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Cozy Corner Makeover
Creating a cozy corner to curl up, read a good book, chat with an old friend or simply sit and be mindful is a great way to take care of yourself, feed your own soul and recharge your batteries, so you can bring your best self to your family, to your relationships and to whatever it is that you do…inside or outside of the home.
When budgets are stretched (to buy diapers, help pay for your kids’ college or just to save for a rainy day), why not “shop” your own house for ways to create your own little niche? When’s the last time you “shopped” your house?
About THE Chair for My Corner
I’ve longed for a dreamy, cream-colored, tufted chair for this corner for a while now…which may or may not happen. The actual chair I’m using was purchased about 20 years ago, when my second child was just a baby. It’s a Lazy Boy wingback recliner that is a brick red, but that’s only half the story.
I can clearly remember shopping for this piece of furniture two decades ago. It’s the chair on which I kissed tiny toes, brushed away the tears of three kids, visited with family and friends…and dreamed about the future.
It’s also a chair which has logged thousands of hours of “consultation” time, as I provided early childhood mental health consultation to Head Start, Early Head Start and similar programs in the Midwest. I still use this chair for this purpose.
When you fill your little restful place with things that tell a story, it’s that much more meaningful when you can spend time there.
You can take a peek below at what the chair looked like “before”. The chair has held up amazingly well. It is comfortable and has aged quite nicely. I wanted to slipcover it to have it fit with my current decor. It was a toss up between the slipcover or buying that much desired tufted chair. Due to the sentimental value of the chair, I’ve been wavering. Plus…I like to be frugal when I can…and challenge myself to do so on a regular basis.
The brick red was just wrong for this space…plus, it gobbles up all the light in the room…not a positive when the sun only makes rare appearances throughout the winter in this northern clime.
My Five Second Fix
After “shopping my own house”, I came across an afghan my mom had made me about 15 years ago. It has an area that needs repairing, so I had it stowed away for mending. It seemed like it might be a good option and sure enough, it was perfect! Quick, easy and instant way to change the look. Granted, it’s not a fitted slipcover (which I also love), but it is functional, it was free and it ties everything together.
That tufted, dreamy chair may one day sit where the ole’ Lazy Boy now stands…but THE chair will always have a place of honor in our home.
How About YOUR Chair? You’ve Got Other Options
Maybe you don’t have a blanket or cover-up for the furniture you are trying to transform, that matches the decor in the room in which the chair will reside. You still have some cost-effective options to cover your piece.
You can purchase a relatively inexpensive throw to cover the chair or go with a fitted slipcover. We’ve used SureFit Slipcovers at our house years ago, and they worked quite well when the kids were little.
Additionally, there are plenty of tutorials around the web, on you-tube and multiple other online destinations. A quick Google search, or Pinterest visit will yield big results! I considered trying to cover the chair myself, but thought otherwise after reviewing my options.
Gallery Walls: Keep It Odd!
Putting up a mini-gallery wall…or a larger one? The rule of thumb is to keep your number as an odd number. Interior designers may refer to this as the “Rule of Three”, reflecting the fact that three seems to be the magic number to create visually appealing vignettes and arrangements. Really, you can use 1, 3, 5 or 7 and so on. These types of arrangements are just more pleasing to the eye. Try it!
Our vignette above was put up in less than five minutes. Each picture has it’s own story, as well. We’ll share that on Instagram in a few days.
How do you reuse, repurpose and upcycle things around your house?
Until next time,
Wendy Young is a mom of 3 who loves the farmhouse/eclectic/vintage/shabby vibe and maintains this site for fun. By day, she is a child, adolescent and family therapist, is the founder of Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids, creator of The Joyful Parent and the co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids, along with multiple workbooks for kids. Her total readership is in the millions via her online and social media venues.