Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Sometimes simple is best. Not only were these chairs dirty, they were also much too formal for their new home at the beach. 

Inexpensive cotton duck in a classic navy and white combo makes makes them current, smart and perfectly at home in a beach house. 

 These are "fancy" tailored slipcovers that won't be taking a lot of abuse so we kept the fabric crisp and didn't pre-wash the yardage. A dose of Scotchguard should be all that's needed for light use. 

Friday, March 10, 2017


 Life happens. This chair and its mate have seen alot of life. They have gorgeous bones and the structure and cushions are still in tip top shape but dozens of washings have left the original manufacturer's (Rowe)slipcovers in tatters. 

The owner wanted to go a little more "oatmeal" with her new washable slipcovers and chose a linen cotton blend from Onlinefabricstore.com. I pre-washed the yardage and what you see below is the way it looked out of the dryer. I didn't iron or even steam the finished covers. 

I'm a huge fan. 

Friday, March 3, 2017


Here we have a woeful sofa that tried hard to love it's family's two dogs but finally gave up.

It's a great size in a timeless style, so a washable slipcover in sturdy fabric will help it coexist better with the furrier family members. 

The owners wanted to go dark and the bright room can handle it. They chose Carr-go brushed canvas in Graphite. 

Friday, February 10, 2017


This sweet little loveseat is from a guest room in a lovely local inn. Sun exposure over the years had faded the upholstery so the owner decided to try a washable slipcover in good old white.

We used a heavy weight pre-washed slubby canvas.  Here's the new look- so simple and clean. I just love it with the english arms and little turned legs.

If you ever find yourself heading to the Maryland coast, check out The Holland House Bed & Breakfast. It's a charming local treasure and the town of Berlin is just delightful too. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017


I have a great friend who works at our local ReStore. I had asked her to keep her eye out for a smallish swivel rocker. When she sent me a text with a photo of this chair, I honestly dismissed it as "too ugly, even for me," but when I popped in a few days later to search for something else, the chair was still there and I gave it a chance.

It felt super solid, and passed the sit and sniff tests with flying colors. A quick internet search told me that W&J Sloane was a "furniture and rug store in New York City that catered to the wealthy." This piece was built in 1970 in North Carolina for W&J Sloane (I found the original tag inside) by a subsidiary of Hickory Furniture that built pieces for retailers. 

My point is, this chair cost $20. It needed a little love, but really only a little, to end up with a top quality, one of a kind piece of furniture for less than it would cost to buy a particle board and cheap foam chair from Homegoods or Wayfair. 

The arm pads were a little deflated so I sliced them open and added some additional cotton batting. 

The owner chose a china blue and white ikat- Kandhar by Robert Allen for the slipcover. It's from Fabric.com and was about $14/yard. The huge repeat ate up every bit of 10 yards, and I wish there had been one more.  

Here it is now...

This is going in an open concept townhouse where the back will be highly visible so this view was as important as the front. 

Here are a few "comparables" I found from a pinterest search. Granted, they are all upholstered and this one is a slipcover, but you have to look pretty close to tell. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


From the moment I first laid eyes on Leontine Linens gorgeous pillow shams I knew I had to have them. I love anything monogrammed but there is something special about their hand done appliqué monograms that really spoke to me. As beautiful as they are, they are also within my skill set so, sorry Leontine, but I made 'em myself.  If you want a treat, spend a few moments on their website taking in all the lovely creations for bed, bath, home and gifts.

Leontine uses pique or matelasse for the majority of their designs. My experience with pique is that it wrinkles and rumples too much for my taste so I was worried about putting in so much effort and not loving them for the long haul.  Affordable matelasse that I liked was just too hard to find so I ended up using a mid-weight brushed cotton. It turned out to be the perfect choice.

Here are my shams. I adore them.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


This pair of wing chairs belongs to a DK Designs client. Donna selected an earthy ikat fabric for slipcovers to update them for a new home. Before they were frumpy and dated, and now they're not!