I’m so excited to finally share with you the progress on our living room redecorating project. You may have seen my last couple of posts of our bedroom progress and our dining nook. After a very long 4 months of redecorating, all of our hard work is finally come together! Here is glimpse at our living space so far.
Now, I’ll preface this post by saying that almost all of the styling is going to change in the next month or so, ie. most of the photos on the wall (I’m waiting for new prints to come in), the pillows (can’t decide what fabrics I want), and the decor on the shelving unit beside the sofa (I have new items I want to display). But, all of the big ticket items are new and staying, like the sofa, coffee table, rug and shelves. It will be a couple more months before everything is complete, but I wanted to share some progress photos in the mean time, and share some info on the pieces in the space.
I should also offer a second post preface by saying that we rent our condo, and that we (obviously) live in a very small space….two things that can make decorating very tricky. It’s tough to decide which investment pieces to purchase that will hopefully fit in our next condo, and which pieces to save some money on because we don’t know if they’ll fit in our next space.
The hardest decision of all was definitely our selecting a sofa…..
It took me literally 5 months to find our sofa. I had been looking since last January, and finally found the perfect sofa in May. I had a long list of criteria. I wanted a sofa that had…
- blue or gray material (I was thinking a beautiful, rich blue, or a looks-good-with-everything medium gray)
- tufting (our old sofa was not tufted, and I wanted this one to feel very different from our previous one)
- a sectional (we spend a lot of time on our sofa, and need the extra space when we both want to spread out)
- under 90″ wide (surprisingly, this is very hard to find, and it falls into the “apartment sofa size” category)
- not too expensive (we don’t know if this sofa will fit into our next condo, so we didn’t want to spend a fortune)
- most importantly, a sofa bed (we live in a 1 bedroom, and often have out-of-town guests stay with us)
After months and months of searching online, I was almost ready to give up, when I somehow came across the absolutely perfect sofa. It was from a store called Small Space Plus, in Toronto (located at 380 Alliance Ave, just north of the junction), that specializes in condo-sized furniture. I made Justin go to the store with me that same day to check it, and it was just perfect in person. The sofa is called the Valencia sofa, and it fit all of our criteria, including converting into a sofa bed and the critical requirement of being under 90″ (the Valencia is an ideal 84″ long”). It came in a beautiful medium shade of grey, called Smoke Grey.
The team in the store was so lovely and wonderful to work with. They were very knowledgeable about their products and about small space limitations. We got to chatting, learned about each other, and decided to partner on a post for their website! Head over to the Small Space Plus site to check out my top picks from their store, and for a fun interview I did about small space living! I’m sure my fellow small space dwellers will be able to relate.
And…I’m so excited to share that those of you who shop my picks, including the Valencia sofa, can receive 15% off your purchase using code LOVE16! How fabulous!!!
Another purchase that was very difficult to find was our coffee table. I wanted a white marble table, it had to be round (because our space is small, and I knew we would be banging our legs on the corners of a square or rectangular table), and it had to be under 32″ (again, because of our space restriction. Most coffee tables seem to be much larger). I had been on the West Elm website a thousand times, and on the one thousand and one time, this beautiful marble and brass pedestal coffee table appeared. It was love at first site, and I knew this was the table I needed to own!
Here is the Small Space Plus Valencia sofa in the open, bed position.
Sofa: Small Space Plus // Coffee Table: West Elm // Rug: RugsUSA // Pillows: Ikea (pink), Ikea (stripes), Lulu & Georgia (leaf print) // Tray: Homesense // Picture Ledges: Ikea
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into our living space. Once our bedroom is complete (most likely in the New Year), I will definitely be sharing that too. Thanks for following along!