Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More Home Projects

I'm still plugging away at doing some improvements around the home with a fairly tight budget in mind. A while back I was feeling sick of the leather couch syndrome we've got. When hubby and I got married, we brought into the marriage 2 dogs each, 2 horses each, 2 kids for me and 2 leather couches in addition to everything else. Of course, regarding the couches, they didn't exactly match but we are make-do kind of people so no big deal. Well, kids have flown the nest, only have one of the original dogs from that crew left and after we redid the laminate floors this winter, the leather couches just seem so EWWWWW. Getting on my nerves. Leather wears out very slowly and while this is a good quality, you're stuck with it for a verrrrryyyy long time. But with the budget in mind I put my thinking cap on. First off, got a new rug from Costco for $70 on sale. Nice find with their coupon and it's nice and big. Brightened up the dark leather/wood floor thing we've got going on along with the newly painted light colored walls. OK, would make new throw pillows...cheap and I can choose just about any bright fun fabric. When I got into the fabric store in town, The Sewing Corral I fell in deep like with this Anna Marie Horner (if I remember right!) decorator fabric and it was on sale so came home and got started on covering the ottoman.  
See the difference in color tones of the leather? It seems more noticeable in this picture than in real life.

After the ottoman cover. Better huh? It's a start. Next are new throw pillows and curtains for that big front window. Got them done, just got to get pics. I had actually given some thought to recovering one of the couches but decided against it. These wipe up so nicely and we live on a farm so wipeable surfaces are pretty important. And I'm not feeling THAT ambitious...

So, here we are with the new pillows in lighter more modern fabrics. I can live with this. That's pretty much my option right now anyhow. : )

 Now...I have to show you a lamp I inherited from my Aunt Betty. You decorating divas will cringe but it's a lamp I love because it's so unique. However, I've had the shade that I found at Goodwill for $1 for about 8 years or so, as long as I've had the lamp! It's so ugly and with the whiter tone I've got going, I did recently replace it. Here's a pic of the lamp. It's a farrier or horseshoer. Ceramic. Don't know anything about it other than that as far as history of it. 

The shade actually fit the lamp pretty well I thought when I bought it years ago, but here's the new improved version, an Ikea shade we found on our trip a couple of weekends ago.  Now I am going to paint the pole part of the lamp black because it's in pretty bad shape. I won't mess with the ceramic parts of the lamp. It's a classic! : ) If Antiques Road Show ever comes close, I really should take this thing in and see what we've got here. Now you've seen it folks, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Happy trails until the next project is done...


  1. I think you're doing a great job of decorating and updating. Although the leather might not be your choice now, it is a durable and practical furniture cover and can be embellished with throws, pillows, and also the fabric of choice ( ottoman fabric) that suits your style.

    Our youngest son is a farrier and I think he and his wife would appreciate your lamp. I think you are doing a marvelous job of decorating practically and within a frugal budget.And the best is that you are decorating for the way you live~

  2. Jami, I really like the new fabric. We have leather everywhere too. We got it to last but now I am tired of it and I too will have to get creative and you have gave me some fabulous ideas...thanks Lady!

  3. I like it!

    The lamp is great....it would look good at Rhe Ranch!

  4. Fabulous fabric covers; very impressive!

  5. Hello Jami,

    I somehow lost your link when I was moving stuff on my blog template...I've changed so much stuff over there...I finally just found you via Autumn's blog. YAY! ♥

    We have bought a brownish loveseat and chair..both with an ottoman. I can totally understand needing a change after a while. What you've done is a great start..You could also make covers for the big arms on the sofa and loveseat....thrown a quilt or other decorative throw across the back. I guess that's why I wanted the neutral so I could change up my colors.

    Please come over for a visit when you have a free moment. I've got some free images you can snag if you want to do some *heart* related crafting. ♥

    Have a lovely day,
    Stephanie ♥


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