We started the month with one of the highlights of the decoration of my new house in Madrid: the change of style of a traditional sofa to a much more natural look fitting the rest of the house, at a bargain price.

This change has been possible thanks to the SandSnowLinen products, a brand that I take the opportunity to introduce.

Careful that it is very possible that you may fall in love with it just as it did. But if that happens, a surprise awaits you at the end.

If you remember how my Dublin living room was, you will know that the sofa is a piece that came from Carlos’ bachelor’s apartment.

It is a very comfortable sofa and it is barely 4 years old so we did not consider changing it.

 

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

In the past two years in Dublin the living room evolved and changed its style (see the design, final result y some changes) and when moving to Madrid the few things that were disconnected from the new industrial-mid-century style have been disappearing in order to achieve a perfect living room.

The sofa was a piece that did not fit but as we had decided to keep it, I looked for a way to transform it with a reduced budget.

I was evaluating companies that make very cool custom-made covers but they all gave me a negative response when I saw that the sofa was not completely removable (the base structure is upholstered).

These companies work very well with IKEA sofas who’s covers are totally removable, and if you have one of these you will find what you are looking for in the post that I wrote some time ago about Companies to transform IKEA furniture (spanish).

In my case, discarded these options, I only had the option to cover the entire sofa, but the adjustable covers are generally very ugly.

A good day searching on Etsy I found out SandSnowLinen and everything started to fit in my head.

1- Discovering a SandSnowLinen

The first thing I have to say about them is that they are an ecofriendly brand with a sustainable philosophy for conscious costumers, which already makes it highly attractive.

 

fundas de sofaPhoto © SandSnowLinen

 

I thought it was very interesting how the idea of this company started, because it is a thought that we should all do. In the words of its creators:

It all has started 2 years ago with noticing that we all buy-consume-waste and repeat. Paper towels, napkins, kitchen’s textile, which wares off quickly, bedding, which bleach and wane in no time.

 

We started thinking, how this could be changed?

 

Then we remembered old grandmother’s tablecloth – it is more than 50 years old and still decorates the Christmas table. Inspired by this remembering, we tried to sew few linen towels and napkins very carefully… And lately… we even changed our cotton bedding into linen one!

 

The more we studied linen features, the more obvious this was: linen is long lasting, sustainable, eco-friendly. Linen does not impoverish the soil, it is resistant to pests, so there is no need to process it additionally.

 

That is when we realised: we wish to show the advantages of linen to other people and to help them become conscious consumers.

-SandSnowLinen-

They are Dovilė and Viktorija, friends since elementary school. They lead a small business, and they do almost everything themselves: create new collections, interact with clients, cut the fabrics, sometimes, even pack the packages.

They have few helpers too: the most meticulous seamstress Kristina, who is in love with her job and Diana, who makes the prettiest ribbons for packaging.

This small team prepare all their %100 natural products in Lithuania, at the old linen factory, which uses only green energy in the manufacturing process. All their fabrics are verified in a laboratory of quality and meet the OEKO-TEX 100 standard.

 

tejidos orgánicos de linoPhoto © SandSnowLinen

 

In their shop you will find everything you need for everyday or festive table decoration, also – daily-use kitchen items, gift ideas: tablecloths, table runners, napkins, placemats, tea towels, coasters, aprons, bath towels. All items can be sewed in a custom sizes.

 

Photos © SandSnowLinen

 

What is more, they offer a wide assortment of bedding linens, decorative cushions, couch covers and bedspreads.

In the summer linen sheets cool down and in the winter they are very warm. The air can circulate easily, so the sleep is fresh and calm. What is more, the linen fabric is allergy-free, so it’s suitable for children or any sensitive skin.

 

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © SandSnowLinen

 

One of their most popular products are couch covers, which curiously were created absolutely unexpectedly:

The story behind is that me and my family were living in a rented flat with light colored sofas. We have kids, so I decided to protect our coaches from little sticky children hands – I sewed linen couch covers – they protected the furniture, decorated and enlivened the room.

While making the first SandSnowLinen products photo shoot in our flat, my college Viktorija saw those coach covers and suggested to make photos of them – maybe in the future anyone will need such a practical thing too.

Indeed! A lot of customers buy coach covers in order to protect sofas from kids or pets, to renew the interior without buying new furniture pieces. 

-Dovilė from SandSnowLinen-

 

If you did not find the coach cover of the exact size in their shop, no problem: they can create couch covers according to individual measurements of the sofa and you can choose the loveliest color from more than 30!

 

fundas de sofaFoto © SandSnowLinen. Más colores en su tienda.

 

If you have a pair of covers of different colors, just by changing it you can give another touch to the room decoration, for example to receive next season, and thus never get tired.

 

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © SandSnowLinen

 

At SandSnowLinen, they encourage us to add an organic and natural touch to our homes by choosing linen curtains.

It turns out that linen curtains make the whole atmosphere live and vibrant. They do not darken the room, the light comes in easily, on the other hand they hides us perfectly from the unwanted sights.

 

2- My sofa makeover

 

One of the disadvantages that I saw when you simply cover the sofa is that it loses its shape and that when sitting is misplaced. So I came up with a solution and decided to orden SandSnowLinen not only the sofa cover, but also some large cushion covers that they would do the backup function.

The package sent to me from Lithuania was so nice, although the best is not appreciated in the photo: the delicious scent that came from the handmade soap included in the package. Everything was impregnated with that scent.

The colour that I chose was: Cloud gray.

Although the election was quite difficult because all the colours they have are very cool.

 

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Another reason why I decided to make some cushions for backing is because I wanted to give a more modern look to the sofa.

For that, the first thing was to remove the two articulated backrests it had because being very tall they made it much more traditional.

 

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Then I placed the linen cover on the base of the sofa without the original backrests.

The key to make it comfortable is to cover it completely, reaching the floor on all sides. So you have to take dimensions very well, in one direction and in another.

I introduced the fabric well in the holes and corners.

 

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

Last thing is to place the new back cushions.

The filling of these 65 x 80 cm cushions was custom made for me at Espumaamedida.com.

They were very fast in shipping and they are perfect in terms of dimensions and quality. And for a tailored-made cushion at a more than affordable price: €17 both fillings.

 

TRANSFORMACION DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

As the SandSnowLinen covers had a zipper, it was very easy to put the fillings inside.

 

ACTUALIZAR UN SOFAPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

Some adjustments and my sofa is already fully transformed.

 

CAMBIO DE COLOR DEL SOFAPhoto © Home archiLAB

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

3- The before and after of my traditional sofa

Here I leave the image of the transformation, which speaks for itself.

 

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

It does not look the same!

Not only because of the change in tone, but also because the change of backups makes it much more trendy.

 

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

Also with this I give you a small preview of my new house. It is looking fantastic!

I recommend you to follow me on Instagram if you want to discover more.

 

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

But the aesthetic change is not all we have achieved.

The sofa has removable seats, so when we wanted more space we took them out to lie down comfortably.

Now, with the new backs we have made the sofa much more comfortable and versatile. As they are easily handled, only by changing their position we can get the full depth of the seat without having to remove it.

In addition, these large cushions give a lot of play to feel comfortable in any position.

 

CAMBIO DE ESTILO DE UN SOFA CLASICOPhoto © Home archiLAB

 

Thanks to SandSnowLinen, nature has entered my home and I am delighted with these new organic and natural products. It’s like a breath of fresh air at home.

If you want to try a SandSnowLinen product and to give your home a shake up for the autumn, now you can do it with a special discount for Home archiLAB readers:

 

%10 DISCOUNT

Code: SARA10

Validity: until 1/11/2018

Go to shop: SandSnowLinen 

 

 

You can take a look at their profiles on social media or contact them for any questions:

Instagram and Facebook: @sandsnowlinen

Email: sandsnowlinen@gmail.com

 

I say goodbye with a final thought of the brand and its philosophy, because in addition to beautiful and healthy, the change of mentality is very necessary:

Imagine yourself sitting on the white sandy dune. Or strolling through the morning forest, immersed in sunbeams. Close your eyes and see yourself laying on the fresh grass, sensing the light breeze, touching soft moss or stroking fingers into the moist and smelly soil. We are sure, you are experiencing such pure moments from time to time, when insane world slows down, noises and chaos disappear. Honestly, we adore those moments and we would be very happy to experience this more often. Maybe… even every day.

 

How to prolong them? How to lose thyself in this here and now momentum?

 

We believe that this breath of nature, purity and calm can be delivered to our everyday lives. For instance, to our home. We can easily wrap our house or flat and furniture into the charming, simple, yet very natural state and atmosphere.

 

That is why, we started creating unique, handmade linen items of high quality.

 

They all create healthy, soft, clean and stylish decoration, which is contemporary, long lasting and eco-friendly at the same time. Using our products ourselves, we enjoy slow, conscious, but surely non-ordinary minutes or our everyday life.

 

We believe that every person can choose sustainable living, filled with clearness, simplicity and style. We believe that bright, light, clean and natural interior is one of the ways to do that.

 

Maybe now you are not into slow-living lifestyle, maybe you are a workaholic in a huge metropolis. The better! Then your house must be the oasis to hide yourself or separate from insane and fast world. This is the place to rest and relax, to chill and breath together with the wind.

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TEJIDOS ORGANICOSPhoto © SandSnowLinen