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March 27, 1993 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-03-27

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enthuses. Proving struggle can be stylish,
young families and professional couples are
using vivid colors and richly textured fabrics
to create a mood and reveal their personal
styles. But Kivi admits it takes an education
for younger customers to understand slip-
covers. "The less it looks like a slipcover, the
more willing they are to accept it."
Twenty-somethings aren't the only ones
using slipcovers, People who grew up with
them are returning to the sense of familiari-
ty they provide. "Slipcovers make furniture
more inviting," says Barbara Giemsky of In-
teriors by Design. "They have a comfortable
look that begs you to curl up and read a book"
Great for preserving the magnificence of a fa-
vorite piece of furniture, slipcovers are very
versatile. Choose taut-fitting or the looser, Eng-
lish-style slipcovers. Or, change the skirting
and show a little leg on a piece with great
woodwork.
While almost anything can be slipcovered,
they are not a panacea for every design dilem-
ma. "People here do not understand slipcov-
ers," explains Minas, of Minas Upholstering.
"They think they can cover a broken arm or
holes in their furniture and that's it." Minas
contends that slipcovers are not used here like
in Europe. "In Europe, slipcovers were made
to protect good upholstery." And while they
do extend the life of furniture — up to five
years, depending on the fabric — the slipcover
debate about practicality does continue.
Arlene Kass of Colony Interiors, specializ-
ing in contemporary, eclectic and non-tradi-
tional furnishings, has not had any requests
for slipcovers. She reasons that "many clients
who want to celebrate a change of seasons
have summer or winter homes." She does feel
slipcovers are great for a "quick color change
or change of mood," but her clients usually
prefer to invest in a good piece of new furni-
ture, rather than rejuvenate something old.
Reason and practicality, however, do not
always win in home decorating. Slipcover a
sentimental piece to put in a guest bedroom.
Salvage comfortable, yet unsightly pieces that
no longer match your decor. Restore the el-
egance and flair of a faded room. Slipcovers
only take about two to three weeks to have
made. And if you still need practical, cover ex-
tra dining room chairs to use in front of a bay
window. Remove the slipcovers when you
have extra guests for dinner.
Couples with young children love slipcov-
ers because their kids (and other domesti-
cated animals) can jump all over an ottoman
or couch, and they just remove the cover and
throw it in the washer. End of problem. And

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