With its nature-inspired collection of cozy cotton pillows, Etsy shop Plantillo makes cuddling up to a spiky succulent or a prickly pinecone seem appealing. The realistic plant pillows are the perfect way to spruce up your home, freshen up a space, and “bring the outdoors in.”
Each unique pillow features a a photograph taken by Sabine Herrmann, the shops' owner, during her walks in the San Francisco Bay Area. “I love to find interesting objects on my path, and I can't resist stuffing them into my pockets and taking photos,” she explains on Etsy. “My ever-growing collection of leaves, bark, pods, flowers, and logs have inspired me to turn my found treasures into home décor.” The photos are printed directly onto cotton canvas, which is then cut and sewn into the shape of the organic object, resulting in realistic reproductions that almost look three-dimensional.
Herrmann's creations may be beautiful, but if you look closely, you'll notice that the natural wonders she chooses to emulate aren't pristine. “I’m not looking for a perfect flower when I take a photo, because to me, a wilted leaf is part of the natural cycle and can have the most gorgeous hues,” she shares with Etsy blog. “I believe imperfection adds character to an object.” Crumpled petals, knobby logs, and uneven pinecones are just some of the flawed yet exquisite imperfections Herrmann loves to capture through her craft.