If you haven’t noticed already, I sure do have a lot of “plans” for our home. As in, like, every. single. room. While I can’t wait to redesign our front porch, guest bathrooms, dining room, and master bedroom (and bath), I really only have the green light from Dude on a family room overhaul. And I’ll take it. Like most rooms, refurnishing isn’t going to come cheap, but something like a sofa is a huge investment in your overall comfortability and therefore happiness.
As of now, we awkwardly sit on a tennis court sized sectional that was once luxuriously down-filled. Now, most of the feathers rest atop of the sad, sagging, eyesore. On top of that, it’s taken quite a beating from it’s bachelor pad days into it’s newborn milk days, and all along it’s slobbering golden retriever days. Mix that with a chipping, bulky, sharp-edged, lift-top coffee table (also from bachelor pad days). The kids not only bonk their heads & bodies on it constantly, but it makes the area cramped and claustrophobic.
I’m looking to completely overhaul the space with paint, new window treatments, lighting, accent furniture and rugs, but first I need a clear vision and a decision on the most important piece; the new sofa.
I’ve rounded up some images of my favorite look in living rooms, that speak to durability, refined casualness (not too formal, but not overly boho- after all, I eat meat & want nothing to do with essential oils), and neutral tones mixed with blues and grays, and a touch of black.
While we live in Southern California, we’re not exactly near the coast, so I want it to feel authentically sunny and bright, but sans a “coastal” theme or any theme, rather. NEVER have a “theme”. K?
Warning: Here comes lots of Studio McGee…
I love the striped fabric and the legs of the stools that Sita Montgomery used in this family room:
The unapologetic placement of the oversized mirror give this room it’s own personality! Adding unique elements like this will make your space feel like yours and not copied from a magazine or Pinterest.
Aside from the color palettes, I’m seeing a trend here. All of these spaces incorporate one of each element:
- Leather (sofas mostly, and with sleeker modern or mid-century lines)
- Darker linen or woven material accent sofas, love-seats or chairs to hide stains
- A pair of fun, stylish chairs with more interesting detail or construction to liven things up a bit– and usually with a lighter fabric or open arms & legs… no jokes, please.
- Subtly graphic, yet understated rugs
- Layers of texture with natural woven fibers, raw woods, and mixed fabrics
Now that the vision is clear, I’ll be walking through all of the product selections where we can hopefully find together some amazing pieces that are all comfortable, beautiful, and come at the right price 😉 I’m ready to begin the hunt, and would love your input!