5.28.2013

a patterned sofa: compel or repel

Last August I wrote a post about how I wanted a patterned sofa in our living room.  My love for pattern hasn't gone away.  But when I found the Sunbrella green velvet, I went for the more practical/beautiful choice for the kids.  The fabric is very cozy and ridiculously durable.  I love it.  

But when my eyes landed on this Henredon sofa last week, and I brought home all 94 inches of it, I knew it was a perfect style to handle all the pattern I could muster.  

Our living room is 30' x 19'.  Not small.  And when you have a long space, it's ideal to create more than one seating area.  That's exactly what I plan to do.  The green sofa will replace my desk, and it makes such a sweet space near the fireplace and kitchen.  No when I'm standing at the stove guests can lounge on the green sofa and chat with me while I cook.  This is a classic case of small furniture making the room look small.  But I was working with what we had and inherited.  Now it's time to make the space even more our own.

So here's what I'm planning to do...  and you may not love it.  That's ok!  I read somewhere that you should aim to either "repel or compel".  This may put me in that category. ;-)  You'll either love the look or hate it.  At least hang with me until we get the sofa back form the upholsterer to see the finished results.

Here is my inspiration.  
The rest of the room may not be something I'd create, but I love the feel of a patterned sofa.
Robert Allen

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dwell studio

Lonny

Lonny

Aerin Lauder

Elle Decor

Lilly Pulitzer
Lilly Pulitzer


Lonny

Mary McDonald

Billy Baldwin



Elle Decor

Carlton Varney

Now is your chance to dish all of your honest thoughts on a patterned sofa.  Would you try it?  Have you had one?  I've got my fabric samples limited down to two options.  I'm going with either green or navy with contrasting piping.  I can't get this sofa reupholstered fast enough!  Wish me luck.




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12 comments:

  1. I think it will be an amazing statement. In your hands, I have no doubt it will totally gorgeous!

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  2. I've never been brave enough, but a fab deal like the Henredon sofa deserves an amazing pattern! You go girl!

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  3. Hi Abby,
    I bought a patterned couch 9 years ago. it was great for hiding stains. But I did get tired of looking at it. I ended up getting a white slipcover made for it. Now it's easier to change out throw pillows.
    And I like the fact that I can wash it.
    No doubt, you will make me want to have a patterned slipcover made.

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  4. Thanks Mary! I'm sure there will come a day when I tire of whatever pattern I chose, but that's the joy of purchasing a sofa for under $50. The cost is so minimal to have it upholstered that I don't mind changing it in 9 years. ;-)

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  5. My very first couch out of college was a red watch plaid and I LOVED it. I miss it to this day. I think you have enough other solids/neutrals in the room it will work great. And with the lines of that sofa, you can't go wrong. And love the contrast piping btw. :)

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  6. I think you should totally go for it! With the price you paid for the couch what have you got to lose! I'm sure it's going to be amazing and I cannot wait to see what fabric you choose. I absolutely love the first inspiration photo!

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  7. Heck yes! Go for it. It so suits your style. I havent ruled out a leopard sofa yet. I love a patterned sofa. And the lines of that one will sing with a pattern on it!!

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  8. patterned...life's too short to not have the sofa you want
    peach

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  9. I am so excited over this! I love the green you selected It's going to rock.

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  10. so excited about this!! awesome inspiration images, which have me in suspense for the finished product :)

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