I have sofas on the mind these days. In my head, our living room sofa is the axis around which the rest of our home decor spins. I feel like once we decide on a sofa, the rest will fall into place — and, alternatively, I feel like I can’t commit to other design decisions until that one is made.
Our current couch is a strange orange color that has faded into a scary salmon shade. The shape it is in might be described as “awful,” or, “horrifying.” It’s been something we have overlooked for several years now, while trying to decide whether we were moving or not. Needless to say, it’s time for a new sofa.
When I started the search I was sure I wanted something extremely different from our previous pumpkin-colored number. I was thinking gray, or possibly blue…thoughts which eventually introduced me to the beautiful world of the blue velvet sofa.
That was a couple of months ago. Since then I’ve decided velvet (of any color) is probably not in our immediate future, given the young ages of our children and our (possibly insane) decision to add a dog to the mix later this year. In the meantime, I’ll keep admiring. Here are seven different options I would consider any day of the week (for my fantasy clean house that is):
From the top:
Joybird Theo in Bella Navy
Interior Define Caitlin in Oxford Blue
Article Sven in Cascadia Blue
West Elm Monroe in Celestial Blue
West Elm Antwerp in Ink Blue
Honorable mentions go to:
- the Samara Sofa in Blue Ink from World Market for being budget-friendly:
Got a favorite blue velvet sofa of your own? Chime in below in the comments!
Do you ever notice that you gravitate to different kinds of music in different seasons? Every summer I seem to find myself drawn to music that reminds me of the desert. Lately the song I keep coming back to again and again is Hotel California by The Eagles. As I continue to plan out my approach to decorating the new house, I can see the influence of what I’m listening to in my design choices. I’m feeling the camel-colored beat up leather sofas, white walls filled with oversized landscape photos, macrame wall hangings, neutral-colored poufs and/or floor cushions, concrete elements to add more organic texture, and of course greenery everywhere (I’d love a giant saguaro cactus, but I have children whose fingers I value, so apparently that’s not in the cards).
My Hotel California-inspo board:
Article Sven Left Sectional in Charme Tan Leather / West Elm Kasbah Wool Rug / Design Within Reach Sheepskin Throw / Joybird Fran Pillow / DIY Macrame Hanging Planters / Urban Outfitters Michael O’Neal American Bison Print / West Elm Modern Planter / Article Hira Ottoman / Urban Outfitters Fallon Macrame Wall Hanging / Artificial Cactus Plant
What do you think? What would you add (or take away)?
Here are the facts:
- We’re moving into a brand new house in the next two months
- We’re taking almost no furniture with us
- We have three small children
- We are getting a dog before the year is up
Essentially? We need some seriously durable furniture. *But*…it also needs to look good, right??
Here are the sofas we’re currently crushing on:
- Article Worthington Oxford Brown
- Article Sven Left Sectional Cascadia Blue
- Article Sven Left Sectional Charme Tan
- Ikea Vimle with Chaise in Gunnared Beige
- Joybird Eliot Sectional in Bella Navy
I need to do more research (because I can’t help myself), and take some time to check fabric swatches against the floor of the home.
What do you think? Is velvet too bold for a house with kids and a dog? Is the leather too much of a financial investment given that the couch will probably take a serious beating in the next few years? Give me your thoughts!