Except for the cushion covers. Sure, white is fine, but as they had a previous owner the covers were in bad shape. I washed them, but still they weren't lookin' great. I'm afraid of bleach, and since what I really had in mind was getting new cushion covers for them, I decided to head down the upholstery route.
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do with them. Neutrals are great because they give you more flexibility with the rest of the space, and you can always add a pop of color with a throw pillow. However, these were white to begin with, so where's the fun in that?
As far as color goes in my apartment, the only thing I really had going on was a sage green wall that came with the apartment (wish I had found out I could have asked the landlord to change the paint before I moved in, and not last week!), and some vintage reproduction posters with blues, reds and yellows. If you're unsure of a color scheme, a great way to narrow it down is to pull colors from something you already love, whether it be a scarf, quilt, or in this case, art that was already in the room.
Amy Karyn Home. They have amazing fabrics that are all hand printed on linens and raw silks. This one to me has sort of a teak feel, and almost makes me think a little asian, and who doesn't need a little teak asian influence in their home??
The original cushion covers were just straight covers with nothing fancy about them. I wanted to do piping for the new ones, and was debating on either cream or blue, and in the end went with cream for a lighter look that's a little more subtle. So off everything went to the sewers, and hence commenced the waiting game.
Ominous, no? Not really my style, I couldn't bear waiting, so why make you! So here is the final product:
I just so happened to have a set of 20x20 cream pillows with blue piping that wound up working with them perfectly. Complete and total happenstance, but it works for me!
What do you think?