Vintage French Sheet Slipcovers: Part 1


This is such a pretty photo of my little living room...taken by the super talented team of
Victoria Pearson and Heather Bullard
for Country Living Magazine

 those are some very old and creaky windows 
on the wall behind the pine bench, so I'm really glad they don't show !

We have some fun and interesting plans in the works for that wall
 ( a new space for dining and entertaining!)
but that's another story

So lets talk about the couch...
 the story with this couch
(why does all of my furniture have a story? too weird)
is that I basically got it for free,
well almost free...
When we bought this house I needed a small couch and 
 I had tons of American Express Rewards points so 
I turned them into Pottery Barn gift cards 
and bought a couch...yep it was quite a few gift cards

Here is the couch in the catalog:
It is called the Greenwich Loveseat
It has a tight back which makes it seem deeper for a small couch
 the lines are clean and simple 
with plenty of room for pillows

I also thought that it would look great slip covered without being too frilly

Because the living room is rather long and narrow,  there are only a few ways to place the furniture
so the back of couch can be seen most of time.

I know that doesn't sound like a big problem but how often do
we really think about how the back of a couch looks?

And what fabric to use for the slip covers?!

Once again I called on my wonderful friend Wendy Lewis

I purchased some wonderful faded floral fabric
very similar to this

my original plan was to slip cover the cushions in the floral and the rest of the couch
in white or cream linen...
but in the end the fabric seemed lightweight and bit too feminine
and maybe not quite strong enough to hold up to
dogs, muddy shoes and coffee stains

So how about thick French Linen sheets?


I purchased 3 really big sheets.
Two with red monograms like this one

and one with a white monogram and ladder cut work like this one 

None of them match 
but the weight is very similar
and they feel old and washed and very antique!

Just what I was looking for...

Next post...
Part 2
getting creative and putting it all together 

  1. thank you Stacy!!! I hope you like how it turned out!

    xo Kelley

  2. Staying tuned... I like where this story seems to be heading....

  3. I adore this room. Soooooo glad to find the source, I've saved it on Pinterest.

  4. Looking forward to reading about the whole room. Noticed you had herbiers. This is the fourth room I have seen them in recently. Where do you find them? Ann

  5. Wow, I can't believe you had that many POINTS! I don't even keep track of my points, and I don't even know how. I should probably look into it! Love those vintage wooden pins on that mantel- every time I see this photo, I can't stop looking at their vertical forms.

  6. Repurposing vintage fabrics is my joy (tho I have to hire a seamstress to do any work). I loved part one! Don't keep us waiting to long please.

    1. Hi Becky, I use a seamstress too!
      ; o ))))

  7. I can't wait to see what you are going to do with those sheets. I know it will knock my socks off!

  8. You can never go wrong with those old French sheets; can't wait to see the next part of the story!

  9. Love those that a small flange detail instead of cording? Loved the article in Country Living...I left it at the lake darn so I can't wait to revisit it!!

  10. Love this room? Who is the artist of the painting above the mantel?

    1. Thank you Kate, the artist is Jean Jack. Just google her to see more. Her work is wonderful

      Cheers, Kelley


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