June 7, 2009

An Ottomans Makeover...in Plaid, Again

I have a love obsession with plaid. I am saying it out loud for all to hear...it just makes me happy! It doesn't matter what color family it is in. It could have oranges, yellows, pinks, reds, blues or just about any combination and I am smitten. Don't get me wrong, I am selective in picking which ones I like, but there are fewer ones I dislike. What is it about plaid that I am so drawn too? It has fun and whimsy all over it! I like patterns that adds whimsy to each room, something unexpected. So where am I going with my love obsession with plaid? I just re-covered my ottoman in plaid...again!

Our first home we bought in Utah.

We had just moved to Utah from Iowa and bought our first home. We loved most everything about this house...except one room. The not-so-in-love-with room, was our family room. It was very long and small. It seemed more like a bowling alley than a room to live in. I automatically found myself trying to figure out creative ways to break up the bowling ally feel and still have lots of seating in a smaller space. This is where my now adored ottoman comes in.

A small and long family room. This is only half of the room.

Being that my husband is in the military, also means that he can be gone alot at varying times. We had only been in our home for less than 5 months when he had to leave for some schooling and would be gone for 3 months. If you are a homeowner, you know that buying any home means project after project! This meant that some of the ideas and projects I had might be put on hold because he was gone. Again, the key word...might. I am very much a DIY kind of woman! I get impatient waiting for things to happen. So if I want something done...I do it.

After months of looking and trying to find the perfect ottoman for my awkward family room, I came to the conclusion I would just have to make it. This was a little intimidating for me, but a challenge at the same time. I told my husband of my plans and he tried to convince me to wait until he got back, but he knows I am stubborn and once my mind is made, I was doing it. I was determined to build this! I also knew that I would save some money and get exactly what I wanted. It took me all of 3 days to build, sew and staple together and become the now adored ottoman!

A great ottoman with a hinged lid and storage.
Another great place to sit.

I built this in 2003 and after almost 6 yrs. in the same fabric, it definitely was time for a change! I originally had done soft butter yellow's, brick reds, sage greens, dragonflies, pomegranates and of course plaids in my family room. When I decided to change the ottomans fabric, I knew I still wanted it done in plaid. My colors now are still in the yellows, greens and reds just more vibrant than before. I have crimson reds, apple greens, golden yellows and creams. I love the vibrancy and boldness of these colors. I was very happy when I found these same colors in another plaid! I think it turned out great and I now can check another project off my 101 project list! Here is my beautiful ottoman transformation. I think you too just might have a love obsession with plaid!

I love how bright and cheery this is!

Details pull it all together.
Cording and buttons done in red and white gingham.
A little apple green pleated fabric peeking out the sides.

I am linking this with Metamorphosis Monday. There are so many other great transformations going on at Between Naps on the Porch hosted by Susan. Make sure to stop by and see them all!

Hope you feel inspired and want to go and create your
own transformation this week!



  1. Oh how adorable! First of all, I am WAY impressed that you BUILT that!! Secondly, what a gorgeous color combination on the re-do - fabulous!! And I love the check piping and button and apple green pleated corner - details do indeed pull it all together! Nice job!!!

    Here's to plaids - may their classic yumminess never fade away and may fabric companies keep making them is such gorgeous colors! :o)

    Have a great week!

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Becky S. at Just Bee 'n Me

  2. For the LOVE of all things plaid :)
    I hear ya girl. My eyes are drawn to it as well. Stop by as i have 2 giveaways this week.


  3. I have wanted my husband to build me an ottoman forever! I guess I just need to do it myself. Can you tell me how you built it?

  4. Wonderful transformation!!! Such adorable details!!! I love the buttons!!!

    Enjoy the day!!!

  5. I love the plaid! I remember when you made that ottoman. The transformation looks great!

  6. Oooh, that is wonderful! I'm impressed! What a lovely home. My mother in law has a long narrow living room, and it is rather awkward to arrange. I think you did a wonderful job.

    Did I mention that my husband spent 20 years in the military and that my 22 year old son just joined? I really miss military life. Despite the hardships (and every career or occupation presents its hardships) I would do it over again in a heartbeat!

  7. Oh my gosh it is fabulous!!!!!! And the fact that you not only made the covers for it but built the whole dang thing yourself!!?!! ROCK ON, girl!!! I love it!!!

  8. My goodness. I thought it was beautiful before but the after was jaw-dropping. (thats a good thing in case you're wondering!) LOL

    I love plaid, too. I am drawn to it like a safety pin to a magnet. I love the way a plaid can incorporate all the colors of a room in one pattern.

    I love your new colors. This was a great post. Thanks for sharing. Hugs from one military wife (Marine Corps - 30 years) to another - and mom and mom-in-law to 2 Soldiers.

  9. Victoria,
    I sew well, but your sewing is magnificent! I have two ottomans I want to slipcover and have had the fabric for over a year. I love your choice of plaid and the detail on the skirt is so cute and flirty. Cathy

  10. Absolutely adorable... I love the little touches you've added. You're very creative! Btw, I love plaid too... always have! And a Southern interior designer I know says plaid drapes are the most formal - can't argue with the experts!

  11. You are so very talented. Do you have an Etsy shop? I couldn't find it on your blog. Probably just me having a faux blonde moment. Would love to visit your shop if you do. I loved your bag that you gave away. It was beautiful.

  12. Nice work! Love the new fabric. Fresh and yummy!
    ♥ Jen

  13. The first ottoman was beautiful, how could it get better? AND WOW....Love it the second time around. My word you have a gift.

  14. Again, I am in awe of your talent! Congratulations to the lucky winners of your last giveaway.

  15. I really like the fabric change. What a diffrerence. Many thanks for your comment on my post on Button Floozies. Sorry for the delay in my reply it has been very busy at work lately, hopefully it will slow down a little now. I did not realise that you followed my blog, you need to say hello and leave a comment, others in the UK will also find your blog then. Bet I missed the giveaway competion too. Never mind, I am off to have a further look on your blog.
    PS I hope to have some of the little flower buttons in my online shop soon, I will post on my blog and Button Floozies when I have them
    Best wishes

  16. Your ottomans are lovely! Great job! I'm new to your blog via Met Monday - I'm a fan of Whimsy too! :) Your blog background and header are adorable!

  17. Love your ottoman - looks fabulous!


  18. Victoria-love the new look of your ottoman. Great job! Have a great day!


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