The Sofa

We have been in the market for a new sofa since moving in over a year ago. Our old sofa, scale wise, was way too small. We wanted a piece that could house a lot of people and could handle a rainy day movie marathon. I was thrilled when West Elm released this sofa around Christmas or at least that was when I took notice. The Mr and I looked at a ridiculous amount of sofa's over the course of the year, but could not agree on one until now. He is 6'6" and I am a mere 5'3" on a good day. Having us both be comfortable is a challenge. My legs do dangle, but I am a throw the legs up kind of girl anyway. We can fit four comfortably and when we host college students we can fit a whole lot more. I love that is made out of recycled materials and renewable sources. We went with the 92" long and the standard 41" deep. We choose the linen weave in natural and really do need it stain guarded. Thus far the cushions act as down, just not nearly as heavy,  and just need a good shake to go back into proper form. My absolute favorite part is the legs or lack there of. Its a simple wood plank base. The downside was that we ordered back in February and did not receive it until the latter part of May. When it finally did come it had a big ole stain on the arm and the only option was to return it or give a go at removing the stain. Thankfully it came out with little effort and cold water. It also came with a lot of loose threads. Not the biggest deal as they were on the seams, but still. Once we got the stain out and cut all the strings ourselves I was once again thrilled with our purchase. 

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The Living Room: Now Complete

My once a month goal of blogging quickly turned into not blogging at all. It was not my intent, but I was still trying to find a way to balance work, kiddos after school sports, family time, and breathing in general. Ha. Lets just say multi tasking is not my gift. Alas we made it to summer and although Ellie still swims on her team at the wee hours of morning, I did cut back on work to two days a week and we no longer have to focus on school work, lacrosse, etc. All that to say I am going to try to blog again once more, I really do miss it, but I am quickly learning to not put anything into stone. More importantly are you all tired of seeing my living room yet? I guess you can now say you've seen it in winter, spring-ish, now summer and all back to back. Honestly it's one of the only rooms that I can officially deemed finished... well for awhile anyway. We have only one additional project that is not finished, but I am eager to share anyway. Coming soon, well I hope so anyway. Back to the living room, did you spot the difference? THE SOFA! We ordered back in February and got it last month. It took FOREVER, but we love it. It was the first and only sofa the Mr and I both agreed on and we bought it during a huge sale. I will share more details about it on my next post. The good and the ugly. Anyhow, on to the pictures as I am well aware that is the fun part!

shop the story: New York art taken by us and framed by simplyframed | blue side table - schoolhouse electric | baskets | candle on tray | coffee table, angular side table, leather sling chair, ikea shelves, tray, fiddle fig pot, leather poufs {although I linked similar below} all are no longer available or Home Goods find.


Blow It Up with Simply Framed...

Can you see the change? It's one I have been waiting for since we moved in. You can see the before here. See it? Yes, our petite New York photo went HUGE. Like really huge. It's now a happy 60x40. It was framed by Simply Framed and I could not be any more thrilled with the way it turned out. the print was done by Artifact Uprising. It added the impact this space needed. To the right is our bank of windows that I LOVE, but it made finding the right proportions for the other walls hard to find. 

I have also been working on the ikea shelves for some time now. Originally I wanted get rid of them all together. I felt like they added to the busyness of the room with all the built-ins. I do like the storage they provide for all our blankets and random kid stuff. They still may change one day, but for now I am content with the current set up. I can not even tell you how many times I rearranged the shelves. Again, it was all about trying to find a balance. 

Most of the items I owned, but I did add a few more baskets and books to my collection. My goal was to keep it simple, practical and interesting at the same time. Easier said than done apparently as it took me 8 months to reach my goal. 

I injected a few dominant black pieces to help ground the space some more. You may sense a common theme throughout our house in the form of black, white,  warm wood and leather tones. I find that color palette easy on the eyes and introduces a calming effect to me. Others may find it boring, but to me it really helps balance all the saturated colors from outside that are always prominent due to our home being mostly windows. 

As you can tell we haven't hung the Simply Framed piece yet and I am still debating if I will. I kind of like the more casual look it brings. For now I still have the piece layered with other frames, but that may change it I decide to actually hang the frame. 

Here is my 5ft Ellie for scale. I love getting to see a vision come to life in this ole fixer upper of ours. This room is finally becoming what I knew it could be. Can you recall where it started? Next up will be new furniture pieces that represents the more lounge like area this room has become. Can't say the wicker chairs lend themselves to movie watching and this room can handle a larger sofa easily. Currently this sectional I am dreaming of although a major sale needs to happen before I could make it a reality. The proportions would fit the room perfectly and give enough room for the whole family to lounge. Anyone have an insight to the longevity of Crate & Barrel furniture? 

sources: print taken by us printed by artifact uprising | framed by simply framed | lamp - no longer available {similar + similar} | bottom metallic baskets no longer available {similar} | small basket | wood stool | black vase - no longer available {similar} | pillows | side table in-between chairs {similar + similar} | brass frame | few favorite books: kinfolkremodalista, commune, modern cabins, styled | rug