My other "design" tip for you is laminated fabric. I found the fabric pictured above at Hobby Lobby. I bought enough to recover six chairs (on my own, NTB) and then some for less than $40. This fabric is ideal for my kitchen (except for not matching the rug AT ALL) because it can be easily wiped clean. The only assault this fabric cannot withstand would be permanent marker (have dodged that bullet so far) and aggressively used ballpoint pen (now on three of our six chairs, thanks to my artistic daughter). Still, a perfect and practical pick-me-up for kitchen chairs.
5. Years ago when I had more time, I used to enumerate the ways that Chicagoland's Jewel grocery chain was inferior to Kroger, the grocery chain of my heart. But does Kroger carry Cinnamon Scented Ponderosa Pine Cones in a large bag that costs only $4.99? I actually can't answer that. I do know that three years running, I have purchased a huge bag (or two) of these cinnamon pine cones at Jewel. The cinnamon scent is intense, but in a very good way. I am pleased to report that this year's pine cones are smaller in size, which makes it easier to arrange them in a decorative manner. Much to my hubby's dismay, I have not tossed the now-less-potent pine cones of previous years. With all my spare time, I will surely turn to Pinterest to find inspiration for some pine cone crafts.
That's all I have. I hope to post again between now and fourteen months from now.