Choosing the Perfect Sofa

living room sofa
Phoebe Howard Interior Design

 

Good morning, chic readers! We hope you are having a terrific week. We can’t believe that summer is coming to an end here in North Carolina and, as usual, the start of the school year has us thinking about new projects we want to undertake in our homes. 

living room sofa
Suzanne Kasler via Architectural Digest

 

Undeniably one of the most important parts of the living rooms in our homes is the sofa. So, so many things come into play when choosing the right sofa that it can be overwhelming. Here are a few of our tips for choosing the perfect one! And click this link to check out some of the great sofa options available. 

sectional sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

  1. Think about the purpose of your new couch. Is it more decorative? Do you want to be able to stretch out on it and take a nap? Do you want to be able to curl up and watch a movie with your sweetheart? If so, styles that are at least 40 inches deep (when the cushions are out) and 72 inches long are a must! 
living room sofa
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

2. What does the rest of the furniture in your room look like? We love sofas with legs, but in a room with all leggy furniture, it can be a little bit too much! Skirted sofas are perfect for rooms where there is already plenty of wood. Using a dark fabric is a great idea for a skirted sofa, as it makes dust, dirt and shoe marks much less visible.

sofa for living room
Phoebe Howard Interior Design

 

3. Do you want your couch to blend in or stand out? Because of its size in comparison to the rest of the pieces in the room, the sofa makes a statement. We love neutral couches whose pillows can be changed frequently to tell a new story. But choosing a big, bold pattern or a fun color can totally transform a room.

sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

4. Does your couch need to be kid-friendly? Everyone thought I was crazy when I bought a pair of white leather tufted sofas for the playroom, but it was the best purchase I ever made! Everything wipes right off, and there’s even a handy correction pen for covering up travesties like permanent market. (Thank goodness we haven’t had to use that one!) Sunbrella or other outdoor fabrics are also great choices for kid-friendly couches.

sofa in living room
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

5. What is your ceiling height? For room with ceilings eight feet tall or less, lower-backed sofas are a must! They make the room seem much larger than an oversized piece would. Conversely, if you have extremely tall ceilings, make sure the back is tall enough to command a presence. 

sofa in entrance foyer
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

6. Are you a fluffer? For a low-maintenance look, tufted backs are wonderful and are easier to maintain than couches where both the back and seat pillows must be constantly fluffed. 

sofa in dining room
One Kings Lane

 

7. What kind of arm is right for you? Just remember that arms take up lots of visual space and can look clunky. You can never go wrong with an English roll arm!

living room sofa
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

There is no doubt that the right sofa is critically important to a space. What do you look for when sofa shopping?

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If you love soothing, peaceful retreats then the good taste of Leah Bailey Interior Design will be right up your alley!

From a calming spot to savor a morning cup of coffee,

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To a clutter free space for entertaining dinner guests in style,

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From a simple accessory that defines a sunny breakfast room,

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To a mix of antique and new that is brought together with the perfect casual natural fiber rug and upholstery,

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I cannot believe it, but Slightly South of Simple is a National Bestseller, hitting bestseller lists from Barnes & Noble to Bookscan, Southern Indie to Southern Pines and spending weeks on smaller bestseller lists in places like Salisbury, NC (my fab hometown and home of South Main Book Co.) and Bethlehem, PA. Sixteen weeks after its release, Slightly South is still holding its own on many of these lists. I’m pinching myself every day and can’t thank you enough for all your support! Happy weekend, sweet friends!

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Thank You For Making Slightly South of Simple a National Bestseller

I cannot believe it, but Slightly South of Simple is a National Bestseller, hitting bestseller lists from Barnes & Noble to Bookscan, Southern Indie to Southern Pines and spending weeks on smaller bestseller lists in places like Salisbury, NC (my fab hometown and home of South Main Book Co.) and Bethlehem, PA. Sixteen weeks after its release, Slightly South is still holding its own on many of these lists. I’m pinching myself every day and can’t thank you enough for all your support! Happy weekend, sweet friends!


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With the August heat creeping in in North Carolina, we’re daydreaming about cooling off in New England. Threshold Interiors has created this amazing Nantucket Cottage for some very special homeowners–and for us to tour today! We honestly can’t choose which room we love the most! 

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We hope you’re feeling cooler and crisper from this tour. Thanks so much for stopping by today. We always love seeing you!


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“Slightly South of Simple has fantastic characters, a wonderful setting on the ocean in Georgia, and an engaging plot.  This is the first book in her new trilogy… This is a wonderful book!  I fell in love with the setting and the characters.  Kristy did a great job of holding my interest throughout the book and I am excited to continue reading the series in the coming months.” –Paris, My Big Fat Happy Life

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If you’re looking for a perfect Vacation Read, we’d love for you to check out Slightly South of Simple!  Happy Monday!

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