It all Started with One Chair

It all started with one chair….

One day while looking online, I came across a post for a free chair on one of the fb yard sale sites.  An IKEA Ektorp chair to beat it all!

It was stated that their dog had chewed up part of the back of the cushion, so that’s why they were giving it away.  No slipcover either, but that didn’t bother me one bit.

I made arrangements for pick up, looked at the cushion and knew I could fix it easily.  The chair was clean, didn’t smell and it great shape other than that chewed up cushion, lol.

Here it is after I fixed it.  You can’t even tell can you?!

So then began the journey of sewing a slipcover, moving furniture and bringing  in more new/old pieces.

Here’s what I made…I love it!  The light and airy ruffles from the gauze/linen like fabric were a perfect addition!  I make all of my slipcovers from sheets and quilts.  Pairing different patterns and textures of fabric make a piece look old timey to me.  Plus the ruffles helped tie the other ruffles from my other chair in quite nicely.

I ended up making a lot of new pillows too!

I moved the large sofa to another room and brought in a loveseat to make more room for the new chair.  We have 4 chairs and the loveseat in this room now and I have to say it really works so much better for watching tv and visiting.  The ruffles were added to the loveseat cover too.  I took out the coffee table as well and kept the ottoman.  We love to prop our feet up, so this made more sense.  The coffee table wasn’t soft, lol!

Pulling all of the furniture in close rather than having them all on the outside perimeters of the room makes for a more cozy environment as well.  We are all about being comfortable and cozy!

By arranging the furniture this way, it allowed me to have an entry spot.  Perfect for putting on our shoes, and a gathering spot for our mail and keys.  This is great for when we come in….no carpet to walk on and worry about muddy or dirty shoes.  That makes my life so much easier!  But I do see some dust…oops!

See how cozy this little spot is?  The smaller scale loveseat fits great against the window wall too!

On the other wall by the armoire, there is this chair….perfect for reading a book, looking at a magazine, or just chatting.  My oldest daughter sits here as we talk about her day when she comes home from school and work.  I feel like every little nook and cranny of our family room (as I am calling it now) works absolutely perfect!

Even the little tray holds our drinks!

And this little stand was the right size for this space beside the other chair.  I just love the mosaic top.  I’ve had this piece for over 15 years and think it’s absolutely darling!

Everyone has a place to set their drinks or whatever.  So you see, it all started with one chair……

Isn’t it amazing how you get one simple piece and things go haywire in every room of your home?  At least it does for me anyways….

Are any of you looking forward to Easter like I am?

I’ve only decorated a little on the front porch and that’s it.  But with the way our home is, I think it always look like Easter!  After all, I call our colors “Easter Colors”.

On an ending note, Marian Parson’s has shared her experience with the photoshoot for Romantic Home she shot of our home.  Here are some of the photos that she captured…aren’t they gorgeous?!

Please feel free to pay Miss Mustard Seed a visit ….she is one truly talented lady!

Until next time…have a blessed week!!!



18 thoughts on “It all Started with One Chair”

  1. It all has to start somewhere. Your place is absolutely gorgeous, just takes my breath away. But you do have to have some mad sewing skills to create, which I don’t. I never knew Marion took pictures. I thought she just painted. She is a talented lady. Thanks for this.

  2. Oh- That all began with one chair!!! Everything is as beautiful as always, Melanie…from the chair to the little mosaic table to the sweet heart wreath. I LOVE coming here for the eye candy. xo Diana

  3. Hola querida melanie, el sillón ha quedado precioso , y en el lugar donde lo pusiste ,queda super bien. En verdad es una tremenda bendición, el saber coser , pues todo lo que haces : fundas para los cojines, colchas,edredones,cortinas, convierten tu hogar más cálido y acogedor. Muchos besitos mi niña, Dios te bendiga 😙😙

  4. I discovered you on Miss Mustard Seed’s blog regarding the photo shoot of your home!! I’m in love with your cottage style decor. Would love to learn to sew like you do!!

  5. Hi Melanie! Love your home, we just closed on on new home and we are moving in. Can’t wait to start “copying” your designs, lol. Of course it won’t look as good as your but I am going to give it a try. So glad I found you! You have the most beautiful and cozy home I have ever seen! Hugs,

  6. Your style is my style. All the beautiful white in the home looks so clean with wooden flooring. I enjoyed your first chair. Great job. Your home is beautiful.

  7. Hello! I’ve been following your web site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a
    shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up
    the great work!

  8. Hi Melanie,
    Just found your blog while looking for Shabby Chic curtains! We are in a new condo and I’m looking for new curtains. Decided I better decide what style I needed first so I looked around my home and decided to embrace the Shabby chic cottage in me already. I kept trying to find something modern and updated but just doesn’t fit my style so I gave in and am embracing me! Love the chair! Inspiring! Wish I could sew I have a slip covered couch in need of a summer cover and I too love the mixed fabric so your slip cover would be perfect for my home. Do you make them for clients? Happy I found your site! Cheryl

    1. I’m so glad you found me! When I finally went all shabby, my heart said “ahhh”….I’ve never looked back since. I do make slipcovers for larger items, but only locally. Smaller items, like ottomans, simple dining chairs and stools, I’ll do online. I would recommend looking online with Target and Sure Fit. They’re simple and pretty but inexpensive. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again 😉

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