Welcome to the Vintage Easter Joys blog hop! If you are coming over from Debra’s beautiful blog, Common Ground, I am so glad you are here! I am happy to be hosting this hop and to be joining eleven other vintage loving blog friends to celebrate vintage Easter joys with you. Let’s get started!
Happy Easter week everyone! Are you still looking for some last minute Easter decorating ideas? Do you love vintage style? Then don’t miss the the Vintage Easter Joys Blog Hop featuring twelve vintage-loving bloggers who will be sharing a variety of creative, vintage Easter themed posts on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today’s I am sharing a preview of some of the beautiful “Vintage Easter Joys” you will find on the hop and some information about a fun link party coming up on Friday. Take a look!
Vintage Easter Joys Blog Hop Preview
Cecilia~ My Thrift Store Addiction
“Tweet-Tweet!” (It’s spring!) Last week I got together with nine other decorating friends for the Hop Into Spring Blog Hop to share our homes all decorated for spring. As I was visiting all the tours on the hop I noticed all the different and creative ways that birds and bird themes were used. Today I am sharing a highlights post to show how we all “feathered our nests” with birds, eggs, and nests for the season.
I always love using birds and nests for spring and summer decorating. This year I created a bird vignette inside my dough bowl. I used a chippy bird candle holder topped by a cloche full of little eggs, and a mossy nest filled with eggs and a sweet vintage bird brooch.
Welcome back for part two of my Early Spring Home Tour! This is a continuation of part one where I shared my living room and dining room for the Hop Into Spring blog hop with nine other amazing home tours. Today I will be taking you on a tour of the kitchen which is also decorated for early spring in cottage farmhouse style. True friends are back door guests, so come on in! Since this is our main door into the kitchen, we are starting the tour here today.
Spring has officially arrived and that means it’s time to start tackling all of the DIY projects I have been planning all winter. Right now we are right in the middle of installing a shiplap accent wall in the dining room and also doing little bits of tidying up to the basement and garage so we actually have room to work on some of the projects! I had an order and budget all organized and planned out, but I wasn’t expecting our sofa to start tearing up! We have a bonded leather sofa that has served us well for the past four years, but the faux leather is starting to crack and peel in some places and it won’t be long until we have a mess.
Last week I shared my Early Spring Home Tour with some full shots of our living room. While I was working on editing photos I started thinking that maybe a lighter couch would be better in the space to match all the other neutral pieces of furniture we have. In “real life” the sofa is dark brown, but it comes across as black in photos, and it actually seems to darken the space as the eye is drawn toward the center of the room.
A couple of days after posting the tour I noticed the peeling material, so my husband and I started discussing the idea of getting a new sofa. Although there are some DIY ways to repair peeling leather and faux leather, we both decided that we wanted a lighter color leather or possibly a linen sofa or slip covered sofa instead. I would love to just be able to use a slip cover, but the back cushions are actually sewn to the frame of the couch, so a slip cover won’t work. I know it can be chalk painted, but I have decided against that already.
Our dream sofa is a vintage Chesterfield in a light camel brown color, but we don’t want to pay the hefty price that goes along with it! There are some faux leather chesterfields that are affordable and look impressive, but after a few years we would probably be right back in the same situation with peeling material. This past weekend we hit some furniture stores in our area, but there was nothing we liked. We also spent some time looking online for Chesterfields in our price range, but no luck.
Next I headed to Pinterest to get some ideas for other types of couches and sofas that would match our decor and vintage style. I have always been in love with French Country, Queen Anne or camel back style sofas. Because we have another family room with comfy, family-friendly furniture to lounge in, having a more formal sofa in the living room is not out of the question, although it will still be used daily.
When I was looking for inspiration, I came across some pictures of camel back, sometimes called “Chippendale” style sofas with beautiful wood details. Because of all of the dark woodwork that is in our home, I think this type of couch could be lovely, especially when upholstered in a neutral linen or ivory which would make the wood details stand out.
The more I started thinking about how good this style of sofa would look along with all of my other shabby chic and French country farmhouse furnishings and decor, the more I liked the idea! But where to find one at an affordable price? I have extreme allergies to dust mites and molds, and quite honestly I don’t really trust buying used upholstered furniture.
Then, just like that, out of nowhere I remembered this…
Last year one of my very best friends had asked me if I would be interested in purchasing her vintage camel back sofa, and the asking price was super cheap! As soon as I remembered the sofa, the little wheels started turning in my head and I could barely contain my excitement!
Her house is super clean and mold free. The sofa has just been sitting in her formal living room for years, barely used and taking up space where she is wanting to put some built in bookshelves. I called her right away to see the sofa was still for sale, and she said I could have it as soon as I wanted it! She texted me a picture so I could show it to my husband, that way we could try to figure out if we could reupholster it ourselves. He agreed it was a great deal and we could make it work somehow, so I called her back and bought it! If by some chance we come across a steal on a leather chesterfield down the road, the camel back sofa style will work great in my music room too.
Now I am envisioning the sofa pictured above, looking like the sofa below!
Now we just have to decide on exactly what fabric to use and how to go about reupholstering it. The good news is that my husband’s grandparents had an upholstery shop, and he knows the basics and has recovered a few smaller pieces over the years. Between the two of us we should be able to figure it out! I had been thinking a solid color or drop cloth until I saw this photo, and now I am loving the idea of using a neutral ticking stripe or seersucker fabric. I also want the cushions to be individual, removable covers that will be machine washable. I could also use a slip cover similar to the one below until we get around to the makeover. What do you think friends?
I am so excited about the new look this couch will give our living room along with some other little refreshes I am doing with the decor. I am thinking of adding some well-made curtains like the ones from Deconovo to the long windows on each side of the fireplace too. I hope to be able to reveal the changes in an early summer home tour post, around the first of June.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you have ever reupholstered this type of sofa, I would love to hear any tips or suggestions you may have.
Wish us luck on the makeover!
Hello and welcome back to Thursday Favorite Things! I am blessed to be joining Katherine at Katherine’s Corner and a wonderful group of bloggers as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly blog party. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! If you are looking to grow your blog, make new friends, and be inspired each week, this is the place to be. If you would like a chance to be featured, please leave me a comment with the number of your link up. Before we start the party, here’s what I have been up to recently:
I created a “Hello March Vignette” using vintage finds and I added touches of green around the house for some early spring decorating.