I want new furniture. There it’s out there, now you know. What? Not the first time I have mentioned it? OK, guilty.
Here is the living room just mid January:
But what I want more than furniture is a super fun vacation with my family (more on that later). So the funds are already being spent on something more important. Also, you may recall frugality is seriously hip right now on Wilbur Road; I just don’t think that the living room will see a new sofa in 2012. I am OK with that.
Truth be told, if I had found a sofa that I just LOVED, I would spend the money anyway. But I have not found my long-lost sofa-mate. To me, if I am going to lay down a cool grand (or more?) for a sofa I had better LOVE it.
So for now, I am making peace with my living room furniture. Love the one(s) you’re with, right? So I decided to whip up a few envelope pillow covers, in whimsical fabrics that just say spring to me.
I found all of the fabrics at Joann, all 9.99/yd, on sale 30% off. These prints remind Liz of jelly beans. They had so many adorable, whimsical, fantastic choices. Seriously. I was thrilled. It is a really nice heavy canvas-y type home decor fabric. I had to whittle my choices down to these. My pillows are down filled from IKEA, in various sizes. The next time I am there (about once a year) I must be reminded to purchase 4 more 20×20 down pillows.
I really like this “chevron-ish” zig-zag pattern. After discount, I am going to guess-timate the cost of recovering this pillow to be about $6.00. I am will to spend $6.00 and a half an hour on trendy fabric. I am not however, willing to spend $26. I am…
cheap frugal. And I am happy to report that I am actually pleased with how these turned out. Which, I must say is odd for me, because I usually hate most things that I sew. The other (blue on cream) pillow is from Target, circa 2011.
If you are looking for a tutorial on sewing envelope pillow covers, there are a few on my decorating Pinterest board here. I am not slowing down for a tutorial right now ladies….
It feels fresh to me, and that feels good. A bit more cheerful, with a definite air of spring. I think I have made peace with my sofa, at least for the time being.
Happy Spring cleaning and decorating!
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