Before & After: Cubbie Storage Bench + Greatroom Update


There has been a little sewing going on around here. We purchased this Martha Stewart cubbie-storage bench from Home Depot to put right inside the french doors in the great room. It came with a plain cushion so I bought some home dec fabric during the labor day sale at Joanns. What I really wanted to do was a whole entry-style unit including wall hooks for hanging jackets and such, and use the cubbie for shoes, dog items and other outdoor paraphenalia. David didn’t agree, saying that it would just accumulate junk, so we comprimised. We got the cubbie, but instead of hooks we hung our new tree of life print above it.

Do you remember this photo of our under-construction great room? Well, besides the cubbie bench we’ve finally started furnishing it to a point it is somewhat livable. We’ve been really budget conscious, so it remains on the bare side as we decide over time how best to use the space. The sofa was a happy hand-me-down from David’s parents. Otherwise the most expensive item in the room was the Ikea Bjursta dining table and bench (which we keep in the bedroom unless we have company for dinner). This is a bit of an older photo, but you can get an idea of the layout (a rare moment not toy strewn). I’ve since changed that stretch-frame fabric for a different print in an actual frame (see below). That wall is so big, I’m not sure what we’re going to do there. Shelving? A collage of frames? One huge piece of art (that we likely can’t afford)?

The only other purchases I haven’t mentioned are the 8×10 rug we bought for $100 at HomeGoods and that coffee table ottoman that we bought on sale at Fred Meyer for $50 (which I love because it is soft – no bumped heads and such). Everything else we’ve had.

P.S. After re-reading this I realized I wanted to mention that quilt above the sofa. My mother-in-law made it for us from  an old Pottery Barn sample book of discontinuted (mostly) velvet swatches of upholstery fabric. For the backing and sides she used an old deep burgundy velvet table cloth we were getting rid of. Its very heavy and very cozy. 🙂


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9 thoughts on “Before & After: Cubbie Storage Bench + Greatroom Update

  1. Emily, your sense of style is really fabulous! Can you come and help me with my place?!

  2. looks great! so bright and airy. it looks so calm. (which is a good place to start when you’re adding two little ones to the space, right?)

  3. beautiful! i love the bench and your living space looks so inviting!

  4. Looks Fantastic! Great custom touch with the cushion and I love all the light in the room. Oh, and great pendant light!

  5. Looking great em!!! Love your touches and details what a great space this is for the family!

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  7. Lovely! Do you have a tutorial or suggestions on how to recover? I looked at doing that, but didn’t want to bother with the piping. Thanks!

  8. Thanks! I don’t have a tutorial (my sewing is iffy at best), but here is a similar one I read recently that might help:

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