Curtain Design

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I am a big fan of curtains and drapes, and have always been. They are one of the easiest ways to give a room or any space a face lift and they have the power to instantly brighten or soften a room.

Gjithnje kame qene adhuruese e madhe e cdo lloj perdeje, dhe si e tille edhe kam mbetur. Nje prej menyrave me te lehta per t’a zbukuru nje dhome eshte permes perdeve. Ato kane fuqi qe ne menyre instante ta qelin dhe t’a zbusin atmosferen ne dhome.

Since I love curtains so much I always try to come up with unique and fun designs.

Pasi qe i dua perdet aq shume, gjithmone mundohem qe te krijoj dizajne unike dhe qe, sipas meje, jane kenaqesi per t’i shiquar.

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The latest design is this fun curtain which was made for my wardrobe area in my bedroom. However, this cute drape will a make beautiful addition to any room or space, and this design will serve as a prototype for anyone who would be interested to order from the variety of fabrics samples of which are expected to be available next week in my studio.

Dizajni i fundit eshte kjo perde, qe duket qe eshte plote qejf, dhe e cila eshte punuar per kthinen e garderobes ne dhomen time.Megjithate, ky dizajn i perdes munde te jete pjese zbukuruese e cfardo dhome ose hapesire. Ky dizajn do te sherbej si prototip per te gjithe ata qe kishin me qene te interesuar t’a porosisin kete model nga materialet e shumellojta, mostrat e te cilave, do te jene ne dizpozicionin t’uaj qe nga java e ardhshme ne studion time.

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If you need help creating a functional, welcoming home filled with warmth and elegance please do not hesitate to ask for my design/decor services by e mailing at besagmblog@gmail.com. No matter how small the homeowners’ budget is I will help create beautiful living spaces for less.

Nese ju nevojitet ndihme per te kriju nje dekor funkcional, dhe ambiente banuese plot ngrohtesi dhe elegance mos hezitoni te me kontaktoni ne e mail adresen besagmblog@gmail.com dhe te pyesni per sherbimet tona te dizajnit/dekorit. Sado i vogel qe te jet buxheti per dekorin e juaj te radhes, une do te ju ndihmoj qe te krijoni ambiente te bukura te hapsirave te banimit dhe te punes per pak para.

We offer in person and online services. Check the Service icon at the Home page of this blog.

Ne ofrojme sherbime dizajni/dekori ne person si dhe online. Per spektrin e sherbimeve tona klikoni ne ikonen Services te ketije blogu. Ju mirepresim.

Thank you for visiting

Ju falemnderit qe vizituat kete faqe.

Besa

Office Desk and Chair Design

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Thanks to local craftsman my office desk and chair turned exactly the way I have envisioned them. It did not happen quick and easy, but thanks to my patience and persistence, finally I got what I wanted.
Duke ju falemnderuar zejtarve vendor tavolina ime e punes dhe karriga dolen saktesisht ashtu sic i kisha parashikuar. Kjo nuk ndodhi shpejte dhe lehte, por fale durimit dhe kembengulesise sime, me ne fund, mora ate cka kerkoja.

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The day I signed the lease for my interior design studio I had a clear vision how i wanted my front reception area to look.
Qe ne diten kur nenshkrova kontraten mbi qirane per studion e dizajnit, une kisha nje vision te qarte se si doja qe te dukej kthina ballore e studios.

I wanted it to look sharp, crisp and elegant. However, knowing what the local furnishing stores had to offer I new that it is going to be difficult to achieve the look I was envisioning.
Doja qe ajo te dukej mprehet, fresket dhe elegante. Megjithate, duke pasur parasysh se c’fare kishin te ofrojne dyqanet vendore te mobiljeve, e dija se do t’a kisha te veshtire per t’a arrijte look-un te cilin e parashikoja.
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Having this in mind I made some sketches of the desk and chair I had in mind and turned to local craftsman to seek help in creating that “perfect” desk/chair duo.
Duke e pase kete parasyshe, i bera disa skica te tavolines se punes dhe karriges dhe ju drejtova zejtarve vendor qe te me ndihmojne ne krijimin e nje cifti “perfekt” te tavolines dhe karrikes se punes.
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Couple of weeks later, and after some further instructions in between, I got this beautiful chair desk duo which is now beautifying my front office, and as well is showing off the craftsmanship of local artisans.
Pas dy jave, dhe pas disa instrukcioneve shtese ne nderkhohe, u bera me nje set tavoline dhe karrige shume te bukur pune, i cili set tani e zbukuron pjesen hyrese te studios sime, si dhe e tregon punen e zellshme te zejtarve vendor.
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I am more than happy the way those turned out, and also pleased that I found locally everything I needed for this project.
Tani jam me se kenaqur se si doli kariga dhe tavolina, dhe gjithashtu shume e lumtur qe e gjeta materialin e punes ne shitoret vendore.
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Be it as a set or as individual pieces, these items will make a great addition to any home or office.
Qoft si set apo si pjese te vecanta, keta artikuj mobilues paraqesin nje shtese te bukur te dekorit te shtepise apo ambienteve te punes.
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The desk/chair duo will also serve as prototypes and we are open to accept orders for making single pieces or in bulk.
Tavolina dhe karriga do te sherbejne gjithashtu edhe si prototipe, ashtu qe qe nga tani ne pranojme porosi per punimin e tyre si me cope apo ne sasi edhe me te medha.
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If you need help creating a functional, welcoming home filled with warmth and elegance please do not hesitate to ask for my design/decor services by e mailing at besagmblog@gmail.com. No matter how small the homeowners’ budget is I will help create beautiful living spaces for less.
Nese ju nevojitet ndihme per te kriju nje dekor funkcional, dhe ambiente banuese plot ngrohtesi dhe elegance mos hezitoni te me kontaktoni ne e mail adresen besagmblog@gmail.com dhe te pyesni per sherbimet tona te dizajnit/dekorit. Sado i vogel qe te jet buxheti per dekorin e juaj te radhes, une do te ju ndihmoj qe te krijoni ambiente te bukura te hapsirave te banimit dhe te punes per pak para.

We offer in person and online services. Check the Service icon at the Home page of this blog.
Ne ofrojme sherbime dizajni/dekori ne person si dhe online. Per spektrin e sherbimeve tona klikoni ne ikonen Services te ketije blogu. Ju mirepresim.

Thank you for visiting.
Ju falemnderit qe vizituat kete faqe.

Besa GM

Grey Kitchen Design

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‘Grey,’ a colour that is sadly still associated with negativity and dreariness, is actually one of the most popular kitchen colours around!  It is certainly the hottest neutral tone, and not just for the kitchen but for home interiors in general.

Essentially, Grey is a neutral and stable colour tone.  It effects a calming atmosphere, which is perfect for a kitchen, and at the same time carries an innate air of elegance and sophistication.  Implemented with due care, these qualities will carry through beautifully into the home.

I was so happy that in my last project the homeowners colour of choice for their kitchen cabinets was GREY, and we were lucky to find a supplier in the area we live that had this elegant soft lustre grey laminate for front doors and drawers.
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Since the best use of space did not allow for applying any kitchen shape other than straight line shape, I had to add some interest to the kitchen design by incorporating some horizontal glass cabinets and some open shelving at the centre of the kitchen. Glass cabinet door was also used to hide a central heating device which was unwisely installed (by the builder) right beside the kitchen wall and which was “dramatically” visible from all around the living area. For continuous flow, the etched glass doors were used for the shoe cabinet at the entrance.

Instead of using a standard pantry cabinet, I designed these deep botom drawers for storing food supplies and other kitchen staff which is not used daily; and, the empty space below was designed for storing bulky staff or supplies that require air and can be stored in baskets.

Initially, these drawers were designed to be custom made wider, but the cabinet maker did not properly follow the design and the measurements so during the installation of the kitchen we realized that we were ending up with a 20 cmm empty spot at the right side of the kitchen. This was a big fail from their part, but since the owners were in a rush to move in, and did not have time to wait for the drawers to be redone, I had to come up with the idea on how to fill that empty spot which would also serve somehow a function; hence, I designed this wine shelf which will provide for a plenty of storage for homeowners.
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The bottom cabinets are deep drawers which allow for an efficient time spent in the kitchen. In traditional bottom cabinets with doors, one has to bend and search for the stuff stored in those cabinets, whereas using drawers as bottom cabinets everything is visible and right within the reach. This adds to the cooking efficiency as well as to the enjoyment of the time spent in the kitchen.
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While creating the design I was constrained with the design choices since there was no possibility of making any plumbing or ventilation adjustments. Regardless of the constraints, I managed to come up with a design which provides for a plenty of countertop working surface in this rather small kitchen.
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Moreover, the colour and the design of this kitchen is working perfectly with the overall design of the Living and Dining area. The homeowners are loving it, and I am happy that they gave me the chance to help them achieve their goal of having an efficient kitchen which blends beautifully with the Living Room and the Dinning Area.
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If you need help creating a functional, welcoming home filled with warmth and elegance please do not hesitate to ask for my design/decor services by e mailing at besagmblog@gmail.com. No matter how small the homeowners’ budget is I will help create beautiful living spaces for less.

We offer in person and online services. Check the Service icon at the Home page of this blog.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa GM

Custom Dinning Table Set

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This post is all about a Dining Table Set which was custom made for the dinning spot in this Living Room.

Since the dining area in this small living room is right opposite from the sofa, it kind of makes this dining table set as a focal point of the room. Having in mind this I had to pay an extra attention in terms of choosing the design of the chairs, the dining table as well as the colour of the table and chairs.

The client wanted a chic, full size dinning table and chairs but at the same time she wanted that the set is not bulky and does not take a lot of living space.

To achieve this I suggested that we go with the bench seating at one side and three small backless chairs for the other side. When not in use the bench and all the chairs fits nicely and tightly under the table creating the feel of spaciousness in the dinning spot.

As I mentioned the dinning spot is kind of a focal point in this living room so I had to come up with a unique design of a dining table; hence, i designed this very funky dinning room table which at one side has a shelving unit instead of legs, while on the other side a set of curved legs add interest and a bit of glam to the whole dinning set.
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The table color is dark grey while the bench and the chairs are light grey, upholstered in linen fabric and decorated with thumbtacks.
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The dining spot turned quite elegant; it adds interest to the room and, most importantly, it does not feel bulky and does not take a lot of space.
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If you need help creating a functional, welcoming home filled with warmth and elegance please do not hesitate to ask for my design/decor services by e mailing at besagmblog@gmail.com. No matter how small the homeowners’ budget is I will help create beautiful living spaces for less.

We offer in person and online services. Check the Service icon at Home page of this blog.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa GM

Neutral Living Room Design

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My last project involves custom design of all furnishings, including the kitchen and wardrobes of a two bedroom condo in a brand new building located in a most dense Pristina neighbourhood.

The clients were upgrading from a one bedroom to a two bedroom condo. They sold their one bedroom with all their furnishings and they wanted a new design concept for their new place.

They already had in mind what they wanted and they even had in mind a colour scheme, but they needed help in implementing their design concept, so they asked for my help.
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I had to work in a very tight time frame, and within a given budget so pulling everything together for less than a month was quite an achievement for me; considering that this was my first big project, and I was not aware of all of the resources at that time.

The clients were searching for that perfect sofa and chairs for months, but they could not find anything that suited their taste or something that could fit into their small open concept living area within which is the kitchen and dining area also.
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We started with the sofa and chair design first. We opted for a long sofa which would fit up to four persons and two armless chairs. Armless chairs are perfect for small condos as they take up a very small amount of space. Both chairs and the sofa are raised considerably from the floor by using 20 cm decorative legs. Adding legs to the furniture is the best solution for small spaces, as this adds the feel of spaciousness; and, this is exactly how this rather narrow and small living room feels.
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After choosing the sofa and chair design, we had to make a choice of the upholstery fabric and the drapes.
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Where we live the choices of upholstery fabric are rather limited, and you have to make a choice of fabrics which are already in stock. There are no known or renowned brands of upholstery or drapery fabrics represented here so one has to make the best choice of what is found in the market. If you decide to take a route of ordering online than the shipping and custom fees are quite costly, and it takes forever until you get the item shipped to your address; therefore, most of the times it is more reasonable to make the best choices and work with supplies found locally.
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As you can see the living room project turned quite elegant and functional. The living room feels calm, crisp, spacious and above all welcoming. My clients are happy and they are loving it, and I am thrilled that I helped them have such a beautiful and elegant living space.
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In my next post I will be sharing with you the dinnig talbe and dinning chair desing for this condo, so stay tuned.

If you need help creating a functional, welcoming home filled with warmth and elegance please do not hesitate to ask for my design/decor services by e mailing at besagmblog@gmail.com. No matter how small the homeowners’ budget is I will help create beautiful living spaces for less.

We offer in person and online services. Check the Service icon at Home page of this blog.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa GM

Teenage Girl Bedroom Design

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I am so happy and exited that my niece’s bedroom project is finally finished. This was an easy and fun design project to work on, since the major work was done by the painter who did the horizontal stripes on a very rough surfaced wall.
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Simultaneously, while the painting was under its way I worked on redesigning some of the items which were used in the decor of the room such us the clock, the drapes and the shelf above the bed.

Since it was decided not to replace the bed and the wardrobe, I had to work around these items and get the best use of the room and, as well to coordinate colours in the way that would fit my nieces taste. I wanted to go with a simple two colour palette and then she could add colour as her mood changes. I suggested that we go with a charcoal grey and pale grey stripes, so we did and the result was amazing.
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To soften the grey wall stripes, I chose to go with white store bought panel curtains which were customized using a black and white patterned fabric added to the bottom of the panels.
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For some trendy gold accent on the walls I bought a cheap wall clock which, with the power of DIY, turned into a very fun decorative item in the room. For a Kate Spade effect look I tied a thin gold ribon around the shade of this old IKEA lamp and now it looks so cool and stylish.
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The back of the shelf above the bed was painted in vertical stripes with the same colours used on the walls, and it nicely complements the black and white checked wardrobe.
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The new furniture in this bedroom makeover is the desk and the chair, and all other furniture, including the carpet was already there.
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Although the colour scheme is monochromatic, the mood in the room can be changed by adding the splash of colour in the room decor, or just by changing the colours of the bedding.
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All and all the room turned into a very chic spot where my niece will spend her time studying and of course some “texting” in between, and she is looooving it.
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If your teen girl’s or boy’s room needs an update or makeover and you do not have time to deal with it, I am here to help with all your decorating needs. The design services are offered in person and online via Skype. So let me decorate your space; write an e mail at besagmblog@gmail.com and we will take it from there.

Thank you for reading and have a great day.

Besa

Have a Sparkling New Year 2015

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As cliché as it sounds, this year has gone unbelievably fast. It feels like just yesterday when I was writing my last post at the end of the last December which was about my top 10 DIY projects. This year I was not able to engage myself in plenty of DIY’s, however, I was more involved in space planning, color scheme consultation, room makeovers, kitchen planing and design, furniture placement and design, drapery design etc. I was happy to get involved in such projects for some of my family members and a friend and, since each project turned amazing, they are encouraging me to start thinking of starting an interior decor business, something I am about to seriously consider.

Starting from January next year I will be sharing with you the finished projects as well as the ongoing ones, so stay tuned to see what I have been up to; and, until then I wish to all my friends, followers and readers of this blog a fresh start and infinite possibilities in New Year 2015.

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Cheers to a New Year 2015

Thank you for visiting.

Besa

Photography: BESA GM
Styling: BESA GM
Tray: JYSK, redesigned by BESA GM
Black Throw: Cashmere by Lord and Taylor, NY
Accent Pillows: DIY, using a thrift store wool scarf
Champagne Glasses: Crate and Barrel
Bowl: IKEA

Luxe Gift Wrapping

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The easiest way to score big with holiday gift giving is by adding a little bit of shine. Metallics feel festive and happy… just how I want to make someone feel when I’m giving him or her a gift!

Shimmer and shine is a key trend for Christmas decor this year, with bright metallic shades being matched with traditional silver or gold to achieve that elegant luxe style.

I decided to follow the trend so my gifts are all “gold” this year.
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As this look is all about quality and extravagance, I have replaced the wrapping paper with metallic stretch fabric and for the bows I chose a two sided sateen ribbon that has silver strips on both sides.
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To achieve that tidy and sleek look, I hand made and hand stitched the bows to the wrapping fabric.
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To create this look ( for three medium boxes) you need 60 cm of metallic stretch fabric, 5 meters of two sided black sateen ribbon, self adhesive tape, scissors, thread and a needle.
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The overall look turned quite extravagant, but yet elegant and luxurious.
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Have you wrapped your gifts yet? Hope you were not as late as I was.

Happy Holidays.

Besa

Outdoor Holiday Decoration

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This year my holiday decor is minimalistic. I was focusing more on other things that were requiring my attention at this time, and I completely neglected the holiday decor.

Despite being busy with other things, luckily I managed to do some DIY-ing and put a few things together for my outdoor holiday decor.

I started with decorations of lamp posts in our small neighborhood, because I think that there is something truly iconic about a lamp post adorned with decorations around the holidays.
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I wanted to create something pretty, elegant and sturdy at the same time, because It is rainy and quite windy out here so I wanted my decoration to get through the holidays.

For this project I used several yards of thick wire, a plaid water resistant tablecloth 140 cmX180 cm) cut into 15 cm strips, glue gun, florist wire, and gold ornaments for decor.
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Using the glue gun I run a thin layer of glue on every 15 cm distance on the plaid tablecloth, and then I proceeded with cutting. Applying a thin layer of hot glue onto the fabric before cutting, prevents fraying of the fabric after it is cut. Next I cut several pieces of wire in 1 meter lengths, and attached them length wise at one side of the fabric strip. I waited for a few minutes for the glue to settle and then curved the wired fabric strip into a giant bow, secured the center with a piece of florist wire, and decorated it with ornaments. Lastly, using a piece of thick wire, I made a small hanger and attached it to the bow. In less than 2 hours I ended up with a dozen of beautiful gigantic beautiful bows to be hung onto the lamp posts of our neighborhood.
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The next day, applying the same technique, and using different type of fabric, I made some more decorations for the lamp posts and those all turned beautiful.
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I am loving the festive look of our neighborhood with these cute and easy to make decorations, and I hope I have inspired someone to start making them too.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa

DIY Chair Slipcover

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For a revival, many old or worn off chairs need a slipcover or an upholstery job.

My chair was neither old or worn off, but it still needed a slipcover.

I got this beautiful chair few years ago, and haven’t used it that much during these years; but, the moment I started using it, for real, I realized that having white furniture and a big dog is not something that you can have both at the same place. Hence, the sewing skills to slipcover my beautiful chair came very handy.

To make this slipcover I started by searching for fabric. This was a difficult task since, where I live at the moment, there are not so many fabric stores around, and an online fabric purchase does not work as shipping is an issue here. However, after two months of searching I was lucky to find a linen look upholstery fabric in a local discount store, and I immediately started the project.
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First, I made a pattern by tipping over the chair back and the side of the chair onto an extra large garbage bag as this is what I had handy at that time. For making a pattern a large sheet of paper, of course, would be more appropriate and would look less disturbing, if you know what I mean. But, I wanted to make the pattern at that instant moment and the first thing I came accros was a garbage bag. Now I see that it was not a very good idea as it looks pretty gross in the picture. My appologies.

I used a pen to trace around the back of the chair onto the fabric leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance, and added a little extra length at the bottom for the bottom hem. I did the same thing for the sides of the chair.

Using these patterns I cut the fabric and joined the two back pieces. I had to add extra triangles at the sides of the back piece to create an easy fit. Then, I joined the each side and attached them to the inner part of the chair back.

For the seat bottom I just traced the chair cushion out onto my fabric adding 1/2″ seam allowance, and cut it out. Before joining cushion pieces I added piping to both bottom pieces.

Lastly I trimmed the bottom edge to be even,did the hemming and tried the piece on the chair to ensure it fitted. I needed to make a few necessary adjustments and after that all looked perfectly fine.
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From the leftover fabric and using a striped tea towel and a pot holder, I made a a matching toss cushion to complement the slipcover. I think that this cushion makes this slipcover to stand out. I am loving it.
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This slipcover proved to be a life saver as I can now enjoy both, the chair and the dog. Moreover, I will no longer give those nasty looks to my dog when he sniffs or touches the chair with his (not so perfectly clean) paws.

This project costed me less than $20, and I spent about three effective hours to finish it.

I am loving the new look of my chair and, what is more important, I love the possibility of having a clean and spotless chair with a dog around.

Thank you for visiting.

Besa