I’m feeling celebratory. Business is fantastic, Winter is (please. God. hopefully) ending soon, Romance is alive and well in my life, and my house is FINALLY coming together. I’ve given myself a summer deadline to complete The Cottage. Finishing in 4-odd months feels pretty daunting when I feel like it’s so far from perfect, but I’m trying to tackle in one small element at a time. With each new step I celebrate. A glass of wine, a happy dance, whatever. My home is starting to make me feel giddy again… and shouldn’t our homes be our happy place?
Here are a few small reasons I’m celebrating today:
1. Black Bamboo Chinese Chippendale Chairs Reupholstered!
I picked up a pair of these vintage chairs years ago and let them sit with ugly upholsltery because I didn’t want to spend the money to recover them or pick a fabric. I discussed fabric ideas HERE but ended up choosing something different. I found this great vinyl faux ostrich fabric down on Fabric Row of Philadelphia ans snagged 1.5 yards. I love that it’s light, textural and totally durable. The brass nailheads are a nice touch too, I think.
2. The slipcover has made its triumphant return!
After 4 months of sitting crumpled in a bag I finally accomplished my personal goal of getting my slipcover dry cleaned. I spent the winter with snowy boots, dirty dogs and my old gray original upholstery on my sofa. IT IS SO NICE HAVING OPTIONS WITH THE UPHOLSTERY. The gray was perfect for winter but now I’m welcoming the natural linen again. It feels so fresh and clean that I can almost feel the spring air wafting through my cottage.
3. The Fireplace Mantel has been Refreshed
I loved my holiday mantel and kept it a little too long, but it was time to mix it up. I needed a little less gold and shimmer and a little more softness. I’m simplifying things all over the cottage and being a little more selective with what I display. Less is more. Just don’t call me a minimalist.
So there you go- just a few small tweaks to the living room and I already feel like I’m on my way to a finished home. Fingers crossed I can continue to pull it together.