It’s been since the holidays that I’ve felt the need, not a desire, but an actual need to replace the sofa in the livingroom. My dear friend Stacey, kindly and correctly, pointed out the existing couch was not as formal as the living room. This makes sense as it was from the old house where it was the only sofa and served multiple purposes. It served me well, but it is time to pass it on to another loving home.
My sofa history has been a good one of finding what I needed via Craigslist and then working a little reupholstering magic. This time I was going a different direction. I knew what I wanted, a very specific look that was a nod to a sofa we had for a while growing up. It was tufted, purple mohair velvet and slightly curved. I don’t have a great picture of it but it’s seared in my memory as a perfect sofa. So the search began, I was looking for something reminiscent of said sofa. I spent hours looking online, hours and hours. I narrowed it down to two choices. A purple velvet chesterfield Anthropologie was selling or a more modern Jonathan Adler sofa. Well, in person the Adler sofa was too diminutive for the space and the chesterfield felt just too generic somehow.
So after months of research I was left nowhere….well I turned to CL and I found an amazing sofa. I bargained and got it for much less than asking, which always feels good. It is full of potential! It is so much (or will be) like my inspirational sofa except much bigger. It’s 9ft long! It needs work!! To start with it needs some legs to give it a little height and these will need to be just right or they will ruin the look. So that is project number one. Then I need to find purple mohair velvet fabric and finally it will need to be reupholstered and have a firmer cushion made.
This sofa is so big it has me removing some furniture from the living room. Less is more, I think. But now I’m facing a conundrum of where things should go. Well it’s a process and it won’t get done over night but I think this is a major step In the right direction.
The guest room is now the office. Last week we moved the offices of the small non-profit I run into my guestroom and put a small desk for me in the livingroom. It’s not ideal but the free rent is what we need for now. So the guest room has served as housing for a lovely exchange student, a rented room to a family friend and now an office…seems the extra space has really come In handy.
The office had to hold three workstations and a lot of files and supplies. All things considered I think when the dust settles it’ll look ok
The longer I live here the more I think eventually I want a fireplace on this wall there once was one, it fell down in some earthquake or another. In any event I think a fireplace and some builtins will ultimately be what is best for this wall. However, it’s not high on the priority list. There have been some recent functional changes. A bench and storage baskets for the depositing of stuff as you come in, eventually some coat hooks will go on the short wall where the leashes are as well. And second, a desk that I need as I will be working from home a lot more. I needed something to fit in that very small specific space. I don’t love the desk but it will serve its purpose. I also helped it out some by painting it to match the wall and I replaced the knobs. It was white and the knobs were pewter and it looked just too new and too white. So it’s better now. It’s always been one of those walls that just hasn’t clicked. Here is a before and a now photo. It’s ok, it’s part of the journey…
I’m super excited I found not one but two great moroccan wall fountains. One for the front patio and one for the back. They were delivered yesterday and are resting in their tentative new homes (although they will be raised up somewhat). The front one in particular will take some work as electrical will need to be brought out to it. My contractor, the ever helpful Edwin, is working on other projects so I have to wait a bit to get them installed. But for now, I’m happy just looking at them