I did it. I finally pulled the trigger on updating our living room seating and bought two of the most beautiful, comfy couches I have ever seen or sat on. I even surprised myself and picked a brown leather sofa and ottoman… and it ended up being my favorite thing in this whole room. The new couches required a new furniture layout, which meant a new rug was needed for the expanded space, which inspired me to finally upgrade to double-wide blackout curtains for our big picture window… typical “if you give a
Liz mouse a cookie”.
I’m so excited to show you all the details! Welcome to our new upgraded living room…
Previously I had a big tufted sectional sofa in here for the last 4+ years, and although I did truly love the look and quality of that sectional, it limited our options for arranging furniture. I sold the sectional and stumbled on a company I have never ordered from before (this is not sponsored in any way – I paid full price for everything, but I do have a discount offer you can take advantage of!), but their furniture immediately caught my eye. The designs were modern, yet cozy, and delivery times weren’t months and months out, which is a common issue at the moment. Have you run into that yet with anything you’ve ordered?
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The first piece that caught my eye was, to my surprise, a dark taupe-brown leather sofa and matching leather ottoman. I’ve never been drawn to leather seating, but this particular sofa had several details I loved:
- two color options: a brighter orange-caramel color and this softer, darker, more gray-toned taupe-brown that totally won me over
- a simple, chunky square design that is perfect for lounging… those extra wide square arms 😍
- a low back/profile so it doesn’t overcrowd the room
- super deep seating
- and no visible legs, which means the sofa appears to sit all the way on the floor = ultra coziness + my robot vacuum can’t get stuck under it!
The leather sofa ended up being the one everyone wants to cuddle up on, but the second sofa I picked is quite a showstopper. Here’s what I loved about this guy:
- a simple square frame with soft curves and contours for a modern, yet cozy look
- textured earthy fabric and light natural wood legs/base
- side cushions and two matching pillows for tons of comfort
- low back/profile so it doesn’t block the view outside the window
- plenty of clearance underneath for the vacuum
- deep seating
- … it’s just so pretty
Now let’s talk about this rug.
Side note: If you’ve ever wondered what my top-selling product referral of all time is… it is hands-down that natural woven jute-blend rug!
I love look of the medallion rug and how soft it is under your feet, so I ordered a new one in a larger size to put under the new couches. When it arrived, I was surprised that it looks slightly different than the one I ordered a few years ago. The coloring is a little different, but still neutral and beautiful, and this one is SO plush and soft. Highly recommend!
The last thing I upgraded in the living room was new blackout extra-wide curtains for the big picture window behind the sofa. WHAT a difference this made.
Before I had 4 basic white curtain panels hanging here that were light filtering, but definitely not light blocking. I know you can’t see it in these pictures, our TV sits across from the big window, so this is been something I’ve wanted to upgrade for quite awhile to eliminate any glare. The problem is, this window is SO big – plus I hang my curtain rods higher and wider than the window (you can read why here) – that I needed multiple standard panels on either side, and I hated how it wasn’t all one seamless piece of fabric.
I searched till the end of the internet to find a curtain that:
- is extra-wide – this one is actually made for a sliding patio door
- has a nice linen texture & neutral color
- 100% blackout
- machine washable
- is pinch-pleated or could be hung with ring clips – this one includes 20 clips!
- doesn’t cost a fortune
I actually ordered curtains from two different places because I didn’t have a lot of confidence I would find everything I was looking for at a decent price point. But I’m happy to report the first ones to arrive that were less expensive ended up being perfect, and I didn’t even bother opening the second set!
I also got a new curtain rod because I still had a piece of spray painted electrical conduit up there from a cheap DIY project I did probably back in 2014. I installed a center support bracket to help hold the weight of the heavy curtains, and I can’t believe how much of a difference this change made in the overall look of the room. The heavy extra wide curtains look so elegant, and the ring clips make it so much easier to open and close them. I couldn’t be happier with them!
I think what I love most about the way the living room looks now is all subtle contrast that feels so soft and cozy. Dark brown leather, light natural wood, black accents, bright white walls, soft beige fabrics… they all flow together beautifully, but create enough interest on their own to make each little area feel special and unique.
Don’t you just want to curl up with a big blanket in here?
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P.S. let this be your reminder, that no one’s home is always as pretty and perfect as the photos you may see. A certain pup of ours decided to chew on one of the legs of my beautiful coffee table, so for now I just hide it facing the back of the room… 🤦🏼♀️ And she has an entire basket full of fun toys she could have chewed on instead! That’s life. 😊
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