Showing posts with label decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decorating. Show all posts


Tick Tock: Decorating by Deadline

I don't know about you, but I always seem to have a long decorating to do list.  With my decorating ADD, the wear and tear of a house filled with mammals, and tastes that far exceed my non-existent design budget, I"m always a couple of steps from completing a space.  The only thing that seems to spur me into action is a deadline, specifically a party date.  Once I know other people are on the way over, I'm motivated to tackle my to-do list.
In the past, Christmas company motivated me to finish my master bedroom, a Mardi Gras party forced me to pull the backyard together in time for a parade celebration, and a dinner party led me to make some changes I had been contemplating in the dining room:

Anyway, I recently reviewed my list, and realized that there were only a couple of major items on it, and even those were in the realm of doable.  So I've decided to start planning a party so I'll get to work.  I'm thinking of a bloggers lunch.  Sometime in early Septemeber.  I figure that's enough time to finish, but not so far away I'll just keep procrastinating.

First biggish issue:  slipcovering a pair of chairs for the living room.

My inspiration is the Bloomsbury house, Charleston, home to artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.  It's every thing I love:  original art, "tired" colours, slouchy clipcovered upholstery, and lots of pattern and colour without being overwhelming.

The problem:  the chairs are "dog-eared", so slipping is a necessity, not a luxury.  I'd love to reupholster them, but I can't afford it.  And with the menagerie in the house (4 adults, 1 100lb dog, 2 cats), I need the cleanability of slips anyway.
I was originally planning to cover the chairs in slips made from these coverlets from Urban Outfitters,, which you can see under cleo.  However, when they came in, the colours weren't true to the on-line pics, and even with a friend tea-staining them, I never really liked them.  However, they were cheap (discontinued), and I've been using them as throws:
I've been trying to convince myself they give off the cool BOHO chic vibe of the Buckingham sofa from Elle Decor, but I never really could bring myself to believe it:
However, the point is now moot.  After a year, I finally got around to turning them from throws to fitted slips and realized that constant washing had already worn-out the fabric (they weren't heavyweight), so now I need to find a cheap alternative.  And by the way, Cleopatra Schwartz, the cutest sweetest dog in the world did not chew the chairs.  It was this stray below during his foster stay, but who could get mad at a face like that?:

I could use the washed canvas in off-white I've used for other slips in the adjoining living room/office:

But I'm afraid that much solid cream is a bit bland.  I've found some inexpensive altneratives from,  (thanks Visual Vamp for the heads up)

There's classic ticking in black and ivory, which I've always loved, I know is durable, and would tie in the black and white art in the room.  I also found a couple of prints I liked.  I'm going to have to test those, though.  They're printed on cotton duck, but weren't listed as washable.  I've ordered samples, will wash on hot and see how they turn out.  I don't mind a faded time worn look as long as they don't run.
Wish me luck.


Porch facelift

Our current project: front porch. In our MidCity New Orleans neighborhood, porch sitting is still taken seriously. Luckily our house has a decent sized porch, but it needs freshening. I've already painted the ceiling a beautiful yellow (as visual vamp has pointed out, yellow is the new beige) instead of the traditional blue. in fact, I'm going for a modified mardi gras color scheme: existing green trim, beautiful eggplant doors, and a pale buttery yellow (gold), on the ceiling and inside of awning. We just got the furniture from World market. Now I must finish painting the awning (a project that sucks so hard it's taken me months to get it half done), paint the floor, do a little accent painting, find pillows or fabric to make pillows to tie it all together, and landscape the front. At least the FEMA trailer is finally gone. I'll keep y'all posted on how it goes.