FYI: Quick Tips for Choosing the Right Sofa

I often get asked about the sofas I use in my designs. “Where did you buy that sofa?”, “How do you determine the size, scale, and fabric and fill?”  My answer is always “I dunno it depends” ha! Ok, I don’t really say that, but the answer to the “how do you pick the right sofa?” question, is that it’s not really such a simple black and white answer. There are a ton of factors to think about. I decided to give you all a little guide and devised a couple of steps on how to pick the right sofa for you.

// STEP 1: Determine how your sofa is going to be used //

If it is a family room sofa that you’ll be using for lounging, it’s likely you’ll want a deeper sofa.  Standard sofa depth ranges anywhere from 36 to 38 inches. If you anticipate using the sofa for curling up and really getting cuddly, or if a family member is particularly tall, opt for a deeper version.  You’ll thank me for this when you’ve plopped down on your sofa watching Netflix for hours on end. We create custom sofas for the majority of our clients, so they receive their perfect comfort level. Typically we use a 40″-42″ depth to get that cozy and cushy vibe.

If the sofa will be used as part of a more occasional sitting area that won’t necessarily be used as your main lounging area, consider a smaller sofa like this loveseat from West Elm.  You can pair it with a few occasional chairs and an ottoman to create a seating area conducive for conversation where people can sit across from one another rather than side by side on a large couch.

Also, consider the logistics of getting the new piece into your space. Be sure that your new purchase is physically able to fit through your home’s doorways, especially if you have an older home. Measure twice to be safe and avoid a big headache! You don’t want to get the perfect sofa home and only be able to get it as far as your front yard! Check with the retailer for delivery and clearance specifications, as it may have a quick reference tool such as Restoration Hardware’s Delivery Brochure. I know this sounds super “formal” and a little over the top “informative” but seriously…I have made this mistake before. It sucks!

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// STEP 2: Identify Your Personal Style //

Seems like a no brainier, but really Knowing your personal style can help big time when trying to narrow down your quest for the perfect sofa and help you choose a style that reflects your lifestyle. If you lean toward the more formal and fancy, or have a “traditional” design aesthetic, a sofa with tufting or a tailored upholstered piece with exposed legs may be a good option, such as West Elm’s Montgomery Sofa pictured below.

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This style of sofa was perfect in the living room of my client freakin’ fabulous lovelies.

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If you tend to be more casual, a slipcover sofa makes a less formal statement and is especially perfect for high-traffic areas or families with small children because you can quickly throw the slipcovers in the wash. Pottery Barn’s Catalina Slipcovered sofa is a great, classic shape with a nicely tailored slipcover. Check out the Louis sofa that I just started selling over on our very own Shoppe page for another cool slipcover option.

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This causal cool loveseat was a perfect fit – size and vibe – for this cute master bedroom.

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If you have a large enough space and want a big ol’ sofa, you need to get yo’self a sectional! I love using sectionals in my client’s homes – it really makes the room feel uber comfy and cozy. You can customize or buy a sectional as is like the Restoration Hardware’s cloud cube sectional pictured below.

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 Dr. client clients fell in love with this sectional that’s just calling for the whole family to jump on and lounge away!

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In order to provide client freakin’ fabulous with a sectional just as fabulous as them, we created a custom one allowing us to give them exactly what they dreamed of. Amber Interiors - Client Freakin Fabulous - Neustadt 17 source: Amber Interiors

// Consider Comfort & Fill //

The sofa’s placement and how it will be used determines the type of fill you want in the piece. Sofas are traditionally made of a dense polyfiber wrapped around a foam core, but many retailers offer upgrades such as down-feather cushions instead, for an additional cost.

Obviously, comfort should always be a consideration, but if you can’t afford upgraded fill in each of your sofas, determine where you’d like to splurge on fill by weighing which room receives more traffic. You will likely want to choose an upgraded fill in a TV room where you and your family spend a majority of your time. A super cozy cushy sofa that is a “go-to” for me is the Donato, which I also now sell through Shoppe!!

// Choose a Color That is appropriate for the Space // 

The fourth consideration when choosing a sofa is determining what color you will choose for the piece. If the piece is intended for the main living space, I usually like to recommend you choose a neutral fabric such as an oatmeal or charcoal gray for a couple reasons. One you won’t get sick of it as you may if you choose a pattern, and  color that is timeless and will fit with any décor style. Then furnish the room with colorful accessories such as pillows, an ottoman and art to add color to the space.

If the sofa is to be used in a more occasional sitting room, you can go bolder with your fabric choice, as these pieces tend to be more aesthetic than your staple sofa in the main living area.  You can go with a bright color or a fun pattern, like this one from Anthropologie or this loveseat from Sundance.

Happy Hunting!

 

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/ehow-home/blog/4-tips-for-choosing-the-right-sofa/#ixzz347LLzAPv

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++ 5 DIY’S I’D LIKE TO TRY ++

It’s been a while since I have DIY’ed much…so in order keep my creativity flowing I have been gathering a few sweet projects I wanna get involved with.

 

#1 diy headboard

diy headboard via one kings lane

#2 copper pipe wall hanging

copper pipe wall hanging via a beautiful mess 

#3 copper and wood hanging light fixture

copper light via vintage revivals

#4 hanging hat rack 

hat rack via a pair & a spare

#5 basket lamp

basket lamp via nimi design

What are you all DIY’in. Comment with some links I need to check out.

 

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// thoughts on things // check this tiny boho retreat

If you have been following my bloggy for a while, you may have seen me mention my mentor “Kiki” a few times. I wrote all about how much I value here HERE and still to this day am so thankful for the time I got to spend working for her. She recently just debuted a perfect little guest house that I just HAD to share. Its so cute, and bright, and happy….and so very up my alley of what I dig in design!!

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HOW CUTE!!! Can you believe only 600 sq. feet as well!

 

 

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//what I’m packin’//

We are on our way to Turks and Caicos in 10 days…and OBVS I beyond am excited. The plan is to completely switch off (haha yeah right) and read books, and take naps,and play with G, and run through the pure white sand in slow mo with a perfect 10 bod and jump into the Ducks muscley arms and sexy 6 pack abs, and eat endless delicious meals, and drink a hundred fruity cocktails without gaining a pound, and pretend like I have not a care in the world or a trillion and a half things going on at work and that when I get home all of my work will be magically done ….yep, that’s the plan.

pure R.E.L.A.X.I.N

anyways, I have been online shopping for the perfect items to pack, and here is just a few bits of What I am Packin!

What I'm Packin

Harvest cutout printed swimsuit  | White Boheme Beach DressFlorabella Hat  | Broadway Reversible SwimsuitCape Peninsula ToteSun Bum Sunscreen Lotion Sun Bum Sunscreen Spray  | Aztec Round TowelSplendid 2×1 Racer Back Tank TopBlank Denim Trouser Shorts | Lace-Up Sandals

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//Before and After : Client Freakin Fabulous//

GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS!!!! - BEFORE AND AFTER TIME!!

This is seriously the best part of my job. When I get to look back at what a space once was and see how a whole bunch of ideas and hard work transformed into a end result I am oh so proud of!  I seriously couldn’t be more stoked with how this beauty turned out and I can’t say enough about how amazing Clients Freakin Fabulous were to work with.  It’s so rad when you wrap up a job, and not only are your clients happy, but you realize that you have made a friend for life, and hopefully a client for life as well. I love this little fam so much, I am praying for a phone call and a chance to come work with them again. I told the clients I would come decorate anything…. a dog house, a cake, a freakin christmas tree…whatever, so long as it’s with them!!!

 Anyways, enough of the love-fest, and on to the goodies!!!

(Oh, and just FYI, I think what I will do is give the full before and after pics only now…and then go room to room later describing what we did, for those who may be interested in more than just pretty pics )

//LIVING ROOM BEFORE//

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//KITCHEN & DINING AREA BEFORE//

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//KITCHEN & DINING AREA AFTER//

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photo credit: Tessa Neustadt

//FAMILY ROOM BEFORE//

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//FAMILY ROOM AFTER//

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photo credit: Tessa Neustadt

//SIDE ENTRY BEFORE//

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photo credit: Tessa Neustadt

// POWDER BATH BEFORE //

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//GUEST BATHROOM BEFORE //

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photo credit: Tessa Neustadt

//MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE//

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//MASTER BEDROOM AFTER//

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photo credit: Tessa Neustadt

// MASTER BATHROOM BEFORE //

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//MASTER BATHROOM AFTER //

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photo credit: Tessa Neustadt

I am Pretty Flipping jealous of this house…AND am planning on showing up at the door soon, with a suit case and enforce some squatters rights!

(as always out of respect to my clients and the fact that they have paid for my services, at this time I will not be able to give sources. I hope you can understand!!)

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American Summer With Horchow

We’re coming up on the perfect time of year for a nice little picnic in the park. Well let’s be real, you can have a picnic in the park here almost any day of the year, but there’s nothing quite like a summer picnic. In order to do it right, you should check out the products Horchow has to offer. We were totally vibing with their American Summer theme and fell in love with some of their items. So, we found ourselves a patch of green grass and created a fun set-up using products from this rad line. I love me some stripy blue napkins and lovely little glasses with just a touch of color.  These cute goodies make having a picnic even more fun. Once you’re full and have had too much sun just throw everything into this amazing basket and hit the road. Now hop on over to Horchow and get yo’self some picnic gear!

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How to Style Loloi Rugs and Pillows

Have you heard of the company, Loloi? If not, you need to go check them out, because they have quite the selection of rugs and pillows for you to choose from. This post shows you how you can style up one of their neutral color rugs with ease!!  We already had a greenish gray color couch in the Shoppe, so using a neutral color palette was perfect for us. We fell in love with this beauty – and loved the dimension and texture of it! Doesn’t it kind of remind you of a tiny mountain range?? No, just me…Ok moving on. Anyways, I love it, and using this neutral of a rug, allowed us to have lots of play with what we added to the mix while decorating this little vignette. In our case, we plunked these Loloi pillows onto the couch and wallah…it really saved the day with texture and tiny pops of color. What y’all think?

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// TIME TO SHOPPE //

The time has come y’all!!

The new and improved Shoppe is up and running. We are so excited to share all of this newness with you. The best part – this is just the beginning! There will be more rad stuff hitting the Shoppe in the months to come.

So go and get your shop on!!

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New Site Launches Tomorrow //

 

YOU GUYS. The day is finally upon us! It’s time for the debut of the brand spankin new online Shoppe!!

This has been getting developed for months and if I am honest I would say I am one part excited and 2 parts “how the hell did this happen?”. Seriously if you were to ask me 6 months ago, would I want to expand the Shoppe to carry other products, or even open a damn retail store… I would have said no. I was quite happy just selling vintage rugs and pillows etc. and wasn’t quite sure if I would be able to handle it all. WELL, fortunately, behind the scenes my amazing Duck (hubby) has come on board the Ambular Interiors team and has been running shit at Shoppe. We have joined forces and with his help, support, and business sense behind me, I have finally felt like I could focus on the bigger picture and really grow this little business of ours!  He has helped me to realize the potential of Shoppe and analyze the structure of our business model to see how it could be improved. We decided to update the website, get a new logo, add more products, and open up the new retail location. It’s all been challenging, with lots and lots of hard work, but I am confident that since we are in this together, we can really have a shot to offer up something special.  I would have never thought working with your husband could be such an awesome and life changing (for the better) experience.

So tomorrow morning the new site will launch. Same address, same name, new look, with TONS more things and lots of additions coming soon. Here is a few pics of the new items that we have added.

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Oh Hey there!! I have so much to talk about and promote and discuss…. so I am gonna do the right thing and avoid it all with pretty pictures that we should judge. That is very normal right? Hope all you mama’s have a fabulous weekend doing whatever it is you want to do. I will be getting ready for the brand new online Shoppe launch on Tuesday. Fun times!

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