on the other side of the armoire has the same pillow.


I couldn’t part with all my son’s stuffed toys from his childhood. Now my grandsons play with them when they visit.


There’s also a window seat under the double windows in this room.


The bunny window no longer hangs above that window seat. I moved Miss Bunny here to the garage where she now presides over the potting bench.


This is the pillow that ended up in the window seat this year. It looks kinda lonely, need to pull out a few more. lol


Originally I bought two of that style pillow for the front porch benches.

Grandinroad Luciana Trellis Back Bench for Front Porch


But this year I bought two inexpensive pillows for the front porch, pillows that I would be okay with them getting rained on. I’ll try to share those soon. Update: These are the two pillows I currently have on the porch: Pillow 1 AND Pillow 2. 

I’m super impressed with the quality and how they’ve held up. I expected to have to toss them after this year since I’m leaving them outdoors full time, but they’ve been rained on several times and still look brand new!


Let’s check out the guest bedroom…

Advent Calendar Pillow in Guest Room


A little Scrooge humor for this room…


And another cute Advent Calendar pillow. Charlie didn’t get to this one, it still has its red present that gets moved from day to day. I need to move it, it’s currently tucked into day 2.

Advent Calendar Pillow, Guest Room


Remember the swing out on the screened porch, shared in a recent post? Hard to see but there are two pillows underneath all the gifts.

Porch Swing at Christmastime



Underneath all the presents are these berry wreath pillows, bought many years ago. I have a mental image of my son at Thanksgiving, leaning back in the swing against those pillows with his feet propped up on the wicker coffee table, morning coffee in hand. ~~sigh~~


Hope this post put a smile on your face today. How is your holiday decorating going?

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  1. YES – LOVE the pillows! They’re all darling. So sorry you’ve been having computer issues. That technical stuff is the hardest part of blogging – especially when it all changes! Good luck and Happy Saturday! 🙂

  2. Donna zoltanski says

    Love your beautiful home! Still searching for a white feather tree! One day…..

  3. Diane Ropp says

    I’m a pillow fanatic too! Love your collection. I like to buy pillow covers as storing all my pillows for all the holidays has totally gotten out of hand!

    BTW, can you share the paint color and manufacturer which you’ve used on your front door?

    Thanks for all your wonderful suggestions and resources throughout the year!

    • Thanks, Diane! Sure, it’s Benjamin Moore and the color is Heritage Red. Heritage Red is part of their Aura line and not all Benjamin Moore stores carry the Aura line, or at least they didn’t here where I live the last time I had the door painted. So you may want to call a few BM stores to see who has it.

  4. Thank you for sharing your lovely home! I had been pondering pillows for the bench on my front porch but didn’t want to spend a lot for them as here in Michigan we can get, rain, freezing rain and or snow around this time of year. I hadn’t thought of looking at Walmart for them. I did find two black and white buffalo check pillows which will go with the theme I have this year. Spending more time at home this year, I have decorated more than I usually do.

  5. I still love that picture of the swing and the presents. .. you know that really needs to be put on a Hallmark Christmas card. rls

  6. I love all of your Christmas pillows and they do make me smile!

  7. Beautiful, as usual. Can you tell me more about the red lighthouse picture to the right of the pine armoire? It looks a lot like the Jupiter (Fl.) lighthouse in my hometown. I have the identical white iron bed as your guestroom. I bought it with my very first Art commission check more than 35 years ago, except the brass on mine is terribly pitted. Have any tips on how to deal with that?

  8. Chris Muscato says

    Love this post about all your Christmas pillows. I still need to see if I can find some for this season… but the photo that made me smile the most was the one of all your son’s stuffed animals. My son had Teddy Ruxpin too. How I wish I had hung onto him! We had several of the books and cassette tapes that were used with Teddy (and Grubby) and one of my sweetest memories was watching my son fall asleep why listening to ‘Teddy Ruxpin Lullabies’. It made me tear up… every. single. time. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Hi Susan,

    Did you check out this year’s pillows at Target (on-line)? They have several that look like your style, including a Colonial-themed one called “Christmas Village”

  10. I loved your pillow post! They look like new, would you share how you store them and where please. You always have the best ideas for storage, among many other things.

  11. Cute pillows, all! I have so many pillow covers and pillows, I’ve resorted to vacuum sealing and storing the forms (I try really hard not to buy new ones, but often it’s unavoidable when going for the covers I like!).
    We’re on Windows 10, but I’ve not used PM. I store all my photos and documents on OneDrive and use PicMonkey still (which also upgraded this year to a lesser user-friendly version).

  12. I am completely enamored with that room!! It just does something to me. The different patterns and fabrics on the chairs and couch in contrast to the pattern on the rug, the paneled walls and gorgeous 2 tone piece of furniture, it just makes me so excited that I want to drink coffee in the morning in there and wine in the evening. I wish I could hire you to turn one of our rooms into that room exactly. That would be my happy room in my house.

  13. Johnelle Winter says

    LOVE all the cute pillows Susan! I also have a love of pillows and my collections grows by a couple every year. Just curious, would you share how you store your Christmas pillows? Mine are randomly tucked into closets throughout my home and was wondering if you had a better system? HA!

    • There are so many pretty ones out there to tempt us every year! I know some folks prefer to buy just the covers and use the same insert but that never works for me because often the pillows I find that I love often are prefilled with down inserts and some don’t even have zippers. Actually, I prefer to not just buy covers because I don’t really like the hassle of having to change the covers out throughout the year. I store some in my upstairs all closet but last year I got an idea that has worked out great. A long time ago I purchased clear trash bags to store my wreaths in which I hang on the garage wall. Last year after Christmas, I put all my Christmas pillows in 4-5 clear bags and stored them down in my basement. This year when it was time to decorate, all I had to do was bring up the bags and open them up. That has freed up a lot of space in my upstairs hall closet and one of my bathroom closets. These are the clear bags I use, but they appear to not be available right now. I bet they are available elsewhere, though. I love using clear bags because it makes it so easy to find the right pillow or wreath.

    • Oops, forgot to include the link to the bags I’ve purchased in the past for storing pillows and wreaths:

  14. Love your pillows… Storage is a problem & I can’t stand the bulk. I’ve always been a fan of seasonal pillow covers as they are much easier to store in a linen closet.

  15. Diana Ballard says

    Sorry this is not about your beautiful pillows and I’m just 2 years late but I would love to find out where you found that adorable UGGA ornament?

    • Gosh, I’ve had it so long, I can’t remember now. I wish I could remember. I would try Googling for “University of Georgia glass bulldog ornament” or something along that line. I may have found this one in a local store like Target. I know sometimes they carry UGA stuff. I would also check some of the online stores that carry college gear…just in case they have it.

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