I just parted with these old couches. When Bryant and I first got married, we turned to Craigslist to solve our lack of furniture woes. I don't have a picture of the couches in their original early 90's hideousness but lets just say they may or may not have seen better days, my guess is that they were even ugly in their youth. My solution was to cover Everything. The slip coveres were store bought, I had to alter the one on the smaller chair. The pillows are all made by me, I was able to recycle the stuffing and the zippers. The brown ones are a chocolate microsuede. The other big ones are grassclothish, mostly a tan color but have some green threads. I also made some throw pillows, beacause I am obessed with patterns. I can't say that I was terribly sad to part with these couches but I think my pillows and covers helped me to not throw up in my mouth everytime I entered my living room.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
My incredibly useful husband finished the office about a week ago. I think it looks incredible. I don't have a future in home photography but here are some pics of the finished office:
|The office from the outside|
|Bryant and Scott ran the electrical. He also somehow hooked up the Internet cable from outside and patched up the siding|
|My job is to scrape the paint off the glass. Its really boring so I do like one pane at a time. 6 down, 24 left to go. Bryant free handed the drywall on the corners because they don't make corner pieces at that angle. It looks really good|
|More free handed drywall|
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Here are some more pictures of the office being built. Again I should say that this project is entirely Bryant's, with the help of a few good friends (thanks wes and scott and the best neighbors ever). Drywall is up and mudded. Now he just has to paint, prime, rip out carpet, put in new floors, frame out the doors and put down the base boards. No biggie.
Can't wait to move in
Check out our new wall!
LT says hello.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Here are some more pics:
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I just came back from visiting my parents in their new home in south Texas. It was a really fun trip and I picked up a new skill while I was there. About 10 years ago my parents bought a new couch and matching chair. The couch was made of a casual blue cotton and faded quickly in the California sun (my parents move a lot) so my mom bought a slip cover while they were living in Tennessee. The chair however remained uncovered except for my moms very creative attempt at converting it to cowhide chair.
Pretty cool huh? Mom is great. She sewed it on there with raffia. I don't know exactly how to describe her style but its something like 'contemporary rustic.' Is that an oxymoron? I think you can see from the picture that the chair has some stains and is quite faded and mom had a few yards of some really cool fabric so I decided to try to cover it. I made some pattern pieces out of an old sheet but I could not win my game of fabric Tetris to try to get my pattern pieces to fit on the 3 yards of cool fabric. The solution was to buy a complimentary fabric to make parts of the chair. Here is the result:
|Front o chair|
I bought this skirt at an estate sale for fifty cents. I don't think I would or should ever wear it in its current state but I think the print is really fun so I decided to take it apart and give it new life in my wardrobe. I basicaly took apart every seam I could find and then put it back together to make this:
What do you think? I'm pretty pleased with my little expiriment. I bought another skirt for the same price at that sale. I am working on recreating it as well. I'll let you know how it goes. Here it is in its current state: