I’m proud to be partnering with Raymour & Flanigan for the One Room Challenge and share my honest opinion and experience with you!
We’re one week into the ORC and the plans for our family room are all coming together!
Last week I shared with you the current sad state of affairs, direction I want to go, and the major player that I ordered to replace our broken couch – this long, luxurious lady!
I still can’t believe that I found this sofa of my dreams! A little back story – I got to know the company Raymour & Flanigan a bit through the last two Bloggers Heart Habitat houses I worked on (if you’re new to BHH, it’s a volunteer organization created by my friend Charlotte of At Charlotte’s House that brings together design and DIY bloggers with local companies to design and furnish rooms for new Habitat For Humanity house owners. Check out the latest house we did this past January!) Even though there is a Raymour & Flanigan store within 20 minutes of my house, I had never shopped there until I had the opportunity to do so for the Habitat houses, which were so generously sponsored by this company.
Raymour & Flanigan is SO good to the community – they are not only involved with the Habitat projects but also tons of other community endeavors – and I respect them so much, so I was absolutely thrilled to partner with them on a room. But did I think they might have the sofa to make all my sofa dreams come true? The sofa from a picture I saw on Pinterest years and years ago and always loved? Honestly I didn’t even venture to hope.
In the store I saw chesterfields and I saw navy blue, but no navy blue chesterfield. I was totally fine with that and all set and happy to order a nice neutral sofa to go in our nice neutral house when the store manager, Chris, mentioned that they had lots of pieces online in addition to what you see in the store. So I took a peek. And what to my wondering eyes should appear?? THE NAVY VELVET CHESTERFIELD SOFA OF MY DREAMS!!
This store seriously has a little something for everyone!!
So that’s how all that excitement went down. And by excitement I mean me wildly texting my family with pictures and lots of happy emojis, which no one else seemed to feel the situation warranted quite as much as I did. SO I APPRECIATE YOU ALL GETTING FIRED UP WITH ME LAST WEEK!! You’re my people. You get me. 🙂 ????
This week my aim was to iron out what other big pieces were going in the room so that I can move forward with the moulding on the walls!! And if you think I am totally putting off the part of the plan where I install crown moulding, yep, you’re onto me. It’s torture and yet I love it so!
While the sofa is, as I may have mentioned, navy velvet, I’m keeping the space light and giving it a bit of the coastal vibe the rest of our house has with white walls and millwork and the marble on our fireplace.
After a whole lot of back and forth and measuring and figuring and calculating, the only piece that’s staying in the room is the coffee table.
We currently have two sets of chairs on either side of our couch, creating a U that faces the fireplace. These two were originally going to stay put….
but it was a little tricky to find something that worked with them AND the chesterfield sofa, and this little area is kind of awkward anyway. In the end we decided to move them into our living room where we were already planning on adding a couple of chairs, and start over entirely with seating in here, after years of this room being a hodgepodge of furniture castoffs from previous houses!
I set out to find 4 chairs to join the sofa and auditioned pretty much every chair out there. Major Goldilocks syndrome with these ones too big, those ones too small. And then I met this lil’ lady (yes this one’s a lady too) and she was a match made in heaven size and color-wise for the navy velvet and the room.
I mean is this thing made for the half wall or WHAT???? Don’t say what. I already ordered it. Based on the legs I think this settee is the same one in this Lonny photo, so pretty in grey velvet too.
Small problem…..I don’t love the art with it. Meaning I love, LOVE this fun multimedia triptych from Dan Hobday on Etsy, but I don’t love it with that cute armless settee above. They kind of hurt my eyeballs in the same space. So.
Did I mention this is a set of down-loadable art that you can have printed at Staples? So affordable, colorful, full of life, and the part I love most is that it is unique and different!
While I’m not going to use this particular set, I have a few other pieces in mind I adore and would love your help to choose, so stay tuned for a post about Etsy artists I’m fawning over – I’d love to hear what piece you think would be the best fit for my family room.
I’ll also be taking you with me to figure out chairs for the other side of the room, so keep your eye out on Instastories and Facebook Live because I CLEARLY AM NOT CAPABLE OF MAKING THESE DECISIONS ON MY OWN.
AND the other biggie…..a rug that unifies all the seating. Oh the rug. HA! That’s not a big deal to decide upon!
If you think I’m being evasive and not giving enough details well that’s because 1) I’m still in decision making mode and 2) the family room basically looks exactly the same as the before pictures I showed you last week. BUT NOT FOR LONG MY FRIENDS!!
This makeover is not just about ordering new furniture. There will be some major DIYing and thrift store hunting commencing once all these big pieces are locked down!
To all my One Room Challenge comrades, I hope your first week is off to a great start and can’t wait to see your progress! Visit this page to see all the ORC challenge updates for week 2.
Many thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for creating and organizing the One Room Challenge with media partner House Beautiful! and especially to my wonderful ORC sponsorRaymour & Flanigan for helping me share the ins-and-outs of a complete room re-design with you!
See you next week, and thank you for dropping by!