From the functional to the purely decorative, slipcovers have a long history in interior design. People have been using them since medieval times as furniture coverings for protection and style. The slipcover trend began with simple sheet like coverings, whose main purpose was to protect from the elements when it wasn't being used.
Slipcovers have evolved into a wide variety of different styles and materials moving from functionality to creating furniture with style!
By the 18th century, the slipcover had become a design tool for wealthy homeowners. They began to have slipcovers made with materials that coordinated with their drapery fabrics and could be changed out seasonally. Elaborate detailing such as French pleating, cording, ruffles and special buttons add interest and a highly customized look to any piece of furniture.
Even ghost chairs are given a whole new twist when introduced to the slipcover!!
The slipcover fashion trends of the Victorian era were loosely fitted –the beginnings of today’s shabby chic. Not limited to seating, the headboard in this room has its own slipcover as well!!
Traditional Home, Photo by Emily Followill
A beautiful dining room - these slipcovers have slipcovered tops!
Source - Tara Shaw
People found that by making the covers a bit larger, they still looked good when their linen or union cloth fabric stretched with summer’s heat and humidity and shrunk with the dry interior air of winter
I love the look of slipcovers on dining chairs - this additional cushion really creates sophistication and comfort.
The simple design of these tab slipcovers are brilliant. We plastered this home for designer Pam Pierce was featured in Antique Shops and Designers' magazine!
And of course, we can't forget about the slipcovered bench!!!
Miss Mustard Seed blog gives a wonderful tutorial on how to make slipcovers from painters drop clothes, which can range in price from $5-$30 depending on the size. Durable, great looking and a real bargain!!! To find out how, go HERE!
Here is another dropcloth used for an office chair slipcover. Made by Teresa Cozy Cottage Slipcovers, it was washed 10 times before being made.
Living in the Great Outdoors
One of the best things about slipcovers is that they are easy to remove and clean. This makes them the perfect covering solution for outdoor furniture. Weather resistant, but stylish, materials like Sunbrella have opened up the doors for beautiful and comfortable outdoor living rooms and seating areas.
Current slipcovers come in a wide range of prices and wonderful styles. You can have custom tailored slipcovers or.....
......choose from many different ready-made options, such as these Arte Pura sold by Beadboard Upcountry. From medieval times to 2013-this trend started centuries ago is here to stay!!!
Don't Forget about Mother's Day and Graduation! The new Segreto boutique and gallery has a full range of unique gifts for everyone on your list!! Jewelry, dishes, beach and pool wear hats and bags, candles, books, aprons, art, home accessories and more!! Visit us at 1414 Antoine Dr. 77055, 8-5 M-F. We will also be at MAI building 2 On Wed May 1st 10-6 with our Jewelry. 8731 Katy Freeway next to MAI Consigned. Till next week! xo Leslie
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