67 Furniture “Before and Afters” That’ll Totally Inspire You

I love a good before-and-after, don't you? There's so much satisfaction in taking a sad roadside find or cheap garage sale rescue and totally transforming it into something new and different. We've rounded up some of our favorite furniture makeovers to inspire you to either start that upholstery project, get out the spray paint, or hit up this weekend's local yard sale scene. From dressers to dining tables, here are some of our favorite furniture makeovers.            Continue Reading

Roundup: 20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style

20 Extremely Affordable Sofas With Style

Saving for a sofa? The good news is you don’t have to tap into your savings too deep to get a quality sofa with great style. Here are 20 affordable sofas that don’t skimp on style.  


20 couches that won't break the bank!

1. Eddy Sofa in Deco Weave Feathered Gray

This is modern sofa with unique legs. There are four colors to choose from at the affordable price of $799.  The base price choices are the light gray above, medium gray in velvet, indigo in linen, and an orange-red in twill.  Continue Reading

Seriously Awesome Mid-Century Modern Furniture and Accessories You Can Actually Afford

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

I love buying vintage furniture and I often am asked where to look for affordable mid-century furniture and decor. Today I will share with you all the places I look to shop for vintage and reproductions of great MCM pieces. 


Vintage Mid-Century Sofas:

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

1. Chairish

I always check Chairish for vintage mid century sofas. They have both high-end and affordable options. I like Chairish better than Ebay for all vintage sofas because Chairish has shipping options and most items are returnable. Continue Reading

The Story of a Pretty Blue Sofa and the La-Z-Boy Design Dash

LaZBoy Design Dash Sofa

Preamble: What you are about to read is a very long post about a very fun design challenge we recently participated in. So, grab your favorite fall beverage, ease into your favorite chair, and read on…

A few weeks ago Bruno and I flew to Greensboro, NC to partake in a WWE-style design throw down hosted by La-Z-Boy. By WWE-style throw-down, I actually mean to say that we had one of the most exciting 72 hours ever with some truly lovely people. Continue Reading

Vampiric Sofa Makeover

created at: 04/09/2012

Shannon’s friend gave her an antique, Queen Anne style sofa. The fabric was faded, its decorative legs were scratched and its seat was sagging. A lesser intrepid soul might have opted to pass on a makeover, but Shannon decided to invest the cash it would take for a pro to reupholster it. She chose a bold, purple velvet fabric and black paint for the wood elements. The combo has a certain vampiric flare. Check out the lowly sofa now. Continue Reading

DIY Pallet Sofa

created at: 09/13/2011

A couple of pallets stacked on top of each other, some throws, a bunch of pillows and cushions and Nina had herself a pretty sofa. Perfect for a porch (sleeping or otherwise), or, in Nina's case, her balcony.

Nina is not new to the pallet game. Check out the headboard in her bedroom:

To see more pictures of Nina's place, head on over to Styizimo.

Incredible Collapsible Chopstick Sofa

Sofa XXXX lede Mind Blowing: 8,000 Chopsticks Used by Yuya Ushida to Create a Retractable Sofa

SOFA_XXXX is made of no less than 8000 chopsticks. No lie. Each were cut into 4 different lengths and then reassembled with wire rings and what not to create individual x-shaped parts that enable the whole thing to expand and contract. 


sofaxxxx14 Mind Blowing: 8,000 Chopsticks Used by Yuya Ushida to Create a Retractable Sofa

Its designer, Yuya Ushida, spent about 3 months constructing it. Yuya says the sofa can support three people under 155 pounds. To see a video of the sofa getting contracted, head on over to Freshome. Continue Reading

Five Funky Sofa’s

Twists and turns seem to be all the rage in the surrealist furniture trend. Lila Jang’s Wall-Climbing Sofa is perfect for that odd corner of the house where no other furniture fits!

The Flying Carpet Sofa

Tonio de Roover’s “East meets West” sofa looks like a flying carpet!


nina saunders never sofa

This sofa by Nina Saunder’s looks like it cracked and spilled all over the floor. Quite a creative mess.

If you cast a quick glance upon it, you get the impression of a giant scrubbing brush with thick bristles which is turned upside down. Continue Reading

Best “Before and After” Upholstery Projects of 2010

From the time-lapse sofa, to a professionally tufted side chair, reupholstery is still on the front burner as we head into 2011. As the veil is lifted on basic upholstery techniques, many more DIY-ers are jumping in. If you start simple, don’t spend a lot of money on fabric or furniture right out of the gate, why not try it?  You may be suprised what you can do. I continually remind my students that almost every mistake can be fixed or disguised. Continue Reading