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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Velvet sofas


I want a velvet sofa like Angelina Jolie wants to take a South American orphanage tour.

Elle Decor.

It's shimmery, luxurious to the touch, and makes absolutely no sense in a house with a 4-year-old.

Simon Watson Photography.

So the next best choice is (*sigh*) a well-done microfiber.

This is the mood board I'm fiddling around with for my family room, anchored by a velvet-ish sofa. You already know I'm moist in the loins for Wisteria's drum table and these leather butt-cup chairs. A Serge Mouille floor lamp is on my yeah-right-keep-dreamin' list, so I'll settle for this pretty fab "interpretation." An IKEA August bench will get a couple coats of International Klein Blue before being parked in front of the fireplace. And it wouldn't be a room in my house without a pouf.

The nearly 40-year-old carpet inset needs to be covered until a sack of cash large enough to pay for new floor coverings falls out of the sky. Until that day comes, several overlapping vintage pink-red area rugs from a "-stan" country should do the trick.

I'm also giving the nook-y area under the banister a think. Currently, it's The Pea's play corner and filled with all manner of Disney Princess nonsense. Another seating area or a game table? Hmmm...

P.S. The peachy nougat wall color is now gone, replaced by a delicious chalky warm white.

35 comments:

Karena said...

Raina I adore that teal velvet sofa, yum!!

Xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

you give good analogy.

and i also want all manner of velvet sofa.

or chair or both.

sanctuaryhome said...

The Lounge sofa is one of my favorites as well. Great mood board. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Peggy and Fritz said...

I would love a velvet sofa but after years of having slipcovers and people spilling stuff -- and then ability to throw it in the wash, I'm hesitant to do an upholstered sofa. However, when I was in Room and Board they had a microsuede and a velvet microsuede which was really nice. He said it was indestructable. Not sure if you looked there but it I liked the velvet microsuede because it looked a little more expensive but you have the same effect as regular micro suede.

erin@designcrisis said...

Yes, velvet is the devil's fabric. Shows every single speck of lint, not to mention peanut butter and jelly. Sure is pretty, though.

Your house is amazing, and will be fab no matter what.

I'm voting for a game table in the back nook... makes the most sense with a kidlet.

susie q said...

Oh, your velvet goodness has me reeling. So fabulous. I wish I could have something velvet, but our huge hairy dog's fur would stick like velcro. My go to fabric for our house of kids, teens, and dogs is chenille. Also hide cat scratching. There are some really pretty good ones out there now.

Your mood board is stunning! I can't wait to follow every single progression of your family room transformation.

mariah said...

ummm...hold the microfiber! i beg to differ..don't settle, yet. have you checked out Perennials line of velvets? while they aren't quite as lust-licious as a shimmering silk velvet, but they're solution dyed and kid and pet friendly. i'm betting you will be happily surprised....especially when you see the brand spankin' new animal prints :) and most of them come in at under 80/yard

also- check out 'hissy fit'-that snake print is begging to be my headboard-or upholstered table or...pretty much anything in my house.

sorry for the product endorsement-but i interned at david sutherland showroom and i am completely in love with this line!

erin@designcrisis said...

ps: I just realized that Ike's new room is exactly the same color palette as your moodboard... no wonder I'm digging your plans so much ;)

Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

How cool is your house? I am seriously envious - this is glamour, baby! And I beg to differ on the velvet thoughts...I rescued a couple of orange velvet sofas and armchairs from an antiques dealer who needed some more space a couple of years ago, and they are amazingly easy to keep clean in a house with 3 kids. And a cat. And a parrot. If it is good quality velvet {and that seems to make the difference} then everything just washes off with a damp cloth. It is SUCH a nice fabric to sink into - mmm. PS ~ do post some more images of your house, I am chomping at the bit to see more please!

Teri said...

I love your house!

I am currently on the hunt for the perfect velvet to recover a chair in my bedroom. I purr just thinking about it.

I'm wondering if you don't let Pea eat or drink in the family room, if you would be ok (I say that while staring at the strawberry daquerri stain and beer stain in our family room. We are waiting for the same sack of cash.)

I guess what I'm saying is, make sure you love your sofa. Because if you really don't like what you get, you'll always be thinking how what you really wanted was velvet. (Says the woman sitting on the freaking leather sectional that her husband wanted so badly he couldn't consider anything else. )

Raina Cox said...

Peggy and Fritz and mariah - Thanks to you both for the tips! I will check it all out.

Virginia Blue - You can click the "Barbie dream house" tag for more house photos.

Teri - I wish I had the backbone to say "No food!" in the family room, but we're all guilty of it in our house. We really live in that room.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Ah VELVET! I love it so much that I did my very first blog post almost a year ago on it. Do velvet pillows if you can't swing the sofa.

Raina Cox said...

SusieQ - Thanks for photoshopping the bench color! You're the best.

Sketch42 said...

I love the mood board. And I have 2 velvet sofas. Blue and gray. Honestly, they have taken a beating. Milk stains abound...

sanctuaryhome said...

After reading everyone's comments, I think a fabric shopping trip is in order. Perhaps a vintage sofa with a Perennials velvet makeover? Let me know when, and I am up for the Design District trip!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Count me in on the velvet-craving crowd. I would think them very impractical with the pint-sized set, but after seeing Sketch's comment, maybe it's do-able?

ag

P.s. - damn, that bench isn't half bad!

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Oh, velvet sofers....yum.

We had one at the heart of our home as a kid, and yeah, it got peed on a few times, but all-in-all fondling its curves played a seminal role in my decor luvin' formation. So I'd say get at close to the genuine article as possible, PBJ be damned.
You already know I'm swooning and j'adore your family room mock-up ;P
And wow, you need to post more of these amazing wide shots of your place -- great bones and build -- the fam room will be amazing. Be sure and let me know how the faux-Mouille works for you.
Cheers, Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Oh and btw,

If one must be practical, our microsuede sofa from Crate & Barrel is totally indestructible. It resists all manner of man and child food spills, and wipes right up with a damp cloth. It's also held its shape well over time with no stretching out or botched edges.
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

nkp said...

Word of advice- you only live once.

That coming from a woman who lives with three wild things, no, make that four. Hahahaaaaa!

david john said...

seriously digging those chairs. have you seen them in person? quality level?

Topaz said...

I hope all of your new and exciting activities don't keep you from posting pictures of your domain when you have it completed. Yeah, I'm selfish that way.

I have a velvet sofa from Room and Board that has survived a number of moves and the lumpy attentions of its owner. Still looks great.

Shauna said...

Just started reading your blog.

I have a green velvet sofa - it's lush/ shiny. It must be a poly-blend, but i've had it 3 years and can hose/ sponge off any spot.

Still looks brand new. And we have a two year old sociopath who throws food. We even had e a lipstick incident that came out.

I can send you a pic. It's dreamy. Don't settle. Just find the right velvet.

erin@designcrisis said...

Brainwave: washable velvet slipcover?

Petra Voegtle said...

Raina, what do you think about THIS velvet sofa?
http://tinyurl.com/4zpmgxb

Raina Cox said...

david john - I have not seen the chairs in person. It would be one of those of those purchases I cross my fingers and pray.

Shauna - Hello to you and welcome! Thanks so much for the wearability report.

Petra - You crack me up!

The Down East Dilettante said...

I have friends who have a nine foot sofa, classic old Lawson arm, that was built for their great grandmother's big Georgian house on the Main Line almost a hundred years ago. Good linen velvet covering in a great olive drab/taupe non-color. The damned thing looks like new, only better. Stuff wears like iron.

drollgirl said...

um, the sofa at the top of this post is TO=DIE=FOR!

and i love the leather chairs in your mood board! love them! WANT THEM! shit! i am going to check your links and crash to the floor when i see the prices!

p.s. thank you for your sweet comment the other day -- i appreciate it. :)

Visual Vamp said...

I'm using a Moullie "chandelier" for a client of mine. It is to die for!
xo xo

longlist said...

Dang, that first pic is hot. Love the colours, LOVE the sofa. Yum.

Yana said...

my favorite part of this post ' a -stan ' country.
haha.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

so this is why you are rug shopping? Love the layered idea! Hope you snatched enough up.

Rachel said...

I love silk and linen velvet - you are right, it's the way it shimmers in the light. So beautiful!
That being said, with 4 dogs in our house, that velvet would last...ummm.... maybe 3 days before one or more of the dogs also decided they loved it so much that they need to claim it. So it's slipcovers for me. But, who's to say that some nice pillows or a bench seat cover wouldn't be great?

And I love the idea of layering the rugs - I love that look when done right (and something tells me that you'd do it right.)

Jenn@theinteriorist said...

i'm not ashamed (much) that i have that sofa (C&B lounge) but in the grey, not the charcoal and i think it's f'n amazing and comfortable and you know what? my sister has a velvet sofa and it blows. so there's your proof.

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

I agree velvet and a toddler don't go well together which is why I'm getting rid of my velvet green chair and the new sofa will have to be brown leather. Hopefully it can withstand legos, spit and juice. Hopefully.

P.s.How did yall come across this awesome house, which something like that popped up in Music City!

Raina Cox said...

sanctuaryhome - Jamie, you know I'm always up for a trip to the DDD.

Jenn - THANKS so much for the review! We're total couch potatoes and the depth of Lounge appeals to us.

Bri - I stalked this house online from New Zealand once we found out Denver was a strong possibility. It hadn't been well taken care of, so we scooped it up for a song. It's taking a lot of work, but we love it!