It’s been almost six months since we closed on our house, which is unbelievable to me. The past few months have flown by, and while we’ve made a lot of progress making the home “ours,” we still have a long way to go!
My mom finished up our living room drapes and I am in love with them! We got a great bargain on the fabric from FabricGuru.com: this Robert Allen Pantheon fabric in Persimmon usually goes for $75/yard from vendors like DwellStudio, but with a little digging & a coupon or two, we ended up getting all eight yards of this fabric for $21.95/yard. (PS – if you like this fabric, they still have 13 yards left at that price point! Just click here.)
She made the drapes floor to ceiling with goblet pleats at the top: they look super luxe, but the fabric makes them a bit playful, too, which I love!
My club chairs, which were previously green & yellow striped, have also been reupholstered and are ready for pick-up (as soon as I get my car back – but that’s another story for another day…). I went with this fawn-like print I found at U-Fab’s new location on Broad Street. It’s a little lighter in person, so I can’t wait to get my chairs back home to share with you!
Now that we have the drapes and club chairs taken care of, there are only a few other things on our list for the living room until we can move on to the next project:
- A larger TV that we’ll mount in the center of the built-ins
- A new sofa
- A statement piece of art to go above said sofa
- An updated gas log system for the fireplace
- Modernize the moulding on the built-ins
- Conceal the radiator under the built-ins
The sofa is turning out to be the most difficult decision — and the hardest for us to come to a consensus on. Our living room is long and narrow, which makes things a bit challenging. Additionally, there isn’t a ton of natural light, which makes me lean towards lighter and brighter colors to cheer up the room a bit. My husband has his heart set on a sectional – and I feel “meh” about them. And, we’re constantly flipping back and forth between leather and cloth! Leather is more practical, especially because we have a dog that spends most of her day lounging on the sofa while we’re at work. But leather is also dark, and I worry it will “bring down” our living room – in addition to possibly making it feel a bit “man-cavey.” Light fabric, which I prefer, is probably a dangerous choice for our lady-of-luxury pup, as well.
What to do, what to do!? Here is a snapshot of our current layout and the sofa we have. The current sofa is fine, but too small – we want something a little more substantial.
Here are some living rooms + sofa combos I like, but would LOVE some advice and opinions from you, dear readers! Leather or cloth? Dark or light? Sectional or no? I’d also really love to hear from fellow dog-owners, too: what advice do you have on buying great furniture you can protect from your pup?