9/23/14

Family Room Changes... Our Sexual Sectional.

I couldn't help it. That's what we call it.

Since basically all of my recent home posts on here have been nursery-related, I thought we'd take a break today and talk about a completely different space.  Probably the space we used the absolute most (now, anyway) in the entire house...  Our family room.

When we bought the house, this room was one of my favorite spaces.  Still is. We started with our furniture from our last house. Some pieces looked a bit small in here...


After this photo (taken a little over a year ago), we swapped out some chairs, lamps, added some sheer curtains, etc.  It was for sure pretty, but not the coziest. The furniture didn't exactly say, "You come here to me.. NO, no... You come here to me." 
But to save us some time and chit chat and just get to the good stuff, this is where we are now...


This is seriously my favorite room now. The biggest change, the big, soft Belgian linen sectional came about because of practicality. I find that all of the big changes that come about in our house are never usually because we're just ready for a change, but rather because of function.  When you live somewhere (or with certain furniture) for a while, you figure out what works and what doesn't.  You figure out that instead of relaxing on the couch during the day when you need a comfy place to sit (and perhaps write a blog post), you're sitting for hours at the hard kitchen table a couple feet away. Probably a sign that you need to make a change.
When we would relax in here on Saturdays to watch football, we would fight over the chair facing the tv (or try to smush ourselves into it). I love that we have so much space now to cuddle up and lounge and really enjoy our family room.  
I've always said I was a fan of leather furniture... still am. We have it all throughout our basement. There are a couple reasons why we didn't go with it in a larger sectional though.  It's durable and easily wiped clean, but it's not the most comfortable to me. Skin sticks to it in the summer time and because it doesn't breathe, you can easily get hot and sweaty. I wanted something cozy and soft that would breathe.


We lived with our leather couch and chair for years and while it was pretty and we liked it, it just wasn't working in this space. Life's too short, ya know? To me, I feel like a family room should be a cozy space with lots of soft seating and most of all, comfortable. So I started the search for a comfy, well-made, slipcovered sectional and happened upon the perfect one at a local furniture store. We're so in love with this room now!

The shape of the sectional "sections" off the room much better and makes the large, lofty space much cozier. I chose one with a chaise (and I'm SO glad I did) mainly because Brad really wanted one, but it also saves your coffee table from dirty feet.  Plus, I love that Brad and I can easily cuddle up together on it when we watch tv. We couldn't do that before. It's the little things...


Speaking of the coffee table, since there was SO much linen fabric going on in this room with the sectional and tufted chairs (which we already had for a while now, and ended up working perfectly with the new sectional), I decided we needed something a little smaller, lighter, and more airy. This little oval glass table from Pier 1 takes up a lot less visual (and actual) space than the large tufted one we used to have in here. The room needed a mix of different materials so the glass and metal really helped to balance everything out.  I still want to add some of my pretty books to the lower level of it.  It's really sturdy and well-made too, which is a big deal for a coffee table, which is a piece of furniture we actually use a lot.


Can't you just hear it saying, "You come here to me..."?? 

The lamps are just some that I've had for years and years with some mix and match shades. Not sure I'm in love with them, but that's something I'll probably change in the future if I find something I like better. Or, I may do what I always do and swap around some that we have in other places of the house. I always say, shop what you've got!

I mentioned that the slipcovered furniture (rather than upholstered) was really important to me. I love that if something gets spilled or stained, I can just throw the one piece's slipcover into the wash.  I also love that the color visually appears to be lighter piece of furniture in the room, but the actual color is a linen-stone-gray.  So it won't show every little thing or appear dingy like white or light cream furniture can. Anyway, I just love it and we couldn't be happier with it!

A few more changes...
First off, the hand made, one of a kind bench behind the sofa...


It couldn't be more perfect for this area! I considered a sofa table, which would mean moving the antique library table from in front of the windows behind the sofa, because to add another similar piece would be overkill.  We moved it behind the couch and it just wasn't right. I really wanted to keep the open feeling behind the couch and not obstruct the whole view into the room with the knick-knacks on the table or with lamps.  It would be silly to have a table there and have it be bare, you know? So I had the bench idea... All of the ones we already had were majorly too small.  I remembered seeing this one at the furniture store where I purchased the couch from and went back for it.  It's super long and narrow. Perfect for behind the couch.  Plus, I love that it's well-made and one-of-a-kind.


And finally, the curtains...


If you remember, I had previously added some sheer white panels to this space because I didn't want to obstruct any of the view and keep the light and airy feeling in the room. Well, that was great, but over time, I realized that what the room actually needed was some balance.  So I had been on the look out for the perfect ones for a while that were not only the right color, but also the right fabric.
Oh, and while these were definitely more expensive than the $20 sheers I had up before (which because of that, I didn't mind replacing), they were a great price for the quality and something I can definitely justify because of how much they add to the room.


They're textured Dupioni Silk in a beautiful taupe-silver shade. The room has so much warm cream and ivory shades going on that the cooler taupe-silver balances everything out and the material adds a ton of texture. I got them from Overstock and these are in a 120" length. 

I love the view now from the kitchen...


 I just love how everything is coming together. I feel like we started off on a great foot in this house when we moved in about a year and a half ago because we already had so much furniture from the last house, but I really believe that you have to make your house your home. The way I see it, houses are expensive. Too expensive to not be happy and totally comfortable in certain spaces.   Of course, there's lots of cosmetic things we'd love to change and completely overhaul (we've got big plans in the future for areas like bathrooms and kitchens and the backyard), but you have to take your time and see how spaces are really used and what you really need. Those spaces are functional for now, so we're definitely not in a hurry.  For spaces like a family room that you use a lot, really think out your furniture before you buy something and realize that what works in one home, may not work in another. Also, most importantly, don't just go for something solely on looks. Of course you should love it (I love the look of our room so much better now), but most importantly, consider the comfort and function of the pieces you buy.
I could go on and on, but basically, we're obsessed with this sectional and this room in general now. Definitely much more family friendly. :)

I should be back next week with another nursery update! I hope you all have a wonderful week!!


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68 comments:

  1. I have to say, I kind of like the old furniture that was in there. Although, this looks nice too. I never realized that this family room was in the back of the house and not the front. I always assumed this room was when you walk in the front door. Anyway, I'm loving your blog posts so keep them coming :))

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  2. Hi Tiffany!
    Your family room looks amazing!!
    we also love having a sectional and I'm in the market for a new one! Just wondering where you got that one?

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    1. Thank you! We got it from a local, non-chain furniture store (I know they don't ship). I looked for the brand and it says "Home Point Furniture". There are lots of similar options for linen sectionals out there though! They are very common :)

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    2. Hi Tiffany - I live in Atlanta, can you tell me the name of the local furniture store? I am in the market for a section and love the one you picked. Thanks! Sara

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  3. So cute!!!
    I love you, your my biggest inspiration. Thank you for being you!!

    Check me out if you'd like....

    xx
    Tyana
    theluxedtion.blogspot.com

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  4. Perfect timing! In the market for a new sectional. Can you share where you got it?

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    1. We got it from a local, non-chain furniture store (I know they don't ship). I looked for the brand and it says "Home Point Furniture". There are lots of similar options for linen sectionals out there though! They are very common :)

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  5. Can you tell us where you got the sectional

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    1. We got it from a local, non-chain furniture store (I know they don't ship). I looked for the brand and it says "Home Point Furniture". There are lots of similar options for linen sectionals out there though! They are very common :)

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    2. What is the name of the furniture store? I live in Atlanta and would like to check it out. Thanks!

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  6. This is so cosy, i love it!!!!

    Kisses

    Tiff

    http://mabulledepensees.blogspot.fr

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  7. I love it! I never really liked your leather furniture, but this sectional looks so cozy. It makes the room.

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  8. Please share your local store as I live in Cherokee County and am very interested in something similar. Woodstock Furniture, perhaps?

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    1. Thank you! I ran into you one day in Target a couple of yrs ago and couldn't think where I knew you from then I realized we didn't know each other...I just see you on my computer screen a lot...ha ha. Thanks for sharing the info! I'm headed to WF tomorrow with a friend:)

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  9. You will praise yourself for that slip cover idea this time next year! lol. Just a beautiful space. I feel as if I'm staring into the pages of a magazine.

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  10. You really have a ridiculously good eye for home decor and interior design....what I would give to have an interior designer with your taste decorate my home. -___-

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  11. LOVE the sexual sectional, haha, and may just have to start calling ours that! It adds a bit of a more lived in vibe and the color compliments the rest of the room so well!

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  12. Just beautiful! Gosh I'm such a fan of your home girl, I need you to come help me with mine haha.

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  13. Loving the theme of your family room. That couch looks so cozy and I love how the curtains perfectly match the furniture
    XO Janina
    http://janinafran.blogspot.ca

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  14. I can't help but ask - huge cliffhanger in this post. Why is it called the sexual sectional? :)

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    1. haha just because it sounds funny. And everyday it whispers, " You come here to me..." to me... ;)

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  15. I absolutely love the colour of the linen slipcovers and the curtains together! Your balance of warm and bright colours is such an inspiration - it gives the room so much light without it feeling cold. It's cozy just like a family room should be!

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  16. The family room looks amazing now! Im right there with you in selecting pieces over time rather then all at
    Once not only for function of the room but also quality over quantity xx https://the-prettylittlethings.blogspot.com.au

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  17. I love the changes that you have done, so refreshing <3

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  18. Your decorating skills are fantastic! I always love your home decor posts. So inspirational!

    -Megan @ Never Finished

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  19. Love it! It looks amazing. I wish I was as good as you at interior decorating!

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  20. I love that couch, it just makes the room look so cozy!

    Carina | CARSTINA

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  21. I am in love with this sectional! It is exactly the type that I want to have in my house. While I would love to have it in that light airy color yours is in I just won't be able to do it since my fiancee is a mechanic and constantly dirty :/. Beautiful post though!

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  22. Your home reminds me of Ballard Designs- I know you're near their outlet/store. Lucky girl! Just a fresh, sophisticated approach. You have lovely style.

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  23. Ahhh that is exactly the couch I want in my future home. =) So comfy looking yet chic at the same time. LOVE! =) xoxo

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  24. The room looks great. I do find the bench behind the couch to be too low down.

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  25. I love the FRIENDS reference!! Beautiful home :)

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  26. That room looks like it should be in an interior decorating magazine! Also, loved the friends joke - one of my favorite episodes!! Pivot!

    Buffy

    www.lotsoflovebuffy.com

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  27. I simply love your personal style and taste in decor


    http://www.aboutacloset.com/

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  28. I love the sectional, the colour is beautiful. I'm starting to save for my own house and I love your blog as it gives me so many ideas I would probably have to save a lifetime to afford it all!

    Thankyou for this post, I love it!

    Sophie xx

    www.bysophielouise.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. Your home is absolutely gorgeous!!
    paigeyeahh.wordpress.com

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  30. Beautiful and artistic home!

    http://www.MartasFashionDiary.com/

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  31. I love it, it looks so cozy and home-y!! Great color scheme, very calming! xx

    beautyvisions.blogspot.com

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  32. I LOVE your decor ideas. Have been following your ideas for years and love seeing the transformation that you make. You really have a great eye for decor. You are the greatest inspiration for me starting my own blog! I would appreciate it if you would take a look, its no where near as great as what you have here. I'm just starting off and would like some tips and pointers.
    heres my page:

    http://lovebudgetdecor.weebly.com

    thank you so much! and congrats on the pregnancy!

    -April

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  33. Hi Tiffany, i'm pregnant too and when i saw this cute video i thaught about you!!!!

    http://youtu.be/GRLVk35kopk

    Kisses!!

    Tiff

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  34. ugh!! that sofa is amazing!!!! love it love it love it! <3

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  35. Beautiful, although not very practical for someone about to have a baby. I have to admit, I drastically changed my views on leather once I had kids. Durability and cleanability win hands down. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but I also am wondering how it will look 3 or 4 years from now.

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    1. Our leather was great, but over time (with Waylon), got a bit worn and dingy on the sides, even with regular cleaning. We chose this sectional with all those things in mind over a regular upholstered piece. Each individual cover can come off each section and cushion and can be thrown in the wash (and treated for spot cleaning too). MUCH easier! and the color is more of a natural stone so it doesn't show dinge. I'll never buy furniture that cant go in the wash ever again! haha ;)

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  36. This is exactly what I would pick. I love the new addition

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  37. Love love LOVE the sexual sectional, haha! It really is perfect. If you ever take requests for future home-related posts, I'd love to hear how you manage dog hair on furniture, rugs, etc. I love my two fur babies, but I struggle to keep them off the furniture, and their hair balls floating around the house gets crazy, even with Swiffer-sweeping the floors several times a week!

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    1. She talked a little about the dog hair in this video. I fee like such a creeper because I knew that, but I just happened to watch this getting ready this morning lol. It is her Ask Tiffany (May 2014) video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q3h5b9zV3g

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  38. It looks beautiful! I think the color of the new (sexual) sectional really compliments the brightness of the room better than the dark leather. Yes, yes I can hear it saying, 'You come here to me...' haha

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  39. Where did you get the old ottoman you had in this room I am obsessed with it and can't find a similar one anywhere Thanks- Alex

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  40. Gorgeous sectional addition! Also love the new panels! Great way to add even more to an already gorgeous home!

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  41. Love the changes- it looks awesome. I always look forward to your home décor posts.

    Any chance you remember where you got those three mirrored décor pieces on the wall?

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  42. Hi Tiffany, Beautiful room! I love the rug, where is it from? Thanks! :)

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    1. Thank you! I got it years ago from the Pottery Barn outlet

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  43. Love it!! Where did you purchase the couch from?
    www.alldeckdout.blogspot.com

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  44. Sofa looks great! Question for you...what size is the round rug under your kitchen table?

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  45. I always love your home decor posts! You have such great taste! I liked your leather furniture from before, but I totally get what you meant about it not being the most practical or cozy. You'll have to let us know how removing, washing, and replacing the slip covers goes. I've heard some are a pain in the butt to put back on. Random question: will your gorgeous Christmas Tree still fit in this room with the giant (and ridic comfy looking) sectional?

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  46. It's gorgeous!! And I love the Friends reference. That is my FAVORITE episode!! PIVOT!!!

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  47. i love it its perfect for your new family i can just see the baby on that sofa with you and your husband <3 :)

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  48. Hi, Tiffany! Been following your blog for years and love how your home is coming together!! Do you mind telling me where you purchased your sofa pillows? Thanks in advance! :)

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  49. I love it, I love everything in your room !!! I have a question for you can you please tell me where you bought that tall vase with flowers next to your Fire place . Thank you in advance !!

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  50. Your home remodeling projects have paid off well in this home! Everything looks gorgeous and well designed! Great job!

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  51. Great job with the couch change. It really makes the whole room look bigger and brighter!

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  52. Your living room looks so cozy that it makes me think of changing the decors of our own living room.
    Because the living room is one of my favorite places in the house aside from the bedroom and the kitchen.

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  53. Hi, Tiffany! Your home is beautiful, so warm and cozy! You did an awesome job! Can you tell us where did you buy your fireplace screen cover from? I'm in search for one and love the one you have on your fireplace... so gorgeous! Thank you.

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  54. Your home is beautiful! Where is your floor vase from?

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  55. tiffany, can you link those curtains? trying to find that color, thanks!

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