To Chop or Not To Chop and The Winner

4.24.2012

There are those who chop down filled pillows and those who say don't. I read somewhere the other day that designer Phoebe Howard says don't chop the pillows. I thought oh, no. Phoebe says don't. So I went around the house unchopping my pillows. I tried to like this look for a few minutes, but  it just made me crazy. Then I saw pictures of other designer rooms and the pillows were chopped.  So I chopped away. Awwwww, much better. Sorry, Phoebe and other non choppers.

















So are you a chopper or not a chopper?

Joining the pillow palooza party HERE.

The winner of the Annie Sloan book is Patricia who said:
I would love to win the beautiful book! Thank you for the chance. I haven't used ASCP yet, but Cleveland just got a stockist, and I have 3 tables waiting for me in my living room, sitting smack in the middle of the room like soldiers !
Post edit: new winner was chosen on 4-28

I was surprised that most of the commenters have never used this paint.
The book is available here if yo would like to order one.
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See y'all tonight for Wow Us Wednesdays!
Now I must prepare for miss Leila's arrival in a bit.

68 comments:

  1. I'm definitely a chopper! And I see that your bench looks JUST LIKE my chair :-)

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  2. I have a black belt in chopping. Seriously. My kids want to record my chopping and post it on Youtube. I say chop away!

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  3. I think it looks a little contrived to chop all your pillows. I like things mixed up, casual, not so planned looking if that makes sense. So some of my pillows may be chopped - not really chopped - but you can let them kind of settle that way without really a definite chopped look. So some of mine probably look chopped-ish and some more fluffed up. LOL

    That article was in this month's Southern Living I believe - I read it the other day. But I do as I please/like, not what some designer says.

    tina

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  4. HI Kimmie! Oh, I love the chopping too! Some of my pillows are too hard to chop but I chop the soft ones. I think the pillows look more real - used when chopped!
    Congrats to your winners.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. I am a pillow chopper too..they just look better in my opinion. I thought this was a hair post LOL! Congrats to the winner.

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  6. Congrats to Patricia. I always see bloggers winning give aways on blogs so I am glad to see that is not the case. I also think it is great that she is a beginner AS user so the book should be helpful in getting her introduced to the 'sport'.

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  7. Guilty!! I'm a chopper too..I think they look a little more "lived" on.

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  8. I like a chopped pillow, too. Your pillows look great!

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  9. I totally agree with Tina. Some chopped and some not for a more 'natural' look.

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  10. I usually chop mine, but some of my pillows don't have the down inserts that allow me to chop them. So, I guess I have a mix. I don't chop the burlap ones since I think they would look strange that way.

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  11. If a sofa/chair pillow has enough give in it, I definitely chop! But, Kim, here's another question: do you stack your bed pillows on top of one another, or slant them in front of one another at an angle? I've tried both and can't decide which I like more! Sometimes I compromise and stack them but then put one pretty pillow in front of the stack at an angle.

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  12. Kim that's hilarious! I just read that article too and was like - no way! I have to say, I'm not crazy about her advice on pillows either - too contrived.
    I'm off to chop!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  13. I hate to admit this, but I had NO Idea, this had a name. I guess I do whatever I feel like at the moment that I am cleaning.
    Hey, at least I learned a new vocabulary word today, LOL. I must really be under a rock and definitely need to get back in the swing of things.
    Have a blessed day!

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  14. I guess I fall somewhere in between....most of mine have a very slight chop and the longer ones do not. I find some of the guidelines desginers use to be really ridiculous most of the time. LOL
    ~Des

    PS. Forgot to say you have some really gorgeous pillows!

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  15. For a photo shoot yes...otherwise nah.
    :D
    Linsey

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  16. As I had never heard of this concept of "chopping" I suppose I do not. I do chop vegetables...wink.

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  17. You've got some beautiful pillows, Kim. I love that red one with the horse and rider. I chop the ones in my bedroom ~ they look better that one. I suppose it's all a matter of preference. I don't think anyone should say "do" or "don't" ~ some of those "rules" should just be ignored. Congrats to Patricia.

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  18. I am so a chopper. Love that look.

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  19. I admit I never heard of the sport of chopping! I just let my pillows fall/sag/remain puffed as they wish, without human intervention.

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  20. I don't chop. I've tried it... but it looks too contrived, in my opinion. I want my sofa to look comfortable, not so perfect that people are afraid to sit on it. So I throw the pillows on and if they have a natural chop, I leave it. If they hold their shape... I leave that. It looks more natural to me.

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  21. I like a chop. They look so much fatter and fluffier!

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  22. Chop,Chop,Chop!!! Oh Yes I'm a black belt in chopping too! I think they look SO MUCH more comfy and fluffed when they are chopped. I actually DO NOT follow designers, "I follow what I LIKE"... It's what makes "US" blogging ladies unique, we do what makes "US" smile...
    Have a wonderful week,
    Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  23. What a fun topic! I have to admit I'm a non-chopper I'm more of a tosser. It seems like the more I try to arrange things the worse it looks, kinda choppy. When I just get frustrated and just toss the pillows back on the couch, voila it looks great. Randomness must be a law of pillow physics.

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  24. I'm a non-chopper! I'm allergic to feathers so most of my pillows can't be chopped. If they could, I probably would though. Of course then I'd have to follow Mr. Bird Nest through the house as he unchopped them getting comfortable.

    Gretchen

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  25. Oh yes, chop! Chop-chop! Chopper I am indeed. Congratulations to a winner!

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  26. Kim, I think I read the same article as you, and yes, it got me thinking as well, but just like you, I love my pillows chopped! I guess even my kids have noticed as well, I caught my 11 year old son, doing the same chopping motion to the pillows after he got up from the couch...it was too funny. Keep chopping away...

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  27. I was a chopper and now I'm on to overstuffed. That may all change an hour from now. lol ~ Maureen

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  28. Love all your pillows Kim! Keep chopping if that makes you happy. I'm wondering about the Annie Sloan paint. I've never used it. Is it expensive? Is it difficult to use? I have a couple of pieces of furniture at home that I would love to try it on. Do you think it would work on wrought iron or something possibly a potting urn?

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  29. It's your pillow, and you can chop if you want to. I chop, I fluff, I squish. Hey, I'm the one who lives here.

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  30. I'm a chopper Kim and I even have my oldest daughter chopping!

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  31. CHOP!!! I call it Karate Chop!! My friends and family all were confused for a while when I would talk about me going around and karate chopping my pillows!!! Now, they talk about it too!!!

    Haha!! I'm so glad you posted this!!

    Have a beautiful day :)

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  32. I don't care for a heavy "chop"... I like a very very very light dice.

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  33. I usually don't chop but that doesn't mean I haven't chopped a time or two in the past! I have to say I think it would be weird to look at your blog and not see chopped pillows, that is your signature style and it looks beautiful!:)

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  34. I think I might be in the minority in that I am a "fluffer", not a chopper.

    Ah, well... a girl can't follow EVERY trend now, can she?
    :) Liz

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  35. No chopping here!Never chopped! I too read years ago no chopping and I had already decided it was a bit contrived for me, but I don't mind chopping by others! Chop Away!! Kathysue

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  36. Whenever someone tells me not to do something, I'm inclined to do it with gusto.

    And if it were to anger someone that I was busy chopping pillows, all the better. What a silly thing to be emotional about!

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  37. Oh I'm totally a chopper! This post made me laugh - and I needed that today!!!

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  38. I just read the "no chopping" rule too. I didn't chop my pillows for my current post, but I did right after. I love that look!
    I have pillow envy!!!! You have the most gorgeous pillows of anyone I know!

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  39. i chop some pillows...others i don't. depends on the pillow. :o)

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  40. LOL, I do a "modified" chop..but it's usually more of a pick it up by the corners and drop it style.

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  41. I chop all my pillows that have down inserts...which is most of them, thanks to Goodwill! But...I just checked with my main man Charles Faudree. It's not true for me unless I run it by him first. In his latest book, only three pics show chopped pillows. Sooo...I guess I wil unchop! lol ...hugs...Debbie

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  42. I have to admit...as I read this post I was asking myself...what?? chopping her pillows??? I could not even visualize what in the world you could be talking about. As they say...a picture ...what is it they say? Anyway, I get it now and obviously I'm no chopper. Wow, I didn't know pillows were so high maintenance ... I just sit them where I want them and that's that! Blessings, L

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  43. Well at first I thought you were actually chopping, cutting, your pillows to use elsewhere! LOL
    Yes, I chop! So much more inviting!

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  44. I guess I'm with the minority "fluffers" ... but somehow, Kim, yours look right chopped.

    Though, I do know you have quite a few pillows in your collection so that must've been a big production of fluffing and then chopping again!

    Thanks for linking up at our Pillowpalooza party!

    :)

    Linda

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  45. i'm a chopper! just call me "old school"....but I do like the look and I LOVE your pillows!!!

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  46. I've been chopping since 6th grade and that was a loooooong time ago

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  47. Well, before I answer you, can we still be friends if I am a NON-chopper? LOL. Okay- This is the FOURTH pillow post I have seen today..and 3 of them have been about chopping! lol

    Anyway, I am NOT a chopper. It always makes me think that the pillow looks like the ears of an animal...and, Lord knows, with these kids running around that visit here there are animals enough afoot. Besides that...when MissPriss comes to visit she likes to "rerange" my pillows for me. Imagine having two unchopped pillows next to a chop job...just wouldn't work. So, you can see I have made my decision based on what works best in THIS house.

    I'll keep visiting you and enjoying all your chops though (and I ain't talking pork chops cuz I know you don't like to cook!;>) xo Diana

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  48. I don't karate chop my pillows..tried it once and ...it just didn't work for me.
    I say do what makes you happy.

    You do YOUR pillows any old way you want and don't worry about what anyone else says.
    I think they look fine either way.

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  49. Kim,
    I am not a chopper.I just can't seem to get it right or it does not look good when I do it.I don't know?It is funny I don't like things that are perfect.So why would I mind if I chopped a pillow.But I just can't bring myself to do it LOL.
    Anne

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  50. Honestly, Kim, you have some of THE MOST beautiful throw pillows. Wow!

    I don't chop my pillows very often--they get chopped by being used a lot, though!

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  51. Your pillows would look beautiful chopped or not chopped! I am not a chopper...more of a tosser...

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  52. Love the chopped look. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. I am a chopper too, it's your home Kim.....chop away. :)

    ~ Lisa ~

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  54. I can't say I am either or. Never really thought about it. I saw on The Real Housewives of OC one of them was chopping before they had an open house and thought it was funny cause I had never heard of it.

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  55. Kim,

    I am in the chopper catagory! Thanks for the shout out and the awesome pillow link up! I have been at the dentist all day.....so all I needed to cheer me up was your party tonight and your awesome pillows!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  56. Kim, could you please, please find out from Patricial who's stocking ASCP in Cleveland? I really need to know!!! Thanks....my email is hatkeys@yahoo.com
    p.s. I don't chop, maybe because none of my pillows are down, just regular pillow-fill.
    thanks, pam

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  57. Oh dear. I never even heard of chopping pillows until now. In fact, before I looked at the pillow pics I didn't know what you were talking about. LOL. But I have to say, I like the pillows either way ... chopped or unchopped.

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  58. No chopping here! (Though yours DO look good)

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  59. I'm not a big fan of the chop. I'm more of a plumber. From magazines I look at chopping definitely looks more like an American thing, you don't see it much in Australia.

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  60. Chopped? Isn't that one of those reality shows on the food network?

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  61. My daughter's "job" for rush week at her sorority house (it was huge) at Oklahoma University, was to chop the pillows each morning on all the gazillion couches throughout the downstairs. Really, she loved her easy peasey job that year.

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  62. Chop, chop!
    I am right there
    with you, Kim.

    Some great links at your party tonight! So much fun to visit your followers.

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  63. Kim:

    Love all of your pillows! Never have chopped before but do so at times!

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  64. Well...I just read my new Southern Living last night and got the idea for a "to chop or not chop post." I see you beat me to the punch! I'm sure glad I googled it first or I would have been the worst sort of copy cat. I was shocked at Phoebe's advice too. I did the same thing as you. I un-chopped all the pillows in my living room and looked at them for about 10 minutes. I proceeded to re-chop every one of them and breath a sigh of relief! I'm with you girlfriend. Chop away!

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