The poor thing sat dejected on piles of books in the middle of our living room for 1 year! And let me tell you, when you have two kids under the age of 10 who seem to believe that our living room is their own personal gymnastics facility, those books didn’t have a chance. We were constantly lifting up the ottoman to restack those books underneath.
Does it kill me that I wasn’t able to get some recycled or repurposed features in it? Sure. But I also know that my design style is a funny blend of second hand, new, and repurposed. And when I look around at the furniture pieces in my living room, this is the only new piece…and we made it! It’s not even store bought. We got exactly what we wanted – an oversized ottoman that could serve as a coffee table, extra seating, a foot rest for everyone who visits, and a gymnastic vault for the kids.
I love it! BUT…I don’t think it’s actually done yet. I’m actually toying with the idea of painting a design on the fabric. The pattern choices are marinating in my brain and we’ll see if anything comes of it. I’m thinking darker blue swirls or square-ish shapes ‘stamped’ on with a DIY screenprint-style stamp on recycled styrofoam a la The Meta Picture. What do you think? Do I dare? I have some extra fabric to try some sample work beforehand, so that reduces the risk a bit.
Until next time…
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