Simple, Affordable Throw Pillows for a Good Cause

So you think you want to makeover your living room. Paint is a non-starter (too messy), wallpaper is out of the question (too time-consuming), and new furniture isn't even an option (too expensive). What's a design-conscious aesthete to do? Look no further than these stylish but exceedingly affordable throw pillows from the brand new site Local + Lejos. Started by world traveler and former retail buyer Sheeva Sairafi, the company specializes in hand-crafted household goods made by artisans across the globe.

Photo © Echo and Earl; styling by Anne Sage.
Photo © Echo and Earl; styling by Anne Sage.

For each collection, Local + Lejos collaborates with artisans using methods rooted in tradition yet updated for a modern look. The intricate block-printed throw pillows are perhaps the best examples of that sensibility, crafted by a team of artisans based in Jaipur, India. Available in black, white, and navy and printed on natural cotton using sustainable dyes, the $48-$58 pillows feature a muted palette that serves as a contemporary distillation of the bright hues on display in the colorful serape-style blankets from Guatemala and the hand-woven banana leaf baskets made in Rwanda that are also featured in the company's current line.

In addition to handmade ceramic kitchenware from Mexico, the brand will be unveiling a line of tabletop items in the form of tea towels and napkins, all made by the same group of Jaipur artisans. Look out for them this fall.

Simple, Affordable Throw Pillows for a Good Cause
Photo © Claire Esparros

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