Rags to Riches
"We needed additional seating for our living room, but I wasn't ready to invest in expensive chairs," says Catherine. Located on either side of the sofa, wrought iron outdoor chairs, which were inherited from Philip's grandmother, provided the perfect solution. And ready-made slipcovers from a home-decor store were a good fit.
To personalize the slipcovers, Catherine added a monogram in a complementary color to each chair back. She also removed the slipcovers' original cotton tiebacks and replaced them with coordinating grosgrain ribbons. Plush cushions trimmed with fringe in the room's color tones were an attractive finishing touch. These pillows help to soften the chairs' rigid appearance. Because Catherine didn't put a lot of expense into these chairs, she has the flexibility to change the look or replace them at any time.
Designer Janie Molster shares her tips.
- If you're thinking about slip-covering, particularly in high-traffic areas, have your yardage preshrunk and laundered to ensure shapely slips.
- Add dressmaker details. Buttons and ties are a great way to bring in color.
- Slipcovers are not upholstery, and they shouldn't look like it. A loose-fitting form ensures a casual look.
- Combine fabrics for a fun effect. Cover a club chair in white duck, then use a soft velvet on the cushion.
- Personalize slipcovers by adding monograms. Use your initials, family members' names, or even a fun saying.