Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ideas just for you my friend...and a little of my opinion :-)

This weekend I had a wonderful time meeting with my dear friend, Gloria, for lunch and a relaxing facial. I always love meeting with her, she is the sweetest person ever and not to mention so adorable. I am super excited for her because she is sooo close to getting her dream house. Over lunch she was telling me about things that she already started to purchase for the house and asked me for my thoughts and ideas for decorating around a leather sofa they purchased. Uh, I was stumped. Leather sofa? Not a big fan...they are sticky in the summer and cold in the winter and you slip-n-slide all over the damn thing AND if you have kids that are anywhere close to being the brat I was when I was a kid, they will punch holes with a pen all over the nice leather sofa because the "pop" sound is way cool. BUT I know many people like them and I think they can look great IF they are in the den or library/office space because they have that, um, 'prestigious regal I went to Harvard masculine' look to them (haha). But leather couches, if not dressed and partnered well, can also give that dreaded 'model home, too modern, cookie cutter, I bought it at the Target furnishing/decor section' look (no offense, I LOOOOVE Target and shop there ALL of the time but you know what I mean, I hope) Because I'm a fan of linen/cotton sofas (and velvet and corduroy), I really did not know what to tell my dear friend and secretly kinda wanted to convince her to return it, haha, but who am I to try to change her mind? This is her house we are talking about. I am positive that she will make her living room (actually den I hope) look fabulous and she an her husband will love every inch of their new home because they will make it about THEM and every space will tell a story of who they are, their passions, their history, and their love for each other.

Here are some interiors with leather sofas that I thought were pretty darn cool.
Hope this inspires you my dear friend:-) Click on Images to enlarge.

{via Elle Decor}

{via Emily Henderson blog}

{via Living etc.}

{ Via Living etc.}

And here are a few living rooms that do not have leather sofas, but are so very pretty and will inspire to make any room just as pretty as these :-)

{via Jeff Andrews}

{via Amy Meier}

{via Hillary Thomas}

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{via Living Etc.}

{Emily Henderson}

Now, I hope I didn't rub anyone the wrong way or offend anyone who has a leather sofa...this is just my opinion :-) I am sure anyone reading this who do have leather sofas have a fantastic eye for design :-) Any other opinions on leather sofas or ideas on how to decorate around a leather sofa?? Feedback wanted! :-)

On another note...I came home last night to a nice little package waiting for me.

My custom made camera bag that I talked about HERE. Love it. Now I don't have to carry that "not so chic" black bag :-)

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend...Monday, here we go again.




  1. I agree with your thoughts and you came across just right, btw. :) I do think leather can be done right - it's just, well, trickier. A couple of the shots showed the leather with some textured pillows - I think that is good. The other thing, if the couch is new and all shiny, would be to add an older rug or something to take the edge off...just my two cents! What a great idea on the camera bag too! I am going to remember that one when I get serious again about photography!

  2. Okay so I was waiting to comment on your blog hoping that I would have great news. BTW it is so thoughtful for you to dedicate a blog to your friend! So our leather couches arrived yesterday. I couldn't convince my husband to get the linen couches :( I've gotten several ideas from your blog and Im hopeful to add character and a little of my personality to the mix. I have an accent chair that looks cute. Oh, and I did convince my better half to buy a chandelier. Although, we have yet to figure out what room it will be in (hopefully the kitchen). Your blogs have been so helpful in the process. I need to hire you as my personal interior decorator. =)