Rest Your Head
Uniik Pillows bring seasonal décor to homes
By Lauren Wise
Photos courtesy Unik Pillows
During the holiday season, home décor can always be counted upon to boost the seasonal cheer quotient. From minimal touches like wreaths and menorahs to giant Christmas trees and winter wonderland lights, everyone likes a splash of sparkle, color and texture. And local company Uniik Pillows offers a merry and bright place to rest your head while also elevating your holiday décor.
Founded by Yolinda and Carealee de Gouveia , a mother-daughter team originally from South Africa, Uniik Pillows boasts designs that are all about brightening up spaces and reflecting personality year-round. Inspiration includes elements like music, animals, quotes, travel, hot rods, flowers, children, even space – and custom orders are the norm. However, the Uniik business began with some Christmas designs in 2016, when Yolinda began selling throw pillow covers on Etsy.
“We love interior design, and it naturally came to us to create pillow covers and simply recover our existing pillows,” Yolinda explains. “Being artistic and not always finding what we had in our mind’s eye, we turned to creating designs.”
Their holiday inspiration ranges from vintage graphics to modern styles, pulling from their personal holiday experiences, from snowflakes and holly to seasonal quotes and cozy patterns.
The 2018 holiday season brings three new designs and collections, like the simplistic yet striking red trucks with Christmas trees watercolor design, reminiscent of the years their family spent in New England, or the vintage Christmas graphics that incorporate beige, red and green hues, tying together the classic feel of flannel and pine. This subdued palette allows customers to mix and match different designs in complementary colors. A third new design this year was a blue and white theme.
“The blue and white theme reminds me of snowy winters and fun outdoor activities, from sledding to ice skating,” Yolinda says. “Veering off from the traditional reds and greens, I found these blue and white designs to be fun and cheerful!”
Since 2016, the business has morphed into a market niche for custom throw pillow covers, creating designs that customers usually can’t find anywhere else. Each pillow has hidden zippers so the covers can easily be swapped out, and their printing process permanently adheres the inks to the material, so all the covers are washable.
Pillows range from religious to non-religious designs, reflecting the joy in celebrating the holiday season. “The red Christmas trucks are a huge favorite with our customers, but my personal favorite is our ‘Meet me under the Mistletoe’ cover. It’s simplistic, yet conveys a little naughty and nice for the holidays,” Yolinda says.
Uniik Pillows recently opened its first retail office location near Deer Valley Road. While the holiday collection attracts flocks of new customers during the winter, the dozens of eye-catching covers – from designs spanning decades, artistry styles and funky interests – helps liven up Valley homes year-round.
302 W. Melinda Lane, Suite 5, Phoenix