Friday, August 27, 2010

My New to Me Sofa!

Well, those of you wonderful people that read my blog will know that I sold one thing and bought something else that was more expensive!!  We hated our living room furniture.  It was oversized and the back pillows constantaly rolled down when we sat on it.  My boys LOVE it.  So we hauled it downstairs to the basement den (man cave) for them to roll around on while playing Xbox or watching TV!

I thought I wanted a caramel brown color but they are hard to find on Craigslist for the price I wanted to pay.  I have been looking for 2 months now and almost settled a few times for something that wasn't the best for us.  I held out and found this chocolate brown one for $150!  She originally wanted $200 and it is in excellent condition.  I think I am happier with the chocolate brown than I would have been with the caramel.

Ignore the poor kitchen/breakfast room in the background!  It looks terrible but I just can't start on it until I get this family room done!!  I need to figure out some pillows.  Here is another shot so everyone can give me some suggestions as I'm not good at accessorizing with pillows.  Do I get 2 or 3 or 4 or 5..., should 2 be the same color or what combination, should they be solid, a print or a combination....HELP!!

Now, I'm not sure if the area rug goes anymore.  It matched with the other furniture better.  Trying to hide the greeen carpet as best I can.  Not much you can do with it!  Definitely need something bigger on the hearth than those 3 pitiful candlesticks!!

The room is coming along slowly.  Mr. Creative would like a recliner so I found a deep red recliner for $20 today but it is probably gone already.  I am going to make a square upholstered ottoman, too.
Decisions...decisions...this is the hardest part for me!  The finishing touches!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Your ideas keep me going!  Have a great day!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the sofa and the color. The rug looks ok to me but hard to tell in photos. I would get some pattern in the throw pillows and some texture. I like the red as an accent!

Always Nesting said...

I know the perfect pillow covers. Pottery Barn and very pricey but they were the first thing that came to my mind when I saw your room. They would be perfect. I'll email you the link.

Maybe Santa can bring you an early Christmas gift? :)

Vanessa said...

I love that chocolate brown color and actually we just got a leather one for our family room too! At first I had a hard time with it but then I brought in the pillows and it added some life. I love the combo of a solid pillow on each end, a plaid or floral next, and then a long pillow in the middle (5 total). Maybe with some rich burgundy/red to give it a pop of color? I've been watching pillows on Ebay too and you can get some great deals out there! Whatever you do it will be fabulous!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Nice sofa. Love the chocolate. Are there hardwoods under your carpet or no?

Kris said...

Love it!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

The sofa looks great! I think pillows with some pattern and color would be fantastic. If you have a favorite fabric or color you are thinking of adding in you could make some pillows just the perfect size for you and yours out of that fabric. :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Isn't it fun changing "the look" of a room. As for pillows...I like to use 2 on one end and one on the other...but, that is just personal taste. Mine don't match...they blend. My sofa and loveseat are a very dark brown leather. I love how I can change the pillows and change the look.

Lourie said...

I found from Shell's blog! Your new to you couch looks new!

Debbie said...

I am completely crazy about your sofa. Seriously... it's still a neutral,but it's a servicable neutral.

I used to dislike brown until the whole brown and blue craze a few years ago. Now, I absolutely love it.

You can't go wrong thinking of this as a garden and just planting colors. I would go bold but autumnal. Wouldn't reds look great?
Or oranges? I love orange.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The sofa is fabulous. I think it is wonderful. I think probably 5 pillows. I would do a couple in a solid and then pick out at least 3 prints ( geometric, strips, floral) and make a couple of them in one of the prints, something that has a larger pattern and some real pow factor. I would bring in the golds of the drapes and if you get the red recliner then something that has some red in it also. Faux greenery is really inexpensive and put in a large basket on the hearth can look really stunning and fill a lot of space. You are doing great so far. I also like the rug. Can't wait to see it all done. Hugs, Marty Also, don't forget to check out Goodwill for pillows, sometimes they have the neatest ones for about $2 or $3.

ain't for city gals said...

I'm not a pillow person but maybe a nice quilt or a chenille throw in your accent color folded and put over one corner? I'm thinking take up the rug and get a nice coffee table...with maybe a bear type rug (you know what i mean?) in front of the fireplace. Maybe make your accent color a green and play up the rug instead of trying to hide it....anyway it looks great..

Kim said...

Hi Bonnie, Marty has good advice--I only use two per sofa because I don't like moving them all the time. You really got a good deal, the sofa looks new.

Olivia~ said...

Hello dear! I think the sofa is wonderful. I would go for a country french look with your home. You could do matchey with two solids and two florals or I would look for several florals, chintz, toile or needlepoint with colors that blend with the rest of the colors in your room. Let me know what you find.

Debbie said...

Bonnie, funny I am certain I commented on this post. How much I love the chocolate brown, and I think it was a great choice with the direction you are going. I am not sure what is going on with blogger, but that irritates me, because I am sure people are not receiving my comments. Well it is a great couch and you done good!

Sailing Simply said...

Oh Bonnie, this is looking good! Great new sofa! That chocolate brown is an excellent neutral which means you can change out those pillows endlessly. LOL! I agree with everything Marty said about the colors. I was also thinking the exact same thing about the hearth. A Nice big basket, filled this time of year w/Autumn colors! Keep your eyes open at Ross (if you have one) for colors and or sizes of pillows you want. I have found them to be priced the best even if you end up buying the pillow from them and putting your own fabric on it.

Erin said...

Great find! I love what you can find on Craigslist. I would go for 2-3 pillows with some patterning. They'll really accent the new sofa. I've found great throw pillows at Target and Pier 1 for decent prices before, though I recently saw some great deals in the accessories department of a furniture store.

Can't wait to see more!

xinex said...

I love the sofa and I love the deep chicolate color. It looks very comfy. You can mix match different pillows since it is a very neutral color. It would be so much fun decorating it....Christine

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Great sofa!
I'd get some cream colored, burlap pillows, and I'd probably start with about 4 or 5. Just real squishy ones, not oversized.

Great find! :-)

Have a wonderful week!

Lindy said...

Good job hiding that rug -- I didn't even notice it until I read what you said. How about a large basket filled with small logs on the hearth?

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

OK girlfriend, I am really liking this entire look! I think you could actually pick up inexpensive pillows at Home Goods or even whip up a couple to change out seasonally.
I like the idea of mix and match instead of "matchy-matchy" it gives it more interest in the end. A little greenery here and there will do it too to pull your room together.
All in all, I'm liking it!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You have several solid colors in the room. I would get 4 pillows to start with. 2 would be patterned. Uses the colors you like in the room as your guide. Then either select a mustard to match your walls or a color out of the rug. That will help the cohesiveness.

Had to comment about your comment. The school has been telling me for years that Sweet Boy is ADHD. They have given up as I always reply. No, he is an active boy and needs exercise. :)


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