|Kane is happy as long as he's in the same room as we are,|
but he doesn't think it's fair that the cat is allowed on the couch when he is not.
But in the real world, I expect that very few people completely redecorate and refurnish a room in one go. Even when we were a family with two professional incomes, that never happened. Instead, we change out one or two pieces at a time, hoping eventually to achieve a room we're happy with.
Recently (August), I did a little window shopping.
|Read the August 2014 blog post here: It doesn't cost anything to look.|
But there was no ignoring the gigantic red-plaid sofa that
|This shows the room without the matching gigantic red-plaid chair.|
|Ugh-ly. (Couldn't even be bothered to take a decent photo of it.)|
Between the slipcover failure -- which meant the sofa's days were numbered -- and the new lounge chair, the scales tipped toward buying a new love seat. So we bit the bullet and went to Ikea.
This little baby is now proudly ensconced in our living room.
|The throw was a gift from my friend, Heather.|
Even with the recliner and the big chair, the room still feels more spacious -- and brighter. It's hard to capture that feeling in the photos. You'll just have to trust me.
It is the Ektorp love seat, with Vellinge beige cover. Here's a close-up of the fabric.
So we brought home two boxes; one for the couch, and one for the cover. Yes, the couch fit into a flat-pack box. Steve set to moving furniture around (there was a domino effect) and assembling the couch. I ironed the slipcover. (Didn't I just finish doing this?!) Let me tell you, ironing slipcovers is NOT FUN.
But it was satisfying to put it all together, and it was definitely worth the money we saved by doing this ourselves rather than buying something off a department-store floor.
"But what about all that red?" you may well ask. The plan is that I am going to take an upholstery course and I will recover the big chair and the recliner in a neutral that will coordinate with the love seat. Once that is done, I will change out the drapes. If necessary, we will change the area rug, but I think it may be neutral enough to work. (I'll consider that when choosing fabric for the upholstery projects.)
What really makes me happy is that we are moving towards a clear vision for this space. I'm not in a great hurry; we'll be here for a long time.