Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Touch (just a touch!) of Fall

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It's coming, I know, but I don't like to rush seasons.
I'm starting fall decorating with baby steps
and a cue from Mother Nature.

Baby steps? Or, do you just plunge right into fall?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Leather Chair Drama

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We purchased a fat leather chair for our family room
nearly seven years ago.

But, like our couch, it had seen better days.

Dogs. Kids. Life.
You know.

I looked at lots of online images
and in magazines, too.
Seems to be the norm that leather cushions
don't hold up for long.

So, while I was waiting for this new sofa to arrive, 
I also ordered fabric to replace the worn out cushion. 

I'm please with how it's all come together!

Plus, it's a Sunbrella fabric, 
made to withstand daily life 
and lots of sunshine, 
which we surely get in this southern exposure room.

Have a great day!

Linking up!
Savvy Southern Style

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sofa Details

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As promised, here are the new sofa details!

For starters, I did my homework. I've sat on a lot of sofas this past year, and to be truthful, I was not very impressed with most of them, including a few big-name places that I won't name.

Finally, I decided to try Calico Corners, a trusted favorite of mine. They had a heavenly green velvet English arm sofa in the front window. We have a dog, so velvet was not in my future; however, the cushions were down, the shape and lines lovely, and it was constructed to last.

I took lots of pictures and brought home a ton of fabric swatches, which I kept way, way, way past the due date (and they didn't charge me). The fabric I chose is made by Crypton. The color I liked best was oatmeal. According to the sales guy (yes, a guy!), the fabric could withstand pretty much anything. See for yourself.

One day while eating lunch and drinking Diet Coke, I decided to do my own test. Yep, I poured Diet Coke on the sample of oatmeal Crypton. I kid you not, it rolled off. I've since watched the stain removal video on the Crypton website.

Now I don't plan to go pouring Diet Coke or red wine or soy sauce on this brand new beauty, but it's comforting to know if something happens (and we all know it will eventually), it can withstand life-happens spills.

This morning my husband hauled our old sofa to a donation center.
I have to say, it made me a little sad to see it go.
Yes, I do realize how weird that sounds.

I went walking with my neighbor and shared those sentiments with her.
I said, "I breastfed my children on that sofa!"
With a touch of sarcasm, she replied, "I'm sure its new owners will be happy to hear that."

Er…maybe not.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Summer's End

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It was a great summer!
I read.
I wrote.
I conquered.

Okay, I didn't really conquer, but those other claims are true.

The highlight of my summer was our first FULL family vacation in three years.
Oldest daughter lives in California, so it's rare for the five of us to be under one roof, 
especially for an entire week and away from all distractions.

Here are a few photos to celebrate the highlight of my summer.
Now it's on to the good things that fall brings.

I hope you spend the weekend with people you love!
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