Welcome back for week 3 of the One Room Challenge! We have some really exciting updates to share with you guys, so let's jump right in...
Given that the sofa is the focal point of a living room, we needed to make a decision before any other major purchase. Plus, they usually have the longest lead time, so it was really important for us to get that ordered before we looked into anything else. Miranda and I visited Living Spaces and West Elm last Thursday to check out a few potential options for sofas. For those of you who read last week’s post, I’m sorry to say that the Haven was way too large to fit in their living room. It would have swallowed the room whole – what a bummer!
Here’s another bummer… in last week’s post I also mentioned how Miranda and Taylor both wanted a chaise sectional to accommodate more guests. Unfortunately, their wall is just a little too short (110”) to accommodate most sectionals. Since Living Spaces likes their sofas big, it was a definitely a bit of a challenge.
Luckily, we did find a few options that could work from both retailers that I’ve outlined below.
Out the sofa’s listed above, Miranda and Taylor’s favorites were the Monroe or the Antwerp from West Elm. Unfortunately, none of the West Elms around San Diego had the Monroe available in stock for them to test how comfortable it was. It’s pretty important to test out a sofa’s comfort level before making that big of a purchase, don’t you think? Luckily, they both fell in love with the Antwerp, so we decided to move forward with that. Woohoo!
Isn’t she beautiful!? I think they made a great choice. It takes cues from Belgian Industrial design with details like flanged edges, gently sloping arms and just a hint of mid-century feel with the tapered wood legs. While Miranda didn’t get the sectional she initially desired, she’s really happy with this choice and is excited to add some mid-century chairs into the mix.
I’m also excited to share that we purchased their dining chairs (also from West Elm)! These indigo beauties were featured in the initial dining room concept I put together for them, and I am thrilled to see how much they loved them. Miranda bought them on the spot when we were trying out sofas. I love it!
Another exciting update – we ordered our first rug! Rather than get a “vintage-looking” rug from Anthro, I wanted them to experience the real deal. We purchased this beauty straight from the source – Morocco! My rug dealer is amazing, haha! You can check him out here. They source all kinds of beautiful, rare vintage rugs. Amazing, right? It should be arriving in a few weeks. I just. can’t. wait. to see it in person!
Next on our list? Lighting and window treatments. Since their home is a rental, I was a little worried that we would be limited in this realm, but we are in luck! Their landlord is letting us update the lights however we please. The window treatments, on the other hand, will have to get her approval to ensure that their durability for future tenants. We’ll dive deeper into window treatments next week.
Right now, the living room and dining room have antique flush mount lights. They’re cute, but not ideal for the Moroccan / mid-century look we’re going for.
So instead, we’re going to replace them with a mix of some mid-century and bohemian inspired pendants or flush mounts. Here are some options I’ve curated for them. They’re leaning towards one pendant over the dining area and one flush mount over the living area, which I think would work well. What do you guys think?
I would love to hear your thoughts on how the room is coming along! Please leave me a comment below this blog post to let me know your thoughts. Stay tuned for next week’s update on the One Room Challenge!