Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Using Slipcovers for a Warmer Look

A few months ago, we brought our very old sofa and love seat upstairs to use because we couldn't find new ones that suited us.  These are old, but in excellent condition, so we have used them for several months now.  The large floral pattern is fine in the spring and summer, but in the cooler months, not so much.

I wanted to give the room a warmer look for the fall and winter
 and decided to reuse a set of taupe slip covers I've had for a  while.  I would like to order some white covers, or make some  from drop cloths, but haven't done either.

I wasn't sure they would work with the smaller furniture, but with a few gathers here and there, and lots of tucking, they are working fine.

As usual, I am trying different pillows and throws to find the look I like best.

These pillows are of an equestrian theme, and are a Good Will find. Next I added the plaid throw.

Finally, I covered the pillows with some covers I already had, and added the white/blue quilt to the back of the sofa.  I like this look best. (below)

I bought this pillow cover at the Hen's Nest recently for $3.99. It zips on, and was a great buy.

I can use it on the love seat, or maybe use the one below.

I'm adding blues to tie in with the rug we have in here and have tried out different items to see what feels best.

I kept the mantel decor very simple this year, and the taupe colors go well with the slipcovers.

 I changed the pillow, throw, runner, etc., to look like this.

 I placed a smaller runner on the table, and corralled blue/white containers in a tray.

I've changed out the artwork to some I had that use blue as the primary color.

I changed the look of the top of the drop front desk by adding a blue bound book and a blue bottle with a tan burlap flower.

 I placed this art above my husband's chair.  I also gave the lamp a makeover.  You can see it here.

I came across this white pail I bought some time back, and decided I would place the pumpkins I have in this room, in it on the hearth.

 The pumpkins make more of a statement gathered in the pail than scattered throughout the room.  I added the fall bow to this white burlap wreath I made a couple years ago.
 All of these pumpkins are ones I made, except for the glass gold one, and the orange and gold one from the Dollar Tree.

Now the room feels warm and cozy for the cooler months.
This makeover cost nothing because I shopped the house for the items used.

I may decide to make drop cloth slip covers. I've made them before for the sofa we had at one time, and I made one for my daughter's sofa from blue/white ticking fabric, so I know they are a lot of work so we shall see.

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