has featured our back patio in their August edition, & all their staff have been so wonderful!
When you look at the before shot here you know we needed lots of vision to do a makeover!
We had the couch matching chair and the single chair as part of our stash for
Although the furniture had great lines they needed my husbands painting magic (yes I did start to paint but he quickly could not stand watching me struggle & took over!...yeah!)
It was obvious that just draping a quilt over the couch was not going to work..it hid the pretty lines & was not the colour we wanted!
Why we felt we could handle a linen look couch that stays out all year I will never know! We do put a cloth over the seat at night (sometimes I remember!) & in winter it is covered completely, but many a neighborhood cat uses it without our permission!
The green velvet fabric had to go! I decided to recover it myself!
I am so thankful for a fabulous photographer & a styling genius!
I used curtain panels from Ikea!
They where the colour & linen look I desired!
And the price we could afford!
They where washed & machine dried to cut down on any shrinkage!
I had no idea what I was doing! I had never done this before! (this was befor all those wonderful tutorials on blogs)
So I laid the
fabric down on the couch, kinda fitted it & cut!
Thank goodness for staples & glue!
The piping is over size & I like it that way!
The truth is I needed it really wide to hide the mess underneath!
I am an okay sewer but close inspection will surely disappoint you!
They have held up pretty good over the past 5 years with all the abuse they get!
You can see all the changes that needed to be made!
We took the single lit lantern down & hung three other vintage amber lights, that we stripped of the wiring and used with tea lights!
The sea of vinyl siding was softened by using the vintage shutters from our dear friends old cabin.
The sisal is from Ikea.
The ceiling was painted a grey slightly lighter than the posts.
The coffee table has never been brought in and it has chipped off paint to give it wonderful patina!
The mirror stays out there all year (I think we have taken it in once for the winter!)
I love the way it reflects the green and hides all the vinyl!
The cushions & coverlet I made from vintage table cloths.
I backed them with left over curtain fabric
(that I used to upholster the furniture)
The cushion on the cane chair was sewn by a friend
with vintage trim & chenille.
For the coverlet I put in a flannel inter lining for body.
Bob does our planters & they are lush & beautiful! I love structure so most of the pots start with a boxwood or small cedar! Then coleus sweet potato vine creeping jenny and some ivy's!
We sell china & glassware
@ Vintage Home
& this is a stunning vase & glass jug!
The Ladies Mantle is from our garden, Heather brought the roses from hers!
These 70's hanging lights get a lot of attention!
The glass jug & amber glasses are Fostoria.
We are crazy for amber glass & you can see a tiny pedestal in the background.
I am crazy for this picture! It looks like a magazine pic...and it is!
We use our patio a lot & are so thankful for it!
If you want to see more about this article
please check out August
Canadian Living Magazine! Thank you again to everyone @ Canadian Living & Heather & Janis! p.s. click here to go directly to the Canadian Living page!