I was sure I had a photo of my sofa before, but I can't seem to find one. Try to picture it though - it was dark blue and gold silk, the cats had used it as a scratching post from the day it first arrived, the kids had jumped on it endlessly, thrown the pillows around the room just for fun, and it was ripped, fraying and generally beyond tatty. Oh, and one of the legs at the back had been sawn off so we could get it out of the flat it used to live in and into our house. That leg didn't do anything. It wasn't essential for the sofa to stand up properly so it had sat in a drawer for the past 6 years or so.
Every time I thought about getting it recovered I balked at the cost of upholstery fabric (granted - I was looking in Libertys mostly) because I knew the cost of just getting the job done was going to be more than the price of a small sofa. Add in 7 or 8 metres of fabric at £60 a metre and you're talking about big money.
So the poor sofa just sat in the sitting room looking very sorry for itself for a very long time. Until a couple of months ago when I had a lightbulb moment and remembered all of the home dec fabrics designers were bringing out left right and centre. A little hunt on etsy and I found an Anna Maria Horner print from the drawing room collection for less than 10 bucks a yard.
And here she is....
Actually, I'm not 100% convinced I chose the right print. The fabric looks great close up, but it's a lot less gaudy than the stuff that was on there before so it looks very neat and tidy. A little bit minimalistic compared to the rest of the house and furniture (although how an ornate gold sofa can look minimalistic I don't know). Maybe I'm just not used to the sofa looking so new, it's had bits of stuffing and cord and all sorts hanging out of it for so long. Or maybe it needs some new pillows to smoosh it all up a little. I think I'll get used to it. It is growing on me now I look at the photos, and I do love that fabric close up.
The children aren't allowed to eat, drink or play on it now.
They may even be banned from sitting on it....