The January 2009 Country Living runs a great article 'Recycled Chic' on page 27. The essence of the feature is about finding and restoring interesting furniture tracked down through charity shops or ebay.
You may not need to trawl through ebay looking for 'elegant upholstered pieces simply in need of new covers' as Country Living journalist Caroline Reeves suggests. Take a look at what's already in the family. Now picture that interesting old couch transformed with a new fabric outer and looking just like new. How would it look in your living room. It's worth considering.
Good Housekeeping January 2009 edition number 1 tip on page 66 - "Expert updates on a credit crunch budget" is....yes you've guessed it...."Give your threadbare sofa a new incarnation by shielding the shabbiness with removable washable loose covers."
Who am I to argue with Good Housekeeping journalist Samantha Trapp.
Best wishes one and all for a very Happy Christmas and remember, if it's all starting to look a bit tired and worn in the new year, just follow the advice of the home magasine experts and consider loose covers or reupholstery to breathe new life into the look of your home.