*Spoiler alert- I'm about to say who it is, so if you haven't watched the last episode yet then stop reading now!!!*
So I was on pins and needles Tuesday night waiting to find out the winner of Design Star! It came down to my two favorites from the very beginning-
They both are so talented and I absolutely love their style!!
I thought that since I loved them both that the finale would be less stressful for me since I knew that no matter what I was going to be happy. But I was still freaking out by the end wondering who was going to win. Last year I wasn't excited about either of the choices so the finale was a little ho-hum for me. But by the last few minutes of this season's finale I was bouncing up and down on the edge of the couch in anticipation and you'd have thought I was a contestant. That's what I love about reality tv. You just can't get that kind of vicarious living any other way.
Anyways I thought both girls did a great job on their final challenge.
The next big project that I'm planning to attempt is to make white slip covers for my couch cushions and pillows.
The fabric that's on it now is microfiber which I'm soooo over.
We bought it because supposedly microfiber is great for kids because it doesn't stain easily, and I have to admit that while we've had microfiber couches for almost the whole time we've been married (9 years) and have had zero permanent stains despite 3 kids and 2 dogs (which, yes, is impressive)
this fabric is far from low maintenance.
I am sick of spots like this all over the couch:
Any kind of liquid at all, even water, leaves an ugly ring that I have to scrub with a special cleaner to get out. But guess what?? The cleaner also leaves a ring if I don't scrub at it hard and long enough, so then I have to spray on more cleaner and scrub at that ring....there have been so many times where I'll end up soaking and scrubbing an entire seat cushion just to get out a spot the size of a quarter. It's so frustrating.
And with two toddlers climbing all over the couch and shoving their faces into the cushions while they drool, the couch gets spots on it constantly. It's driving me nuts.
I want normal fabric that I can use a regular spot cleaner on when stains happen. And better yet, that I can take off and throw in the wash whenever I want so that the couch is always clean.
I've been reading up on lots of different opinions on this, and I've decided that I want white fabric because then I can wash it as harshly as I need to and pour straight bleach over any stains. I buy white towels for that same reason, so I figure it also makes sense for slipcovers.
When it comes to slip covers I definitely like ones that fit tightly like this-
My plan is not to cover the entire couch though- just the seat cushions and back pillows.
I'm leaving the leather parts alone.
I won't be getting started till sometime after we get back from Florida. We leave in a little over a week.
I also can't get started until I find affordable, durable, and washable white upholstery fabric. That's been a little bit challenging! But I'm on the hunt because I'm anxious to get this project started!
I love this cute photo wall a friend of mine did recently.
When I first saw it I thought the pictures were in colored frames, but instead she painted big colorful rectangles on the wall, got the photos enlarged onto canvas, and then just hung them over the painted rectangles. Super easy and I love how the black and white photos stand out against the pops of color!
Wanna see another room in this cool chic's house? Go here!