In the Cottage there is not much room for regular furniture.
Although the fact that we went big with the sofa makes it appear bigger than it is.
The television stand is a bit bulky for the space.
A narrow console under the window so as not to interfere with he view would be nice. The console above gives great inspiration but is a bit too large for the space and $2,000 is too hard on the budget.
The chaise feature is moveable so we switched it to the other side of the sofa. Further delineating the living room space is the southwestern-style rug featuring the color scheme: aqua, cranberry, and greige.
Once we got going with the palette, little pops of cranberry gave dimension to the space. The little stepstool is an heirloom from the tenant’s family.
I have been using the Cottage for storage and we still have more to move out. However there’s been a lot of progress in the past 6 months.
Sitting on the sofa the window overlooks the garden. Soon we’ll also diminish the chip pile so the scenery will be even better.
Using old pieces and new pieces allow style to develop. We’re not too eager to replace old furniture before having a better option but downsizing from a single-family home to a single-person home is a big move.
After our major renovation ended in 2014 I washed them to remove the dust and grime. Since then they have been in the conservatory with the seams hanging open.
When we moved the furniture out of the conservatory to have the floors laid we removed the slip covers to wash them again. Unfortunately Charlie also dried them totally in the dryer.
I actually had to rewet them because the covers need to be damp in order to be put back on the sofas. After washing and spinning them I put them in the dryer for about 10 minutes, then ironed the skirts.
I stretched the covers over the loveseats. This time I blind-stitched the opening closed.
Now the loveseats have been set up again in the conservatory.
Do you have a small sewing project you should get to soon?
I pulled out my old Bissell rug cleaner and shampooed the rug.
This convinced me that my old machine was ready for the dumpster. It leaked and when I tried to use it on the upholstered love seats it squirted all over the place.
My friend let me borrow her newer-model upright Bissell. It’s much easier to use because it doesn’t hook up to the sink. I changed the water twice in the canister. Even though I had already shampooed once, more grit and dirt came out of the fibers.
I also used this machine on my love seats. The original white wool upholstery will never come clean but it did release some dirt.
Next project is to put the slipcovers back on the loveseats.