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Thursday, August 12, 2010

 Last Sunday someone bought our old sofa and we made a quick road trip to IKEA to pick up the Ektorp.  Of course assembly was required, definitely a first for us as most sofas come already assembled.

Anyway, here is what it looks like.  The scale is perfect for this room and we are all very happy with our choice.  We are also happy with the zebra ottoman that I blogged about hereIf you are in the market for an ottoman, this was a great buy from Walmart ($50) and there may be a few left.  The plan is to recover it and that is where I need your input.  Mom bought the tree of life pillow for me the other day at Marshalls which I love and want to use as the inspiration for the room.
I was thumbing through one of my favorite books and found this fabric pairing that I thought would work.
It reminds me of the new tree of life pillow and shows different fabric options that work with it.

I had never considered and ikat, but the idea is growing on me.  I also like the smaller Schumacher pattern.  I'm not really sure whether to go with a small pattern or a large one, a multi-color pattern or a two color (brown and white) one.  Any thoughts?
Also in the room are two wing chairs which I would love to recover one day, but for now, I can make them work with the right pillows.  I have some ideas, but I would love to hear your thoughts.


32 comments:

  1. I'm really not trying to dodge the question, but I honestly love them all. Why not use all the patterns? I always think a mix of prints in the same color family brings a welcome touch of warmth to a room. Great looking sofa!

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  2. i actuallove love the zebra as is, but i also love the fabric you are choosing. for the chairs i am definitely in favor of something soft and floral as the pattern on them is somewhat checkered. i think something graphic or geometric wouldn't go well, but soft would.

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  3. How do you feel about the size of the print that's on there now? I know you don't want the zebra but as far as scale, what do you think? I like the larger print. It seems like a good size ottoman and I think it would handle a larger size. If you go with something two toned then you have the option of bringing in other colors with smaller items and change them out more often. Some ikat fabric I like but some look south western to me.

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  4. Love your sofa, it looks wonderful. I really like both of the geometric fabrics you are showing. Covering the ottoman with one of them and then a pillow or 2 in the same fabric would really tie things together. Beautiful room. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Rene, Your new sofa is beautiful. And the ottomen gives your room some fun sass! I like it the way it is.
    The right pillows can certainly pull a room together! And your tree of life pillow is perfect with you new sofa and gives this room such a serene and rich feel. I love the color scheme and patterns you chose from the book. May I be honest, I don't care too much for the weinrib with the tree of life though. You probably wern't going to use it though.

    Did I read this right, you got your sofa from Ikea? It is so lovely. I know Ikea has some wonderful furnishings, but this looks like a designer style! If I read right... Kudos to you!
    So fun to have a "design school" moment this morning.
    Yvonne

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  6. Rene, it is looking great!! It's all coming together and I love all your fabric options. Shumacher's bleecker and betwixt have always been favorites of mine. But, I have to say I also love weinrib's ikat - an unexpected punch of color!! I can't wait to see what you decide!

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  7. What's your goal for the room? Calm it down? Or add a punch of color? All of those swatches are beautiful and I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. Not much help am I? Lisa~

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  8. It is so great to hear from you all!! I love your feedback...


    -Rene

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  9. It looks like you have large plaid pattern on the windows and a small plaid on wingback chairs. I think the ottoman would even be cute with a burlap or similar color with a cute trim. You could even trim the ottoman in the Tree of Life pattern or a blue brush fringe. Love the new couch/sofa, name depending on the region you live.

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  10. I can see a natural/oatmeal or duck egg/grey linen for the wing chairs, and the ottoman in the betwixt. A mix of the fabrics for the cushions would tie it all together. The ottoman you can easily recover later for a change, but the chairs are a bigger more expensive project, so it needs to be a fabric you love and will keep on loving. Look forward to seeing what you go with. Love the sofa.
    Rebecca x

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  11. I think the animal print trend is almost over - the blue geometrical pattern or the smaller dark geometrical pattern would look nice on the ottoman - maybe with the brown (on the lower right hand side of the page in the first picture) on the chairs. Just a thought. You have great taste - I am sure whatever you pick will be fantastic!
    -Trish

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  12. I love the Bleeker and the Betwixt... I like graphic patterns with a floral :)

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  13. I love the zebra as is. Thats just me though :) I also love the bleeker and the floral. All of these seem like they would work but the ones that give the most lovely contrast are the Daphne and bleeker.

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  14. I love that Schumacher fabric, but wondering if it's too small scale for the ottoman -- maybe better for pillows on the wingbacks?

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  15. That ottoman is my fav!!!!

    Luvs!

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  16. I love your sofa!! I so wish we had an Ikea close! Anyway, I too love the zebra ottoman as is but if you were going to recover it I really like patterns from you favorite book, the first picture. You can use the tree of life pattern for you big pattern and the other patterns to accent. Whatever you choose I am sure that it will look beautiful! Have fun!!!

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  17. Love the new sofa. We are thinking of getting our new slipcovered couch from Ikea too. How difficult was the assembly? We are thinking of an L-shaped couch.
    As far as fabric goes, I love the geometric fabric... Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  18. I love the ikat. I think it would really add some drama!

    The sofa looks GREAT! I've been going back and forth on whether I want to buy the Ektorp...and you are making me want to buy it!

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  19. I like the small brown pattern. Where did you find that perfect size (behind the sofa table??)

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  20. I agree with some of the other comments, all the fabric choices are great, I don't think you can go wrong with these. The sofa looks fantastic, I'm loving the pillows too. I would love to have a white slipcover made.

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  21. Averill, I think you are right about going larger on the ottoman and smaller on the pillows.

    Ashley, the sofa was EASY to put together.

    Twolovelyspaces, That walnut table behind the sofa was from my great grandparent's home and yes, it is the perfect size for behind the sofa.

    -Rene

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  22. I really like the Betwixt. If it were me, I would do the Glimmer and go bolder with the pillows. I really think you can't go wrong. Great buys all the way around. Oddly enough, the zebra looks pretty dang cool even with all your decor. ;)

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  23. I really like the betwixt fabric for the ottoman [second of course to the zebra ;)] and would do something like the bleeker on the chairs in the future, and more floral on the sofa. Sofa looks perfect Rene!

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  24. I love the ottoman as is. I think it's kind of fun to have one piece of furniture in a room that adds some "drama" or boldness...different than all the rest. I think your zebra ottoman looks fabulous in your room. I think the wingback chairs would look great in either an oatmeal color or the Schumacher linen in the Glimmer in Mineral that you have pictured. You could have a mixture of any of those fabrics for pillows and really pull your room together. Adding a pillow to each chair would be nice, too. Great sofa and great fabrics you are considering! Have fun. Can't wait to see what you decide!

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  25. I do love the couch...and the ottoman as is!

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  26. i love your couch. it looks awesome! i've been thinking about getting this couch too. i'd love it if you did a post with more info on it. i was thinking about the very light khaki color. it's almost like linen. i've only seen it online though. as far as the ottoman, i'm no help. i think all those fabrics would be a great option. i even think the zebra looks good!

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  27. Hi Rene,
    I am kind of liking the zebra print, but a large print would be my 2cents if you were to recover it. Doesn't it make you so satisfied to sit on a sofa that you/hubby put together?? I put the karlsbad together for my sis...it was actually fun.

    Also, maybe a slipcover for the chairs??? but little lumbars would be nice...maybe even little rectangle boxed ones.

    --Grettchen

    --Gretchen

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  28. Rene, I love the way this is all coming together and really like the idea of the Ikat mixed in. Just ordered the same sofa for a client. Looks so good in your room.

    Still haven't picked up my ottoman but it's here! Hopefully this weekend.

    PS--Thanks for including Arin's name in your post today.

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  29. The Ektorp looks perfect in that room! I would do the Betwixt on the ottoman assuming you will redo the chairs at some point and those would be amazing in Bleeker! But really, all the fabs are great and you can't go wrong here.

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  30. Your question is perfectly timed to a recent post by Caitlin Wilson. She covered a wingback in the very fabric you are contemplating. Take a look at what you are envisioning in its final form. My vote, btw, is floral for the wingback, grid for the ottoman.

    http://caitlinwilsondesign.blogspot.com/2010/08/heavenly-wing-back.html

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  31. Love the new couch, Rene! Check out Pink & Polka Dot (blog) for recovering your chairs with slipcovers. I love the tree of life pillow colors as an inspiration for the room.

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  32. I have been away and feel that I've missed so much! Your new sofa is wonderful. I also like the ottoman as is but if you really want to change it I think I would go with a smaller print on the ottoman and the larger print on the pillows...maybe a print on one side and a solid on the other.
    Your room looks stunning.

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