Once upon a time (for a very looooong time) we had a red sofa. It was a good sofa. It was very comfy, high enough at the back to not be totally dwarfed by the tall bookcases that towered over it, and it was a great color for Valentine’s Day and Christmas. But then…with its everyday use, the red faded some, and the cording got worn some, and the cushions got stained some, and it was time for the very loved sofa to get a new look.
So you may remember that we loaded her up in a matching truck and took her in the rain to the upholsterers so that they could wave their magic wand over her.
And wouldn’t you know it? While the sofa was gone, we had more company here than we have had all year. And I am not talking about the normal friends and relatives that are in and out of here all the time. Nope. I am talking about a friend from North Carolina came by that I had not seen in a long time. Relatives came that had never been here in the 17 years we have lived in this house. New friends of my children came to visit. The family room looked pretty empty and forlorn with the sofa gone (and nap time was the pits without that comfy place, too.) And so the upholsterers did their magic, and the sofa was ready in a month.
Dark clouds loomed…
It rained, and rained, and rained….I am sure you can see from that truck above that there is no cover on it. The red sofa may have left in the rain, but she sure wasn’t coming back in it in her new outfit. Besides the rain problem, there was the husband problem. He had to be here to help move that baby in. He was out of town for a week at a conference. Son with the fractured ankle was not going to be able to help me move it in even if I could get it here.
Finally, the upholsterers felt pity on this poor damsel in distress. They called one morning and asked if I would like them to BRING IT TO ME in an open pick up truck before the rains started again. Would I? You bet cha! So bless their hearts the two wonderful guys from the land of upholstery (one of whom looked like James Taylor :)) not only brought that sofa to me in 20 minutes, but they also moved her into place and set her up in all her gorgeous cushioned goodness!
And the damsel and all her kin lived with the newly dressed sofa happily ever after. 🙂
Now that our storytime is finished, would you like to see the room with the improved sofa? I have not done a post on the family room since I started the blog. A few shots of the mantel and this Christmas morning photo is about all you have seen of it I think.
Well here is almost the same view of the sofa now.
Let me show you how she looks from all angles in the room.
I went with yellow pillows for a dose of sunshine on all these never ending rainy days. My love for red has not left, and I’m sure you will soon see red appearing in there.
Since we haven’t done a tour of this room yet, let me give you a better look around. This is the tabletop next to the sofa with just some greenery in a jar instead of fresh flowers for a change.
And this is the top of the cabinet on the wall behind the wicker chair.
Opposite the sofa is the fireplace and bookcase wall with its baskets full of dvd’s.
I have shown you this organization before in my baskets post, here. In case you missed it, you can see it better in this photo.
Here is a closer view of the vignette on the mantel..again just greenery in a jar.
To add some textural interest to the jar, I wrapped twine around it several times. Nothing fancy…
There are three things left that I know I want to do to this room: 1. Get a tall tree for the corner by the game table – preferably one that I won’t kill. (That may be impossible to find.) 2. Change out the sconce behind the chair for a floor lamp. (I think there is one in the attic I can use.) 3. Paint the lamp beside the stereo (not sure what color), and get a new larger shade for it. Those are the for sure things.
I am going to be on the lookout for huge square frames with white mats to use with black and white photos of the kids. I think I want to hang them (the photos, not the kids) in the big space above the sliding doors. I am still toying with painting the coffee table and the wicker chair a different color. Not sure about that yet. I know some of you will prefer the sofa dressed in the old red, but for me, the new neutral color allows for easy change ups in the room with just a few accessories. (My favorite thing to do. :)) Even though I love red, I am no longer bound to that color in that room.
And that concludes our tour of the family room. I am leaving you with another look at it again. Thunderclouds are gathering in the distance. Think I will go enjoy sitting in that room and listen to some James Taylor on this hot, humid afternoon.
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.