Style Secret: Slipcovers
Slipcovers and cottage style were made for each other. What's more laid back than tossing a sheet over an old sofa and calling it a day? OK, so it's not quite that simple, but the right slipcover does lend a low-maintenance charm — and hides a multitude of upholstery sins.
Hot tip: The sheet thing? Really, don't do it. Slipcovers should be tailored, closely contouring the piece beneath. There are loads of ready-made styles on the market, but if you're willing to invest a little more cash, you can have one custom-fitted for a crisper profile.