9.27.2012

how I make design decisions considering the kids & new fabric for our sofa

I refuse to let our children determine the design plan for our home.


I truly believe that you can have a beautiful home that you love and still have a practical space that allows kids to be kids.  I also love to entertain (over the weekend we had three different house guests spend the night in three days).  I always want our guests and our family to feel welcome and not worried about ruining anything-- but my version of that doesn't mean I have to have crappy furniture and nothing nice.

That being said, I know I told you I wanted a patterned sofa.  I would still love one.  That would be both beautiful and practical with kids. But then I found this Sunbrella Indoor/Outdoor apple green velvet.  It's on sale.  Big time.  I ordered samples of the light grey, teal, and apple green.  Holy smokes my friends, the colors are gorgeous.


I decided to cover our yellow sofa in the apple green velvet.
I'm not gonna lie.  I'm beyond excited.  Because it's an outdoor fabric from a great brand, the kids can't ruin it and I get the style that I'm looking for.  Style, with kids, just takes a bit more effort but it's not impossible.

You what's crazy?  In September 27th of 2010 I wrote a whole post on our family blog about how I dreamed of owning a velvet green sofa and starting a design blog. This is actually my 500th post!!!
It's amazing how life comes full circle, even when you're on a budget.  ;-)

UPDATE: CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR GREEN VELVET SOFA.

Here's some beautiful velvet eye-candy for your day.  




Thank you so much for reading!  I appreciate you all so much.  

My girl, Megan, from Honey We're Home started a new fitness blog and it went live today.  She's so darn inspiring I may even get my booty outside to work out.  You can visit her here!



14 comments:

  1. Love that color green. Is the velvet soft? I know that indoor/outdoor fabric can sometimes be very stiff. I ordered some samples and they felt very plasticky. I have 3 kids and 2 dogs, so I am looking for something that will clean easily.

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  2. Argh! I'm so jealous! That is going to be beautiful! Can't wait to see. I'm on the hunt for some navy velvet fabric.. do you think they have any?

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  3. Wow! It's going to look great!

    Do you know how long the sale is running for? And do you think the teal or blue would work for our living room? ;-) ;-)

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  4. Thank you for sharing all these rooms featuring green couches. I have a sage green couch I am trying to work with and I loved seeing these rooms!

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  5. Love the color and all the photos! I'm so with you nothing makes me cringe more then when I read blog comments that people won't do certain things to make their space beautiful because they have children. Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

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  6. That apple green is so yummy. I'm with Syndi-how does it feel? I have to recover a sofa the end of October and might change my mind on fabric. I need something very durable. (BTW-price per yard?)

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  7. *GASP*! I love what you picked and you know it's going to be kid friendly, too! Double love! And that is definitely some eye candy...green is always a favorite of mine, too...can't wait to see it in all it's green glory!

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  8. Ooh, that looks lush. I don't even get to have velvet cushions for texture because my hubby can't stand to touch it. Velvet, velveteen, corduroy - it's like nails on a chalkboard to his skin. In other news, I feel like I've been seeing a lot of people pick outdoor fabrics for major furnishings in cloth.

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  9. That green is so gorgeous! I'm so excited to see how everything turns out! :)

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  10. If I didn't like you, I'd have to not like you. I am so jealous (I hate that word, but I must admit to it over this), so jealous of your soon to be green velvet sofa. But, yes, I'm happy for you, and it's going to be incredible!!

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  11. Oh wow, that's going to be greatness! I didn't have a clue Sunbrella made velvet. Super fun find, Abby. Can't wait to see it.

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  12. Love that you linked to your article from two years ago, which linked to Julie's article about her home being her portfolio. This is right where I'm at! And I love the green and can't wait to see the finished product!!

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Abby M. Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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