Spots and Dots, and Double Sofas

Before we closed on the sale of our home in Tennessee, I started planning for the new spaces and decor in our new home. I sent our realtor over half a dozen times here in Charleston to measure different spaces, and double check so I could sketch things out, mostly in my head. In the living room, I very much wanted to have a pair of matching sofas, facing each other.



I found my sofas at Cort Furniture’s clearance warehouse in Lavergne, TN.  They are Broyhill and I could not be happier. I got them both for $900, which was exactly what I sold our giant sectional for. 


They also look very similar to the Paidge Sofa at West Elm I’d been lusting after…


But $400 each was much nicer than $1400. I did splurge a bit on the new legs I had made, but it completely and totally changed the look of the sofa. Check it!


Relatively speaking, this is a completely affordable, no brainer solution to update your sofa when you’re feeling over it. I ordered from Thirteen Colonies via Etsy and I could not recommend them enough! So many shape options, and stains too! I chose Cambridge in Pecan.

il_570xN.629713596_5k67Because I had new sofas, I of course needed new pillows. So I ordered these covers from Martha & Ash, and 14×21 inserts from West Elm. I loved the sea urchin pattern and thought it was perfect for our new Charleston home, without being overly “nautical.”

il_570xN.455153622_o4awWhen they came, I was crushed that they were just too small for the sofas. I tried and tried to make them work, but in the end I couldn’t take it. A couple of them have new homes in the kitchen though! (Kitchen tour coming soon). But in the meantime, here is a sneak peek of the living room!


In my search for the right size pillows, I came across red plaid Ralph Lauren 14×26 pillows with a 1″ flange at Home Goods and the scale was perfect. At $40 each, four of them seems a bit much to pay, but it’s a great price for a cover and an insert! The red plaid was festive for the holiday, but I’ve been looking for a new pattern for spring, something that is current, but not trendy, and classic. And I found this pretty pattern by Brunschwig & Fils called Les Touches.


I loved the abstract feeling and variation of the pattern, but of course, on inquiring what pricing would be for what I need, I was quoted over $100/cover. Which is not in my budget for toddler-stomped pillows. So I found this and it was… ehhhh. Ok. It’s spotted, but it’s just not the same.


I kept digging, and lo and behold, look here what I found on Spoonflower!


I’m leaning toward making these myself, even though hidden zippers are pretty much miserable for me. The variation in the pattern is great, and I think a great alternative to Les Touches… even though I would really love to splurge on them, I just can’t bring myself to do it.

In my search of course I found something else I love…


So I’ll think for a while on this. Any votes one way or the other? Any new patterns in your house you love?

Have a great Thursday!

*Click photos of pillow covers for links to their listings on Etsy!

4 thoughts on “Spots and Dots, and Double Sofas

  1. Love everything about this. I too want spotted variation pillows aka not quite cheetah/leopardish but sort of. BUT I do love the geometric-inspired one you found. Girl…I wish you didn’t move away…our paths crossed should have crossed sooner.

    1. Jill, we are definitely soul mates and Rachel was right! I’m so glad we did meet though, and glad we keep up via the inter webs 😉 You and Jimi come to Charleston! We’d love to show you around!

  2. I love your living room!! I’m sad that the urchin pillows didn’t work. They were my favorite hands down! Too bad they didn’t work on those great chairs in your living room. I love your flair and zeal for decorating.

    1. Barbara, you’re so right and I moved them around to see about them in the black chairs for a while too. I just love the banana leaf fabric in the living room! It’s the perfect spot for a pop of color! Love you and thank you for encouraging me!


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