We’ve started ordering furniture for the house and I thought it would be fun (maybe helpful to some?) if I shared the process here! I’ve heard lots of good advice on furnishing a new house, but here’s why I can’t really take any of that advice, ha!
The company we worked with on our floors, Marazzi, have been so amazing and generous AND PATIENT with us and they’re shooting film and video in our house at the end of the Summer. For marketing materials etc, which we are totally happy to do! That means that I don’t have time to slowly furnish each room, we need the house to be ready to go within a few weeks of finishing. Pressure’s on right?
With that and our family still being so young, and perhaps not complete, that effects my choices on things, too. For instance: after lots of experience, we won’t do anything but leather for our couches. They hold up so much better and clean up like new each time. So starting with that piece of the puzzle (this is the couch we bought!) helped everything else fall into place for this room!
I like to start out by looking at the elements to the room I know for sure. Our chandelier that I picked out basically 2 years ago, the camel leather couch, and then that the arm chairs needed to swivel (to swivel out toward the TV or inward for conversation and the look I wanted for the room). To contrast the color and texture from the couch, we hunted for upholstered options with color. The bones of our house are ALL black and white or neutral so bringing color into the space with the furniture felt like a non-negotiable. Light colored chairs seemed like they’d show wear/spots/stains easier so I wanted to go darker. The power of deduction is real and has made decision making so much easier! Sometimes knowing what you don’t want is more helpful than knowing what you do!
I scoured the web and found a ton of options. I was thinking I’d need to spend $800+ to get what I wanted, but then I stumbled on this chair for $250 from Target I was like, DONE. So impressed with the quality, and my number one priority with design in my house is that my kids can live in, on, around it. When you have young kids, too fussy or expensive just means more anxiety and stress for all. I don’t expect upholstered pieces to last forever and at this price I don’t need them too, either. Win win!
If you want to keep an eye on things as I pin them I save nearly everything here, too! Here are a bunch of options both under and over $500, if you’re needing more ideas!