The couch is positively lovely. It fits both Daniel and I at the same time (lengthwise) and the color is exactly what I expected. It’s a bespeckled white-and-black nubbly fabric that seems like it’ll hide stains reasonably well, which is good because we plan on keeping it for a long time. The pillows will definitely be changed out periodically once I get a good cover collection.
More pictures and long descriptions of our progress:
IKEA BILLY Bookshelves, with glass doors:
These were sort of an impulse purchase. I’d wanted them for a while, ever since I saw them over at Making It Lovely and when we were trying to decide what to do with that wall, we realized that our current mis-matched Target bookshelves weren’t going to cut it. I started thinking bookshelves, and we revisited the glass-front idea and decided to just go for it.
I LOVE THEM. They seemed a little imposing at first, but I adore the quasi-library look and the fact that my books shouldn’t really get dusty due to the doors. They do reflect a fair amount of light, which I hadn’t thought about beforehand (in the photo you can see my computer background!) but overall I am very happy with them.
In this photo, you can see the neat branches + vase ensemble I’ve wanted for a while as well. Daniel managed to snag the branches from an old counter display at the coffeeshop and picked up the vase at Ross for about $15. I really like the look and I like that it makes that edge of the bookcase a weensy bit less harsh. It doesn’t look like it abruptly ends so much anymore.
We found some tables online while looking for entertainment and occasional tables. I have no idea what the actual retail price of this thing is, but I suspect far more expensive. This thing is HEFTY. Large, heavy, and well-constructed. Daniel put it together himself but had to wrestle with it a bunch, so I think he’d probably recommend two people to assemble. We’re vaguely considering getting the matching console, but I’m just not sure where I’d put it at the moment.
We actually bought curtains and blinds like these shutters santa for the two windows on the left, but we haven’t purchased hardware for them yet so they’re stuffed in one of the coffee table compartments for the time being. I wanted sheer white, but we were at IKEA (buying the bookcases) and I found pretty sheer-ish curtains with a black leaf pattern and tiny green and orange accents. PERFECT.
Really, the only major things left are finding a rug, a speaker, and a TV stand. That orange rug we wanted is heavily discounted online but I want to see it in person before I make a decision, since Daniel saw it and said it was bright, which made me nervous. I still just don’t know how you know if a particular rug is right for your room. I think I know what kind of materials I want, but how do you tell if a bright rug will work? Or if a darker, more subdued rug would be good, or would it be too gloomy with black-ish furniture? DECISIONS, DECISIONS.
I want a TV stand that can hold our non-LCD/plasma TV, a PS2, Xbox, Wii, and VCR. And some DVDs. We’re still on the lookout since that wall is awkwardly short and not a lot of media consoles are short-ish.
So! If anyone has rug recommendations (or just good websites to look at rugs) feel free to say so. Our most immediate goal is to get the custom drapery up on the windows, but a rug is definitely on our list. I’m super happy with how it’s turning out so far.