How to choose the perfect ottoman and some things to consider:
- It’s important to choose the right size and height for your other furniture- the top should be about the same as the seat height of your sofa and be the same size and shape of a coffee table- if you have a narrow space consider a bench as it may fit better than the wider ottoman options you see.
- Consider the material and make sure it’s durable and a different texture than that of the other upholstered furniture. Leather is a great option for durability if your other pieces are fabric. Outdoor fabrics in a pattern or weave can look great paired with solid furniture and also stand up to wear and tear.
- If you want to use a tray on top to store magazines, remotes and such make sure the top is flat not curved so it sits flat- otherwise it will always wobble and make you crazy.
- If the piece has casters on it, make sure they lock to avoid it rolling when you put your feet up.
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From Elements of Style
In a recent post I gushed about my obsession with blue velvet and it just wasn’t going away so I decided to do something about it. Enter an old worn out but very comfortable chair that has been the favorite lounging spot for no less than 3 dogs along with numerous humanoids. Not one to let it go to waste, I decided to reupholster it in none other than a vintage blue velvet. Seattle has many wonderful places to shop but is very lackluster when it comes to fabric stores. Somebody please open a fabric warehouse, but I digress. This minor hitch gave me the perfect reason to visit MOOD in LA and lucky me I got there 15 minutes before they closed knowing exactly what I was looking for. Not realizing how huge it was I could have spent an entire day perusing the place if it weren’t for my single-mined journey to find the perfect blue velvet; albeit an affordable one.
These images are before photos. A couple of things I discovered about the reupholstery business is; as a profession they are in decline but the flip side to that is the ones who are still in it have a long backlog of work to do and it’s not something you can “speed up”. My chair is at least 8-10 out before I can post after photos unless I get lucky and find someone who can do it sooner than later. I am so excited to see the end result.
Blue and pink feels so LA in every way possible
I love random excursions such as the Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue, WA of all places. A beautiful “off the side of the road” U Pick oasis in a residential neighborhood for blueberry lovers and for those, who like myself, love to meander every now and again.
I really wanted to sit on this swing all afternoon and meditate. Love the old pine wood.
Fields of blueberries where you can pick your own for hours on end but if
you are lazy like me you can purchase them onsite.
And little did I know that there were so many different varieties
of blueberries! I think I’ve only eaten one but for those who want
to know here is a list.
And speaking of blue, I am currently in LOVE with blue and in fact will be covering an old
chair in blue velvet. Here is some inspiration.
I never much appreciated LA area much having lived for quite some time in SF. But this month I spent a week with 2 beautiful people and was endeared by what it has to offer. So many contrasts; this time I took a closer look and was enthralled.
City of great architecture. Not nearly enough time to explore fully.
Beautuful Laguna Beach. I so miss the quietude.
High Scool of performing arts. Wow wish I went to such a fabulous HS!
Jamming in Chinatown
Wonderful Broad Museum. Had some fun with this image.
The Getty Center is spectacular!! I need to return soon. The landscaping is a work of art as well.
Views from the top. Loved the Friday night festivities.
Drive along PCH and enjoy the endless sand and water.
Huntington Beach and Newport Beach; life doesn’t get much better.
A bit of inspiration for your long weekend.