Today’s theme: A corner in your home.
How appropriate that my new den couch got delivered on Friday! It was such a painless process, and I was SO EXCITED. I custom-ordered this couch after shopping for over a month for a couch for my TV room (didn’t even have a TV yet, it was a work in progress). I new I wanted something in the grey/taupe color scheme (b/c I am LOVING grey right now), with loose pillows (not attached or tufted) and no ruffle on the bottom. I shopped at tons of discount furniture stores, and even bought a couch from a local store. However, I had only measured the dimensions of the room, not the doorways and the couch would.not.fit. No way, no how. So I had to return it. Luckily I had bought it at a family owned business and they were super nice about taking it back and not charging a re-stocking fee. Boy was the good lord looking out for my that day.
So when I kept narrowing down what I was looking for, given the constraints of a very small hallway and L turn down a hall way, I realized that custom might be the only way that I stay within my budget and guarantee the couch fits.
That lead me to Esprit Decor, about 20 min away (no traffic). Although it is definitely a more high end store, I was really vocal about what type of budget I was working with, and the saleslady was extremely accommodating to my needs. It took my two visits out there to make a decision, and COMMIT (the hardest part, and terrifying nonetheless).
I ended up with a Broyhill apartment sized sofa with rectangular arms and removable pillows (for easier moving!). A huge plus was getting to pick fabrics in contrasting colors for the overstuffed pillows (which were MUCH larger in person than I had expected, total plus!)
I originally thought I wanted a linen or a microsuede, but after learning that linen doesn’t keep well, I ended up with this season-neutral weave. Its thicker like a tweed, but woven like a light-airy-summer fabric, and reminds me of seashore grass (minus the color). The color, however, reminds me of mud. Weird, right? But I love it. Kind of like the color of the smooth mud on the sandy bottom of the river. Probably grosses out most people, but make me think of kayaking! [took the inaugural kayak excursion of the season today with Jaime Keogh, SO beautiful, despite some fog and chilliness]
Here’s the current set- up of the room: (more on my TV + smart blu-ray player combination at a later date, that was a yet another consumer adventure!!)
And actually I am lying. The couch faces the TV at a slight angle, but is parallel to that window. I like that I walk into both the living room and the den straight into the back of the couch. And that both couches face WINDOWS on the same side of the apartment.
|so embarrassed by the quality of these pre-instagram photos!
Probably should’ve posted this one yesterday for “Green” theme, HAH
BONUS “corner of your home picture”:
This is my new little blogging/studying nook in the corner opposite of the TV in the picture above.
I downsized from a bigger table here, and absolutely love the simplicity. Now, I can easily move from couch to desk with my laptop, and still have everything all plugged in. I can also sit at the desk and see the TV out of the right corner of my eye. Perfect when I start getting up early enough to watch the AM news! Yes, I think I just admitted I want to see more of these in April:
I better get a head start in March, so it’s off to bed for this little blogger/kayaker/runner!