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Mom’s Waffle: Fabric for the Couch

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This brown couch has been in my parent’s living room for as long as I can remember. And for as long as I can remember, my mother has been waffling about what color fabric to reupholster it in.  Rarely have I been home for a visit when there wasn’t a fabric swatch or two lying on the couch just waiting to be analyzed.  I’ve tried to help her decide, but it’s kind of a case of the blind leading the blind, or the waffler leading the waffler, so to speak.

I’ll let my mother explain her dilemma:

My grandmother’s couch was last upholstered about 1958. It has been much loved but really needs refreshing. It will sit next to a red velvet Victorian lady’s slipper chair and across from an easy chair upholstered in a gold weave, all on a multicolored kilim rug. I’m most attracted to the “earth” velvet but the color is fairly similar to what’s on it now. Should I go for something completely different or stick with what I know works with the room?

Here’s the color “Earth” fabric that is most similar to what is currently on the couch:

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She’s also considering the darker “Molasses” color:

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Mom is willing to consider something completely different, like this “Garden” color:

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Or something in a dark tone, like “Steel”:

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Or even darker, like “Graphite”:

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So what do you think — should my mom choose a fabric similar to what is currently on the couch or go for something different?

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Today’s No-Waffle: Embroidery Hoops with Fabric in Tessa’s Room

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Tessa’s room used to look like this:
The mattress was on the floor, the walls were bare and there was no bedside table. It was a lackluster room.

In the fall I posted a bedframe waffle and you encouraged me to purchase Land of Nod’s Simple bed. Then I posted another waffle about where to position the bed and you helped me decide to put it across from the window instead of under it. land-of-nod-real-simple-bed The room was improving, but it needed some color. I posted a waffle about whether or not to cover this plain Jane Ikea bedside table in fabric and ribbons and readers voted with an enthusiastic “yes!” My friend, Sarah, and her mother did a lovely job.
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The walls were still screaming for attention. I posted yet another waffle, this time about whether I should try putting fabric on embroidery hoops and hanging them up around the room. Readers encouraged me to try it and I’m so glad I did. Here are the results:

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This is what you see when you first enter the room:

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I think the circles provide a nice balance to the straight lines of the bed frame.

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Tessa loves the new fabric art; when she saw the finished look she gave me a humongous hug.  Yes, it’s a very pastel, easter-eggy, girly-girl kind of room.  But you know what? Tessa thinks it’s the bee’s knees.  And anyway, deciding on the actual fabric, sizes of the different hoops, and where to place them on the wall was a total breeze. Yep, I completed the task without any waffling. And if you believe that I have a very nice bridge to sell you…

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Waffler Wrap-up and Recent Poll Results

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Remember this Restoration Hardware couch?

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Restoration Hardware

It didn’t fare very well in the polls. 67% thought it was terrible and only 8% thought it was terrific. Personally, I wish Restoration Hardware would return to their Arts and Crafts’ style roots and forget this oversized, we-live-in-a-castle-that-doubles-as -a-nightclub furniture. On the other hand, I’m glad that RH still has great drawer pulls and bathroom light fixtures.

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U-neck A-line Dress, Eileen Fisher

In blue dress news, the above Eileen Fisher A-Line dress narrowly beat the others with 27% of the vote. The Ann Taylor Knit Sheath dress came in a close second with 22%.

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Knit Sheath Dress, Ann Taylor

When I posted this waffle about whether or not to hang up embroidery hoops with fabric in Tessa’s room, 80% of voters encouraged me to go for it.  I’ve got my JoAnn fabric coupon in hand and am planning to buy some hoops this weekend.

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As for fabric, I’m loving Amy Butler’s “Silver” series.

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I’m going to let Tessa help choose the fabric, though, so you know what that means. Yep: pink.

Have a great weekend!

What are you waffling about these days? I’d love to know.

Waffler wrap-up and recent poll results

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Did you know that there’s a National Make Your Bed Day, at least according to this list? Actually, a kick in the pants to make the bed makes sense, given that over 55% of readers responded “not very often” and “almost never” to my query about how frequently the bed gets made.

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When Holiday from Holiday House Rules asked whether or not she should return the West Elm Bull’s Eye Rug, 55% of readers encouraged her to go back to the drawing board, while 45% thought she should keep it.

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And what did Holiday decide to do? Here’s her response: I kept it. It makes me smile and I have no energy (or budget) to find anything else. Personally, I’m glad — I love this rug’s color and playfulness.

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In fabric news, I received lots of good feedback on which fabric to adhere to a roller shade in my newly painted laundry room. 39% voted for Marimekko’s Unikko fabric.

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Marinmekko Unikko pattern

While I really like this pattern, I fear it might be a bit too dark so I opted for the second most popular choice — the Dandelion pattern — which received 29% of the vote. The roller blind arrived today and the fabric should be here soon. Wish me luck with the DIYing!

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Dandelion pattern

And finally, when I asked what your dream office would look like, “Light Filled” came in first with 31% of the vote. I find this tree house like office pretty dreamy as well, though I wonder if its’ loveliness might make it hard to get much work done in it…

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Hope you’re having a good Friday and enjoying ‘The Day the Music Died Day’! (Really, check out this list).

my waffle: fabric for Tessa’s table skirt

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Okay, guys, I really had trouble writing the words ‘table skirt’ for today’s title. Doesn’t ‘table skirt’ just conjure up images of overly-floral bed-and-breakfast rooms, lace doilies and granny’s house? This is not what I’m after. Instead, my goal is to make a fun table skirt that brings in more pattern and texture to my four-year-old’s rather plain room.

Here’s the Ikea table I’d like to transform with fabric and ribbons:

And here’s my initial inspiration for the table skirt/ribbon idea:

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I started by checking out a local fabric store. I played around with ribbons on a bold pattern:

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and on a solid color:

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Now here’s the hard part: choosing the actual fabric. The room’s walls are light purple and Tessa’s duvet is white with green polka dots. I don’t want the fabric to be too matchy-matchy, but not too attention-getting either. Here are my current favorites:

Kamal in Moss

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Wildflowers in Multi

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Daisies in Spring

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Sweet Organic Stripe in Blue

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Wallflower Pink:

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Floral in Cool:

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Medallion in Orange:
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Damask in Yellow:

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Pink Jersey:

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White jersey:

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Basic solid in Sunshine:

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There’s a lot of choices, so for this poll you can vote for your top three. Once the list is narrowed down, I’ll let Tessa choose her favorite. Here’s her room again so you can use it for context.

What have you been waffling about these days? I’d love to hear about it!

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