Wow! This has been such a long time coming. If you are new here, you might not know that we lost our home last year (February 23rd) to a house fire. You can read more about that here. We lost most of our possessions in that fire. If it was made of fabric, wood, or plastic, it was basically ruined. And that means that our living room furniture was ruined.
We thought about trying to have them professionally cleaned by a company like Servpro, but we figured it would cost more to have it cleaned than it would to just buy new. Plus, we’ve heard that when it’s muggy outside (which is 99% of the time in south AR) or gets warm, you can still ALWAYS smell that smoky smell. It just wouldn’t have been worth it, it more ways than one.
A week or two after our house burned we were given some very quality furniture from a very nice couple that knew some of our family members. Yes, they just gave us the furniture. We were able to get a couch from them. We called it the Chinese couch. It was very interesting (to say the least) and originally extremely expensive, at least that’s what we think. It was super nice to have it for about a year but it never was our style or super comfortable. So, that meant we needed to look for furniture.
Since we knew we would have to move out for a while (4 months exactly) due to renovations, we waited to buy furniture until after we moved back in. We moved in on December 26th and finally got around to furniture shopping in January. Our furniture took about 3 weeks to come in and we’ve been living with it for a few weeks now. It’s so nice and comfy and I figured it was time to share it.
I thought I might wait until the perfect time to take these photos but then I realized that there will never be a “perfect” time… because life isn’t perfect. I wanted the lighting to be perfect, it wasn’t. I wanted to have the house perfectly cleaned, it wasn’t. I wanted the insert to be removed from the fireplace and for it to be painted already, but it wasn’t. Then I reminded myself of a post that I wrote back in December that reminded you ladies that nobody is perfect. Not you, not me, and especially not this blog. So, without further adieu, here is our new living room furniture.
You like? I picked out the couches and J.C. picked the chairs. I mean, obviously we picked everything together but as I’ve said before, he’s a leather chair guy and I’m an upholstered couch girl, so you can kind of see who picked what. I’ve said since day one that marriage is a lot about compromise and we both did a good job of that when we went furniture shopping… I’m proud of us. Here’s a close up of the chair. (P.S. I hope to get a some better shots of the furniture sometime and show it off more and more as the living room comes along.)
Isn’t it a manly chair? It’s actually a recliner…the kind you push back. They are King Hickory brand and real leather, which means they should just get better with age. A few things I liked about them was that they were real leather, not bonded (which means it’s not a bunch of leather pieces sewn together which will eventually come unsewn), super comfy, and not huge.
They have a very small profile. We’re not really large or tall people, so these chairs are pretty perfect for us. They kind of hug you. I’ve found myself sitting in them quiet often… I’m actually sitting in it right now. But I always have to have a blanket and pants on because I’m so cold natured. And J.C. likes them because they are leather recliners 🙂
What do you think about those couches? I’m pretty sure I already know what you are thinking. Oh my gosh, you just bought two couches that are almost white with a baby boy on the way?! Are you crazy?! Well, I guess I am. I’ve always wanted couches that were neutral and light in color with nail head trim and these fit the bill. I guess I’ll just say to go ahead and call me crazy. I love them.
A few things: these striped pillows came with the couches. Actually we got 4 brown pillows (not pictured) and 4 striped pillows. I don’t necessarily like them for more reasons than one. Uno, the striped pillows match the couch way too much and the brown ones aren’t my personal style. Secondly, they are way too overstuffed. Like you think you can lay your head down on them but actually your head is about 10 foot in the air. It’s kind of comical. I’ll keep them for now and probably buy some covers to go over them… and possibly take some of that stuffing out. It’s just too much.
That gray and white ikat pillow is definitely a lot more of my style. It’s one of two that are normally in our bedroom. I brought it in here to get some ideas of where I want to go with accent colors and for laying down, because I don’t necessarily like my head to be in the clouds when I nap. And yes, there are rags under the feet and the tags are still on the couches. Remember how I said nobody is perfect? You’re welcome 🙂
As you can see in the pic above, we’re temporarily using bartimus cartimus (the green bar cart) as a side table. But check out this close-up of the nail head trim. Picture me with hearts in my eyes.
Just another photos of the other side. And do you see what I see? J.C. finally got our bamboo blinds hung in the living room, which was one of our February Hopes. I promise to get you a post about those pretty soon.
So, a few more things I want you guys to know.
-So far, so good. The couches and chairs are very comfy and we’re really happy with the decisions we made.
-This room has a long way to go. We need throw pillows and a few more blankets because a living room isn’t a living room without some throws. Also lacking is ANY character. There needs to be some curtains, art on the walls, a rug, etc., etc., etc.!
-For those of you that think I’m insane in my membrane for buying two almost white couches, I’ve got a little surprise that might help you sleep better tonight. For an extra $140, we got a 10 year stain warranty on these couches. Basically if I get a stain on the couch, I call the furniture store. They’ll get in contact with the warranty company and then they’ll suggest a way to get out that particular type of stain. IF that doesn’t work, they will send out a professional upholstery cleaning company to remove the stain. If that doesn’t work, they will replace our couches. So, I’d say that might be the best $140 we’ve ever spent. You do realize that’s only $14 a year, right? We usually aren’t warranty people, but we just couldn’t resist!!!
Well, I don’t think I have much more to say. I’ve said a whole lot in this one post as is so it’s probably time to let you guys get back to work or play or whatever it was your were doing before now. I hope you enjoyed. If you have any questions or comments, just leave them below.
P.S. I guess you noticed that you finally got a peek at our floors. I’m still planning to write a post on those as well… eventually.