My client wanted new sitting room slipcovers for her master suite area. She had a darling shaped loveseat and a wingback to work with. She chose a white denim for the loveseat and a blue/white print for the chair.
Chair–AFTER! There was quite a bit of matching, but it turned out beautiful! IF you need tips on how to match painlessly and efficiently check out my “Get it Covered” Advanced Slipcover guide. Use code APPRECIATION for 30% off.
Loveseat–BEFORE- with the back exposed to the room, she didn’t want the slipcover to ride up and shift and show the green fabric underneath. I installed velcro under the arms and the upper outside back to help keep it in place.
Loveseat–AFTER!! She decided to switch it up and drop a skirt to the floor and had me make a set of arm pads to keep the arms protected.
Side Notes- I realize my blogging is getting less and less! I do post every few days on my instagram account @slipcovershelley. Follow me there if you want more updates, and mid project photos.
- Every January we go on a couples trip to someplace warm with a beach. This year we headed to Maui. Four other couples joined us, it was AMAZING! It was 85 degrees and the sunset swims at the beach were my favorite. I booked us a few condos and minivan rentals and we used points to book our flights, and cooked at the condos.
2. Since I paid off our BYU condo rental last summer, I’ve been saving up to buy another condo rental. We just went under contract this week! It’s definitely not as scary this time. I’ve been obsessing about buying a second one for the past 2 years. I’m clearing up some head space by just doing it already! My plan is to pay it off in 2.5 years. I’ll be applying rents from both condos and my income to pay it off asap, so then it’ll be cashflow after it’s paid for.
My biggest tip for getting ahead if you are a two income family–live off one income and save the other (invest, pay off debt, save). My husband is a fireman and for the most part we live off his income, and mine has been used to pay off our house, cabin, cars, and condo rental.
3. I’ve been obsessed with learning about retirement stuff. It’s our next phase that I need to plan for. Over the past year I’ve been listening to a few podcasts about it. I was so confused how much we even needed. Here’s what I’ve learned…
a) Yearly spending at retirement age x 25= how much you need to retire. Then once you retire withdraw 4% per year to live on. That’s a safe withdrawl amount that your lump sum will never disappear. Basically that 4% is the interest. So let’s say I think we will be spending $3,000/ month after the boys have left home and we no longer need to feed them 3 dinners per night, that’s $36,000/yr. $36,000 x 25= $900,000 is needed to retire.
b) Saving for retirement? Invest into Vanguard Total Index Fund (VTSMX ticker) with a target date retirement–it matches the market and every money podcaster guest that I’ve listened to TALKS ABOUT THIS FUND. It is the LOWEST in fees and it is diversified and matches the market. Don’t try to beat the market and invest in separate stocks–you’ll get eaten alive in fees.
c) We are planning on retiring in 10 years! Heber will have 30 years on as a fireman and will be ready to retire with his pension. I want to supplement that pension with 2-3 condo rentals. That’s the plan for now.