Reupholstering a sofa.

For over 10 years we’ve had this sofa.
It’s been a good sofa.
It was the first grown up purchase we made for our first Arizona home.
It’s the first place I sat and held my babies when all three came home from the hospital over a 7 year span.
This sofa has a lot of miles and a lot of memories.


Not our first AZ home but you can see more of it here.

Back in August (2014) I shared with you all that it was time for a new look in the living room.  We were done with our cream microfiber sofa hidden under the white custom slipcovers,
We settled on a leather sofa and were ready to pull the trigger.
When the leather sofa arrived it was a beauty but it threw the whole feng shui of the room off.
Out it went.

I continued to shop and shop but I just couldn’t find anything that I loved. I found myself gravitating back to the same sofa, but new.
Even though we bought the sofa over 10 years ago, it’s such a classic that many retailers like West ElmRoom and Board, and Mitchell Gold sell a version of it.
I figured, “why mess with a good thing?” and decided to have it reupholstered.
That way I could get the exact fabric I wanted and continue to use the custom slipcover we had made for it years ago if so desired.


Reupholstering a piece isn’t cheap. In fact many times you’ll pay as much, if not more, to have a piece reupholstered than just buying it new.
Not only do you have to pay for the labor but you also have to buy the fabric. You can find good, inexpesive fabric online if you’re willing to go through that process. Upholstery fabric is tricky.
Just because you see something online doesn’t mean it looks like that. You have to order samples, wait for shipping and do it all over again (in my case) to be certain of what you’re getting.

Calico Corners was having sale on fabric and upholstery at the time I was shopping so I meandered in there. (Not being paid to plug or mention them). That place is like fabric heaven. I could have spent 5 days in there feasting my eyes on all the lovely fabric. Unfortunately, you’ll pay a pretty penny for even the least expensive stuff. BUT, it is a one-stop shop. I found exactly what I wanted and booked their in-house upholsterer. 2  1/2 months later (yes it really did take that long because they only have one upholsterer who was backed up with projects) I had my sofa.


We paid about $1100. for fabric and re-upholstery…about the cost of a new sofa (+/-) but I got exactly what I wanted.


I chose a gray velvet.
It’s soft and neutral enough to work with what we have but dark enough that my three men can play WWF mania (which they have for 5 days straight) on and I don’t have to worry about it looking completely dirty.


I love how it turned out and am ready to change up the look for the rest of the room.
I’m looking for a mid century-ish coffee table (this one from Lulu & Georgia is too narrow so will be moved to another room) and the white ottoman will soon be for sale.
(Light from School House Electric).


In the meantime, we’re selling this chaise lounge for $175.


It currently retails at Ikea for $350.  Plus, Ikea sells slipcovers for it if you want to change up the look.
We are a pet-free home (unless you count fish as a pet…but don’t worry, we don’t let our fish sit on the furniture).
Contact me if interested smhinckley (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Hallway re-fresh.

This is a Sponsored Post by Medallion Rug.  All opinions are my own.

Happy 2015! I can’t believe we’re already a week in! Wasn’t Christmas just yesterday?
I always love the time between Christmas and Jan 1st. We usually go to grandma’s in Vegas and just hang out.
It’s the time where I relax, take inventory of life, dream big and make new agreements with myself.
Then we come back home and I start tearing the house up and plan new projects.

This hallway space has been bugging for the past 6 months:


Only thing is…it doesn’t look like that. It currently looks like this:


And right before I took this picture it looked even worse.
The entire hallway was dotted with picture hooks all over the wall.

The idea of a hallway picture gallery was a good idea in theory but not good in reality with a house of 4 rambunctious men.  The hallway is narrow.  It’s also a jet way for 3 little men who run as fast as they can, arms fully extended like wings of an airplane.  In addition to that, if a door gets slammed pictures fall off the wall and broken glass is everywhere.  As you can see more than half the pictures have fallen off the wall.

The hallway needs some sort of art and I think I have something in mind that should work.

Let’s talk about this rug runner:


I’m am loving jute rugs right now.
They just look good.
From a practical standpoint…meh.
They’re not exactly the most cushy thing underfoot.
They also shed. A lot.
In fact, when I first got it, it completely clogged up my vacuum and I had to take the entire thing apart.
It sheds less now but there is still a considerable amount fibers all over the place that I’m constantly cleaning up.

I’ve been working with Medallion Rug again to find an area rug that will not only be beautiful but much more practical.  You may remember I have a Persian Rug from them that is in my kitchen which I love…


Medallion Rug has thousands of area rugs, new and vintage, to select from but they also have out of this world customer service.
Most people need a rug to fit a space that isn’t standard measurements.
I told them the type of rug I was looking for by way of style, color and size and within a few days they’ve put together a personalized gallery with my specifications.
It couldn’t be easier.  Here are a handful of my favorites…

Option 1

Option 2

Which is your favorite?
Stay tuned for the reveal.

To see more of rugs from Medallion Rug visit their site.

Time to change the air filters again!

I am proud to be a 3M-sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products. Additional products used in the project were selected by me.

If you’ve been following along with me, the time has come again to change your air filters.


As you know I’ve had the great opportunity to be a Filtrete Brand blogger this past year. Part of my duties have been to review 4 different Filtrete Air Filters throughout the year. After almost a full year of replacing the cheap filters we normally buy with Filtrete Filters I really do notice difference in the quality of our indoor air. Having said that I have become converted to value of Filtrete Filters and will only use them now.

This past weekend we replaced our Filtrete Micro Allergen Reduction Filter (MPR 1000) with the Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Filtrete Filter (MPR 1900).

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Utah has had a particularly mild winter up until now. In fact, we were playing outside in t-shirts earlier this December.  As a result of our long fall our allergies really suffered. Old man winter didn’t fail to deliver his annual dose of sickness around our house. We were plagued by lots of runny noses, coughing and congestion.

I love that our Filtrete Filters attract and capture airborne particles that can carry bacteria and viruses from the air passing through the filter. That, and I’ve been experimenting with oil pulling (google it) which may have something to do with it to. Look how much gunk my filter captured in just a couple short months:

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Regularly changing your Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filter (MPR 1900) is one way to help keep your system run efficiently because a dirty filter restricts airflow and makes the system work harder.

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Yes, our filter looks gross but a dirty filter is a good sign. The Filtrete Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filter (MPR 1900) captures 93% of large airborne particles from the air passing through the filter.  Checking your Filtrete Filter every month and changing it at least every three months is just one of the things you can do to help create a cleaner, fresher and healthier home.

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To learn more about the Filtrete Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filter (MPR 1900) and Filtrete Brand’s other air filters click here.