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Decorating Around a Leather Couch

I have great news! No, I'm not pregnant. No, sorry, you didn't win a trip to Disney World. The exciting news is my co-worker bought her first house! And how does this benefit me? Because let's face it, it's ALWAYS all about me. I mean it's my blog, people. Geez. Because she has come to me for some decorating advice, which allows me to live out all of my pretend-I'm-an HGTV-star-dreams (YES!!FINALLY!

So here's the 4-1-1! One of the first purchases my co-worker, Jackie, and her boyfriend bought for their new home was a black leather sectional for their family room.
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Jackie reached out to me for help on decorating this space and I immediately went to town sourcing decor items and creating an inspirational mood board for her, but before we get to that, here's a picture of the family room from the real estate listing ( It always makes me laugh when they alter the windows with faux sceneries!)

Before Pictures: Living Room Makeover

A great room to work with, right? I love that fireplace and all the natural light they get in this room.

Here's a quick picture Jackie snapped to show me A) how their leather sectional is laid out in the space and B) how their cable outlet is on the wall to the far right, which has caused a bit of dilemma in hiding the cable box.

Black Leather Sectional in Family Room

Alright! Enough with the blabbing, let's take a look at what I came up with!





Similar to me, she likes the modern farmhouse look, which some people may find difficult to pull off with a leather couch, but with a little vision and little creativity, it's super easy to pull off this design style!


Below are the notes regarding the items I pulled together for this space and why. I've also included links to sources in case anyone is interested in shopping for their own home!

Rug:  Between the dark leather couch and grey walls, I had suggested that they bring in some whites to brighten up the room. Since leather couches have zero pattern on them, the geometric design on this rug is a also a nice way to bring in some of that as well. 

Diamond Shag Rug Ivory Farmhouse Style Living Room


Curtains: One of the VERY first things I encouraged them to do when I first saw this room was to raise the curtain rods. You guys, I'm usually not one for decor rules and believe you should do what ever makes you happy, BUT if there is one guideline I think everyone should follow, it would be this! General rule of thumb, is to hang the rod anywhere from 4-6 inches above the window frame. You would not believe what a difference it makes! It improves the look of room and adds a small dose of sophistication. In addition, it can help make a small room look bigger. In Jackie's case, their living room is a bit more on the longer and narrow side, and once they tossed a big ol' sectional in there, the room was looking even smaller. They've already started adjusting their rods and couldn't agree more with me! Okay, let me get off my soapbox.

These are the white curtains pictured in the mood board, but I also recommended they look into the RITVA curtains from IKEA as well (which they did and they purchased!) These are by far my FAVORITEST curtains ever. They're amazing quality (a bit surprising for an IKEA item) and are almost linen-like. Plus, you can't beat the price! I use these all over my own house, including just recently in baby girl's blush pink nursery.


Clock: Who doesn't love a good, oversized clock? I thought this cream one would look great above their couch on the wall between their window and kitchen (in the real estate picture, it would be where the two black frames are).

Pillows: Pillows are a great way to add in color, texture, and pattern and since they're fairly inexpensive, they can be changed out for the seasons or whenever you're looking for a fresh look. Jackie noted that she was leaning towards blue-colored accent pieces, specifically aqua (a girl after my heart!) so I ran with it, though I went a bit more teal-ish versus bright aqua in order to keep the room from becoming too much "Tiffany & Co-ish".  The Aztec pillow (which I adore!) will help bring more pattern in and compliments the design on the rug. The knit pillow ups the cozy-factor (which you need on a leather couch!) and the French stripe lumbar pillow again introduces more pattern. Plus, it's fun to mix up the sizes and shapes of your pillows.

cute teal pillow


End Table: Since they were limited on space in this room (and a coffee table, even a round one, was going to be difficult with the layout of their couch and chaise) I thought a slim end table would be the best route for them to go. This way they would still have a spot to set a lamp, remotes, drinks, etc...The wood tones on this table helps bring in some warmth to the room, by breaking up all the black and white.

Lamp: Honestly, there are so many different lamp styles that could work well in here. White lamps, clear glass lamps, the list goes on and on. The texture on the base of this one caught my eye, but apparently I'm a bad blogger and forgot where I sourced it from! Oops!

Console Table: So now let's move to the wall across from the couch where their cable outlet sits (to the right side of the fireplace). So they are considering having the outlet moved, but in the mean time, we discussed different options on how to disguise the cable box. The size of this wall is perfect for a console table and I love, love, love this one. Again, more wood tones (remember everyone is about mixing different tones of wood these days, no need to be matchy-matchy!) and the shelves below, allows for bins, baskets, trunks......In other words, places to hide the cable box!

Baskets: Baskets are life, people! You can hide anything and everything in them, even children. Just kidding! These cute baskets would be a cute way to corral all the things we collect as homeowners on the console table shelves. I mentioned to Jackie they could some how mount the cable box non-conspicuously on the wall behind the baskets or I have seen people actually put cable boxes in baskets and then cut a whole through the back of the basket for the cords. I'm not a cable box expert, so I'm not sure if it would overheat or some other shenanigans, so definitely ask an expert first about this!

Picture Frames: Last but not least, my favorite item I found for the room were these blue and wood tone picture frames. I seriously LOVE these! At the beginning of this process, I had asked Jackie to share her "House" Pinterest boards with me so that I could get a better idea of the types of things she gravitates towards and right away I noticed she liked gallery walls. Not only did she like gallery walls, but the girl loves her some symmetry! Most of the gallery walls she pinned were of frames of all the same sizes, color, and shapes. I don't blame her, they are pretty. To help pull some color to the console table wall, I thought these frames would look gorgeous in a gallery wall above the table. 

blue and wood picture frames

So what do you guys think? They have already started working on this room and I have made Jackie promise to send updated pictures, so we can see how it turns out! Meanwhile, perhaps, I should start working on my living room. I mean it's only been 4 years since we've moved in!

DIY Farmhouse Corner Cabinet

IN YOUR HOUSE, EVERY INCH COUNTS! HERE'S A CHARMING AND FUNCTIONAL WAY TO FILLING IN YOUR HOME'S TRICKY CORNERS WITH A DIY CORNER CABINET.

Ever since that last memorable number in "Dirty Dancing", corners have had a bad rep. Haha...get it?  Awkward angles in homes are even more of a bummer. Decorating them can be a real head scratcher. That's why I'm excited that after two years of plotting, and planning, and scratching my head, we finally have a lovely and functional space in our dining room, and it's all thanks to this corner cabinet we built! That's right, it's done and it's GLORIOUS (if I do say so myself).

So before I dive into oversharing way too many pics of the finished project, let's take a look at this sad, useless corner.

awkward corner space dining room

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Looking pretty lonely, huh? It was definitely too much of an area to leave bare but with a little wood, a little paint, and four cabinet doors, this tricky corner is now the star of the room!

diy corner cabinet ideas

Look what a difference! I'm so, so happy with how it turned out! I always felt our dining room looked unfinished with that empty area, the corner cabinet helps fill the space in nicely and adds so much more character to the room.

Our goal was to try to make the cabinet look like a built-in as much as we could with out ripping out the board and batten and I have to say it turned out better than I had imagined. Yay! Go team!

dining room cabinet ideas

farmhouse corner cabinet




We'll be sharing a full tutorial on how we built this beauty soon, but in the mean time let me continue to swoon over it, okay? For starters, I'm super happy that we were able to have Cabinetdoormart.com custom build the doors to the size we wanted. I specifically wanted our bottom cabinets to be nice and tall for all those awkward and/or large size kitchen gadgets that have a hard time fitting in our other cabinets. It's also nice that we can hide a human in there. Ha! According to Little B, he thinks we made it that size so he could have another hiding spot in the house. I mean, obviously.


white house farmhouse cabinets

My collection of mason jars, almost all family hand-me-downs, brings a pop of color to the glass doors on top. One of the things I noticed right away when perusing Cabinetdoormart.com , was that you have A LOT of options when it comes to picking the kind of door you want for your project. There are designs for everyone, no matter what your decorating style is. You can even have them prime your doors for you! You guys know how much I love me some shortcuts when it comes to our DIY projects!

farmhouse dining room cabinet decor

I like that I have the option to keep the top glass doors open if I want to liven up the room. I'm already looking forward to decorating this corner cabinet for Christmas!

Oh! And here's a close-up of the hardware I went with for the upper cabinet doors. I had narrowed it down to two different types of knobs and was having a hard time deciding which to go with, although my gut was leaning more towards these soft blue and green floral ones. I shared them a few weeks ago in my Instagram stories asking for opinions and these seem to be the popular choice. So here they are, the Prom King and Queen of knobs!

farmhouse cabinet hardware

dining room cabinet ideas diy

I especially love that we built it with our own two hands. Okay, maybe my hands didn't do much building, but I did offer up my muscles here and there.

fake built ins

diy corner cabinet

After a few long months, this almost-forgotten corner is now one of my current favorite spots in the house. I find myself spending more time at the farmhouse table (that we also built!) and I know it's just so I can stare at our new cabinet (or maybe it's because my usual "relaxing" spot on the couch is being taken over by Legos and Lincoln logs right now!) Regardless, they say a happy home is a handmade home, and I couldn't agree more! Here's to another project checked off the to-do list! Phew.


decorating awkward corners in your home

Vintage Strawberry Picnic Birthday Party

And just like that, she's 1! I thought I'd take a break from chatting about decor and share the vintage strawberry picnic birthday party we threw for baby girl last weekend. I can still refer to a one year old as a baby, right? Please say "yes", because I don't think this mama's heart can handle saying good bye to this infant stage quite yet (well, except for the not sleeping part!)

I settled on a vintage picnic theme for Brielle's first birthday about a month ago and then as I started searching for party ideas, the theme quickly started to evolve into a strawberry picnic theme.  I just love how sweet and fun it turned out!

strawberry picnic party ideas