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Monday, May 16, 2016

Open Furniture arrangement for Summer and New Slip Covers

I moved the furniture around in the family room to have it more "open" for summer.    This past winter,   the furniture was moved closer together for a cozy feel.

I also changed the slip covers on the sofa and love seat from the blue and pink to a cool white for the summer.

Here is the before and after.....

When I organized the linen closet a few weeks ago,   I realized that I had amassed a big collection of Battenburg lace dust ruffles.  I pick them up at yard sales for less than $5.    

So,  I cut my dust ruffles apart and made slip covers for the family room furniture.   

This past winter the two recliners that H and I sit in all the time were next to the sofa in the conversation "horseshoe".

  I shifted them to the other side of the room to give a clean path from the kitchen thru the family room......thru the sun room....and out into the backyard.    A path we use many many times a day.

I filled in the little nook that the leather recliner was in with some of my oil paintings and the full length mirror that I was using as a room divider in the entry way.      
I wanted to share how I am using a vintage standing ash tray as an easel.  

 In the left photo you can see how I have a piece of art work on an easel the ash tray with a bird nest.  

 In the right photo you can see the mechanics of  it.

I also wanted to share an idea to repurpose a child's chair.    I have my child's chair at the end of the sofa ....using as a magazine holder.

I sat my chair on the sofa to get a better photo for you to see.    Attached to the back of the chair is a ceiling tile folded in half to make a pocket for magazines.    Hand paint a few roses on your chair and you have a unique magazine holder.

I figured that I may as well change the fire place mantel while I am adding a summer feel to the family back later with the reveal of my new mantle!


  1. Dear Penny:
    I love your summer look which is so Romantic Country Victorian! Love the quilt in the background too! Thanks for sharing and linking.

  2. The summer look is fantastic! I love the new slip covers but i fell in love with the child chair.... Very ckever idea!!!
    Hugs Alessandra

  3. Penny, what lovely slip covers you made of the dust ruffles! I love the white. Your child's chair is so cute as a magazine holder too. You always have good ideas up your sleeve. Thank you for sharing with us.


  4. Bonsoir,

    Vos publications sont toujours très riches de découvertes...
    Merci pour le partage de vos photos.
    Je suis désolée en ce moment je n'ai pas beaucoup de temps et je délaisse un peu mon ordinateur... J'espère revenir plus régulièrement très bientôt.

    Gros bisous ❀♡❀

  5. GREAT slipcovers, Penny! The child's chair is just darling. Happy "summer look" to you- xo Diana

  6. your room is so pretty and ready for summer. really like the white covers in the room as it makes the room look much bigger.

  7. I just love the white, Penny! It's stunning and a wonderful change.

  8. What a pretty decor!!! I am in awe of this. just loved it. :*
    btw from where did you get that dressing? I got mine from <3<3<3

  9. Penny,
    Great slipcovers and I love the arrangement!! This room screams Spring and Summer. We had Hail on Sunday and Joe's Mom got some snow!! No 70's here until the weekend. At this rate, I will never get my patio and back yard set up and ready for Summer!! LOL!!


  10. I'd love a close up of the re-purposed dust ruffles, and perhaps a quick "how to" on making them?

  11. We don't have the warm weather yet, but in slowly putting the house back together, I will be going for a more open feel. The area rug, may not even go back down until Fall, and I'm searhing for my white/blue striped slip covers that have gone missing in the upset here. Lovely rooms...can just see your family all relaxing in there on a very hot day, Sandi

  12. Would I ever love to have some of those battenburg lacedust ruffles, they make great "dust ruffles" for your sofas. Very nice summer look. Look forward to seeingyour summer mantel.

  13. I LOVE the open arrangement with your furniture! It really makes the room feel light and airy. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Hope you have a fantastic week!

  14. Love it all, but the white piano caught my eye! Gloriously beautiful:)
    TOHOT Ladies~ We love having you join us!

  15. Hopping over from Laura's Blog (White Spray Paint)---and I have to say...absolutely beautiful!!! I so wish I could decorate like that, but with a husband and a 19 yr still living at home, there is no way I can get away with such prettiness...thank you for the smiles and the "mouth hanging open." (I wish you could see my smile)

  16. You have made some lovely changes for summer.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. This is such a gorgeous room! All the white makes it look so fresh and summer ready too.

    Thanks so much for sharing over at #FridayFrivolity :)

  18. Hi Penny, How clever to use the child's chair as a magazine rack! Everything looks ready for summer! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

  19. I love the slip covers Penny! So light and fresh for summer. The chair magazine rack is so clever. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. I'm a big fan of repurposing linens and I just love the slipcovers you made from dust ruffles! Thanks for sharing @ Vintage Charm!

  21. Your house is so warm and inviting!! I wish mine was big enough to rearrange once in a while!!Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

  22. I love the things that you share, Penny. It's always so wonderful! Thanks! #HomeMattersParty


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