Our New Sectional

Our new sectional finally arrived about two weeks ago.  I did share a sneak peak on Facebook with Puddy making himself at home on the couch.  But, I didn’t share the rest of the couch because it wasn’t exactly how we ordered it.  Our pillows were on back order at first, so we got them about a week later.  And, it had the wrong color feet on it.  The correct feet finally arrived and are installed, so now I can share the full sectional.

New Sectionl - close up

When it was delivered to the house, it had espresso colored feet on it, which looked terrible with our light floors and other wood furniture.  The feet on it now were just like we pictured.  The great part about the sectional is that we ordered it for this room.  Our old sectional was from my previous house, so it wasn’t set up the right way for our living room.  Now, we have the longer side facing the fireplace, so the coffee table can be parallel to the fireplace too.

New Sectional - view from patio doors

It makes the room feel cozier.  We are still debating an end table for the other side.  It would need to be skinny though so it doesn’t block the walkway.  I was even considering a garden stool.  With the length of that side previously, we couldn’t have an end table on that side.  So, it’s nice to have options.

New Sectional - Flexsteel

We are still using the rug we had.  It really throws off the colors since the new pillows have blue.  The four matching pillows are what we ordered with the sectional.  The other two prints, I picked up before the sectional arrived.  I don’t think I’ll keep both on there at the same time, but for now we like having all the pillows on the couch.

New Sectional - Puddy on corner

Puddy definitely approves!  It took him a little bit to adjust, but he didn’t waste time making himself at home on the new couch.  Bob and I love it too.  It is long enough on each side for us both to stretch out, which is great. We have the comfort factor taken care of, now we just need to work on redecorating the room.  So, now that you see it in the room, what are your thoughts on a rug?  What about a second end table?


Upcoming Living Room Changes

I had mentioned that we would be looking for new living room furniture, when I last shared the room with you.  In the last month or so, it got moved to the top of our list.  I’m not quite sure why…I think it may have been the commercials for the sales at the furniture stores, and I caught Bob at a weak moment and he said we could go look.  Of course, we didn’t find anything on the showroom floor that we liked.  So, we explored getting a quote on a custom sectional at the one local furniture store, Wolf’s.  We took home some fabric samples, chose one we liked and then went back to find pillow fabric. I wasn’t thrilled.  I don’t think we were ever like “this is the one.”  So, we walked away.  Then, I had a day off of work.  I made no plans in advance, I just did what I wanted to.  And, that day I ended up at the other big local furniture store, Interiors.  I ignored all the salespeople and wandered around the whole store.  They had tons of sectional options, none that were perfect either.  But, a nice saleslady found me near the end of my rounds.  She showed me a Flexsteel sofa that was very comfortable and was available in whatever custom shape you could dream up, at least it seemed that way.  So, I picked out some fabric and had her work up a price.  Then, I took it home to Bob.  The price was a bit cheaper than at Wolf’s and it provided the option to add one more seat on the one side, so that it is basically 2 sofas put together (I think one more cushion than the picture below).

Living Room - New Flexsteel  Vail Sectional-2

Bob still wasn’t sure.  So, we stopped in the following weekend for him to take a look, and he liked the sectional.  He wasn’t sure about my fabric choices though.  My saleslady was not there, so we left.  We waited another week and went to try to pick out fabrics again.  This time, the saleslady was there to help.  Fortunately, she suggested taking the fabric I had picked out into the natural light and it made a big difference.  Bob liked it.  He already liked the pillow fabric I chose.  We tried and tried to find a second pillow fabric, but had no such luck.  So, we just went with a base couch color and one pillow fabric for all 4 pillows.  The couch itself is 100″ x 123″, so its big!

So, why am I sharing all this now, when we don’t have a new couch yet, and we have to wait 6-8 weeks total until it arrives!  Well, I got the fabric samples in the mail today.

Living Room - New Sectional Fabric

I love the tones and texture of the couch color.  It will be a nice change from our primarily all gold couch now.  And, the pillows will be a change as well.  We are adding blue into the mix.  I think it will lighten up the room.  Our living room gets great light, but sometimes it feels dark because of the traditional dark colors of the burgundy, greens, and gold tones.

So, with the arrival of the fabric samples, I got excited to look at rug options.  I already warned Bob  that the new couch would lead to a new rug 🙂  I was searching online for some rugs, and came up with a few options.

Rugs- Target Threshold Jacobean Floral Rug

Target – $199 for 6’6″ x 10′

Rugs - Target Threshold Hooked Wool Area Rug - Blue-brown

Target – $359 for 7′ x 10

Rugs - Target Mohawk Home Asian Branches Area Rug - Coconut

Target – $299 for 8′ x 11

Rugs - Lowes Allen + Roth Rectangularg Beige Floral Area Rug

Lowe’s – $364 for  7’10” x 10

Rugs - Shaw Living Blue Berries Area Rug

Lowe’s – $278 for 8′ x 11

Rugs - Lowes ARtistic Weavers Waikiki Green Floral Area Rug

Lowe’s – $328 for 7’10” x 10’10

Rugs - Artistic Weavers Pahala Beige Floral Area Rug

Lowe’s – $328 for 7’10” x 10’10

I looked a few other places online, Rugs USA, Overstock, and Ikea, but I didn’t find anything I liked there…well, at least nothing I liked that was in my budget.  I must be cheap, but I can’t see spending $1,000 on a rug.  I’m still struggling with how much the sectional cost!!

What do you think of these rug options?  I’m definitely more traditional with my rug choices.  I love how geometric rugs look in spaces I see, but when it comes to choosing for our house, I am not drawn to that look at all.  I seem to like nature – flowers, leaves, and berries were my natural instinct.

Do you plan your decorating decisions in advance?  Or, do you just let the room evolve?  Any suggestions for where to look for rugs?

Our Living Room

I’m discovering that Winter time poses an additional challenge for me, besides just trying to get through the short, dark cold days.  The lack of daylight hours that I am home has proven difficult in trying to get photos for blogging.  My photography needs all the help it can get, so when the sun was shining recently I took advantage and snapped some pictures around the house of areas that I have not shared yet.  I did show you the Odd Corner in the Living Room, so I thought it was time to share the rest of the living room.

Below is the view of the living room from the odd corner.  The kitchen is off to the left, the foyer is the opening in the middle, and the view on the right is into the guest room.

Living Room - View from chairs

This is the view standing at the patio door.  Our living room is heavily used since it is the central part of our home.

Living Room - View from Patio Doors

Overall, the room is decorated pretty simply.   I always think it feels better with some fresh flowers.  I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my spray painted vase.

Living Room - Flowers in spraypainted vase

I had the sectional before we got married, so its been around for a while.   I’ve already added extra poly-fil to the back cushions to give it a little more cushion.  At some point, we’ll get a new couch, but I think we’ll have to replace it with another sectional, since the corner of it is where Puddy spends a lot of his time.

Living Room - View from Kitchen with Puddy

I had to close the curtains on the patio door to get the picture below since it was so sunny.  This angle shows you the dining room, the kitchen bar and a sliver of the breakfast room in the background. I love that we get such warm sunlight in the hub of our home.

Living Room - View from Hallway

As we are beginning to consider a new couch, do you have any recommendations?  Should we stick to a sectional?  Or, is there other furniture we should consider for a better layout?

Rug Anchors

We have two rugs that I have had to reposition on a daily basis for years.  They each had the traditional rug gripper under them.

You can see the rug gripper peaking out from underneath as well.  The rug in the background in the hallway had this problem as well.  But, fortunately at the Haven Conference, 3M had a booth and they were giving away products.  The representative handed me Rug Anchors.

They are a new product, that are basically command strips to hold your rugs in place.  I explained to the representative that I had 2 rugs that I had to reposition every day, so he kindly gave me 2 sample products.  I initially tried the rug anchors on the small rug in the hallway to see if they worked.  I’ve had them in place for over a month on that rug and it hasn’t budged!  Bob actually said how great it was and that we needed to get more to fix the larger rug.  I informed him I had another set and that was my plan all along, but I wanted to make sure they worked first. 

So, this weekend, I tackled the simple project of removing the old rug gripper, and replacing it with the rug anchors. 

The dusty, dirty rug gripper got removed first.  Then, I just followed the step-by-step instructions on the back of the rug anchor package.  I separated each of the 4 strips.  Then I attached the tan strip to the black strip.

For each corner, I removed the tan backing and attached it to the underside of the rug corner.

Then, I removed the backing for the black side.

And, the final step was to press the rug into place.

I repeated the process for all four corners and now we have both rugs secured with the 3M Rug Anchors, so we can avoid the daily replacement of the rugs.

Puddy had to show off that the rug doesn’t move for him anymore! 

Has anyone else used the 3M rug anchors? Any other solutions for keeping your rugs in place?

The Odd Corner in our Living Room

Decorating and arranging furniture in our living room has been the thorn in my side from day one.  These pictures are the best I could find with no furniture in the space.

Our original plan was to put the large sectional that Bob had in his house in our living room.  It is four pieces and we thought it would fill the room nicely.  We were definitely wrong on that idea.  On moving day, my Mom and I tried every possible arrangement of the four pieces in the living room and it did not work at all.  Fortunately for us, I also had a sectional from my previous house.  It was a smaller two piece L-shaped sectional.  In desperation to try to get some furniture in the room, we tried it.  It worked in the space, but it also meant we needed to place our TV in the corner to the right of the fireplace and partially blocking the window.

Not long after we our wedding, we upgraded to a flat screen TV, so we bought a corner stand and the corner of the living room was on its second look.

It stayed like this for several years, because we really did not know what else to do to rearrange.  The only other option we considered was placing the TV on the wall above the fireplace.  Bob and I were both hesistant to make the change, but eventually decided it was the way to go.  It bothered both of us that the TV was blocking the window.

We finally took the plunge and hung the TV over the mantle when we moved the larger TV to our basement, which at the time was just finished.  So, we purchaed a slightly smaller TV  and hung it over the mantle, which  left the odd corner in the living room with needing a new purpose.  It has now had many looks, as evidenced in all the pictures.  And, I know there was at least one other arrangement in that corner that we don’t have pictures to prove it existed.

This is the current state of the odd corner in the living room.   It definitelywill not be the final look, as I think it needs bigger, more comfortable chairs.  But, I am pleased with the current state.  Especially since I bought the little table for $5 at a yardsale. It was painted in a pretty pastel purple, and I stripped it and then stained the top and spray painted the legs to get the current look.  The chairs were bought at a used furniture store and I reupholstered them and added the trim.  I sewed the pillow covers as well. 

Does anyone have any suggestions for improving the odd corner in our living room?  Or, any other layout suggestions?