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

Eye Candy: 10 Deliciously Colorful Living Room Sofas

10 Colorful Living Room Sofas
Photo: Devon Dyer Design

It can be scary to buy a colorful sofa – it’s a big investment, and quite a commitment. But if you can muster up the courage to do it, it’s sure to pay off in a big way. Here are ten gorgeous brightly-colored sofas that make big statements.   

 

10 Colorful Living Room Sofas

1. Two colorful sofas in one room? Now that’s bold! [Photo: Emily Henderson]

2. This orange couch looks like a comfy spot to read a book. Continue Reading

Decor Disputes: Do You Prefer Matching Sofa Sets and Sectionals or Coordinating Pieces?

Matching sofa set vs. mismatched pieces.

People tend to have very strong opinions on this matter. Coordinating sofa sets and sectionals offer an instant sense of cohesion; choosing mismatched furniture, however, takes some extra planning. Which do you prefer? Click through for more examples of each style.   

 

Both images above use bright pops of color, but in very different ways. The blue sofas are very uniform, giving the space an easy elegance. The living room on the right uses the pink sofa as a guide for the rest of the room, adding other pops of pink to give the mismatched grouping an “intentional” feel. Continue Reading

The Case for White Slipcovers

white slipcovered sofa

 
The look of a white sofa is so crisp and clean. But in a home in the real world, with snacks on the sofa, sippy cups and pet paws, can a white sofa stay that way? If you don’t think so, maybe this case for white slipcovers can change your mind.
 
 
Jill from Forever Cottage makes a pretty convincing argument for having a white slipcovered sofa. She’s owned one for 10 years and wouldn’t have it any other way.
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My Blue Sofa: The New (Cool) Kid on the Block

created at: 05/19/2010

Big Twist Solid Wood End Table

Remember what you thought when you first heard of Etsy, Craigslist, LushPad, and 1st Dibs? Did you wonder how an online marketplace for furniture and home decor could ever gain enough gritty traction to make a go of it? When I inadvertently came across a link to another new kid on the block, MyBlueSofa.com, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut, I just had to ask co-founder and CEO, Manuel Garcia, HOW, WHY and WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Continue Reading

How To: Repair Ripped Out Slipcover Seams

created at: 2009-03-18

Slipcovers can be a lifesaver – until you see what happens at the dry cleaners. Unfortunately, not all slipcovers have neat, finished, serged seams inside. If the seams have been stitched with a very skimpy seam allowance, a tumble at the dry cleaners will likely leave you frowning when you get them back.  Here is a quick little pic-torial to show you how to fix those torn seams yourself and save $$$.

All You Need:

sturdy straight pins

scissors

fairly heavy duty sewing machine

matching thread

seam ripper (possibly)

What you do:

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Step-by-Step Upholstered Cushion for Everywhere in Your Home

created on: 04/02/08

Kitchen chairs, bar stools, porch furniture, patio furniture, window seats, sofas, chairs, floor pillows, dog beds, doll beds, cat beds, and that’s all I can think of, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own boxed and corded cushions.

You can ditch the cord for a more modern look. 

Have at it this Spring with the beautiful large graphic print fabrics available for the interior and the new outdoor fabrics–to die for!

Let’s get started-

what you need:

sewing machine

zipper foot

fabric

foam for cushion

scissors

batting

stuffing

zipper

what you do:

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Petite Sofas From Room & Board

Have you noticed the on-going trend toward gargantuan sofas? Hey, if you’ve got the room, no problem, but for those people who don’t have the space to spare, finding the perfect sofa can be a trying shopping experience. Until now, that is. Room & Board have an entire section of their website devoted to the small-scale sofa. I counted no less than 51 to choose from. And just because their stature is small doesn’t mean their style is. Continue Reading