Thanks so much to all who weighed in last week on my LIVING ROOM STYLING ISSUES living room. I really appreciated all (but one)(I think it was a joke) of the comments and opinions. What I learned was, although I had pieces I loved in here, some didn't work work because they were too dark and they sucked the life out of the room, or the scale was off.
I also know that I can't have anything yellow or beige with yellow undertones. I had 2 William Birch style chairs covered in a taupe cotton velvet. Although I loved the fabric and have used it many times for clients, it was dull and lifeless in here. So my thoughts turned to slipcovers. A basic slip was quoted at $250 for labor and 7 yards of fabric so @ 20 per yard, that was around $390 per chair...times two = $780.00. Not in the budget. So I Google'd slip covers and found Ballard Designs had a very similar chair, exact measurements, sold the slips separately and shipped to Canada. Price $118.00 each.
Last week I followed Mark's advice. He has been de-cluttering for a year and hopes to rid his house of 365 items. I sold 2 brand new dresses to my friend (labels on, in a size I thought I could squeeze into), a dresser on Craigslist and then took several bags of clothes and shoes to a new shop that buys FOR CASH them on the spot. Anything they wouldn't take went to the Salvation Army. In total I made a little over $200.00. Almost enough to cover the slipcovers. The slips arrived yesterday and fit really well. Which was a real Fluke.
What I discovered here in my room is, it is important to balance not only the scale and weight of the left to the right side, but to balance the light. The slipcovers made all the difference. On the right side my felt pillow adds a subtle hint of colour.
It feels much brighter in there now...works well with the white table and my sofa. The carpet needs to be bigger (keep tripping on the edge) but I am hoping to find something old at a market that is a bit faded. the Hannah cat approves and enjoys the hand knitted blanket found at a thrift shop.
I am joining White Wednesday at FADED CHARM