I always think it’s neat when I describe a paint or fabric color by the feeling it gives me or something it reminds me of and then find out that the name of that paint color or fabric color is actually called something very similar. I’m sure this isn’t a coincidence.
By looking at this twenty year old eggplant colored loveseat you would think it’s seen better days. The fabric has a few rips in places and the print and color are dark and busy. But all you have to do is sit for a second on this loveseat and you will know why my client decided she had to give it an update.
The foam seat cushions have a down pillow top and bottom. Ooo-la-la. It’s so soft and comfortable. The back pillows needed just a little refresh with some poly-fill, but that’s it.
Loveseat before in floral eggplant
original topstitched finish
Natalie wanted to pull the colors together in her sitting room by finding a color similar to her window treatments, the print in her side chair and an accent color in her rug. She was looking for something with texture, neutral and easy to care for. We found the perfect shade of creamy buttery yellow from Revolution Fabrics called Grande Butter. Coincidence? I think not.
Though this high performance fabric is not “washable” like a slipcover would typically be, it is removeable for cleaning if needed. Revolution fabrics are inherently stain resistant and can be spot cleaned for most stains and if need be can even be bleached without damaging the fabric or stripping the color.
The original loveseat had a very relaxed, uncorded, topstitched cushions but Natalie wanted to go for something a bit more structured looking and so opted to go with cording in the same color, to outline the chair and cushions.
A set of arm covers to protect the arms, a couple of updated throw pillows and you have a “new” loveseat that pulls together the whole room.
Arm covers for added protection
What an impressive makeover and my client and her husband were thrilled!
I wish I could make decisions as quickly as my client Jacqueline can. She says it’s out of necessity and time. It has also been said that your first choice or instinct is usually the best one and we often way over think things. I know I do. Sometimes we just want to go out of our comfort zone and pick something that is not what we would normally pick but afraid to take the leap for fear we will have regrets. Choosing the right fabric for your slipcover project can feel like that especially because of the investment you are about to make.
Jacqueline was getting ready to move into a new house and as you do, you look at your furniture and try to see what will work in the new space and what wouldn’t. She dropped off two very different chairs that she’s had for a while but still were comfortable.
She knew she could find a corner or space in her new home but not in the condition they were in…dated red checked rocker and a worn golden toned tapestry chair. She quickly chose a print from Revolution Fabric, called Tangle. Jacqueline had a great instinct on this fabric because the finished product turned out great with this neutral tone-on-tone design that is a nice combination of sass and elegance.
To break up the pattern and to draw attention to some of the lines on the chair she opted for a solid tan fabric called Slipcover Twill also from Revolution Fabric. A simple corded bottom velcro’ed to the bottom of the chair, and a placket covered zipper allows for a neat, tight fit that looks upholstered but is easy to take off.
This particular fabric is washable, bleachable and dries in ten minutes, if you can believe it.
For the rocker, she picked a complimenting linen-looking high performance fabric from Revolution Fabric called Hailey. She wanted the same color of piping on the rocker as the chair and I think it was the perfect choice.
You could easily have picked a creamy white piping to understate it, but I like the fun bold look of the darker contrast and it ties in nicely to the other chair as well. A corner pleated skirt and side zipper complete this rocker and give it a fresh clean look that will fit where ever she wants in their new home.
If you are wondering where to start with fabric selection, check out my suggestions on preferred fabrics and then start looking at these different sources. I’m also available for a complimentary in-home consultation. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, follow you instinct and go a little wild. Remember, in the end, it’s what you love that matters.
Enjoy the spring!