Recently a designer friend of mine called me in a panic! Her client had fallen in love with all things cream in a show house and asked her to order a custom made sofa with a chaise in CREAM for her family room.
When it arrived, her client said “OMG I didn’t realize it would look THAT white!”. I have 3 teenage kids and a red wine drinking husband!
“What do I tell her?” She wailed.
“Is the room finished? Are there cushions on the sofa? Did you lay a throw down to cover the chaise?” I asked?
“No, the cushions are beautiful but they have not arrived yet”, she replied.
“Well, that is the problem! Right now, it looks like a giant white island, of course she’s cranky!”
I have a cream slipcovered sofa in my family room. Once in a while, Terreeia will say “I’m annoyed that I immediately have to change when I come in from the garden before I can sit on your perfect sofa?!?! Did it have to be cream?”
Yes. I say, in this room there was NO OTHER OPTION.
Here’s what I’ve done to keep everybody happy and then I’m not worried when my 4 & 6 year old nephews come over and flop around on it too!
First you need a thin, plush, fleece blanket like this one (above) from the pottery barn. If your sofa is white, get the white one so it’ll just blend in.
Then a statement throw like this, there’s lots more colours here.
You can completely cover the end of the chaise with the throw. Just drape it over the whole thing. Underneath my throw I have yet another blanket folded once over and then in half, so I can just crawl in so my legs are tucked in like in a sleeping bag.
Do I fall asleep there often? Um, yeah, but if you want COMFORTABLE. I’m the queen of creating comfy! However, I do draw the line at recliners. My Mom can barely stand to sit and watch a show with us because she would rather do it from the recliner in her living room.
Then, don’t forget pillows!
You won’t notice the blanket, discretely covering up the majority of your sofa cushions when you have some fabulous throw pillows to look at!
Here’s another collection of pillows in browns and yellows, don’t forget the festive pillow!
One more tip if you have a sofa with a chaise! Always have a throw placed over it, it softens the edges and overall it just looks so much better, and this way, it’s always covered even if someone’s sitting there with dirty socks or whatever!
Find all of the above at the Pottery Barn.
Now you don’t have to worry about your red wine drinking relatives and kids with sticky candy cane fingers. Whip off the blanket, wash it and back it goes. Way easier than washing cushions and slipcovers!
What are your best tips for handling a white sofa?
I’m off to Christmas shop! Eeeeeek, I’m so behind! xoxo Maria
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