November 7, 2013

Future Living Room

We've narrowed our living room couch options down even further and are currently debating between the Henry sofa from West Elm:



[ Image via West Elm ]


And the Heath sofa, also from West Elm:



[ Image via West Elm ]


From what I can tell, they're pretty much identical except the Heath sofa has skinnier arms and more clearance underneath. It's also 4" deeper than the Henry sofa.

Because this will be such a big purchase, we plan on making the 4 hour round trip to go look at both of the couches in store to see which one we prefer. We plan on getting the winner in their ink blue performance velvet fabric and I cannot wait! Just for fun, I put together a few mood boards of the living room I'm imagining in my head.



The first one includes two Rhys chairs from Anthropologie that I absolutely LOVE but would need to win the lottery to afford haha It also includes an industrial coffee table from Urban Outfitters (we could probably make a knock off version of this), and the super popular RANARP lamp from IKEA. Everything else shown is stuff I already own.



The layout isn't correct (the couch will face the media center and the chairs will be in front of the larger window) but the overall look is! My style has changed a ton over the years and I'm really loving the look of more masculine rooms.

The second mood board includes the same main pieces but I've switched out the Rhys chairs for these more affordable Gordon tufted chairs which are a pretty decent knock off of Restoration Hardware's Kensington leather chairs.



I also replaced the first coffee table with this antique finished coffee table from West Elm. It's gorgeous but it's also very expensive. Fun fact: I have champagne taste on a really crappy beer budget haha Anyway, the end tables are actually night stands and are also from, wait for it, West Elm!

The third mood board is a variation on the second one:



It includes the chair version of the leather couch option I showed on Monday. I like how the lines of the chair are nearly identical to the lines of the couch and I love the nailhead trim! It also includes World Market's Harley coffee table and Target's Threshold wire side tables.

None of the items shown are set in stone but I'd really like to end up with a living room that has the same aesthetic!

In case you like to compare things side-by-side like I do, here's all three boards next to each other:



Which living room do you prefer?

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48 comments

  1. Definitely the first one. The camel colored chairs make it so warm! Where is the basket in the first mood board from?

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    1. It's from Target's fall collection last year! I know that doesn't help you much since they don't carry it anymore but maybe you could find a similar one on eBay?

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  2. Love love love. The first one is totally you! How about putting the gorgeous leather tufted chairs in the first one for affordability?

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    1. Thanks Julia! I could definitely mix and match the chairs. Now you've got me mentally planning more mood boards haha

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    1. That's my favorite too! If those chairs weren't so spendy, I could *maybe* swing them haha

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  4. Ditto on the first option. The camel color with the dark blue is great together. I think you need to hunt down some affordable camel chair options. The first coffee table is also my fav of the three.

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    1. I plan on hunting for something similar because I'll never be able to afford those chairs unless I win the lottery haha Isn't that coffee table great? Nice clean lines with an industrial flair always makes me happy!

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  5. i'm also voting for the first option! it flows so nice!

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  6. First or third. I love masculine rooms too and find myself loving "man cave" type rooms more than girly rooms. Give me leather, wood and metal any day! Btw, I've seen many blogs lately that are making the coffee table from the first one. Good luck deciding!

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    1. Me too! Masculine rooms are my favorite. I'll have to look around for a coffee table tutorial this weekend :)

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  7. First one, for sure. Love the mustard yellow!

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    1. Isn't it great? It's the perfect shade of yellow in my opinion!

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  8. K, LOVE the Heath. Those legs are to die for. And I like the yellow chairs. So much fun!

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    1. I like it too! My boyfriend is team Henry and I'm team Heath. Well, I'm really team waffle because I keep changing my mind haha

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  9. both of those couches are beautiful! I love #3, but with the coffee table with #1 - sorry, I always have to go colouring outside the lines!

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    1. Nothing wrong with that! I like mixing and matching things in mood boards – much cheaper than doing it in real life haha

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  10. Obviously the first one, since those chairs are to die for :) Buuuut I agree with Kelly--#3, but with one of the other coffee tables :)

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    1. I think we all need those chairs in our life! They're so beautiful and I bet the leather is super soft!

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  11. Something to consider with the sofas, a little extra floor clearance can come in very handy. My cats favorite place to hang out is under the sofa and, even with dogs, they will shove things under it and it's nice to have the room to squeeze your arm under rather than getting a yard stick every time. And I just love those little legs.

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    1. Good point! Our current sofa is low to the ground like the Henry and every time we move it to vacuum underneath, we stumble upon the dog toy graveyard! We'll find 6 to 7 tennis balls, a few rope toys, some squeaky ones, etc. all hiding underneath haha

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  12. Definitely the first one. Love those camel color chairs! Yeah I finally have time browse throught your blogs and comments : ) -amber

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  13. I kinda like the second option.. Love those style leather chairs. All your options look good tho.

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    1. Thanks John! I like those chairs too because they're similar to the Chesterfield sofa we have in our loft. A little continuity between the upstairs and downstairs would be nice.

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  14. ooh, yeah, I have to vote #1, too...those chairs! why do pretty things have to cost money?!

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    1. Haha I have no idea Gretchen! Thing about how many things you'd have if they didn't cost money though! I'd be living in my backyard because our house would be filled to the brim with pretty things!

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  15. I love option #2 with the chairs from 1 or 2. I love the balance of light and dark and mix of industrial with those cozy chairs.

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  16. Option no. 1 rulez! I like the contrast bewteen carmel (?) armchairs and blue sofa! And the coffee table - it's so similar to mine:-)

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    1. It's my favorite option but sadly it's the most expensive! I'm going to try and find similar pieces for less money though so we'll see what happens :)

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  17. I love all of them! I don't think you can go wrong. Seriously ALL of them. I love that IKEA lamp. I wanted to buy the whole line when we were there the other day. Nick said no. What a jerk that guy can be. :)

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    1. Boo Nick! My boyfriend does that to me too but I buy things anyway and he just rolls his eyes haha

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  18. I'm coming over. To sit in all of your chairs and couches. Seriously. I could have a sleepover on those. I loved the anthro chairs and I didn't even click over because I don't want to know how much they cost lol.

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  19. I love #1. I also have champagne taste on a beer budget!

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    1. Thanks Nikki! Glad I'm not alone on the budget issues haha

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  21. I prefer #1. #3 is too dark and heavy and dont really care the chunkiness of the chairs in #2. You might want to search for some vintage danish modern chairs to try and replicate those very expensive chairs...they could easily and affordably be reupholstered to look just like those. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks Diane! I've searched around a little bit on Craigslist and I plan on visiting a few flea markets in the area to see if anything pops up :)

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  22. I would recommend calling the store before you go. West Elm stores do not have all their furniture that they sell out on the floor. It's happened to me before with a client; they didn't have all of the sofas that we were looking at. They should have the Henry as it is one of their most popular couches, but I have not seen the Heath in stores before. The Crosby also has similar legs and is comfy. So I would recommend you call before you go.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Lauren! I called them and they have the Henry couch and sectional on the floor as well as the Heath chair. I think we'll be able to get a sense of how the couch looks/feels from the chair! I'll be adding the Crosby to my list now :)

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  23. Yeah, I love the first one. The chairs add a lot to it!

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  24. I like the first one. The yellow chairs really make the whole room pop!

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  25. I am leaning towards number one because I love the yellow/gold and blue together. I am in LOVE with those chairs....and I can't afford them either :( If you do hunt something down that is more affordable, please share!! I have not had any luck yet :(

    I am thinking that number 2 and 3 would work better if you accented with yellow/gold pillows, throw, etc.

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  26. Now that I see the Henry next to the Heath, I love the Henry more. I am glad you went with that one. I looked at your Heath link and because it was a chair, I really liked it, but seeing it as a sofa, I think Henry has better curves.

    Oh oh oh hands down the first caramel leather chairs. Whatever you do. Those caramel leather chairs HAVE to be in that living room. Oh are they gorgeous.

    Love your plan. Mid January can't come soon enough :)

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    1. Ouch - just saw the sticker price on the chairs. Maybe Overstock has something in that color. That color is so much better than the dark brown with your new sofa I think :)

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