Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Love Seat Makeover

Remember this love seat that I had found through Craig's List? If you have a really good memory, then you remember there was a small story behind this piece of furniture.

I ended up going with the Dwell Studio for Robert Allen fabric, and I'm in lovvvvve with it. When deciding on an upholstery fabric, you really have two options: making a statement with a bold print or going classic with the ability to make your statement with pillows. If you've been following me for a while, then you probably guessed that I went with a classic fabric that I'll be able to spruce up with pillows.

Here she is a few days ago…

You'll notice I went from two cushions to one cushion - gives it a cleaner look and I won't have to worry about Cheerios or Lalaloopsy accessories going down between cushions (only on the ends I suppose). Doesn't it look brand new? Chairloom did an excellent job and I already have another piece of furniture lined up to send their way.

I've got three 20" pillows and one lumbar pillow on there right now. The hand-printed lumbar pillow is by Chanee owner of Chanee Vijay Textiles (a local artisan I had the pleasure of meeting last winter - and don't miss her home featured in BHG last month prior to moving to Philadelphia). I had admired this pillow for a while and then once she ran a sale I knew I had to scoop it up. It sits nicely with some Target pillows I ended up getting in the fall. The two floral pillows on the ends are Threshold and the smaller, geometric print pillow is Nate Berkus for Target. Can't beat the price and I've been quite impressed by the quality as well.

The side table was added recently - also a Threshold item and the plant stand on the other side I picked up at Phantastic Phinds last spring. 

I've still got some work to do on this room, but this gives you a little preview of where it's headed. Still to do in the living room:  paint, remove carpet to expose wood floors, add window treatments, hang framed art and photos, add two more armchairs and ottoman, and add a TV. Lots to do but baby steps to get there, right? 


Let me know what you think of my love seat makeover and if you have any upholstery projects that you're working on - I love to see before and afters.

Hope everyone is having a good week so far - it's been pretty cold in PA so spring is going to be welcomed with open arms when the time comes :)


  1. Holy cow, that's an amazing redo! I've worked a little with wood furniture but have always strayed away from upholstering. This looks so amazing though that I want to try tomorrow! Fantastic.

  2. That is GORGEOUS! Great job looking past the dated original fabric to see the beautiful shape of the piece.

  3. Love how you updated this piece Holly, from the fabric to the pillows to the setting, it looks fab!

  4. What?! That's the same piece of furniture?! Amazing, Holly!!! Its beautiful...love the new classic fabric and the switch to one seat pillow (lmao at Lallaloopsy accessories...same here except its Minnie's Bowtique outfits and Pixie Hollow fairy shoes!!). Ok, I'm totally jealous of your hand-printed feather pillow! Just went to her site and that's the old "me longings", right? I followed her blog and have always wanted one of her metallic pillows. You met her? So cool! That and the geometric with the florals is a great combo of fabrics:) Can't wait to see more of this room! Hi to the girls:)

  5. Oh Holly, it's beautiful!! I love your idea of one cushion and of course, the neutral that you can change up on a whim. Your mix of the modern side table, and high/low pillows are fabulous! It's coming along so nicely!!

  6. Holly, it is so beautiful!! You'll have it forever and will be able to hand it down to your girls!! We have a small formal LR and when I saw it for the first time (while house hunting), I immediately thought of your love seat and thought a love seat like Holly's would be perfect in a room like this!! So, now I'm on the search!

  7. Great makeover, Holly! Classic and lovely. Also love your mix of pillows with it. So exciting to see a room start to take shape, right?!

  8. This looks so great! You now have me confused.... I'm choosing fabrics for two wingbacks I'm reupholstering and while I thought I was going to go neutral and use pillows to make the accent, I've fallen in love with an Ikat fabric..... I'm stalling on the purchase of the fabric trying to decide. I haven't blogged about it yet, but plan to... I'll be interested to hear what you think!

  9. What a beautiful makeover! It looks so fresh and contemporary now but with classic lines. I love the neutral choice too. I'm impressed with all of the projects you are tackling these days--as if you don't have enough going on!