Outdated plaid furniture has taken a beating over 23 years

  • The 1990s plaid furniture in Wynne Ferro's Carpentersville home is stained and definitely not stylish anymore.

    The 1990s plaid furniture in Wynne Ferro's Carpentersville home is stained and definitely not stylish anymore.

  • Treetime's 7.5-foot Sierra Mountain artificial tree is perfectly sized with realistic-looking branches. The branches create layers and, with the tree's dense interior, it doesn't overwhelm your space.

    Treetime's 7.5-foot Sierra Mountain artificial tree is perfectly sized with realistic-looking branches. The branches create layers and, with the tree's dense interior, it doesn't overwhelm your space. Photos Courtesy of Treetime Christmas Creations

  • The Christmas tree countdown Advent calendar is thoughtfully designed with 24 numbered doors behind which small surprises can be hidden for each day. This wooden calendar can be used year after year, providing a tradition that your family is sure to treasure.

    The Christmas tree countdown Advent calendar is thoughtfully designed with 24 numbered doors behind which small surprises can be hidden for each day. This wooden calendar can be used year after year, providing a tradition that your family is sure to treasure.

  • Shiny and Brite ornaments and tinsel. Boxed in easy-to-store sets, the colorful design of the ornaments in Christopher Radko's collection add a vintage-inspired element to your tree.

    Shiny and Brite ornaments and tinsel. Boxed in easy-to-store sets, the colorful design of the ornaments in Christopher Radko's collection add a vintage-inspired element to your tree.

  • A beautiful needlepoint pillow featuring a festive reindeer. An heirloom quality piece to use year after year.

    A beautiful needlepoint pillow featuring a festive reindeer. An heirloom quality piece to use year after year.

 
By Wynne Ferro of Carpentersville
Posted11/18/2018 6:00 AM

You should pick my room because it has been 23 years since we have had new furniture and it shows! Our 14-year-old son has significant cognitive and physical special needs in addition to epilepsy. He likes to stand in front of our sofas and play with his toys, which are placed on the sofas in order for him to reach them. Also the sofas provide a soft place for him to land should he fall over or have a seizure. I have tried covering the couches and cleaning them but the stains don't seem to come out.

In addition to the stains, our furniture is 1990s plaid, which is so not stylish anymore. Our middle school daughter is embarrassed to take Instagram photos in our family room because of the outdated furniture. We would love to get some new, durable furniture that would have a more updated look to freshen up the room. It will likely be another 23 years before we get new furniture -- please don't let that happen!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Design by Treetime Christmas Creations

Expert: Laurie Kane, www.treetime.com

Budget: $3,000

Suggestions

To bring the Christmas spirit to the room start with a 7.5-foot Treetime Sierra Mountain artificial Christmas tree. To bring a fun vintage feel to the tree, decorate it with ornaments and tinsel from the Shiny and Brite by Christopher Radko Collection.

Add a reindeer pillow to the sofa for a very simple way to get the Christmas feel. Finally, start a new tradition. Place a Christmas tree Advent box in the room, fill the compartments behind the doors with a surprise and celebrate Christmas season in a small way each day of Advent.

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