Good morning! Back to back posts, I know, that is unheard of for me. See what happens when one takes a small break? I'm excited about getting things freshened up for spring...I feel like I'm preparing for a special guest, and, then, all of your sweet comments yesterday simply inspired me to share again today.
So, I decided I needed to do something about the big, red beast that takes up residence in our living room. It's hard for me to believe that at one point I actually liked this piece of furniture...but I did, and, in fact, I was so thrilled that this particular couch came in the color red. Red, I had a crush on red! When we first built our home we painted our mudroom barn red (which is now a pretty sky blue); our everyday dishes were red (eventually, many of them broke, and I was able to replace them with white); our piano room is currently red (I have plans for the very near future of changing that), and our couch is red...oh, and the barn is red and our front door is red. What was I thinking? I put myself in red overload. I guess it felt warm, cozy...and maybe farm-housey. After moving from a rental house where all the walls and trim were white, I was starving for color, and the color red, evidently, fulfilled that craving. Well, I have outgrown my love of red. I still like it on the buildings outside and in small amounts. I don't mind accenting in a bit of red here and there, especially in winter, but I tend to lean more towards the calming neutrals and soothing blues now. With days that are so full of activity and noise, I am now craving colors that create peace and tranquility.
I would like nothing more than to replace this big, ugly red couch with something more to my liking, but a new couch is not in the budget right now, so I decided some new throw pillows might make the red beast a bit more tolerable. I couldn't resist this lovely songbird fabric when I found it on sale and bought enough for three pillows. I paired it with a celery green, suede-like fabric for the back side, and using this tutorial I sewed three new throw pillows for our couch, adding buttons to the back of each. I stuffed them with the old, ugly red throw pillows that came with the couch. I'm happy with how they turned out, and the bright cheery birds do help make the beast a bit more tolerable.
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