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William Schumacher’s soft landing
Pillows are the shoes of the furniture universe, with amazing powers disproportionate to their size. Much as a pair of Manolo Blahniks can dramatically alter an outfit, adding even a small pillow can make a real difference in a room. Throw on a few more, and you’re talking major statement.
How, then, can we use these highly influential adornments to our advantage? For advice, we turned to interior designer William Schumacher (312-419-9150; wsints.com); like many in his field, he wields the pillow as a mighty sword, using it cunningly to transform characterless spaces. We gave him a blank slate—a classic, cream-colored sofa from Room & Board (the Hawthorne two-cushion, in Doss; 55 E. Ohio St., roomandboard.com)—and asked him to create five distinct looks. The results prove that pillows are players, indeed.
Photograph: Eric Hausman