Little Known Facts:
- Jane Austen makes an excellent headrest.
- William Shakespeare provides superior back support.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky is very on-trend this season.
- Virginia Woolf compliments any color scheme.
- Marcel Proust is an inspired conversation-starter.
- Anaïs Nin will seduce your guests.
Given these truths, turning your literary heroes into trendy graphic accent pillows only makes sense. They’re witty, they’re stylish, and — unlike the authors themselves — they’re machine washable. Make a one for a subtly bookish touch, or design a few and transform your living room into a round-the-clock literary salon.
1. Pick Your Author(s).
James Joyce would look great on your futon, but then, so would Jonathan Franzen. Anyone works, as long as you can find a relatively high-resolution image of them. For the purposes of this project, let’s re-create the Shakespeare pillow, because a classic is a classic.
2. Find Your Picture.
Using our “web photo search” feature, find an image of your literary icon. To get full Shakespearian coverage, we selected “stretch-to-edge,” which ensures maximum Bard.
(Pro tip: Not all images will be high enough resolution to give you best results — but we’ll let you know if the pic you’re picking isn’t working.)
3. Tweak Your Picture.
If your tastes skew toward the contemporary but you still want the black-and-white look, our Aviary photo editing tools can do the job in one click.
4. Select Your Backing Color.
To choose a cream backing or a black backing, that is the question. (We chose cream for Bill and black for Jane. This was a somewhat arbitrary decision, but we feel good about it.)
5. Add to Cart.
Wait. Your pillow(s) will arrive shortly. In the meantime, go read a book or something.