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Happy Memorial Day weekend! We’re excited to bring you a patio pick-me-up project to kick off the holiday, courtesy of guest blogger Kristen Forgione of The LifeStyled Company. Enjoy! -Meagan

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I started looking at my patio a few months ago and while I really love the space, it just started looking tired. Really tired. I love my house - every inch of it - but there are days that I LOATHE everything in it. Even as a professional stylist I sit there and think, “what were you thinking when you thought that brown couch was a good idea?”

I think this happens most of us, and in my opinion these little transitions are healthy. It’s important to embrace your evolving style and recognize when things don’t look the way you want them to. And part of “embracing” it is being able to act on the impulse to change it, right? 

So while I was there staring at my patio I decided I needed to do something about it, and quick! For these types of projects I don’t usually order from a catalog. One, they tend to be overpriced (I mean, it’s retail) and two, a catalogue purchase has no character. No story! No nothing! It’s brand new! I love me some brand new things, like bras, make-up, cereal… but for me, it’s not a requirement in furniture and accessories. So, with these thoughts in mind I set out to find the perfect piece to start transforming my patio.

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I walked into Goodwill on Sale Saturday and there she sat. My lady. I lovingly named her “Helen.” She just looks like a Helen. She’s part Helen Mirren part Helen Hunt with a twist of Kate Hudson (not a Helen but she just IS and we don’t argue with things that just “are”). The best part about Helen: she was $139.99, which I got for 50% off ($70). I was so proud - and determined to make Helen a beauty once again!

You might be thinking “Thanks but no thanks! I don’t know how to sew a button let alone reupholster a couch!” Neither do I. I also did it without sewing a thing. Yep, I did. [click to continue…]

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