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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

It’s About Time! Facelift

by amanda on May 4, 2015

The long terms goals for my living room remain the same: comfort, comfort, comfort, but not at the expense of style. Oh yeah, and I don’t want to pay alot, either.

Which is why we still don’t have the living room that lives in my head. But I plod on, because some day, this is all going to come together; I just know it.

Back when we first moved into our place (5 years ago this July!) I saw this beauty on Kijiji. It’s a genuine Craftsmen (Mission) Morris Chair:

And despite the fact that is was recently reupholstered, I quickly got tired of the pattern and besides, it ain’t that comfortable thanks to the padding wearing pretty thin. But I knew it didn’t make sense to reupholster too quickly as the rest of the living room had to be figured out first. See my fix in the interim?


Fast forward 5 years and nothing’s changed. But then I came across this at the London Fabricland:


Yes, really. Fabricland. I couldn’t believe my eyes. No matter what the other living room furniture ends up looking like, black and white will always complement, it right?! So I snatched up what they had left and got to work. The biggest expense actually was the batting that I purchased in order to beef up the padding and finally make the thing comfortable to sit on!


And imagine my surprise when I saw the material that was covered up. It looks like awesome, worn warm leather, but in reality it’s some kind of scratchy cold vinyl.


In total, probably took me 3 hours start to finish. In reality, life is never one project from start to finish, but rather, remove some staples, get tired, go to bed, try some more the next day, stop to make dinner, take someone to soccer practice, come home, too tired to do anything else, repeat the next day. Thankfully we were having a party in a week so having a timeline was a good enough excuse to hustle.



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