In our first house we inherited some furniture. The previous owners didn't want to move it and we needed it, so we struck a deal and both got a little something. We ended up with a sofa, bed and dresser set, futon and two Poang chairs. Not a bad deal considering we were moving from a one bedroom apartment to a four bedroom house whilst my being uber pregnant. It was less stuff to move, less stuff to buy and it worked pretty well. To be honest, I really liked the bedroom set. The futon wasn't bad at all, and I even liked the Poang chairs. The sofa though, not my cup of tea.
We were new to the whole buy and decorate a house thing though. And we were much more oh-my-gosh-we're-new-parents focused than anything else. So what did we do? Go out and buy the matching love seat of course! Because that's so logical when you're new to this whole making a house feel like yours. Plus we had family coming to stay with us and meet the new baby, so of course, they'd need somewhere to sit.
And all in all, it worked out okay.
Until we started getting the itch to make the house feel like ours.
And I was over feeling like I lived in a nut.
See, our first home was all golden oak trim, golden oak doors, golden oak cabinets, golden oak floors, are you getting a good mental picture? And all the walls were some sort of cafe au lait or chocolate color, except the master bedroom, by some wonderful quirk of fate, which was a delicious, deep blue I adored. I just couldn't stand it much more and slowly things got painted. First, the laundry cabinets became white. Then the vanities followed suit. The master bathroom changed from purple (gag me!) to light blue/gray. And finally we got around to the first floor. After some debating, negotiating and calling in some external help, we decided on a shade of gray with a blue undertone and blissfully painted away the nutty kitchen, dining and living room.
But we still had that sofa and love seat.
Two pieces we never would have chosen ourselves had we gone shopping for them. And don't get me wrong, they aren't 70's floral or an atrocious color. They just weren't us and arguably didn't fit the space well. But of course, when we decided to move state, we brought them with us. Because hey, we didn't know where we'd end up and maybe, just maybe, they'd work really well in the new house we'd eventually buy.
That never really happens, does it? I mean, the possibility that the furniture you purchase for one home could fit any other home you might move into. Because you measure for it and arrange for the space you've got. But then you move to a new space and suddenly, the room is bigger or smaller, the door or windows are in different places, there's a random post somewhere or you went from confined space to open floor plan. And then you've got stuff you hauled across the country and paid to store and put in it's new space and
You finally get to shop for the furniture you'd really rather have!
After measuring our space and looking at lots of different options, we chose the white slip covered sectional. Yes, we have two little girls. Yes, we have cat. Yes, we drink wine and coffee. But, we were sold on the sectional, and the potential to just toss the covers in the wash as needed. And white you say? Um yes, because now I don't have to worry about color-safe bleach. If need be, I can just bleach it and you'd never know. It will be delivered on Friday and I can't wait! In the meantime, we've got a bunch pillows on the living room floor. We're not big tv watchers anyway so having lots of empty space means we get to have a dance party to Toddler radio on Pandora. Wheels on the bus anyone? Come on! You know it always gets you out on the floor!
The old sofa and love seat? They've found a new home in the basement, and oddly enough, they look rather cozy down there. Almost like they actually fit the space. Wait, what?! But seriously, they do. Now, if we could just get rid of the cafe au lait walls...and ceiling...and carpet. I swear they followed me here!
I'm Tonia, a Midwesterner transplanted to Colorado. I'm a mom of two lovely littles, a yoga instructor, DIY-er, teacher, stay at home mom, and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. I blog about a little bit of all of these and everything in between!
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