Friday, August 22, 2014

Drab to Fab - Pillow Transformations

We recently moved into the home we spent almost a year building and now that the kids are back in school and I have just a bit more time to concentrate on the house.  My living room has been calling my name.  We bought a new sectional couch just before we moved in so we would have somewhere to sit in that room, but that is about where we stopped.  I knew I wanted to make curtains, pillows and get all the "extras" that really make the room come together, but I just hadn't had the time to do it...until now!  I will be sharing the transformation of this room all next week, but for today the talk is all about pillows.  

When selecting our couch, the hubs wanted something comfortable for watching TV and I wanted something neutral that would hide spills and messes that come with 3 little kids (and hopefully a soon-to-be pet).  We searched high and low and finally settled on one that fit the bill. It was a good neutral color, it was really comfortable, and it was really inexpensive compared to a lot of the others we looked at.  And, best of all it came with these lovely Aztec printed pillows.

Kidding!!!!  They might go well with some people's homes, but they were not really fitting into the vision I had for my living room.  My husband thought they were great because they were comfortable (are you noticing a trend here) and he even argued that they were the right colors for the room and everything.  I could hardly stand to look at these so I hid them in the closet as soon as I could and that is where the lived for 3 months.

I had found a gorgeous sea breeze blue buffalo check fabric that I contemplated using for curtains or to recover a chair, but I ended up using that fabric to cover up the stock pillows.  And, I am in love with the result.  I literally just made a slip cover for the pillows that came with the couch and no one would ever know.  And, the best part is that I can easily remove the covers to wash if when needed.  The other pillows sitting on my couch were a fun Target find.

I have a few other pillows I have made and/or transformed recently, too, but my favorite ones I am so excited to share with y'all are these beauties.

I found them at one of my stores - Hobby Lobby - for only $3.50 each.  Yes, you read that right!  They are normally $7 and the week I stumbled across them they were 50% off.  Get out of town!  I was so excited that I immediately threw them in my cart and knew they would work perfectly on the love seat in our keeping room.  For $3.50 you don't get the whole pillow...they are a zippered slip cover and you have to either buy a pillow form for or fill with poly-fil (the fluffy stuff inside of pillows), but still they are super affordable and affordable home decorating after you have just built a house and bought lots of new furniture is just what I needed.  Another cheap option is just to stuff an old, outdated throw pillow into the cover and that was my plan since it meant I wouldn't have to spend money on anything else.  However, mine ended up being too large, but that didn't stop me.  Because I didn't want to go back to the store and because I really wanted to get these pillows done, I literally cut open two old throw pillows and used the stuffing from those to fill the new ones.  It worked like a charm!

After living with them for a few weeks I decided I would dress them up a little bit with a monogram and now I am officially obsessed with how great they look and how easy it was to take inexpensive pillows and give them a custom look!

Here is a little peek at one other set of pillows I just made.  These pale blue ones share the same monogram as my Hobby Lobby pillows and they sit on my favorite pair of seersucker chairs. More on that part of the living room later.

And for one more sneak are my curtains for the living room just waiting to be hung! 

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