Yup, they fell in love and so last month they moved in together.
|Meet Brandon - he's the big one on the right holding his nephew.|
|We were aiming for a sleek shabby chic.|
|...with pink as our accent color.|
And Brandon (who also enjoys watching sports from a reclining position) is not a little guy - he's 6'4" - so her moss green "love seat" was more of a "hate seat" for him. Luckily, she was able to foster it out to a loving home (with shorter residents) and they adopted a new full size couch from a friend who was moving to New York.
This adoption was a giant step in the direction of transforming "hers" into "theirs".
Except..."The couch has some small rips and the satin cushions are dingy," Erica told me on the phone.
"We can reupholster it!" I declared feeling like supermom. That is, until I realized that their house blues weren't limited to a touch of older couch flu...it was really more of chronic condition that had spread to many of the furnishings.
In order to transform their space into the sleek and modern flat they desired we were going to reupholster:
1. the aforementioned couch,
2. the clashing ottoman,
3. the floral slipper chair,
4. the fake Tuscan painting,
5. the dining chair cushions,
6. and two lampshades.
I'm tired just typing all that!
We began treatment with a stiff shot of antibiotics in the form of a trip to Home Fabrics. With the help of some girlfriends we ferreted out some bargain fabrics in a terrific new color palate.
|Erica and Megan pose for their "Engineers Decorate!" pilot episode cover shot.|
True confessions here...it had me a little worried too. I mean, any fabric you have to sew wearing sunglasses gives rise to some misgivings.
But Erica has always had a gift for color and she's still got it. Wait until you see the final result.
Now don't think for a second that I was doing all this work on my own - these two are a fun-loving couple and game for just about anything. So I dressed them up like Mariachis and handed them staple removers.
|"Ready to remove staples boss!"|
|Erica was a good sport about removing staples...in the beginning.|
|Brandon had the best technique so removed more than his fair share.|
|Of course there was still loads of hand-sewing to do...|
|The finished couch looks very tailored with the grey suit-weight upholstery, Ultrasuede bolsters, and geometric throw cushions.|
|This is the "before" slipper chair pic.|
|We'd already reupholstered the slipper chair once before to make it pink so it went quickly.|
|The color totally works - it's more than an occasional chair - it's art!|
|They pretty much completed the ottoman redo on their own.|
|Just to refresh your memory - the old ottoman was green and skirted - very feminine.|
|The new ottoman is sleek and tailored - nice!|
|It's like the apartment "grew up" - martinis anyone?|
|And that slipper chair is the star of the show.|
|The happy (but exhausted) couple are super happy that it's all over.|