Remember when I changed our living room around from the blah and beige and added this glorious French chesterfield sofa in old rust colored velvet? I loved the room. And looking at this photo - part of me still does. But, the trouble with love is ... when it comes to interiors anyway ... sometimes the love dries up quicker than you had hoped!
And that's the case here. The sofa, an antique, is having its fair share of problems. It had its fair share of problems when I bought it, and those are just worse. It's pretty, but it's not all that comfortable, and the cushion needs lifting every single time someone gets up off of it because it's full down (no foam center). So, when I had my ultra-amazing-can-sew-anything slipcover maker make the slipcover for the new sofa in our sunroom, my mind got to churning. My love started slipping away, and now I have a whole slew of ideas for how I can redo the living room for the 6th time! Yes, SIX!
Why do I do this to myself? Is it just me? Do we all think about the next version instead of just being satisfied and content with what we have? So, my new plan involves custom banquette seating on either side of the fireplace, slipcovered in the same cotton duck as the new sofa, and a French style wood framed, gray linen upholstered bergere chair. I'll keep the seagrass, and trade out the current rug for one that's got more red in it to help me tie in all of the red fabrics I bought to originally coordinate with the sofa. Two dining room chairs (you know the kind from Restoration Hardware that everyone and their 88-year old grandmother has) will sit near that banquette/s so that they can be their own little gathering spot.
The current sofa will be going to the graveyard, or wherever worn out sofas go to die. The two English roll arm chairs will go in the sunroom, where they'll make excellent television watching chairs. The trunk (which I love and would never get rid of) will probably find a home somewhere else for the time being ... as I'm thinking I might want something in lucite for the living room, or at the very least glass, and taller. I'll drape my suzani over the back of the new slipcovered camel back sofa, and I'll add some Scalamandre le Tigre pillows to the banquette/s, along with some other great colorful pillows - so even though it's toned down, it won't feel blah and boring.
Or I could just be happy with what I have ...