If you’re like me, you probably have a vision of what your ideal living space would look like. Fortunately, my dream is beginning to take shape. A few months ago, we took the plunge and purchased a good quality sofa. Finally, one that fits our lifestyle and family. In the past we’ve purchased several lesser quality furniture pieces and tried every arrangement imaginable in our living room, but nothing ever worked. Either there wasn’t enough seating, or there were too many individual pieces, making the room look hodgepodge and crowded. I had been searching for a sofa/chaise or sofa/ottoman combination for awhile, when suddenly I walked into a local showroom and voila…there it was, just what I was looking for.
Here it is. I love it for a several of reasons – 1) It’s long enough to fit three people comfortably. 2) The ottoman can be moved to either end creating a quasi chaise, centered to be used as a coffee table, or pulled away to create extra seating. 3) It’s slipcovered in a Sunbrella fabric – so durable, so practical.
Now that I have the anchor piece, I’m beginning the search for other elements to build upon the vision I have in my mind’s eye of my ideal living room. Are you like me? One thing leads to another, doesn’t it? ‘The Mister’ just rolls his eyes.
Since interior design is a passion of mine, I’m exposed to LOTS of inspiration, whether it’s in showrooms, boutiques or on the internet. Interior trends come and go, and I’m often tempted to follow the latest and greatest. However, I always harken back to Nate Berkus’ motto, “Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” Our home is very eclectic, we have several inherited pieces that I’ll never part with. Then there’s the touches of Mid-Century Modern, Asian and Art Nouveau all mixed up with a touch of Industrial. Wow…how does it all work together? Somehow it does, I believe it’s all in the blending of colors and textures.
So, with that in mind, what would I add or replace in my quest for the ideal living space? Pillows and throws are quick, easy and seasonal. I love the feeling of cozy textures that make me want to curl up and hibernate in the winter.
Lamps and accessories can be relatively inexpensive and can change the mood of a room in a heartbeat. The selections below tickle my fancy for the moment, but that all could change in a few months. It looks like I have quite a nature theme going here doesn’t it?
I’ve also been searching for larger investment pieces, and although I won’t be changing anything immediately, here’s what I’ve found so far.
- Large flat screened TV’s are the norm in many living spaces. How about this unique TV screen that could blend into your decor while hiding that large black rectangle. We have a large wall opposite the sofa that would be perfect.
- I’m tired of all of the components necessary to support the TV and media, I’m pledging to hide them away, then organize a few chosen decorative accessories on top of a console table like this one. Adding baskets underneath would provide extra storage and soften the space.
- The unique trunk has the added bonus of storage. Perfect beside the sofa.
- This leather recliner is sooooo darn comfortable. It’s available at Nantucket Home, the same design studio where I purchased the sofa. Love, love love.
- The live edge table is unique and could serve as a landing spot for drinks.
- This wine cabinet & bar gives a nod to Art Nouveau, a favored style of mine
Never a day goes by that I don’t learn something new. During my quest to create our ideal living space, I’ve discovered a new company – at least new to me – Arhaus. When I opened their living room page I was amazed… what a wide variety of quality furniture, not to mention their lighting, rugs and accessories. Here’s the link to their “About Us” page – I’m so impressed with their sustainable philosophy. They use organic fabrics, and many of their products are made with refurbished wood and reclaimed copper. I’m going to add them to my list of go-to sites for inspiration, and I’m planning to visit their showroom soon to check out a couple of items I’m considering. Do you know of them, or have you ever visited one of their locations? If so, I’d love to know what you think.
So there you have my vision of our ideal living space, for now. Of course nothing is set in stone, and I will be gathering and editing many more times, it’s always work in progress. That’s the adventure and the fun of it isn’t it?
Until next time…
lots of ~Cyndi~