My apartment is coming along! Slowly but surely. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to home decor and it has taken me a bit of time, budgeting, and actual physical labor (not my greatest strength – ha!) to get everything pulled together. So far I’ve shared the inspiration behind my apartment and the DIY process behind my checkerboard floors.. today we are talking about couches! There is a lot more to do… but it’s definitely coming along!
My own style is pretty eclectic. I want my home to be a reflection of me, and (when it’s done) for people to walk into my space and immediately get a sense for my personality. Basically, I want them to walk in, and think… “Oooh… someone fun lives here.” The way I’ve done this (so far) is by starting with great quality cornerstone pieces (my dining table and chairs, my new couches which we are talking about today), and adding in a mix of vintage + DIY pieces, as well as some inexpensive steals. My personal opinion is that if you do the big stuff right, you can get away with some fun DIYs and bargain pieces. It’s kind of like putting an outfit together. If you have on nice shoes and a great bag, everything else will look expensive. 😉
But for the big stuff, quality is really important. I haven’t worked with very many brands on the apartment for that reason. I did reach out to the PR team at Room & Board (one of my favorite, favorite stores for home goods). Their quality is really, really good; their pieces last for years and years, and 90% of what they sell is made here in the US. My custom sofas were made to order (this meant waiting about ten weeks for delivery but it was totally worth it!!) If you’re wanting a faster delivery, they do offer a variety of options that are in-stock and ready for delivery right away. I proposed a trade and in all honesty was a little shocked when they said yes, so today I am highlighting two of their beautiful custom Anderson sofas. I can’t say enough good things about them… if you are in the market for a new sofa, they are the absolute best couches!
I first encountered Room & Board about six years ago when my ex-boyfriend was decorating his LA apartment. I got to help him with the process but he actually found Room & Board before I’d ever heard of it. He ended up furnishing the space nearly entirely with their pieces… but I was especially smitten with the L-shaped couch in the living room.
I think what I loved about it most was that it didn’t necessarily look comfortable, but once you laid down on it, it was so, so comfy. Know what I mean? Comfy furniture is not always the best looking furniture. These couches look sleek and modern and beautiful, but when you sit down on them, you don’t want to get up.
When choosing sofas for my own space, I immediately gravitated toward the Anderson sofa. I like that you can have it custom designed with whatever fabric you’d like, and I liked the clean, Scandinavian-inspired silhouette. I went with two of them (in the 81″ size) as I wanted something long enough to sprawl out on… but not too long – 91″ would be overpowering, especially with two of them!
I did a little bit of research (the fabric guide that Room & Board offers is fantastic – it will help you choose a fabric based upon your personal needs… i.e. stain-proof, cat-proof, etc). I probably should have gone with cat-proof but I’m pretty good about regularly vacuuming and Tyrion (miraculously) has no interest in scratching my furniture. My biggest personal concern is with stains. My old ivory colored couch got so dirty (mostly from denim rubbing off on the twill fabric), and I entertain quite a bit (and will never be one of those people who only serves light colored beverages… I love red wine way too much!!!) For that reason, I went with pale gray couches, in the velvet “View” fabric, which has (hooray!) a stain-resistant finish. Like I said earlier, it’s really important that all of the bigger pieces of furniture in my home last a long time. I learned my lesson from my last couch (it was an absolute disaster after four years) and I wanted a fabric that would (besides being pretty) also be durable and stain resistant!
I’m so happy with how the space is coming along, and so excited to share more with you. I’m still working on my office area, wallpaper for the bedroom and bathroom, and art for the kitchen and bedroom… but I’m hoping to have the whole space finished by the end of the summer and do a full reveal here… fingers crossed!
Thank you to Room & Board for my beautiful new couches… I couldn’t love them more!
photography by Trent Bailey.