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I was recently asked if the “cat eared” look of the throw pillows in my design was a “trendy new thing.”  I could not stop myself from laughing because it is actually something I learned from my grandmother!  And, yes… it is actually called “cat eared pillows” or sometimes it is also called “knifing.”  I thought about what else I could share around this pillow technique and why we use it at Knotting Hill Interiors.

The pointy look on the tops of the pillows are what in the design world we call “cat earring” or knifing. Remember – must be down pillows to achieve this look!
Design – Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors

First and foremost, it is one of the many things we do to “fluff a room” to get it ready to be photographed.   Personally, I am addicted to fluffing rooms, whether they are my own or not! I will walk into a friends house and begin cat earring all of the pillows on their sofa while I am making small talk without even thinking about it!  It is quite hilarious when they call me out on it!

There is just one catch when cat earring pillows – They must be down pillows or the technique will not work!

So, back to room fluffing.  I think it is important to give your rooms a nice “fluff” before you have guests over or are getting ready to entertain.  I mean, why wouldn’t you want your home to look photo ready at any time?!

My Top “Fluffing” Tips!

Candles instantly warm up a room and create an inviting look for your guests!
Design – Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors

1. Light a few (or several) candles! It brings an immediate warmth and welcoming feeling to the space and that is what we southerners are all about, right? Don’t forget to light a candle in your bathrooms, too!  I find it so lovely to walk into a bathroom and see a candle burning. It lets you know your host took a little extra care in getting ready for your arrival.  We sell my absolute favorite candle at Knotting Hill Interiors.  I blogged about it a while back and you can check it out here.

Primping the pillows, straightening the curtains and even making the beds the way they were design brings a breath of fresh air to any room!
Design – Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors

2. Straighten your curtains and pull out the corners of your rugs! Some things you tend to miss in the everyday hustle bustle of a “well used” home, but you would be surprised the difference it makes in the symmetry of your room (yes, there was once symmetry in your family room, believe it or not!).  While you are at it, straighten out your chairs and sofa so that are lined up with the run or coffee tables.

My bathroom! One of my favorite little rooms in my home. A clean mirror, candles and a single rose bloom makes this small space so welcoming!
Design – Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors

3. Clean your mirrors! Get out the glass cleaner and be sure to wipe away any residue of sticky fingers from last nights family trip to the ice cream parlor.

4. Fresh flowers – a must! For everyday and not just for company.

My office/tv/sun room that leads to my backyard. I love keeping up with trends via monthly magazine – but they must be put away for company and photos!
Design – Kimberly Grigg for Knotting Hill Interiors

5. Remove magazines from your space and straighten out your books and table accessories.

6. Set the lighting – one of my key tips to clients.  There is nothing worse than walking into a room with only an overhead light.  Using lamps and wall sconce lighting can really set the tone for the atmosphere you are trying to create.

I hope you can see just how easy it is to give your home a little “fluff” and TLC to be ready for entertaining, photos or just YOU because you deserve to walk into a fabulous home each day.

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