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Unlike John, designer Sheila Bridges takes the "less is more" approach with her pillow preference. "I design pillows I'd want to live with in my own home. I prefer square pillows for their symmetry, and I like a crisp, tailored look, which is why I don't use a lot of fringe or tassels. I don't mind a little embellishment, but I don't want anything that would make the pillow uncomfortable.

Breathable, natural materials like linen and cotton are my favorites. They're easier to clean than silk and feel good against the skin. I love florals and stripes, too. You can mix the designs if you have a color that ties the pillows together.

I don't care for a ton of pillows on the couch. If you're collecting, that's one thing, but too much of even a nice thing makes an object lose its uniqueness. Pairs create balance, and a single in the middle of a love seat will make the pillow seem special."
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