What are Soft Goods?

January 20, 2021

In interior design, soft goods refers to the soft materials utilized within an environment to enhance furnishings, architectural details and walls. These finishes can “soften” the space to create a warm and inviting atmosphere as well as pull design elements and colors together to complete the overall design. Examples would include draperies, upholstered headboards, cushions, pillows, etc.

When creating a unique environment, customized soft goods allow the designer to create those perfect, one-of-a-kind pieces that truly reflect the client’s vision for the space. Selecting the materials, colors and contrasting combinations of each piece ensures that each client has a unique, tailored soft good specifically for their home, that will add color, texture and softness towards their interior.

Plucky Pillows

Rebecca, owner of Plucky Pillows

Rebecca, owner of Plucky Pillows

After working for Port City Design Group since 2017 assisting with design projects, in 2018, I was thrilled to open Plucky Pillows and begin sewing custom pillows and cushions for the firm. Danielle always provided me with the most beautiful, high quality fabrics and materials to work with, resulting in stunning custom products. But most importantly, Danielle empowered me to create unique designs for the pieces I was hired to produce. This freedom allowed me to design “outside the box” so to speak, incorporating alternative materials such as ribbons, contrasting welts and even vinyl pieces. I have sewn everything from a pouf to a baby nest! I believe the results speak for themselves! When you decide to invest in custom products, you should be no less than thrilled with the way they complete your space and enhance the overall feel of your environment. This is what Plucky Pillows strives to provide for every designer’s client.

Growing up, I watched my mom complete countless sewing projects ranging from our clothing to quilts. However, I didn’t fall in love with the craft until I began working in a lovely quilting shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The owner taught me to sew quilts and how to use Bernina machines. I began taking sewing classes and eventually teaching. Sewing was simply a hobby until 10 years later when I had the opportunity to assist Port City Design Group with a project. This was the beginning… With a great deal of support and encouragement from family and friends, my husband and I launched Plucky Pillows in 2018.



Written by Danielle Saintard Valiente

Danielle Saintard Valiente is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and community advocate in the Cape Fear region. As owner of Port City Design Group, Danielle is living her passion by collaborating with her clients and subcontractors in order to execute one-of-a-kind, life changing designs, while making lifelong relationships. Having lived in Wilmington since 2010, Danielle plans to contribute to the area's growth and continue to make an impact through design.

About Port City Design Group

Port City Design Group is an interior design firm that creates experiences through the turnkey presentation of luxury residential and commercial interiors. PCDG brings communication and organization to the jobsite, while taking the stress off of the client, with an efficient and enjoyable process. With a facility over 4000 square feet, PCDG operates with an office and warehouse all in house, with the ability to take all projects from start to finish, with a BIG REVEAL at the end!