When I moved into my house almost four years ago, I was going from a one-bedroom city apartment to a full-size suburban home, and while I had collected and inherited some nice items over the years, I didn't have enough furniture to fill a home, especially the den where we would do most of our living.
I quickly went to Route 110 on Long Island, which is filled with furniture stores from one end to the other. Historically, this miles-long strip dates back to post-World War II, when all the GIs came back from overseas to settle down with their sweethearts, and the Long Island housing market exploded.
After painstakingly canvassing every store on that strip, I picked out a couch that was not too light and not too dark, and in fact almost exactly matched the color of the fur of my two golden retrievers: golden beige. I would like to say that I am very strict with my dogs and never allow them on the furniture, but that would be a lie. I have however trained them to only climb onto certain seating. I am pretty impressed by their ability to distinguish between formal and casual furniture, even if my mother is not. She spends much of her visits trying to mend their ways, and they try to humor her as best they can.
Matching golden beige or not, time (and my dogs) have had their way with the couch and it's time to change things up. I'm not really up to making a slipcover myself, and I don't have the budget to hire someone to do it, so I'll probably find an inexpensive neutral and washable cover.
Which brings me to the pillows.
I have never liked the pillows that came with the couch. But back then they were new and somewhat modern, and friends and family argued ferociously to keep them as is, in spite of my instant instinct to cover them. Fast forward a few years, and they aren't so modern and are a bit worse for wear and tear. I don't think anyone would defend these pillows now, and it's time to recover them.
Pillows are my most favorite decorating tool (closely followed by painting). For me, there is no easier way to change the look of a room and use a favorite fabric swatch at the same time, than by recovering the pillows. The problem is that I have looked at this dotted fabric for so long that I can't imagine it any other way. Any ideas on how I can recover it? This pillow needs a serious makeover!
Let me know how you would revive this pillow if it were yours. I'm all ears!