Do you ever feel like things in your house are screaming at you? That if you don’t change the thing that’s bugging you’ll loose it, or is that just me? I’m probably the crazy person, but a change was in order in our living room. Creating a space that soothes you is so important–sometimes change is about a temporary solution to make the room stop screaming. A few months ago I shared our living room photos with you and it looked like this:
Initially I loved the Ikat print on the sofa, but I knew would get sick of it and I DID! It was just too much pattern in a color scheme that was not me. I have big plans for this room including a new sofa, but it’s not in the cards at this moment. I thought about making slipcovers, but it seemed like a lot of work for a sofa I’m not sure I will have in another few months. And then inspiration struck, love it when that happens!
I found this loose-fitting slipcover from Pottery Barn, it seemed fresh, the perfect fit for summer. Of course the Pottery Barn version was almost $100 (now it’s on sale) so a more economical option was in order. A quick trip to the hardware store, $25 and a 9×12 canvas drop cloth made all the difference–the room has officially stopped screaming!
I washed and ironed the drop cloth and then simply tucked it in to the cushions making sure it was even on both sides. Every few days I fluff the sofa and straighten the slipcover. It’s not perfect, but it’s a whole lot better than the screaming Ikat. I also replaced the back cushions with an assortment of loose-fitting pillows. They are actually more comfortable than what was on the sofa before and I can change them out depending on my mood, which let’s be honest, changes quite frequently.
I picked up this ginger jar for $7 at a thrift store and it’s one of my favorite pieces in the room. And just what is the ginger jar sitting on you ask?Our new coffee table! Would you believe it’s a complete DIY? I’ll be detailing the steps in an upcoming post. Now that sofa is neutral I can bring in pattern in other ways like the Navajo print rug which I stole from the dining room and the black and white toss pillow. SO. MUCH. BETTER!Amazing what a small change can do to a room. Of course this is not a long-term solution, but for now I am so much happier with how this space looks–peaceful, light and airy. The perfect fit for summer which is quickly approaching in our neck of the woods.