House Becoming Overrun With Throw Pillows
SALEM, Ohio (DPI) - What began as a decorative accessory has gradually
into an avalanche of cushiony florals and paisley patterns for Salem resident Richard Olan, who has found himself surrounded and overrun by throw pillows on
every couch, chair, bed, footrest, chest, and one coffee table in his home.
"At first I kind of liked them. A few here and there looked nice and were convenient," said Olan as he sat on the floor
watching television. "But now it's like the Star Trek episode 'The Trouble with Tribbles.' It
takes me eight minutes to get them all off the bed each night."
His wife, Julie, defends the pillows and feels each one serves a particular
purpose. "That one on the chair is cute and offers lower back support,"
she explained. "The eight on the couch create an alternating color pattern
to match the carpet. The three on the loveseat complement the painting on
the wall, and ... good lord, that rocking chair is bare. Excuse me, I have to
What perplexes Olan the most is that as the number of throw pillows has
increased, his ability to use them has diminished. "There used to be room
for four people on the couch. Now it's down to one," he said. "And heaven forbid I throw them on the floor. Half of them are scratchy or
leave a funky pattern on my face if I lie on them. Many, I'm told, are only
for looking at. I remember the time I propped up my feet on a 'Precious
Moments' pillow. I didn't get any loving for two weeks."
Olan's love life isn't the only thing being left out in the cold. He must now park his car on the street so the garage can be used to store collectible and seasonal pillows. "Now I get to walk to my car in the
rain so the Easter pillows and Martha Stewart close-out collection can stay
dry," he complained. "I've seen bedding stores with fewer pillows."
But the Olan children don't seem to share their father's concern. Sharon, 12, and Donnie, 9, approve of their mother fluffy fetish. While
Julie Olan was out of earshot placing golf-themed pillows in her husband's den and Sears Craftsman throw pillows in his workshop, the kids voiced their full
support of the overwhelming décor. "When
Mom and Dad aren't here, we now have enough for a 5-foot-high pillow pile
at the bottom of the stairs," said Donnie Olan. "Our house has become the stair-diving capitol
of the neighborhood."
(Reported by Buddy Fisher)
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