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Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays!

Time is fast approaching for the holidays so it’s time to think about making a few low budget changes!  If you’re unhappy with your living room or dining room - especially your worn-out sofa and/or chairs - here are some budget-wise decorating ideas to update your upholstered items:

- If your sofa or chairs need recovering or need to be replaced and it’s not in your budget this year, consider slip covering them instead! You can buy stretchable slipcovers at stores such as Walmart and Target. For even more selection, look at Surefit, Bed, Bath and Beyond, J.C. Penney or Pottery Barn slipcovers online – to name a few!!

-If you can’t find a ready-made slipcover to fit your sofa, find a nice quilt or throw to drape over your sofa to cover those worn out or stained area.

-Add accent pillows for some added color to your “new” sofa. Accent pillows are good to “hide” holes and stains too J.  You can add up to six on a long sofa; about four on a love seat; and one or two on a large chair.

- Many dining room chairs that have removable seats can be recovered easily.
Just unbolt the seat from the chair frame and stretch your new fabric over the seat. Make sure you have extra fabric to tuck around to the back and use a staple gun to attach it.  Or you can add extra color and style by covering your dining room chairs with slip covers made for them. You can buy them from the stores I mentioned above.

Hope these ideas will help you (and your wallet)get your home ready for the upcoming holidays! I'll blog some more ideas next month or  check out my facebook page for lots of decorating ideas and pictures of rooms decorated by A Goode Start Decorating:  www.facebook.com/agoodestartdecorating.

I'd also welcome any comments from you on my blog.

As always, Happy Decorating and Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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