Canadiana Cool

We live in a mighty inspiring place, and I *love* when people use Canada as their muse for creating some lovely gift ideas – like today’s shop, BrownEyedSuzy. Created by Calgary-based Susan, this charming online boutique stocks pillows and scarves that feel oh so fall (but are fashionable year-round).

BrownEyedSuzy Joy Love Peace Pillows

The piece de resistance in BrownEyedSuzy are the decorative cotton twill pillows ($40 each), which come in a huge range of styles, many of which draw on Canadiana inspiration. The colours are typically a basic khaki beige or black, but there are some with bright pops of colour, like this cute trifecta of word-emblazoned pillows. Although Susan has just been in business for a year, she’s already amassed a beautiful collection of styles to match any decor.

BrownEyedSuzy PillowsBrownEyedSuzy has also caught the attention of West Elm, which recently opened in Calgary (on 16 Ave SW). The shop is known for its ‘West Elm Local‘ program, which scouts out local artisans and sources runs of their products in-store, as a way to mix local flavour and culture into their effortless home decor items. BrownEyedSuzy is one of just a handful of local artists selected to kick the program off, and her cozy Canadian-inspired pillows can be found in store for those of you living in Cowtown. Pro tip: ask for their feather inserts (not on the floor). For just $12 you can stuff your BrownEyedSuzy pillow with soft, cuddly feathers.

Hand Knit Wrap ScarvesBeyond the pillows, BrownEyedSuzy also stock some lovely wrap scarves for the cooler months, hand knit from typically acrylic wool. Not only will they keep you warm, they can be worn multiple ways – as a cowl, shawl, or shrug. Scarves are fabulous gifts as you never have to worry about whether they’ll ‘go’ with someone’s wardrobe, plus they serve a practical purpose in the cooler months.

BrownEyedSuzy Assoirted PillowsPersonally, I think pillows are a fabulous year-round gift. There’s a reason why major stores like Indigo and West Elm stock new lines of pillows every season – it’s not just in hopes of catching someone shopping for their first home. Peppy throw pillows can be a great way to reinvent your living quarters from season-to-season, and the neutral tones of what BrownEyedSuzy offers is a cool option to update your accents.

I’m super excited to announce that we’ll be giving away two pillow covers of your choice to one lucky reader! All you have to do is follow the steps below:

1) First of all: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by October 1, 2015 telling me what pillows you’re most interested in from BrownEyedSuzy.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around October 2, 2015 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like BrownEyedSuzy on Facebook and leave a comment on the wall about your favourite pillow (or scarf) from the shop!

96 Responses to “Canadiana Cool”
  1. Margaret Palmer says:

    I would love the pillow cover with the moose on it and I know my husband would love the one with the bear. Pillows are an easy way to change up your decor seasonally!

  2. Katie says:

    I would love the Moose Head pillow and the Maple Leaf pillow. I think they’re great for cottages!

  3. Rachel C. says:

    I love the animal pillows the best – like the deer head and the owl!

  4. Heather Swanson says:

    I like the wolf & the iris

  5. Joan G. says:

    I like the red Canadian maple leaf.

  6. Janice Lewis says:

    I love the moose pillow, but I also love the love pillow. They are all so cute actually, it might be really hard to pick two.

  7. aclily19 says:

    I like the Tree Silhouette Twill Decorative Pillow Cover

  8. Cheryl A says:

    I like the daffodil (love yellow) and would put the bear on my son’s bed.

  9. Karen says:

    My American friends(formerly Canadian) would love the moose and maple leaves!

  10. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    I love the Tree Silhouette and the cropped Maple Leaf pillows. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  11. Carrie Moffat says:

    I love the “ampersand/heart” and the “love” pillows!

  12. Rhonda B. says:

    I like the moose and the maple leaf. Very cool!

  13. Aimee says:

    Tree silhouette twill pillow is my fav. My husband would like the moose pillow

  14. I really like the Bear pillow.

  15. nicolthepickle says:

    I really like the Moose Head twill decorative pillow and the cropped maple leaf pillow.

  16. Debra says:

    I like the tree silhouette pillow very much. Also, the animal heads are good too!

  17. mcmc says:

    the Tree Silhouette is so nice.

  18. kittypride says:

    I really like the animal silhouette pillows, the owl and the moose.

  19. Dreena says:

    I like these: Star Twill Decorative Pillow Cover and Maple Leaf Twill Decorative Pillow Cover.

  20. Leah says:

    I’m most interested in the Xo heart pillow

  21. I like the moose pillow

  22. I love the moose pillow. Liked on FB

  23. Audrey Skinner says:

    I like the daffodil and the tulip pillows.

  24. Lindsey says:

    I love the moose, owl and maple leaf!

  25. pacificnxnw says:

    I really love the Mountain Range and Joy pillows

  26. Anne Derkat says:

    I liked the owl and tne maple leaf ones.

  27. Susan Patterson says:

    I like the Maple Leaf Twill Decorative Pillow – thanks!

  28. M. Archambeau says:

    I like the Star twill pillow cover. It says you can ask for custom colors, so I might ask for red instead of blue.

  29. Mary warner says:

    The Brown Eyed Suzy Bear and Moose pillow cases are my favourites.

  30. Harmony A. says:

    I like the Star Twill pillow!

  31. Elaine Rosser says:

    I am a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber and I love the Daffodil and Tulip Pillows.

  32. KELLY E says:

    I like the Joy pillows and also the Maple Leaf

  33. cookie3 says:

    I love the Red Maple leaf on white & the reverse White Maple Leaf on Red & The Love pillow.

  34. intensev5 says:

    I really love the Cat Silhouette Twill Decorative Pillow Cover

  35. Jessica e says:

    i like the Deer Head Twill Decorative Pillow Cover and the Moose Head Twill Decorative Pillow Cover !

  36. ksceviour says:

    liked and commented on facebook

  37. Susan says:

    I like the Ampersand Heart Twill Pillow, as well as the Joy, Love, and Peace Twill pillows.

  38. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. Wow they are all beautiful, it’s hard to choose from but if I were to pick 2 they would be the Ampersand & XO Heart Twill Decorative Pillow Cover. Thanks

  39. Alison K says:

    Facebook Bonus Entry: Liked BrownEyedSuzy on Facebook & commented

  40. Donna L. says:

    I like the Cat Silhouette Twill Decorative Pillow Cover.

  41. Donna L. says:

    I Liked BrownEyedSuzy on Facebook and commented there as Donna Lyn.

  42. dabrowne says:

    I love the wrap scarves, especially the ivory color.

  43. CLC says:

    I like the Iris Twill pillow

  44. Victoria Ess says:

    I like the Wolf Head Twill Decorative Pillow Cover!

  45. Betty S says:

    I would love the Maple Leaf Twill Decorative Pillow

  46. kiraali says:

    The Cropped Maple Leaf Twill Decorative Pillow Cover in black and red is my favourite!

  47. julia g says:

    I really like the Ampersand Heart pillow.

  48. Catherine Simone says:

    moose pillow for sure.

  49. diane says:

    I love the deer head pillow.

  50. Burcu says:

    I like the Maple Leaf Twill Decorative Pillow Cover

  51. lindsay d. says:

    i love the Joy and Peace pillow–they would be great for decorating at Christmas!

  52. redlizzy1 says:

    I like the Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ Quilted Bedding from the Pottery Barn Kids collection.

  53. Anne Derkat says:

    I like the Moose pillow cover.

  54. SueSueper says:

    I like the Tree Silhouette Twill Decorative Pillow and the Cat Silhouette Twill Decorative Pillow.

  55. SueSueper says:

    Left a comment on their facebook page and like Browneyedsuzy.

    link –>

  56. katydidit21 says:

    I love the Deer Head Twill Decorative Pillow and the Tree Silhouette Decorative Pillow.

  57. Susan T. says:

    I would love two of the Cat Silhouette Twill Decorative Pillow Covers! Maybe in reverse colours.

  58. Linda says:

    I love the Bear Head Twill Decorative Pillow Cover.

  59. gmamaye says:

    I love the centered maple leaf and husband likes the owl

  60. KellyLS says:

    My favourites are the maple leaf, ampersand and heart pillow, and the love pillow.

  61. aarone mawdsley says:

    i like them all

  62. A. Hache says:

    I would love a set of owl cushions.

  63. Rachael Bhardwaj says:

    i love the maple leaf throw pillows!

  64. FrugalFowers says:

    I love the moose pillow so cute and Canadian

  65. Brigitte Inderbitzin says:


  66. Rhonda MacLeod says:

    I really like the LOVE and PEACE pillows 🙂

  67. Definitely the Love & Peace pillows! I LOVE them!

  68. Jason Harvey says:

    I really like the Owl Twill Decorative Pillow Cover, it would like great in my living room.

  69. Joy D says:

    I like the red Canadian maple leaf.

  70. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    like them all but my favourite is the Tree Silhouette Twill Decorative Pillow Cover

  71. G says:

    The elk us my favorite

  72. Jessica Lord says:

    so hard to choose! but I really like the tree silhouette pillow cover

  73. Darlene S. says:

    I follow! The 2 pillows I would choose are the black and red Cropped Maple Leaf and the tree silhouette! Thanks for the opportunity!

  74. Cahley Tod-Tims says:

    I like the Bear Head pillow!

  75. Luminous Angel says:

    Love the ampersand pillow and the owl – but really all of them! 😉

  76. kathy thorn says:

    I love the cat silhouette pillow cover.

  77. Caroline says:

    I would love to win the Moose pillow. It’s amazing! I adore anything and everything Moose

  78. Wanda Bergman says:

    I am a subscriber. My favourites are “Maple Leaf Twill Decorative Pillow Cover” and “Owl Twill Decorative Pillow Cover”.

  79. edmontonjb says:

    I like the Cropped Maple Leaf Twill and the Ampersand Heart Twill


  80. Narinder Chana says:

    I like the Maple Leaf Twill Decorative Pillow

  81. Great pillows it would put me right to sleep zźżz

  82. piroska says:

    My favourite pillow is the Moose head.
    I follow you.

  83. Edmond says:

    OMG, my fave: Maple Leaf Twill Decorative Pillow. . Wow, prize pillow is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me!

  84. Margaret says:

    I love the combo of the red & white LOVE pillow with the MAPLE LEAF pillow! I love Canada & this says it so well 🇨🇦

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