Polyester pillows aren't just a lot of fluff

All praise polyester. Once associated with 1970s disco-wear, the miracle fiber has found its niche as a weather- and fade-resistant fabric for patio furnishings. As Californians add outdoor rooms to their decorating to-do lists, throw pillows in bold patterns and 1950s designs can add instant impact. The latest looks include, from left, an 18-inch-square orange ikat pillow, $24, www.westelm.com; William Sonoma Home's 18-inch-square fish pillow, $88, www.wshome.com; a 20-inch throw pillow in indigo batik, $39.95, www.ballarddesigns.com. The jazzy modern blue 16-inch-square cabana , $24, and the 24-inch-square lotus in orange, $34, are both from www.westelm.com.

-- David A. Keeps

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