A Simple, Slipcovered Ottoman


I originally posted about this ottoman waaay back in March of 2011. Yes, 2011. I told you all about my inspiration ottoman (photos below via Bryn Alexandra), gave you options to help me select a fabric, and then to be frank, never got my act together and actually made the slipcover. So very typical of me and my busy brain.



Well, nearly 3 1/2 years later(!!!), this project is officially complete. I finally commissioned a local sewer to create the cover (funny how quickly things come together when you hire someone else to do the work), and I’m happy I get to check this off my “To Do” list. We’re trying to use what we currently have to furnish and decorate the basement, so I dusted off (literally) both the fabric and the ottoman and was determined to make them work for our new basement living area.

To recap, this is what the ottoman looked like when I purchased it off Craigslist many moons ago…



And here’s where we are today…

slipcoverd ottoman slipcovered ottoman

No styling has taken place yet, but folks, we have a new slipcovered ottoman…and it was worth the wait.

Have a happy week!

Basement Details

Morning! Summer is in full swing around these parts. The weather is warm. Sundresses are a staple in my wardrobe. And I become a sun worshipper. Simply put, this season is a magical time in Portland. And I never want it to end!

Anyway, back to the basement chronicles. We are in the home stretch and it feels so good! The carpet was installed last week (which you’ll see in a few photos), and unfortunately, we hit a few snaffus. Either we have defective carpet or poor installers….that is yet to be determined. It’s one or the other, but the good news is that it’s on them, and not us. I guess that’s the beauty of hiring folks and not doing it yourself. When things go south, it’s not your fault. Again, more on that next week.

Because we are almost done with the basement build-out, I can start thinking about decor. Not that I ever really wasn’t thinkg about it…but it feels like I can actually make some headway in that arena. I inherited a sweet bed from my late Grandma, and although the polished brass isn’t my taste, I still love the frame and the story behind it. Since there’s very little a can of paint can’t fix, I was hoping Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze spray paint could help…and it did just that! The bed went from a polished brass finish, to an oil rubbed bronze finish in a matter of minutes. That stuff works magic. Pure magic.

Since the bed frame received a little makeover, I thought it was only fair that the linens got a little love as well. The downstairs bedroom will be our main guest bedroom, so I wanted to spend some time creating a room that felt approachable and cozy. I splurged on a few bedding statement pieces (linen throw pillows + John Robshaw euros – they were both on sale!) but then I saved money on the basics (white sheets from Target + tan coverlet from JCPenny). Even though the color pallette is fairly safe, I love the mix of patterns and textures. I’m anxious to dress the bed, but it will have to wait until we fix our carpet situation. Soon!

basement bed sheets basement bed sheets close up

Other basement happenings include measuring for our wood mantle, and hanging our first piece of art downstairs.

basement living room basement living room details

Now it’s just final details….and then we’ll be in business!

Cheers to a happy week, friends.

More Basement Updates

Hi friends! I’m back from a much needed vacation in Sun Valley and I have a few basement photos to share. It’s hard to believe we began dreaming about this project in January….and it’s now July. To tell you the truth, I don’t even remember where we last left off in the basement diaries, but here’s the latest and greatest…

Oddly enough, the bathroom – the room I thought would take the longest time to come together – is nearly complete. In fact, I even used the toilet for the first time today (TMI?). Below are a few snaps of the current state of the bathroom, and I also have a few photos of items that will be installed in the room soon.  The faucet for the space arrived last week, and for only $100, I’m pretty pumped with it.

basement bathroom photo 1-8

photo 3-6 basement bathroom

The wallpaper that I’ve mentioned to you guys is shown above. Although I’m really liking the walls above the wainscoting without the wallpaper, I do have an itch to wallpaper something. I guess time will tell if it makes it on the walls in the bathroom. Your vote?

The laundry closet is also close to being completed. I’m dragging my feet on purchasing a sink for the space, but as you’ll see below, I have the wall mount faucet – halfway there! We’ll add shelves above the appliances, and maaaaaybe a built-in around the washer/dryer.

laundry closet

laundry closet

laundry faucet

What’s next? The carpet arrives on Wednesday…and then it will just be details. I say just details, but we all know those take the longest to come together:).