Suede Living Room

Homeowner Julian Whitaker found a designer living room done in rich suede that he really likes, but it has a price tag of $34,000. The Double Take team recreates the designer living room for less than $2,500.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionMicrosuede is a great alternative to suede, as it's inexpensive and often machine-washable.
The designer room has four down-filled pillows covered in a suede handprinted mosaic. All four pillows cost $1,100. Michele uses three yards of microsuede, a stencil and some fabric paint to recreate all the pillows for $94. Using a utility knife, a geometric pattern of squares is cut into self-adhesive vellum paper to create the stencil. The stencil is laid on the fabric, and the squares are randomly painted silver and gold. Inserts are added, the fabric is sewn up and the retro-style pillows are complete.

The $4,300 modern side chairs in the inspiration room are upholstered in high-end textured cotton. A near-perfect match for the makeover room was found at online discount furniture store for $250.

Tip: When trying to get the look of suede, use a microsuede fabric instead. It is a lot less expensive and is often machine-washable, which is great for upholstery.

For all available product information, click on the After photo of the room.