Friday, July 22, 2016


Thank you all so much for your sweet and supportive comments on Wednesday's post.  Hands down it was one of my favorite posts to do, and helped me realize how much we have really done and how far we have come.

So for today - I thought I would share how we decided to add in our sectional in our back living room.  But first - to back up - our home has a front living/sitting area, and then in the back there is another living room area that was a previous addition.  The front sitting area seems a little more formal to me (however, there is absolutely nothing "formal" in my house), while the back room is a straight up comfy, cozy, kid friendly/dominating space.

When we bought our house our back room looked like this (a few photos I shared in Wednesdays post) -

Notice that large bricked area in the corner...this was one of those old school stoves, that should have heated our house if we could use it.  However, there were a number of things wrong with it - first off there was a bend in the exhaust pipe, which was blocking the correct air flow; so we could have died from CO2 had we actually ever lit a fire.  Secondly, there was no screen in front of it, and there was carpet about a foot away from the front of the stove.  Meaning, if there was a fire, there would have been black ashes spitting out everywhere, and all over the carpet lol.  Third, to me that brick facade (it was not real brick) was a complete danger zone for kids.  I can't mention how many times I would play this vision in my head of one of our kids tripping on a toy about 3 feet in front of the stove and crashing their head down right on the corner of that fake fireplace.  Luckily, this never happened - but still that thing had to go.  And lastly, it took up so much space in what is a really good size room.  The photos are hard to see it all, but that fireplace took up a huge chunk of the corner, which meant a couch had to be pushed over to the right of the room, versus sitting in the center.  My despise for that stove knows no - I swear I evil eyed that thing every single day it was in my house...(almost 2 years).

...until the day Mike tells me he is leaving for a 10 day vacation.  At that moment, I just knew this was my time to makeover that back room.  This was my moment to rip out that crappy fireplace and carpet and instead replace with hardwood that matched the rest of our house and a big comfy, cozy sectional for all of us to be able to watch movies together on our chill nights at home.

Luckily, it didn't take too long to find the perfect sectional from IO Metro (unfortunately, they no longer sell that size - and IO Metro is now Erdos ) - we ended up getting a pretty sweet discount since it was one of the last ones left at the store.    Buying a sectional can be overwhelming.  You want it to be comfortable, but also be able to withstand the constant wear and tear from daily use.  It is also tricky getting the correct layout and size.  Measure, measure and measure again to ensure you choose one that is large enough to fill the space, but also not too large to take over the room.  When we first saw this sectional in the store it looked huge and thought there was no way it would fit in our house.  But, when we got home and measured, we couldn't believe how perfect it did fit, and how we actually could use one more chair along the back wall in order to extend it out to the right just a tad!  They are also not cheap.  The sectionals I choose below I feel are reasonably priced - it is just a fact that sectionals are expensive and you will most likely spend at least a thousand dollars, or a few if you want a larger sized one.

Here is one of our sectional's biggest fans -

I got lucky when taking this shot and snapped it quickly in between him chewing up the rug every second of his life -

Again, our dogs are clearly fans of the new hardwood -

THE most comfortable sectional you will ever sit on -

A few more fans -

Here are a few of my favorite sectionals right now - if you are on the hunt!

Smaller version of ours -
This one has a ton of different sizing options -
This one comes in different color shades and fabrics -
Midcentury style-
Love this one with the nailhead trim detail -
This slipcover one is from Pottery Barn - but check JCPenney online - they have one that is very similar, but half the price -
Great price for one this size-
Lastly - a good leather one -

Happy Friday friends!  If you are in the hunt for a good sectional - I hope one of these helps you make a decision.  

I would love to help you design your home - whether it's picking out paint colors, layout options, selecting finish outs in a new build, or working on sourcing products - email me at for pricing.


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