Remember about a month ago when I posted about shopping for a new chair? Or talked about a different layout for the living room? Well, it’s kind of happening. I did not find a chair yet – every time I would see something I liked, I couldn’t commit since I didn’t know exactly what kind of sofa I would have down the road. So I did the only logical thing and ordered a new sofa instead. EEK!!
I wasn’t really excited about spending that kind of money, but after a lot of thought and discussion, I convinced myself it was time – aside from being unhappy with the look of our current sectional, it has been falling apart little by little. The corner piece is held up by wooden blocks, the brackets that lock everything together are failing, the cushions have not retained their shape, the fabric is terribly faded (I’m running out of rotating options to hide it), and one of the seats feels like it may drop to the floor – it even lets out a groan when you sit there. Yes, it was time.
So after looking over all the options and spending an evening sitting on every single chair and sofa in the store (Jordan was a real trooper that day!), we ended up choosing the PB Basic small sectional from Pottery Barn in natural brushed canvas – a very soft, creamy white color.
For years I thought my next sofa would be the PB Comfort. It has the rolled arm, slipcovered look I love, and the soft, deep cushions perfect for curling up with a book or watching a movie. So why did we go with the Basic instead? Mainly two reasons: 1) The Basic is smaller and is a better fit for our space, and 2) while the deep seats are great for lounging – we did not find them to be as comfortable for just sitting and socializing (we are not tall people and could not sit all the way back and have our feet touch the floor). The Basic has the same look as the Comfort, and the same comfy cushions, but a narrower seat – and smaller dimensions overall, which is great because I would like a little more room to move around in here.
Which brings me to the layout. I played around with the Room Planner Tool found on the Pottery Barn website (it’s free and fairly easy to use once you have the dimensions of your space – I encourage you to give it a try sometime), and came up with a few different options.
I do love this room, but the sofa being where it is has always been a bit of an annoyance for me. Its size requires it to be there – it just won’t fit well anywhere else, but I always feel like I’m walking into the room with everything to my back – it’s almost like you walk in and have to turn around to see the room.
The new, smaller sectional should provide me with a better room flow and more layout options in general.
But again, I feel like the room would be to my back as you walk in, so my initial vision for the space is something more like thisThe apothecary cabinet and chair basically stay the same, but the TV moves over to the sofa wall and the sofa moves over to the fireplace wall.
Remember when I mentioned there was that old doorway leading to the kitchen? I’d like to open that up again and this new sectional should allow me the space to do that. My long term goal is a layout like this
Doesn’t it just feel more open with that section of wall gone? Plus it’s how the house was meant to be when it was built so I really want to make that happen.
We found an old door in the attic that matches all of the other original doors to our house, so we’re thinking we will use it to install a pocket door to give us the option of closing off the kitchen if we ever feel the need. Obviously this requires a bit of work, dust and dirt, so I’m not sure when it will happen, but it will happen. Some day. 🙂
So when will you get to see the new sofa? Probably not until July *sigh*. My current estimated delivery time frame is June 22 – July 7, and no, I do not check this multiple times a day to see if it has moved up. That would just be silly. Oh, who am I kidding, of course I check multiple times a day every so often – it’s good to stay informed. 🙂
On the plus side, all this wait time gives me the opportunity to think about new chairs, pillows and wall décor. We’ll talk more about that soon. So what do you think of the layout options? Do you think we should open that doorway back up? Let me know below!