Thursday, March 6, 2014

doing a happy dance

Our oldest daughter, Erin, recently moved into a new home and had the opportunity to purchase some of the furniture. My heart skipped a beat when I saw her sofa and chairs and couldn't help thinking how perfect they would be in my home. They didn't really match her other pieces as she prefers soft, cushy leather.
So...
we traded!
Of course, not until I agonized over the decision.
The pieces were beautiful and the colors so right.
But, for my family room?  
With 11 grandchildren?
Sticky fingers
leaky sippy cups
I even asked my friends opinion
they all agreed
go for it!
They suggested I spray them with Scotchgard.
Has anyone done that and if so, did it help prevent stains?
what do you think?  just right, huh?
The tan sofa and the two patterned chairs came from Erin.  The two oval-back chairs belonged to my mom and have been in our bedroom.  I took the two garage-sale wing-back chairs that were in this room to our bedroom and they actually look okay there.  I also switched the rug under the coffee table with the one in our living room.

We had to wait a couple of weeks to make the switch because of all the snow we have been having.
This is the leather sofa. Nice, big, cushy, soft, easy to wipe off sticky stuff.
With matching over-sized armchair that held lots of wee folks, with an equally over-sized ottoman.
 Very nice.  But... dark.  And, you all know I like light and white.
 I even draped a white, crocheted afghan over a large portion of the dark sofa
and added pillows
but, still
dark
now, if you keep looking, you just might see me zip by doing a happy dance
I'm happy
and
Erin's happy
:)

29 comments:

Snap said...

happy happy ... that's what counts! Looks great.

Nancy's Notes said...

I'd be doing the happy dance, for sure!! Beautiful!

Nancy's Notes said...

I'd be doing the happy dance, for sure!! Beautiful!

Cheryl said...

Oh, your space looks beautful, Lorraine! And it looks so "you", which is the best way to decorate, don't you think? I applaud your choice, sticky fingers and sippy cups notwithstanding. I think it's always best to go with what you love...and then work out the details.

I'll dance the happy dance with you! (I get that excited over house-y things!) :D

Debbie said...

PERFECT! LOVE the way it looks! Glad it worked out so well for you...go ahead and do that happy dance! lol Enjoy your day!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Everything in your remodel turned out lovely, perfect and lighted, I'd be happy dancing too!
The Scotchguard is a great thing, I 've done it before on my couches in the family room, because of the Little ones too and it does work. Wonderful!
FABBY

podso said...

What a cool mother/daughter thing … your hearts sing together. I love the changes and the "lightness." Very good decision in my humble opinion!

marie said...

The room looks wonderful...no wonder you and Erin are happy! Dance away!!

Shelia said...

Hi Lorraine! Oh, how marvelous to 'switch' furniture with your daughter. The new look is so pretty! You have such a pretty room and I too love the bright light look.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

Jennifurla said...

much better, lovely..love your style. Looks fab.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Oh, Lorraine, when I saw your blog post title, I immediately had to come see and I love, love the change! It is something worth dancing over, yes! What a stroke of good luck that your daughter was all in for the trade.

As for using Scotchgard, we have used that on all of our furniture (I've only had two sets in 25 years, but ...) and it does help. We also bought the insurance policy this last time and they will replace the sofas, for any reason, if they get stained or torn.

Love your room. I know you will enjoy it.

Sandy said...

You made the right decision, Lorraine. I really love the look. Enjoy!

Blackberry Lane said...

Oh, I love it! What a great deal for you and for Erin! This "looks" like you. I have a chair that is sprayed with Scotchgard and recently when I spilled coffee, it wiped right up!

Dawn said...

The older I get, the more light I prefer. My house does not have light coming into the front of the house until late afternoon….so my colors are very light. All but the bedroom (a sage color) …but today I was thinking I wanted to repaint it Behr Swiss Coffee ( my go-to white ).
Not mentioning it to the hubs yet. WIll wait until this cold weather is gone.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I really love your rooms new look!
The new pieces helped brighten it up!

I hope you are having a great week!

Ann said...

You're both happy and it looks wonderful. I have to say the new look does suit your style well

Winnie said...

The room looks sooooooooo beautiful and elegant
I'm glad it worked out for you two, and I'm waiting now for the video - seeing you dancing happily :)

Maryann said...

Sounds like a win win to me. I love the lighter look

Lorrie said...

That's a wonderful trade! Everyone's happy and your room looks lovely.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

I Scotchgard *Everything*...furniture, foot wear, purses...if it's fabric, it gets Scotchgard on it and, yes, it does work. You have to get at the stain quickly, if it has time to set, it will set but it's better than not using it.
The furniture is beautiful!

nancycreative.com said...

I love the nice light, bright look of your room with the new furniture! :)

NanaDiana said...

YES YES YES! Scotchgard it once and when it dries Scotchgard it again and hit the arms even a third time. I have scotcgarded every piece of furniture in my house. (test it first to make sure it is okay on your fabric). When you first start spraying it you will kind of freak out because it looks all streaky bu it dries and you can't tell it's on there at all. Everything just stays on the surface like fingerprints and jam...lol...and you can just sponge it right off. I do all my kids shoes and my purses and everything! Make SURE you do it with windows and doors open!!!!!

It is beautiful, by the way, and looks perfect in your home. I love trades like that- xo Diana

lindsey said...

That looks like a perfect swap...leather is great for young families and the lighter shade looks perfect in your room.

We are in the process of buying a little cottage in Wales for holidays and maybe retirement when the time comes so I am really into decorating and furniture at the moment :)

Adrienne said...

I love the 'new' look of your space! It looks just right and like something you would choose. Good idea, my friend.
~Adrienne~

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a happy way to start my Monday, seeing your lovely transformation and knowing in my heart, that you are thrilled with it all. Don't you love when God gifts us with such unexpected blessings? What an inviting looking room!

~ Lisa ~ said...

Well, I've been on the lookout on Craigslist for a brown leather sofa for my living room. Now, I'm rethinking my idea as I am trying to lighten up the room. I see such a dramatic change in yours so... tsk, tsk, tsk... what to do.

Thank you for sharing and getting to thinking. I'm in love with your blog.

~ Lisa from Indiana ~

Donna said...

Wow, that really did brighten up the room!

Traci said...

It all looks so good! I bought a can of scotch guard at Walmart & sprayed my dining room chairs that have a very light off white seat. Pepperoni pizza was dropped on a seat & I thought for sure it was ruined but not stain!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Well, I think both ways look great but the new arrangement is very nice and classy. Fun way to redecorate. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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