Sure ... the couch which we bought for 50 smackers when a lovely neighbour moved out across the hall in Sydney almost a decade ago ... sure it is not the midcentury model shape the fabric perhaps leans toward ... but it was jolly and an improvement on the stained and faded green it had become in its long and well-sat on life. You can glimpse it here ... in its previous life. So I unpicked the cushions, used them as templates to cut from. Saved the industrial plastic piping cord, googled piping and taught myself how to make it and insert it (this alone changed my life ... so easy ...who would have thought?) But I wasn't a piping purest - I didn't cut the fabric strips on the bias (to save on fabric) and just did a bit of fiddling to make it sit down around the corners.
Then we kind of did the same for the body of the couch ... Duncan helped me here. Kind of just started taking it apart and working out what order to do the panels in. Then I just laid over the fabric and chopped it and then stapled gunned it into oblivion. My remit ... it just has to hold together and look jolly. We didn't take off the old fabric ... it had a worn pile which just added some more padding ... we didn't replace foam... we repaired the fabric bracing under the cushions.
Spurred on by the upholstery success, one morning I woke with a spot of the stylist possession frenzy. A transient condition where some woman appears to have taken hold of your senses - in the fashion of The Exorcist - and you start throwing around, willy nilly, terms like 'pops of colour' and 'draw together' and 'vignette' and 'on trend' and 'that wow factor' like you actually mean it. When you just want one room that you can sit without thinking 'I really must get round to ...' Maybe those of you in a constant state of reno (or rental) can relate? Looking at 'House Porn' is my not-so-secret pleasure. Applying it to my own space makes me feel good.
Cathy, some dating back to our first months on the island... check out that butterfly one!). We repositioned the priceless art collection and rearranged the ancestral artefacts. (Read: a life time of gifted and thrifted treasures - each one with their own special stories and memories). Then, on completion fell on the newly upholstered couch and felt like we should have blindfolded each other and had a big 60 Minute Makeover style reveal including mutual back slapping.
Sure ... I'm no Sibella Court...but the list on my fridge that reads 'to do' has a couple of lines through it. And this stands a testament that I (albeit briefly) got some mojo back.