I suppose I shouldn’t complain. After all, the State Department does provide us with furnished housing. So, if the furniture looks like it was designed with my grandmother in mind, that’s just something I should accept. It’s sturdy, American made and reasonably comfortable.
But on the other hand, if I don’t have to…
Thanks to someone on the State Department internal blog for suggesting the idea that Ikea Ektorp slipcovers would fit the State Department’s Drexel Heritage furniture. I bought one to test, and with a little poking and prodding, it fits pretty well.
Here is the sofa in original green and gold…
And here it is after it is covered. I chose the dark blue, but it’s not the only alternative.
Having proved the concept, I’ve ordered some more, but I’m also considering using one as a pattern to have a local slipcover made using Beninese printed fabric I picked up when I was upcountry. That would add a colorful touch, and a memory of this place which will follow me around, since State bought the same furniture for its housing around the world!
On another note, I bought myself a Blu-Ray player for Christmas. It makes DVDs look great, but I got my first Blu-ray disk yesterday and the quality through an HDTV (in my case a projector) is spectacular. When this technology becomes common, movie theaters will be in more trouble than they already are in some places. The price of “home theater” is going down, and the quality going up (and the popcorn is cheaper!).