The Fun Part…..Choosing The Sofa

Now that Dana is excited we can choose the sofa and fabrics.  This room is all about family, being comfortable and chilling in front of the TV.  So here’s what Dana knows she wants.  Comfort is a must and she wants two chaises (one for her and one for T – her husband) Maddison is 8 and can fit anywhere.   We looked at lots of pictures together and I have sense of what she wants.  Layers of white with pops of color.  Dana wants transitional.  So I have her and T look at a company called BSC, we sell this at Presence.  They have tons of options for sofas including over 300 fabrics and over 40 styles.  The other great option is that you can choose to get most styles upholstered or slip covered.  There slip covers are so form fitting you can’t tell.  Dana and T chose quickly.  They opted for the “Grant”.  It’s simple with clean lines and it has tons of layout options.    The sofa will be a “U” shape with a right and left chaise connected by two seats between.  We went over the 300 fabrics for about 3 weeks.    Then the the unthinkable happened, we were told it was discontinued.  Back to the drawing board.  With a slew of new fabrics to choose from we started again.  It only took about 2 hours to choose the 2nd time around.  Dana’s getting her white sofa and her texture and her two chaises!    We opted for a white cable that will go on the outside of the sofa and all the seating will be in oatmeal.  We added a bit of color with throw pillows.  It’s all removable and washable and if they get bored…..order new covers.

Getting Started – A Decorating Journey.

Let me start by saying that I am NOT a decorator, but I love decor.  I am NOT a designer, but I am designing a room for a customer.  Does that Make sense? I have a retail gift and home accessory shop in Piermont NY and sometimes I help decorate.  So here’s my latest “non” designer project.

Making decorating decisions can be daunting.  I find that people make decisions sometimes out of fear.  They are afraid that they will get sick of an item that has too much color or style.  So, they play it safe.  My first tip I want to share is….Choose what you LOVE!  If you absolutely love it, you wont get sick of it.  If you love it, you’ll make it work.  Personally I would get sick of something boring and plain.  I’m currently helping a customer who knows what she likes, but can’t make a decision if her life depended on it.  Dana desperately wants a beautiful room, but doesn’t know where to begin.  So, I offered to help.  We are decorating her loft in her four story town house.  Dana wants to use this space for her family to spend time together, watch TV and just hang out.    She wants it done, but I wasn’t feeling any excitement from her.  I told Dana to start with something she loves and we’ll go from there.  2 days later Dana walked into my store and she couldn’t have been more excited.  “I did what you said, I went to Home Goods and bought something!”  She was so excited!  ” I really love it and hope you do too. ”  I told her it didn’t matter if “I” loved it or not.  So Dana pulls out this colorful glass lantern.  She didn’t know where it was going to go, but she LOVED it!  Had to have it!  She was so excited and that’s what we needed.  Now we could start.  By the way, I didn’t love the lantern, but I didn’t hate it either.  I actually told her to go back and buy another one.  We’ll hang them in the loft slightly askew.  It will definitely work and she will be happy every time she looks at them.  Even better, the lanterns now have a story.  Which I LOVE!