I’m all turned around again this week… the boys are out of school (again!) today and I’m struggling with a few last minute details on my makeover project for the week. So, today, I’ll post what I planned to post at the end of last week… my last post about the master bedroom details. It touches on the part of the room makeover that I was completely comfortable with… the part of decorating that I feel like I know better than anything else… repurposing furniture and pieces within my own home and making a space work by using what you’ve got.
Needless to say, with almost all my budget going towards the bed, there wasn’t much left over for the other parts of the room. There definitely wasn’t room in my budget to purchase the two cute, upholstered club chairs I always imagined sitting side by side in the little space we’ve carved out for a sitting space in our master bedroom. One of the selling points for me when we looked at our house was the fact that the master bedroom had just enough room for a little sitting area. I’d always loved bedrooms with sitting areas and in the 6 1/2 years we’ve lived in our house, we’ve used our bedroom sitting area. But finding the right configuration for our sitting area has been a different story.
For years, up until this past makeover, a leather chair and ottoman served as our sitting area in the bedroom. We used the chair because I loved the look of it and didn’t want to get rid of it, but we didn’t have a better place for it in the house. So it sat in the master and we sat in it, night after night… despite the fact that it was way too big for the room. With that realization and a master bedroom makeover on the horizon, the game of musical chairs began.
The brown leather chair and ottoman made its way down the stairs and into a room they are much better suited for… our living room/reading room. I moved the old wingback chairs that were always too big for the dining room table upstairs in their place. Their size and scale fit the space much better… but they don’t exactly invite you to snuggle up and settle in. And then, one day my friend Amy from Eat.Sleep.Decorate. posted this image on her instagram feed… and I had my lightbulb-above-the-head moment.
I loved the settee and thought that it would be the perfect solution for my petite bedroom sitting area. A blend of form and function, size and comfort… but with no budget, it wasn’t an option. I started thinking through pieces in the house and realized that I had the perfect solution sitting right downstairs. .. the settee that sat in our living room. Even better, I planned to re-home the settee in the near future as we transition the living room to a reading room. You can see it in the living room here.
The settee belonged to my grandmother and under its slipcover is the original celery green striped fabric that she upholstered it long, long ago. Eventually, I’d love to recover it in linen or a velvet that works with other colors in the room, but for now, that DIY slipcover works just fine. I was able to reuse the little round table that has always been in the room… it’s the perfect size for a lamp and a couple of books, with room left over for a cup of tea. The large linen pillow lived on the settee during its time in the living room and I made a cover for an insert I had stashed away using some of the Sarah Richardson fabric I added to the bed. The drapes and rods are Ikea sets that I picked up a couple of years ago and never put to use. One of the few times my hoarding of home decor has paid off!
I love that this part of the makeover cost me nothing… I love the impact that something as simple as rearranging furniture pieces and moving pieces around your home has on making a room feel fresh and new. It’s always worth trying to work with what you’ve got before assuming you need something new!