Please join me in welcoming Molly, from The Industrial Cottage for the second guest post in the series:
Stylish ways to protect your kids and pets in your home (and your home from your kids and pets!).
Camille, thank you so much for having me today.
In my house we have a saying, "people are more important than stuff!" Most of the time, it comes down to kids are more important than stuff! If I have something that, if ruined, would cause me to be so upset or so mad that it caused harm to a relationship (whether me and my child or me and a friend), it really does not belong in my house. Things can be replaced: people can't. While I do have rules about walking on the back of the couch, or using the chair as your own personal jungle gym, we really LIVE in our home! So how do I balance style, budget, use, family, and friends?
Lots of washable fabrics!!
I really don't bring any fabric into my home that cannot go into the washing machine.
This room is a great example of beautiful style in a home with 4 kids. This house is also in the country! The amount of mud, dirt, and food that come through this house are amazing. White denim! Is she crazy! No..It washes...A great investment with a beautiful look worthy of any magazine.
Slipcovers are also a great way to change the style or look of a chair or sofa. Add little pleats, ruffle or box pleats to get a designer look.
I also feel that all pillows should have a zipper, or an envelope/flap back so you can clean them.
Beautiful bleached canvas double ruffle pillow with a zipper for easy washing.
These are my slipcovered couches and pillows. I wash all of them on a regular basis. These couches are a very loud red underneath, but they are Ethan Allen so I decided that they were well worth the slipcover. I spent about $250.00 on fabric and I did the labor myself. If you have to pay for labor, it will probably come in around $350.00 for a sofa and $275 for love seat and chairs. If you have a good quality sofa, it is well worth it.
So when dirty hands, food, or coffee (usually spilled by me) end up on my furniture, I just shrug and head for the laundry soap.
Molly, thank you for reminding us that people are more important than stuff. Of course, we all know that, but when we shell out the big bucks, or take the time and effort to redo an item for our homes, it's easy to forget that. I like your philosophy! And boy, would I love to have a few stylish and washable slipcovers made by you!
Molly is a fabulous seamstress -- she makes all manner of slipcovers, pillows, and even has her own line of baby slings. She sells a lot of these items (including many that you've seen here) on her Etsy sight. And if you haven't read about it before, see Molly's toothpaste trick for hanging pictures.
Thanks again, Molly, for taking the time to write this guest post!