It's funny how tastes for colour changes. When we first did that room I loved the pale greens and blues we used, but now I feel the need for warmer, richer hues. Obviously, we won't change the sofas but I have taken the throws off and that has already lifted the energy in there.
I decided the quickest, simplest and most economical way to inject some fresh colour into the room was to change the cushion covers. I have never made cushion covers before, but after examining the Laura Ashley ones we've got in there already (pretty grubby after five years of wear) they didn't look too hard to make, if you ignored the invisible zip :o)
So Phyllis and I set to. I have a nice large stash of fabric by now and I chose three with reddy/ orangey hues. Pattern-wise they are a mixture of birds and florals. The one on the left in the pic below reminds me of my Grannie for some reason, so it is lovely to have it out in the room. I've been holding on to that particular fabric for ages waiting for something to make with it and as soon as I thought cushion covers this morning I knew it was perfect. I think it was just waiting for today :o)
It didn't take long to run them up at all. One cushion I stitched poppers into the edges (very messily but you can't see that from the outside) and the other two I machined the final edge, reasoning that I could always unpick and put in a zip later.
Here they are. The red one in the middle is the red version of the blue William Morris Strawberry Thief fabric I showed you yesterday. The one on the right as you look at the pic has swallows swooping through it (swallows are special birds to me) and the one on the left is the one that reminds me of my Grannie. I am Really Pleased with them and keep going in to that room just to enjoy looking at them :o)
It's lifted the colour in the room exactly as I'd hoped it would and with no need to spend money or go to the shops either.
I'll leave you with some shots of the birds in the garden this morning. The Song Thrush has just started to visit and was busy bashing a snail on the drive for breakfast, and the Great Tits are all in full-on mating plumage so they are looking very plush and striking with their ebony stripes down their middles. The Robins have started showing each other their red breasts which always makes me smile, such small birds but so ferocious :o)