I was browsing through one of my decorating books the other day from Country Living called 750 Great Ideas for Decorating on a Budget. It is one of my "go to" books when I'm looking for inspiration. It is thick and full of ideas for every room of the house and outside also.
While browsing, I came across a photo of an ottoman draped with a throw.
I thought, "That's something I can do and don't even need a budget". I have several quilts that I made years ago and they were folded up on a shelf and not in use. One of them was even the perfect colors.
So I pulled one out of storage and draped it across the ottoman and I was amazed at the effect it had on the room. The chair and ottoman are a solid colored fabric and I already had a print pillow and throw on the back of the chair, so it wasn't like it really needed anything else.
But when I added the quilt, everything changed. It was as if I had added an extra blanket on the bed. The whole room suddenly looked warmer and more cozy, and I felt like the quilt was inviting me to curl up in the chair.
The addition of a simple quilt added an extra layer of color and texture to the room that was perfect
for this cold, snowy, and endless winter.
Of course, I'm not the only one who immediately enjoyed this extra layer of coziness in the room.
Charlie decided this is his new favorite place for napping.
I used to have a tradition of making a quilt every time there was a winter Olympics. I would piece the quilt together before the Olympics started, and then do the hand quilting while watching the games. I made at least three quilts this way, and this is one of them ~ made in 1984. I also named the quilt after the city where the Olympics were held and attached a tag to the back of the quilt commemorating it. This quilt pattern is called "Sawtooth", so I named the quilt "Sawtooth Sarajevo" since the Olympics were in Sarajevo that year.
It somehow seems appropriate that I should rediscover this 30-year old quilt and snuggle in it while watching the current winter Olympics.
So if you're looking for a way to add extra warmth to your room, you can probably do a complete seasonal redecoration with the fabrics you already own. After all, you can never have to many blankets or throws ~ especially this winter.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.