Monday, January 11, 2010

New Pillows and Skirted Coffee Table

If I were a piece of furniture, I would be this chair...

Or at least I would wish I looked like this chair and the jealousy would tear me up inside- I mean who does she think she is with those curvy arms and that sassy skirt, kicky trim and inverted pleats up to there! Don't hate her because she's beautiful.

I just love this whole room...

Okay, this whole house! It's the 2009 Southern Living Georgia Idea House.

Here's the dining room:

I guess I love this spa blue and red color combo because I'm also terribly smitten with this ocean front house by Windsor Smith.

Then one day as I was drooling over these photos I realized, I could totally rock this color combo in my livin' room, y'all! (BTW-why is it that my blogging voice occasionally sounds like Amy Poehler doing Britner Spears?!)

I already have some little shots of the spa blue color in lumbar pillows on my sofas and my adjoining foyer is red!

Here's my living room a few months ago right after I finished slipcovering this sofa...

And here it is today, all spruced up with a few newly made pillows...

I made them as zip-off pillow covers so that I could easily reuse pillows I already owned inside and adding the zipper was much easier than I thought it would be!

And here's a closeup of the pillow fabrics...

The red trim on the blue pillows is just grosgrain ribbon.

Here are more pillows on the other sofa...

and here's the view into the foyer...

I love that the red from the foyer is now incorporated into the living room color scheme...

Here are the built-ins still decked in Christmas decor- I took all of it down today and I'm planning to paint the backs the same pale blue before I rearrange them. I loved the red Christmas plates up there and I'm hoping to find some red and white transferware plates to display here year round.

Here's a shot of the room. Now you can see my other little project...

I was considering upholstering my coffee table, partially because I love the look, and partially because I'm so tired of cleaning sweet little sticky fingerprints off of it! But after spying several rooms like this one by Suzanne Reinstein where the table seems to be wearing a fitted skirt...

I decided to slipcover my coffee table instead- beacause, apparently I'll slipcover anything that isn't tied down!

I decided on one inverted pleat above each leg instead of the frilly ruffle and there are little ties on the inside to keep it in place. I love that I can take it off and wash it, and my table top is protected from little hands!

I'd be more than happy to give a detailed tutorial on how to make the coffee table slipcover and how to make zippered pillow covers if a few people are interested! Please comment and let me know if you're interested!

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  1. Oh, I'm totally interested in the tutorials! Especially the one for the coffee table! Great projects, your homes is so lovely!

  2. I, too, am starting to add a little red/spa blue combination. I think it's fresh and just a little bit bold. You're smart to add the color in accessories so they can be changed again. Can't wait to see what you'll do next!

  3. Ugh. I am so jealous of your creativity and skill! ;) Your room is simply fabulous. I about fell out of my chair with the Amy Poehler/Britney reference b/c I could totally hear it my head!!!

    Awesome, awesome post! :)

  4. Wow. I love it all. Your pictures are truly inspirational. Great job!

  5. I'm in LOVE with your rooms...beautiful! I just love spa blue and red so much...used it to decorate for my MIL's 60th birthday...maybe I need to find a place in my home to use it too!

  6. First off let me say I lurve your built in's. Just gorgeous. Everything looks wonderful. The pleated slipcover on the couch as well as the coffee table. Great idea to save the wear and tear and the cleaning with little ones.

  7. Wow it looks fabulous! I love the use of color. What a beautiful home!

  8. I am loving your coffee table. I have table envy :) I would love to see a tutorial on how you did it. I have a few end tables that would fab slip-covered.

  9. Love the coffee table! I would love a tutorial. I have my grandmother's old coffee table that needs a facelift!

  10. Those pillows are FABULOUS!!! I love how you brought the red into the room! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love everything you have done, and would really be interested in your tutorials.

  12. Love it! You're right about catching a glimpse of colors from other rooms, it really helps the flow.

  13. Love the red repeat...repeat, repeat to create the flow. Love it. I am a painter but so wish I sewed. I retend to know. Ha. Love the clean pleating too. Glad I found you! Lovely stuff!

  14. thrilled to have you come to the sale at my little shop. Should be good deals there too! It is such a find, a real gem in the creative vintage world. I will be there so please come say hello. I am upstairs...first sace to the right when you come up. I can show you around a bit.

    How fun!

  15. I love your room. Your couches are fabulous. Especially with the new pillows. And I love that you slip covered your coffee table. Too cute!!!

  16. Forgive me for asking what I know you've been asked a zillion times, probably even in these comments--did you to a slipcover post about your sofa? I'm seriously considering redoing ours!


  17. I am in love with your slipcovered couch and coffee table, your home looks amazing!!

  18. I love the slipcovers in your living room. All of them!! Your home is beautiful! I wish I had seen that little table in December. I have a decrepit little kids table that would have worked as a coffee table with a slip cover on it. I ended up getting another free coffee table. But I like this idea better. Oh well, better late than never.

  19. Just had to come back and say that I love your slipcovers/pillows/everything in your house. Can we swap - lol? Can I post about your slipcovers and pillows on my Friday Favorites?? I've been telling everyone I know about them. So cute!


  20. That photo inspired me to make a slipcover for my coffee table turned ottoman , great minds think alike.

    Just beachy

  21. I absolutely love the slipcovered coffee table and the pillows. Lovely color combination!

  22. Love the table slipcover - I would love a tutorial - could you add steps if i wanted to make more ruffles around the edge, like the bottom of your sofa slipcover??

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