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My DIY sofa - completed at last

My DIY sofa is finally complete! I had agonized over what to do about fabric for cushion covers, which proved to be a bit tough since I had a forest backdrop to work around. Having never had to plan such a fabric venture before (since I'm not an interior designer, I see why folks hire them for stuff like this) walking into a major fabric store was a tad daunting. But I think my choices worked out OK in the end. I had asked my mom to make the covers for me (I have no clue how to sew) and she opted to send the pillows to her seamstress instead. Which turned out to be a brilliant idea, because her seamstress made covers for 13 pillows, 12 of which she did piping, and it only cost about $100. Yes, that's $100 CDN (!!!). I found a purple tie-dye-ish linen type fabric and knew I had to have it so I worked the other fabrics around it. I wanted all linens/linen blends because I love wrinkles. I'm considering dying the base cushion covers but will let them be for now (they get pretty dirty with 6 cats all over them constantly). I also switched rattan chairs and am using the white lime zebra print one in the living room now since it matches the green cushions. One project down, a zillion more to go (although I am trying to find a silver tray to replace that yellow one on my coffee table)...

Reader Comments (43)

beyond beautiful.. *sigh*

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Torres

Looking really good, Kim! You clearly sell yourself too short! I think managing and writing for this wonderful site has given you superhuman decorating powers!!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMax T

Wonderful! And I love your white floors, though you are a brave soul for having them!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCemaya

love the way you combines fuchsia, green and brown...and the white floors are to-die-for!!!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSasha

Thanks everyone!
Max T - LOL! You are too kind.
As for my floors, they aren't actually white. They are a concrete grey colour - a bit easier to live with than white.

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Love that purple fabric! Totally fab! And I love the texture on the white bolster pillows!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPorcelain

this is beautiful. i especially love the green zebra print fabric.

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered Commenteravi

Fantastic! Love the colors!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That's a great price on the pillows!! I can't get over that

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristen

It looks fantastic! That's a shockingly great price from the seamstress. Don't know how she could do it for so little???!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Merrill

beautiful! and i love the bolsters...

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered Commenter*c

The sofa looks great!! I also adore the punch of purple from that pillow.

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Wow that looks really great!!Love the sofa and the pillows:)

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRikke

great sofa and I love the forest background!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered Commenterleni

I have been in-love with your sofa ever since I saw it first. You have great eye for details and colors and I think you are much too modest, you have done a fab job here!!!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNuit

this room is fabulous! the colors are so brilliant, a great contrast to the white couch.

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Love it! It doesn't look ok like you wrote.. it looks great, really great!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSofia

Wow, I really love the color combination - I would love to have that corner in my house!

wow, what a lovely home you have! i love the greens, and the forrest background is just divine!

I agree with Sofia - "O.K." is a grand understatement Kim. Get real.

And it's SO spotless!!! A close-up on the cushions and not a cat hair in sight!
You still have cats, right? Or not? I don't see any reflected in the glasses/little vases in the last photo. :)

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAMR

Thanks y'all!

(I did some major cleaning before these photos. I would be so embarassed if you saw how cat-furry everything was before the swiffer came out. And I had to throw Cheeks off the sofa about 4 times during these photos - he has claimed it as HIS bed).

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

pretty, pretty, pretty.

I like that the tray is yellow, although it needs to be bigger...

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

Takes it to a whole new level Kim. Great job!!!!!!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

You have the most amazing eye, Kim!

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoJ

I love that photo mural behind the couch.

22 Jun 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFeatherbed

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