I have been doing a mini-series on seating info starting with best upholstery for kids and pets, then seating and layouts, and now I am going to talk about STYLES of seating. Purchasing pieces you love and that are multi-purpose.
What do you mean multipurpose? I mean, pieces that can be moved around to other areas of your home and still be functional and beautiful.
Here’s the before with the grey leather sofa we just passed on to a new loving home.
We recently sold one of our big sofas in our family room. The uber importante area of our home where the whole family congregates (until the kids are bored with what the ‘rents are watching and bail to the basement to watch their own shows). It’s the space open to the whole main level of the house.
Funny story: we initially purchased that large grey leather sofa to replace the chesterfield. At the time the chesty was full of holes in the upholstery from use (as the linen was not able to withstand such abuse) and we were under the impression it would be more cost effective to replace it. WELL, someone in the house couldn’t part with the chesty (I really don’t know who that could have been!) and just had to reupholster it, which as fate would have it was much cheaper than we initially expected.
Grey leather sofa
And so the chesty was given a new lease on life and we were left with a fab grey leather sofa. We adapted the layout to work the best for our family and all was well in our home until we (which was really I) started thinking, it’s time to freshen things up in here. So we put the ole (not old but relatively new) leather sofa up on Craigslist and within a couple of weeks time, it was sold to a fab new home with a lady that ADORED it.
That left me with a gaping hole in my family room. We had grown to LOVE having two sofas opposite each other, and with 6 of us in the family and 2 of the 6 family members around 6 ft or over the space was much appreciated. What did I do to solve this dilemna? I moved the DIY daybed we built many moons ago from the basement to the gaping space left from the grey leather and added a chair and a half. The space is comfy, cozy and everyone has room to sit, and as an added bonus it feels lighter.
I also moved the barrel from being a bench to acting as a side table
The moral of this story is if you only invest in pieces you LOVE you don’t need to always buy new. By simply rearranging spaces in our home we were able to create a fresh and inviting space.
When shopping for furniture, focus on pieces you love and that speak to you. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone for a colorful piece if it’s your favorite color, an incredible shape/style if you have always been a HUGE fan of that genre. You can always rearrange and move things to another space in your home to give them a new fab space to inhabit and you new eye candy.
What’s your favorite personality expressing and versatile piece you own? A dresser, sofa, mirror, coffee table?
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