Friday, August 24, 2012

To buy or not to buy?

Since I'm nearing the finish line redecorating the den, I'm getting ready to resume work on our living room. I think the last time I posted about this room was back in February so I'll refresh your memory.

Like a lot of the rooms in this house, the walls in the living room were "artistically" painted. They were also very dirty!

I scrubbed and sanded the walls, re-caulked the crown molding, gave the walls a couple coats of Benjamin Moore's Light Pewter, and painted the trim BM's White.  I also bought the Queen Anne's Lace window panels from West Elm.

We had the hardwood floors refinished in April.

And that's about where we left off.

Our current furniture consists of a coffee table, side tables, and a sleeper sofa from our old apartment and a piano gifted to us by the previous homeowners.  The table lamps pictured above are now in our master bedroom and "Baxter's couch" is in the basement waiting to be Craigslisted.

Originally I was going to keep the sleeper sofa because 1. it's practically new and 2. it's nice to have an extra bed when guests stay.  I've been trying to think of ways to work the sofa into a design for the room, and I'm just not loving it.  That's one of the pitfalls of accumulating a lot of furniture before you buy your first place; you're probably not going to want the same things in your new house.  The coffee and side tables are also getting the boot.  They were cheap and aren't very good quality so I feel a little less bad about them.  Once all of that furniture is gone, all I'm left with is the piano.

Jake and I talked about making the living room a more formal room but have recently changed our minds.  While our house isn't teeny tiny, it's not super big and I think that once we have a family, we'll need a second family-type room where our kids can play and we don't have to worry about the nice furniture getting ruined.  Also, because the living room is open to the dining room, guests naturally gravitate there to sit and relax after we eat, so I want the space to be comfortable.

What screams comfortable?  A big 'ol comfy sectional!  And because we can't fit one in our den, I kind of want one in this room.  I've been super close to purchasing the Pottery Barn Comfort Slipcovered Sectional in white.

{image from here}

Jake and I tested it out at the Pottery Barn store and it's so comfortable.  The only thing I'm worried about is the white!  It's what I love and hate about it.  I've read (and been told) that the slipcovers wash really well, but I'm still a little nervous.

Has anyone else owned a white slipcovered chair or sofa?  Were you constantly cleaning it?


  1. This is such a good question. I am getting ready to start a couch slipcover project (say a few prayers for me please!) and I am going to bleach my fabric (canvas drop cloth) before I even get started. Then with the inevitable dog prints and food spills I can just spot clean as needed and then wash and bleach as well. We are also of the mindset that little imperfections add character so I'm not expecting my material to be perfectly white all over. If you can't beat it, join it, I guess. :) That PB couch does look great!!

  2. So pretty! Your floors look amazing, and I love those curtains.
    I love the idea of the slipcovered couch. I've never had one, but being able to wash it sounds perfect.


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