Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cheap Leopard & my DIY Ottoman

This Laura Ashley ottoman started out as a blue/white check which never went with anything in my house but at $300 I didn't want to pass it up. Many years later and I've finally "reupholstered" it myself with a purple gray linen to play off the sofa covered in Kelly Wearstler's Fern Tree (bought at discount from Haute.)
This summer I bought a purple gray leopard scarf from 2 Chic while on vacation in Marblehead. House Beautiful just did a spread on animal print. For only $20, this scarf was a cheap way to bring in a fun print (and protect the linen from daily use).
But, with the leopard it just didn't sit quite right in it's old place.

So here it is in front of the other sofa in the family room. As you may be guessing, my family room is a bit eclectic; furnished and decorated not by an upfront master plan but rather from a "let me try to piece something together..."

I've never shown my whole family room and have it as a goal to post about it in the next month.


Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

You did a very nice job on the upholstery. I'll assume that it was not your first try at recovering something.

Pigtown*Design said...

so clever! it looks great.


alison g. said...

Looks lovely - and LOVE your KW-covered sofa!

A Perfect Gray said...

wait a minute. do folks actually use a 'master plan' when decorating?

you did a super job on recovering and I like the collected look in your family room. it's the BEST way to go! donna

Dumbwit Tellher said...

My most favorite decorating is the non-master planned variety. I imagine everything you do is clever. Thank you for leaving such a thoughtful comment on my recent post. It meant a lot to me.
x Deb

Windlost said...

Your house is beautiful. I love your eye for decor! It amazes me how you piece together such beautiful rooms from all your finds. I love the whole DC area for antiques and decor stuff, but even have to put it all together and you do it so well. Love that pattern on the brown sofa - is that a throw. And the blue pillows - stunning!

xo Terri

Jeane M. said...

Brilliant! I'm loving this super fab DYI. Got my eye on your next posts.

Nancy said...

Love this idea. It looks great!
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Carla Aston said...

Great idea! Goes well with your sofa & the pillows tie the colors & patterns together. Lovely!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

ah what a smart idea - to use a scarf!


I am so loving those 2 colors together...brown and blue....I am working with them right now! Great job putting the scarf on it!


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