You know that feeling, as summer is dwindling, that it's time to do a little more 'nesting?'
It's not quite fall...but the nights are getting cooler, and the leaves are starting to give us a hint of what's to come.
After spending the past few months pretty much living outdoors, I start to make my way back inside once more.
The garden is producing like crazy, I'm cooking up meals for the freezer with an eye towards the long winter ahead.
And it's time to hit "REFRESH" on some of the spring/early summer decor that's been in place for a couple of months now.
Along with giving my little house a deep clean....which feels necessary at this point, as the spring deep clean seems long past.
This past weekend brought big storms our way, which cooled things off just enough to get some work done around the house.
The clouds came in, the skies grew dark, the wind kicked up....and I also kicked into high gear.
Remember how I told you I need to sometimes look online to find inspiration to get up and do a big cleaning?
Well, it obviously worked, because this is what happened:
I started by taking off all the covers to the throw pillows in the living room.
The throws went into the laundry pile, also.
And then, the sofa covers followed. It's not something I do terribly often, but it was time.
Because of this.
My spoiled pups think they own every single piece of furniture in the house.
And they do. Clearly.
Before long, my living room looked like this.
I am grateful every day that I opted for a sofa with a slipcover. It's so freeing to know that if something spills...or the pups have muddy feet...the covers come right off and go into the machine.
Plus, I really love the neutral backdrop, so I can change up colors in the room whenever the mood strikes me.
I had washed the cushion covers a couple of times in the year I've had the sofa, but this was the first time I also took the cover off the frame. I was a little nervous that it would be difficult, but there was a Velcro seam down the middle of the back that made it super simple!
While the slipcover was in the wash, I gathered up some fresh pillow covers and got the throw pillows ready.
I love having pillow forms with removable and washable covers. I bought my feather pillow inserts from Pottery Barn, and instead of having to store a bunch of different pillows, I just have to store different covers.
Yup, smarter than the average bear, I tell you!
Before long, the sofa covers were ready to be put back on, all fresh and clean and sweet smelling.
A couple of things that are important to remember when washing a slipcover:
1. Make sure you zip up the covers before you throw them in the wash - it helps keep them from fraying around the trim by the zippers (on the inside of the cover.)
I learned that the hard way with a previous sofa.
2. Do not dry them all the way - leave them a tiny bit damp to make it easier to put them back on the cushions.
Trust me, it helps.
Plus, your living room will smell like fresh laundry while they continue to dry. Bonus!!
I wish these chairs would have come in a slipcovered option, but unfortunately they did not. So, I did the next best thing, by draping a washable throw over the chair.
I can remove it when company comes over....and off comes the dog hair with it!
Meanwhile, it will help protect the upholstery....since this seems to be the little Monkey's favorite spot in the house.
It was fun to get the sofa all dressed up again. Let's face it, a plain sofa needs a little 'jewelry' to make it look its best.
I added the pillows, and then went to my stash of throws to see what I had.
The first one I chose was a nice amber color, which played off the amber in the multi-color pillows.
But it seemed a little too autumn-like, so I went a different route.
I stuck with the pale green throw that had been on the sofa all spring and summer. It was fresh and clean from the laundry, works with the colored pillows, and seemed a little brighter for summer.
By this time, the skies had opened up, and although it was mid-day, it was dark in my little house!
I didn't care, it felt cozy and welcoming to me, and it was lovely and clean.
The wood floors were gleaming, the carpets thoroughly vacuumed, and the pups were in my daughter's bathroom, getting a much needed bubble bath of their own!
Here's where we started, before I ripped the room apart for a refresh:
And here's the late summer living room, with a tad more color as we head into foliage season:
Not a HUGE difference, but it feels so much fresher to me now.
And cozy as heck!
The best part of all? It's my home.
Home Sweet Home. There's nothing like it.