A Sofa Slipcover Review with my friends at Comfort Works

Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that you thought was timeless and you were going to love it forever, then a few years later you’re a little bored and the love is fading? That’s exactly how I felt with my sofas, just a little ‘meh’.

My sofas are from the IKEA Stocksund range, IKEA sofas are durable, practical and very affordable. Ours are super comfortable and only a couple of years old, they are still in perfect condition and they work well in our living room. The issue is that I am interior decor obsessed and I like to change things around often. I felt stuck in a rut with my current blue and white ticking sofas and was longing for a fresh new look.

That’s when I decided to have a look at Comfort Works and see what they offered in the way of IKEA sofa covers or more specifically Stocksund sofa covers. I think slipcovers are a great choice for families as they are so carefree ….. who wants to be that parent that is always yelling at the kids and wrecking all the fun by being precious about the furniture? Not me!

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When I asked for your advice and ideas about my fabric selection on my social media I was inundated with so many questions, so I popped up a quick blog post about the ordering process and a few other questions.
If you missed it you can find it here.

I was blown away by the customisation options and range of beautiful fabrics available at Comfort Works.

Firstly, lets talk about the fabrics. They have curated a collection of beautiful colours in a selection of both synthetic and natural fibres. Natural fibres tend to be softer and comfortable but less durable, while the synthetic fibres are tough but not as comfortable. A natural and synthetic blend tend to be a great compromise of comfort and durability. They also have speciality fabrics available like velvet and leather.

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I chose the KINO fabric for my sofas. They are from the Heavy Duty range and are 100% polyester. This fabric will withstand lots of wear and tear from the pets and kids, it will hold up to lots of washing and is the most hardwearing fabric in the collection. With three kids and 2 pets, this is just what we need!

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I also chose to have contrasting piping for my sofas. This is another customisation option available, you can choose plain seams, matching piping or contrast piping. I know most people tend do do a darker colour for the body of the sofa and a lighter colour for the piping, while I love this look I really want these slipcovers to be as carefree as possible, so I chose a mid strength colour for the body of my sofas and a dark colour for the piping.
I think if you want to do the reverse, with the light coloured piping, slipcovers are the only way to do it. Can you imagine trying to clean white piping on a sofa without removable covers!

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The last, and most exciting customisation option I chose was to have long skirted covers. The Stocksund sofa has tall legs and is high from the ground. I thought the open air underneath them would give our living room a sense of space, which it does, but now I find myself wanting a more intimate looking space and the long skirted slipcovers have created the warm and inviting atmosphere that I was looking for.

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Other customisation options include built-in USB ports, yes you read that correctly, you can have a USB port built into your slipcovers for easy-peasy charging of all your devices. Genius!

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Comfort Works kept me updated with every step of the order process from the beginning through to shipment details and delivery date.
When my covers arrived they were neatly folded and packaged with care. They all had individual labels telling me what part of the sofa they were for, no guessing required. It made it so easy to pop them on, I had a whole new look in under half and hour!

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So, the big question on the edge of everyones lips is – Am I happy with my new slipcovers?
ABSOLUTELY!
I am thrilled with them!
The fabric is softer than I was anticipating and the fit is perfect. I love the colours I chose and the contrast piping is amazing. The best part of all … the long skirts, they have completely changed the look and vibe of these sofas and it truly feels like I have all new furniture.

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I am so happy with entire process and I have no hesitation in recommending Comfort Works for all your custom sofa covers and slipcover needs.
I am already planning my next transformation!

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Happy Shopping!

Hayley

DISCLOSURE – I was gifted my slipcovers by Comfort Works. As you all know, I would never recommend anything unless I have used it or experienced it for myself. I know you trust me and I will not betray your confidence by recommending an inferior product or brand. All opinions above are my own.

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Redis-Cover your Sofa!

It seems I’m not the only one interested in giving my sofa a facelift!
I shared a little peek of my project on my Instagram over the weekend and my message box exploded with questions. I thought I would give you all the details here instead of repeating myself 3,758 times.
Here’s the most common questions I got asked ….

Your Sofa is an Ikea Stocksund, but do they do covers for other sofas?

YES! Not only Ikea sofas, although they do nearly every Ikea sofa currently and previously on the market, but also sofas from Pottery Barn, West Elm, Restoration Hardware and more.

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My Sofa – IKEA Stocksund

What if my sofa isn’t from any of these brands?

They do a made-to-measure range where you can select the sofa that is the closest style to your own depending on the arm style and shape, then measure it yourself. They have a handy video on their website and you are encouraged to send in a photo of your sofa so they can help you find the best fit.

Did you say you are having ‘skirted’ slip covers?

YES! Many of the sofas have the option to choose a skirted or non skirted option. There is also options for plain seams, piping or contrast piping. You really do the ability to customise your cover just the way you want it.

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The Ikea Stocksund with a Comfort Works skirted cover in Kino Denim.

Do they make slipcovers for other things too?

YES! They also do covers for armchairs, dining chairs, barstools, ottomans and sofa beds.

How do you choose the fabric?

I ordered some sample fabrics first. Often fabrics look different in person, it’s aways a good idea to touch and feel the fibres and see the colour in your own space before making your final selection.
They also suggest that you rub it against your skin, give it a wash, really put it to the test before you place your order.

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Kino Frost and Kino Denim

Is it expensive?

NO! I was pleasantly surprised at the prices! It’s much more affordable than buying a new sofa and the fact that the covers are machine washable at home saves you on professional cleaning fees down the track.

Do they ship to Australia?

YES! They ship to Australia and nearly the whole world including most of Europe, Asia and America. See here for a full list.

Where do I get them?

From Comfort Works … right here!

OK, I think I’ve answered the most popular questions, if you have any more please don’t hesitate to send me a message!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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It’s a Colourful Life – Christmas Home Tour

This year I was invited to join some of my favourite bloggers on a Christmas home tour.
The gorgeous Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles and Rachel from Pencil Shaving Studio put this one together and I am so excited with the group of gorgeous girls they have handpicked for you!

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Firstly, let me just say I am totally chuffed to be part of such a fabulous group. I feel like I’ve found my tribe with these colour loving gals, their homes are bright, bold and beautiful and I love them all.

OK, If you are following the tour, you’ve probably just come from the self-proclaimed freak herself, Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof, her pops of bright colour and amazing wallpaper selections always makes me smile.
(The full list of the home tour is at the bottom of this post)

Let’s go!
Today I’m going to share my living room and bedroom with you.

I recently discovered plaid, I mean I knew it existed, but I have ever used it in my home before. Then I found a fabulous plaid at Pottery Barn that has a touch of blue in it, so it mixes back with my #blueandwhite home beautifully. Now, I have a little obsession with plaid, OK, make that a BIG obsession with plaid! It was my inspiration for this years Christmas colour palette, I pulled the red and green from the plaid, and added it to my existing blue and white decor.

I’ve also added lots of metallic accents like mercury glass, silver and galvanised metal to give it some sparkle!

Lets start in my living area where you are welcomed with pops of red and lots of plaid which is perfect with my blue and white ticking sofa.

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My favourite thing is this room is the sweet pillow with embroidered and beaded details. The colour and art have a vintage vibe that I adore, and the map of the North Pole has been a great conversation starter with the kids.

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I also adore these gorgeous little sugared fruit decorations that I found at my supermarket for 80 cents each, proving that it doesn’t cost a fortune to decorate your home!

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Just off the living room and next to the kitchen is this little area that I have turned into a FROZEN hot chocolate bar. It’s summer in Australia and too hot for the traditional hot chocolate so we’ve put in our own spin on it. The kids absolutely love it and it’s getting quite the workout!

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Everyone has their own mug and we have a few spares for guests.

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I designed the artwork myself and my Dad brought it to life. It was a quick and easy activity and I love that it is personalised with our family name.
I bought the large frame from a local thrift store for a few dollars, the frame was originally a yellow pine wood, it only took me a few minutes to spray paint it white. My Dad has a giant printing machine so he printed my artwork to look like a blackboard, I’m sure you could get this done at your local printers. Then I added 2 small brass rings to the top of the frame to use the ribbon for hanging.

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And as for the frozen hot chocolate, here’s a couple I prepared earlier …

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Let’s go to my bedroom next where the backdrop of my blue walls really makes the red and plaid pop!

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I’ve paired it with all white bed linen to keep it from looking too dark, and added the Merry & Bright pillowslips for a festive touch.

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I popped some traditional Christmas flowers – amaryllis – on the bedsides in these gorgeous glass vases, I love the little bit of sparkle the mercury glass vase brings.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colourful Christmas home tour!
I’ll be sharing more of my Christmas decor over the next few weeks on my Instagram here.

 Now, refresh your cup of tea or glass of wine, and pop over to all of Tuesdays and Wednesday’s home tours, they are listed below, seriously guys, there is so much inspiration in these gals homes and style, you don’t want to miss them!

Then tomorrow start with Pencil Shavings Studio and say hello to Rachel who loves blue and white nearly as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us!

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Wednesday, December 5
 
Thursday, December 6

 Happy Christmas Decorating!

Hayley x

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Gift Guide 2018 – For my Blue & White loving tribe!

I couldn’t let this opportunity slip by!

The chance to share all my favourite blue and white finds, some of them that you haven’t even seen before, just in time for Christmas shopping! That’s right, I’ve kept a few pieces in hiding until this blog post. I wanted to reveal all the goodies together to give you all an equal chance to nab your favourite pieces before they sell out, and they will sell out, because they are all AH-MAZ-ING!

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Blue and White ceramics have been around for 100’s of years, they are used in many different decorating styles these days from Chinoiserie to Hamptons, Coastal, Country, Nautical and more.

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I’ve also included some of the essential styling items that we all like to mix in with our B&W … things like rattan, silver, iron and white ceramics. They all compliment each other and are sometimes necessary to break up all the B&W.

I’ve also tried to include pieces that will work in all the different decorating styles so hopefully you can find something perfect for your home and your style.

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Australia has come a long way in the home decor market over the last last few years … finally! We have many more options available to us now, so I’m going to tell you exactly why I chose each of these pieces and what I love about them.

Scroll Pattern with gold trim Ginger Jar – These speciality ginger jars with gold trim are some of the most coveted pieces by B&W collectors. They are hard to find and sell out at lightening speed. Never fear, I’ve found the mother load! There is only 1 or 2 pieces of each design and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This will be a treasured piece to hand down through the generations, good luck just choosing one!

Lotus Ginger Jar – I chose these ginger jars because they have a striking blue pattern that really demands attention and they are a great price for the size which makes it affordable when you want 2. I love to buy things in pairs, styling with pairs brings symmetry and symmetry makes my heart sing.

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Rattan Round Tray with Cloche – OK, lets be honest here, I have wanted one of these for ages. I don’t care if I never use it, it can sit in my home and look gorgeous. Rattan brings an instant country or coastal vibe to your home, especially when mixed with blue and white. It is classic, affordable and would make a lovely gift paired with some luxury food items.

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Rectangle Rattan Tray – A tray is such a versatile item. Use it to create a stylish coffee table vignette with a stack of books, a few B&W pieces in varying heights and a candle ….. Use it in the bathroom for your bath items, a beautiful orchid in a blue & white pot and a candle ….. Use it to carry your plates and cutlery from the kitchen to the dining table or use it to serve your loved ones breakfast in bed.

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Shibori Throw – I love the organic nature of this Shibori throw. If you don’t love floral prints, Shibori is another way to break up all the graphic prints and harsh lines. It brings movement to your space and a fabulous pop of colour.

Mohair blanket – Ummm, did you see this blanket? Mohair is made from pure angora goat wool, it is super soft and indulgent. This one is the most beautiful duck-egg blue and just oozes sophistication. Everyone deserves a little bit of luxury, right? This is one of those gifts that you would absolutely love to receive but is probably something you would never indulge in yourself, I think it’s those things that makes the best gifts!

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Stonewashed Linen quilt set – Y’all know how I feel about linen, completely obsessed! I chose this quilt cover set because it is plain white so it will mix back with any colour, including our beloved B&W, but what I really caught my eye was the sweet fringing around the edge. It’s the small details like this that really elevate a piece into something special.

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Melmaison ginger jars – I love something that is unique, the print on this jar is hand painted with the brands own signature print by Chinese artisans. You won’t see this pattern everywhere. Again, at under $100 per jar, they are well priced and perfect to style in pairs.

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Shiloh cushions – A classic trellis pattern evokes a chinoiserie vibe, but the gentle colour palette makes it beautiful for many more home style. I love creating a mix of cushions consisting of one graphic print, one floral or organic type print and one solid. This trellis ticks all the boxes for my graphic selection.

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Bailey cushions – I choose this one because I love the colours, the baby blue and navy blue has the ability to feel quite cold, but the pop of mustard on this cushion instantly warms it up.  I also love the strong embroidered pattern.

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Providence Urn – This piece is such a classic shape and is finished in a beautiful hand crackled finish. The natural white ceramic looks amazing with a group of blue and white pieces, it gives your eye somewhere to rest and brings a sense of timeless French style.

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Avery Stand – I love adding a little bit of vintage to every space, but it’s not always possible to find the right piece for each space. This iron stand is hand painted to appear aged and brings that same warmth and sense of history to your display. It is such a versatile piece, I love it styled with a plant or flowers, or you can use as a bowl/food stand and cloche for food as it is actually 2 pieces.

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Open Weave rectangular basket – Not just for fashion, a great bag like this one also makes a gorgeous styling prop. Fill it with books or magazines, or use it for your knitting, whatever you put in it will look stylish. Also, seagrass is a perfect warm compliment to B&W, particularly gorgeous in Coastal homes.

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Decorative Bell on Jute – Like that little cherry on the top of your ice-cream sundae, this little bell is a finishing touch that adds interest and personality. I adore it’s braided wool embellishment in our favourite colour palette.

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Whale Cushions – For the nautical and coastal homes, whale decor is a necessity, and this cushion is so chic. It is embroidered on a natural cotton with contrasting piping, the blue colour palette mixes perfectly with your B&W pieces.

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Wooden Boat – While we are talking coastal and nautical …. how fun is this wooden boat? It is a playful decor item, but the rustic wood makes it stylish rather than childish. I love adding a conversational piece like this to a space, and its B&W.

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Pink Leopard cushion – Sometimes you need a bright pop of colour to break up all the B&W. This pink cushion is so fabulous and would be ideal for a modern chinoiserie styled home.

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Cowrie Shell necklace – Shells go hand in hand with B&W in Coastal and Hamptons style homes. The tribal necklaces look beautiful on stands, on the wall or around the neck of a giant ginger jar.

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Squat Jar – What I really loved about this jar is the shape. It is a substantial size, but it is low, which makes it great for a coffee table or dining table because it doesn’t block the conversation, it’s also perfect for the kitchen bench as it fits under the overhead cupboards without looking crammed in.  I have been searching for a piece like this for ages!

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Mini Ginger Jars – Yes, Mini! We all love something that is miniature and these ginger jars are no exception. They are the perfect size to use in the kitchen for tea, coffee or sugar.

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Egg basket – This caught my eye as soon as I saw it, I can imagine it in a Country or Farmhouse kitchen full of fresh eggs and styled with some vintage B&W pieces handed down through the generations.

Melmaison teacups – Everyone loves a pretty tea cup and this is one of the prettiest ones I’ve found in ages. The delicate blue and white print is complimented by a shiny gold trim. It’s lovely to drink from and would make a lovely gift, especially when paired with some fancy tea.

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Spotty Bowls – Hello spots! Have I told you how much I love spots? They are playful and classic and I love these little bowls for ice-cream sundaes on a Sunday night.

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XL Silver Clock – This is such a statement piece! Silver always looks classy with B&W ginger jars and this clock is the perfect piece to style with a pair of ginger jars on a sideboard or entry table.

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Anchor Tote – Jute and anchors are classic coastal elements, this waterproofed bag is highly functional for a beach day, but it also looks just a fabulous in your home as part of the decor.

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B&W Decorations – Most definitely not just for Christmas, I think these will be sweet little additions to a bedside vignette or coffee table tray. Keep an eye on my Instagram, I’m sure you’ll see these pop up in my photos often.

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Chinoiserie Pet Bowl – Our fur babies are part of our family so why not let them have a bit of B&W too, this doggy bowl is absolutely gorgeous and will look equally fabulous in your home.

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Ready, Set … GO!

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Happy Blue & White shopping friends!

Hayley x

Disclosure : Some of these pieces were gifted, all of them were hand selected by me, all opinions are my own. Y’all know I don’t share things unless I love them, love the quality and love the brand.

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