Sisters Crawford Bumgarner and Sullins Phelan entered the design world quite by accident. “I designed some pillows for my bed, ” says Sullins. “Crawford saw them and wanted some too. Before long, we decided to make it a business.” Their to-the-trade company, Too, Unique Pillow Accents offers three lines.
For their handpainted line, they work with artist Kitty White, pictured below, who they met at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Antiques in the Garden Show last year. Kitty handpaints and stencils graphic designs on fabrics that Crawford and Sullins transform into pillows.
A fabric line showcases the sisters’ talent for assembling remnants, ribbons, and trims into glorious works of art. Yet another line incorporates monograms.
“Our favorite fabrics are rich velvets and linens with texture. We also love metallics, ” Crawford says. “Pillows are like a piece of artwork for the sofa and an easy way to update neutral interiors.”
Photography by Jean Allsopp and Major Adam Colbert