Aug 11, 2014

House Plans- Keeping Room

It's tempting to hide all pictures of the new house until everything is "done", then have this huge reveal of my perfect house.  Which will never happen.

So I will tamp down any feelings of fear or insecurity, and show y'all the before and what I am planning on doing with each room.  I always like to see plans and progression, so hopefully you do too.

Besides the backyard and the closet I use for toys, I believe the keeping room is my favorite part of the house.  Kingsley and Margaret (and assorted other gals who occupied the upstairs bedroom) had a sitting area in their tiny kitchen in a post-collegiate house in Peachtree Heights in Atlanta.  I loved that room!  It was so cosy to sit in the keeping room and chat to whoever was cooking (or, ahem, much more rarely, washing dishes).

 So excuse my iPhone night pics and random stuff everywhere (must quit apologizing- confidence in all things, right?).

 So the couch is facing a wall with a TV.  We just bought the sofa from IKEA, and assembled it the other night.  I'm a fan- never thought I would say that about a white sofa, but cheap, washable, easily replaced, bleachable slipcovers have won me over.

However, I took a packing break to go to my favorite antique store with my mom last Saturday, and happened upon these loveseats.

Twins!  With just the right proportions.  Basically the Wakefields of loveseats.  And (drum roll, please)- $150 for the pair!

So now it's time to reconfigure.

I'd like the loveseats to face each other like these couches-

First, the loveseats obviously need to be recovered.  The upholstery is in good enough shape that I think I can get by with custom slipcovers for a third of the price of reupholstering.

Have any of y'all ever used Crypton fabric?  You know by now everything in my house needs to be golden retriever and child friendly.  We like to get messy.

I'm thinking tailored slipcovers in this Crypton fabric.  Morgan keeps talking about navy.  The guy is just dying for a navy couch.  All I can envision is a navy couch covered in blond Buddy hair.  But this just came to me (blogging is so useful for organizing one's ideas and/or brainstorming)- what about doing contrast welting?  The cushions would be piped in navy?  Kind of like this-

Or in this ticking?  I just adore it!  Although, I'm really feeling ticking for the living and dining room- story for another day.

 Have you seen the Tilton Fenwick fabrics for Duralee?  I LOVE them.  What about this stripe (Eze in Sapphire, in case you are curious) for the little side pillows on the couch?  We get our color, but I get a more versatile look for my loveseats.

Then eventually, I want to add some kilim rugs for color and texture on top of the seagrass-esque jute rugs that are currently there.  Like this-

It's my birthday today, so please feel free to send me this one from Overstock-

I have a lot of work to do.  The IKEA couch and Morgan's leather chair are going to move down to the family room, where our sectional currently resides.  The sectional is down-filled, which sounds lovely, but ends up looking saggy and dumpy in reality.  Back to my favorite furniture store it will go (Thanks, mama for the loan!).

Oh, I do apologize for the lack of links and sources- I saved all of this on my phone while feeding the baby, and forgot to save links.  I will try to backtrack and find all my sources.  Just not right now.


  1. Oh how I love a keeping room! Can't wait to see the progression! Happy birthday to you!!

  2. Happy Birthday, Samma! Love all your inspiration photos. That Ikea sofa is coming to live in our sunroom after Blaire's birthday party (a bunch of icing covered toddlers on a white sofa - it'll be over before it started!) so I'm glad to hear you like it! That ticking is my favorite - I'm trying to work it in to the nursery somehow. And kudos for sharing before pictures - though they look like afters to me! I've yet to share pictures of the house we've been in for over a year because it all just feels so undone. Maybe I'll get brave.

  3. Happiest birthday to you! That couch and the hemnes daybed are on my list for my next ikea jaunt. The new place is gorgeous. I like the contrast piping.

  4. I wish I could send you that prize! Happiest of birthdays. Love your taste and love that you show the progress. Confidence in everything, fo sho! :)

  5. Way to go for sharing your pictures! I keep coming up with excuses so I never post. I am going to look to you for courage and post once the kids go back to school. As for what to do, just go washable!!! Kids are messy and the dry cleaning bill for my slipcovers kills me every time!!!


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