I wrote about the couch in the nursery about a week ago, asking for suggestions on how to make it more cozy. You guys had some great tips! Jessie suggested a Mexican blanket to cover up the ripped seat and Mary said that dowels pushed down the sides of the couch should hold it into place. I happened to have a Mexican blanket already so I washed it and spread it out on the couch. Since it is pretty thick, I don't think I'll need to use the dowels that I bought. I can always use those to stake my tomato plants though.
Much better, right? The seat is much smoother and softer. I love it. I haven't used it much so I don't know if the blanket will come untucked with lots of use. For now, I'll wait on using the dowels. The striped pillows are from IKEA and the middle one I got on sale at Anthropologie a few months back. I think I would like at least one other pillow. I have an abundance of throw pillows in my house, but I want something more suited for a nursery, like this one below.
Neutral enough for me and a nice whimsical print for the baby. Perfect.
We also hung the curtains for the closets today. I'm not sure about them though and I would like an honest opinion about it. The closet curtains are plain white whereas the window curtains have a geometric pattern. I didn't want to lose the geometric curtains that hung in the office since they are my favorite ones in the house, but IKEA doesn't sell that fabric anymore so I couldn't have matching closet curtains. I just went with plain white instead, thinking that would be okay with the mostly white printed curtains. That doesn't bother me too much, but the closet curtains also have tabs at the top and the other has rings. I don't think it looks quite right. I have enough rings that I could probably use them on the closet curtains by either folding or removing the tabs. I also hemmed them a little longer than I normally would to make the switch to rings if I wanted to. What do you think?
A little bit off, right? I think that since the fabric doesn't match, they should at least have consistent hardware: copper pipe (done) and rings. Opinions?
P.S. Remember how I said I got a great deal on the couch because the seat was ripped? Well, it was also filthy. There was old food, hair, etc. in every little crevice and that couch has a lot of crevices. I literally had to get a screwdriver at one point to prize some candy off of one of the buttons. But I emerged victorious and the couch was spotless...then I took a scalding hot shower. Today, when I took off the painter's tarp, which was tucked deep down behind the cushions, a used q-tip flew out. I shit you not. I gagged a little bit when I picked it up with a tissue. There are some filthy bastards out there. I wish the cushions came off so I could really clean in there. Oh well, I got the couch for $85 vs. the thousands I would have paid elsewhere. I guess I can deal with someone else's nastiness for that price.