• Jennifer Laura

Front Room- The Plan

It's been a long time since we discussed the front room, but now that I've made a few tweaks in the dining room (I'm still dreaming of finding some different chairs for in there), I think it's time to start dissecting this space. Here's how it's been looking...

A real unintentional hodge podge of random left over furniture in interesting colors. If you follow me on Instagram you know I've been hunting down the perfect sofa to use in this space for awhile. I fell in love with this sofa last year, but the price tag and the fact that it had a lead time of six months was a deal breaker.

My go-to for a more affordable option is always Facebook Marketplace. The plan being that I could find a sofa with a similar shape and then get it reupholstered, but after scouring the site for weeks I wasn't having much luck. I saved a few pieces that looked like this...

or this...

But I knew that wasn't the shape that I wanted and I really didn't want to settle. Last Thursday I finally decided I was tired of waiting. You know, I'm not the most patient person in the world. And I pulled the trigger on this $100 garbage sofa.

It wasn't exactly what I was envisioning, but it reminded me so much of the sofa I made over for my office (that now lives in our primary bedroom) and I knew it would end up being beautiful. I messaged the seller and we arranged a time for me to come and pick it up on Friday. It was also around this time that I had found this coffee table that I fell in love with for the front room as well.

Luckily Kris had to go into work a little late on Friday so he offered to pick everything up for me. But Thursday night (probably around 10pm), I took another quick glance through Marketplace (it's just a habit for me at this point) and I saw this blue velvet beauty.

I did a double take. Whaaat?!? A beautiful frame with blue velvet fabric in perfect condition... that didn't need any re-upholstering!! I crossed all of my appendages and messaged the seller. "When can I pick this up?" I also clicked the "send an offer" button and offered their full asking price of $700. I very often offer less on Marketplace, but when it's something I'm not willing to lose I don't risk it (check out this post for all of my Facebook Marketplace tips). $700 is a lot for a used sofa, but that $100 garbage sofa would have needed new fabric ($300-$500), + reupholstery labor ($750-$900), and I also knew that I wanted the frame sanded down to raw wood ($100-$200). So to completely overhaul that sofa I would have been looking at $1150-$1600. So finding the perfect sofa in perfect as-is condition was well worth $700 to me. At this point it was just a matter of making sure it was mine. I canceled the pick-up with the other sofa (I felt sooo guilty) and waited... the seller didn't message me until later Friday morning, but they immediately accepted my offer and told me they were available at 3pm that day... which I couldn't do. I told them I could come Friday evening or first thing Saturday, which is how Kris and I ended up in a Lowe's rental truck (SUV problems) on Saturday morning on our way to pick up this beauty.

As soon as we had it I was relieved, excited, throwing up. All of the emotions!! We got it home and plopped it down.

Sadly, the location it will live permanently is currently occupied by a Christmas tree (that I refuse to move because it looks so pretty at night). So I'm honestly not sure where I want to put it right now, but just seeing it in front of the blue dining room wallpaper has me feeling all the feels and seeing all the potential (if I squint really hard).

Att this point I know you must be wondering - what are the rest of the plans for this room? So let's get into it- here's the mood board I created and the direction I want to go!

My to-do list:

- remove the pink chairs and the navy blue chair, my mom is considering putting them in her room, but if they don't land in there I'll be listing them on Marketplace

- I'm still not sure I love the ivory curtains so I may want to swap them out. If I do, the curtains in the dining room also need to go

- the sheers are going, I may replace them with white ones or just remove them entirely

- add beautiful wall molding

- paint the existing green piece blue (you can barely see it in the photo below), but it lives in the corner near the piano

- reupholster the green chair in a pretty stain resistant neutral

- new rug, I really love this one, but I'm not sure it will jive with the wallpaper (too busy?), jury is still out, but a new rug is happening

- new cushion for the piano bench (that brown one has got to go!), I may try to DIY this!

- new sofa (check!)

- new coffee table (check!)

I think that's it! This room doesn't need much and I can't wait to get started on it right after Christmas- let's go!!


Want to read more?

Front room- before and progress

Updates in the dining room

Dining Room final reveal

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ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Jennifer Laura- you can call me Jenn. My husband and I just bought a house in our dream neighborhood and we are so excited to be here! The house, while already beautiful, NEEDS A LOT OF LOVE and STYLE. Join me, a past interior designer and wedding planner, as I work to make over each room and share the process along the way.