Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review: Once Upon a Pillow

Once Upon a Pillow by Rebecca Vizard
Published by Pointed Leaf Press
Picking up a copy of Rebecca Vizard's Once Upon a Pillow is much like picking up one of her beautiful, handcrafted pillows from some of the finest textiles in the world. This heavy, premier design book, with stunning photography and gold leaf page edges is a absolutely a book you'll want to judge based on its cover, but I can assure you, the inside is just as stunning.
Many of you are aware of Rebecca Vizard's pillow and textile website, where she sells pillows and accessories she designs using rare, antique, and unique textiles from around the world. The evolution of this now highly celebrated resource came from Rebecca's own notice of the void in the pillow market while working on interior design projects from New York to New Orleans. Designers like Gerrie Bremermann, Suzanne Kasler, Barbara Westbrook, Renea Abbott all call on Rebecca when they need pillows for clients, and her work has graced the covers of House Beautiful, Veranda, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and Traditional Home.
Once Upon a Pillow takes us through the design process, features designer rooms where Vizard's pillows take center stage, and gives us stunning photographic illustrations of some of the finest textiles in the world, which Rebecca has used to create her beautiful, one of a kind pillows. She even provides an annotated textile glossary in the back of the book, and features some of the other gorgeous accessories you can purchase through her store. Without further ado, should we take a look inside?

Photo Credit: Antoine Bootz; Designer Credit: Rebecca Vizard from Once Upon a Pillow

Here, in her own home, Rebecca Vizard showcases a dilapidated 18th-century chasuble, complete with heavy metallic embroidery. Rebecca truly appreciates textiles as art - and it shows in the finished work of each piece she designs.
Photo Credit: James Patterson; Designer Credit: Annelle Primos, from Once Upon a Pillow

Photo Credit: Susan Sully; Designer Credit: Hal Williamson, from Once Upon a Pillow
Photo Credit: Antoine Bootz; Designer Credit: Rebecca Vizard from Once Upon a Pillow 
Photo Credit: Francesco Lagnese; Designer Credit: Jim and Phoebe Howard from Once Upon a Pillow

An absolute masterpiece, and a remarkable view into the world of one-of-a-kind textiles, Once Upon a Pillow will leave you with even more admiration for Rebecca and her work. There are numerous pictures of Vizard's private home, and the picturesque waterfront landscape that surrounds it, all of which fuel the design process and cater to her creativity when she retreats back to Louisiana after traveling the world to source the finest raw materials for her pillows.
A treat for interior designers, design lovers, decorators, textile hunters and collectors, and more, Once Upon a Pillow is one you surely will want to grab for your library. To get a signed copy from Rebecca, check out her website here. You can also take a closer look, and order an unsigned copy on amazon via the link below:


  1. Very attractive to see your photographs and admirable .

  2. A woman’s belly is continuously expanding all throughout her pregnancy making it difficult for her to find a comfortable sleeping position.

  3. Woooow ! Awesome story ! I'm actually writing this review on my smartphone whilst feeding #BabyPink. I've no worries she will roll off my lap and fall. That she will move and bottle will come out of her mouth.Click to read. Thanks!