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I’m so excited to spill all the details with you about changes we have made in our front room, pretty much revolving around our amazing new sofa!
Let’s back up a bit though… a few months ago when I started de-cluttering and getting rid of some things in my home that I didn’t love and then move pieces around, I started realizing how much I preferred less furniture in a room. Being a furniture refinisher, I’ve had the opportunity to ‘test drive’ lots of different beautiful pieces in my home and ones that I couldn’t part with I would find a place for. Key phrase: “FIND A PLACE FOR”. This is hardly a mantra that I want to be known for as an interior designer. I want every piece to not only be loved, but be functional and practical for the room they are in! That is what got me moving things around in our front room. If you remember last Christmas, we used to have a white dresser on the wall with all the moulding, and the piano was on the short wall between the two entrances to the kitchen/dining room.
The piano was so dark– like a black hole almost– especially with our dark floors. So I painted it. 🙂 I used a mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen, lightened with white/light gray– I think about a 3:1 ratio… not sure 100% on that but close to something like that. I still haven’t sealed it but it doesn’t get used a lot right now, so it’s been fine. I will seal it with wax though!
Moving it to this wall meant I could center it on the wall and get some symmetry happening. Symmetry makes my heart happy.
So anyhow, once the piano was over there, all painted and pretty, I started thinking about some design advice I had read– that your home should have some cohesiveness in all the rooms. They shouldn’t match or be repetitive, but there should be a similar style, similar colors (with variation), and should still look like it ‘fits’. Every time I walked into our front room and saw the green victorian sofa, (as much as I loved that sofa) I had a little tugging feeling that it was time to say goodbye to it because that green color didn’t really fit in my aesthetic at that scale. It was older (hello, vintage!) and while the cushions were soft, they were showing some wear, weren’t very plush, and I didn’t want that bold green stealing the show every time I walked into the room. So, I started shopping for a new one. I knew immediately I wanted something lighter and tufted.
We chose the Josephine 88″ Tufted Sofa with the Curious Pearl fabric.
When I found the one I wanted, I made a design board for the room, so I could get a clear vision of how it would look:
Notice the coffee table is different in my design board… it will be the next thing I change out but I’m not sold on this design. The accent chairs– I have a feeling the floral ones I have in here won’t stay for another year, but right now their size is perfect and I DO love their fabric.
Before I finalized my order on the sofa, I requested some fabric swatches because they were FREE! This is such a smart thing to do if you are ordering a sofa online. Computer screens make it very hard to get a clear idea of what the fabric will actually look like, so I ordered 6 swatches of light fabrics that I thought were pretty. Once they arrived I narrowed it down to two, but pulled the trigger on Curious Pearl because I knew the texture of the fabric would hide dirt a little better (it is a poly-linen blend and has very soft texture– almost chenille-feeling).
I love the tufting, the down-wrapped cushions that are SO plush, the size (it is long enough for me to lie down on it with extra room, but doesn’t have a high back), and the nailhead trim on the rolled arms:
This fabric has hints of beige-tan in it, which coordinates with the warmth of the brassy-gold accents I have in the room. From the distance though, it looks like it has some grayish tones in it also that look beautiful next to the gray piano.
I took me several days to stop doing a double take every time I walked into this room. It is everything I hoped for.
The soft colors of this room make it feel so much bigger and elegant, which was my goal.
What do you think of the tufted beauty?
Lastly… should I buy or make the coffee table? 😉