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Living Room Solutions: Back to Back Sofas

Anyone out there have an awkward living room?  Welcome to the club.  Ours is long and narrow with multiple doorways and no symmetry.  It has been a really, really tough room to figure out.  I think we may be getting close??  In a long (or perhaps very large/open) room, I love the idea and look of multiple seating areas.  It has a cozy feel, and it gives you the option to have a ton of seating when you have parties.  Back to back sofas are a terrific way to create two seating areas, and really work in a long living room like mine.  “Sophisticated” is the word that jumps to mind when I see this kind of set-up.

gianetti home

gianetti home

velvet and linen

velvet and linen

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elle decor

elle decor

I LOVE the moroccan stool at the end of this pair of sofas.  I wonder if there is one on the other side?!  Swoon.

Rue

Rue

And Sarah, I seriously love her.  Her shows are the only design shows I watch.  And I will even tell you a nerdy fact about me – the ring tone on my cell phone is the theme song to “Sarah’s House”.  (blush)

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

My mouth dropped when I found this photo.  What does this color scheme make you think of?

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A table in between the sofas allows for lamps to be placed in the middle of the room, and I like this look, too, although my living room is not quite long enough for this to be feasible.

phoebe howard

phoebe howard

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dick clark architecture

dick clark architecture

phoebe howard

phoebe howard

christina murphy

christina murphy

Then I discovered there is such a thing as a conjoined sofa.  Yes, you are reading that correctly.

oak ridge revival

oak ridge revival

Can you believe that thing?  How in the world do you get that into a house?  Can you imagine the size of opening you would need?!

Nevertheless, I found several lovely images of rooms with conjoined sofas.  Check ‘em out.

elements of style

elements of style

james howard

james howard

miles redd

miles redd

jeffrey bilhuber

jeffrey bilhuber

windsor smith

windsor smith

jeffrey bilhuber

jeffrey bilhuber

What do you think of conjoined sofas?  I like the rooms overall, but the sofas look a little strange to me.  Maybe I just need to get used to them?

I thought I would show you my old living room layout.  This worked okay, but then a pair of my chairs got drawn on, I couldn’t decide on a new fabric, I found another pair of chairs I loved, and then a pair of settees, and the rest is history.  In fact, a few of these pieces I have sold, and they are residing happily in their new homes now.  Oh, and this room is a different color.

You can see the sofas back to back here, and I know all of the inspiration photos show matching sofas, but I liked the difference in styles together.  If the sofas were different sizes, I wouldn’t have been able to pull this off.

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Although this layout worked for awhile and was pretty in many ways, it just wasn’t quite right.  I’m working on it!  And the settees I ruined?  They are back from the refinisher, and they are looking fabulous!  Can’t wait to show you!  I am working on finding the right fabric for them.

What do you think of back to back sofas in a living room?  Would it work for you?  Are you into the conjoined look?

Written by Grace

Denim: America’s Fabric

There is something decidedly American about denim, and I do love the homey feel it brings to a room.  So much is right about it – it’s comfortable, it’s casual, it goes with everything, it gets softer with use, it’s easy to clean, it can withstand nearly anything…the list could go on.  But somehow, in the 80′s and 90′s, denim on upholstery meant overstuffed, saggy, generic blah.

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curbed.com

I think everyone I knew had one.  But there’s hope for denim!  Done right, it can look classy, and dare I say, chic?

Don’t believe me?

cottage living

cottage living

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meg braff via house beautiful

meg braff via house beautiful

house and home

house and home

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restoration hardware

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house beautiful

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southern living

southern living

real simple

real simple

So you want a denim sofa but don’t want it to look drab?  Here’s the scoop:

1.  Go as dark as possible.  A deep indigo or navy will read much more updated than the cornflower blue acid-washed hues.

2.  Add some detail – nailhead trim, tufts, lacquered white legs or frame.  A little oomph will go a long way!

3.  Stick to mostly straight lines.  Too much curviness will look “basement couch” fast.

But Grace, what if I own the denim sofa you are talking about?  In fact, I am staring at it right now.  

Spice it up!  Add some bright modern-looking pillows or a trendy pattern.  Take the cushions to an upholsterer and add a contrasting welt to the edges.  Or maybe do this?

What are your thoughts on denim upholstery?  I’d love to hear your comments!

P.S.  Thank you so much to everyone for participating in the survey I posted last week.  It has been so helpful in planning for the future, and I feel so lucky to have such diverse, knowledgeable, engaged readers!  I am so grateful!

Written by Grace

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