My Sectional Fabric Selection

So, after much deliberation and agonization, I have finally made a decision on the fabric for my mammoth sectional that I mapped out at home.   As a refresher, here is the sectional as it appears on the Arhaus website:

While I love the look of a crisp white slipcover, it just isn’t realistic for our family of five with a 100 pound black dog.  But, a big comfy sectional is still a good thing, right?

I had several fabric swatches that I had taken home to mull over, but I wasn’t really feeling the love, you know?  There was one fabric swatch that I had liked in the store, but they didn’t have it for me to take home.   So, I took a picture.

I’m totally digging the herringbone pattern in this fabric.

When I went back to return my fabric samples, I discovered that they had a sofa in the store with the fabric that I had been eyeing.  Being a visual person, it was a gift to see a furniture piece with the fabric on it. 

Sorry for the lame iPhone pics, but it’s all I had.

So, while this isn’t the sofa, I really loved the way the fabric looked.  It has great texture and provides the perfect neutral backdrop to all sorts of throw pillow possibilities.   Some other ideas:

I wanted flexibility and versatility in this furniture piece, and knowing that I can change out the throw pillows for a completely different look, really put my mind at ease with this purchase.  After looking at all of these throw pillows on Etsy, I am positively giddy about my options!  Giddy.

I am breaking out of my comfort zone this time around though. I’m getting an upholstered sectional.  That’s right.  Upholstered.  Not slipcovered.  Eeek!  But, it’s a really durable fabric and with the color variation, it should hide daily wear pretty well.   But still, after living in the Land of Slipcovers, this is a big change for me. 

But, the good news is that I can start making decisions on throw pillows and paint.  Giddy-up.


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    March 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Do you know the name of the Etsy shop you visited? Those pillows are great and I'd love to take a look at her shop. Thanks!

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    modern jane
    March 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I think the fabric is perfect! All those pillows are gorgeous too. I can't wait to see it in the room!

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    A Vintage Vine
    March 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Great decision, on the fabric!!! I like all the pillow inspiration you have….keep us posted!!!

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    March 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Wow, it's funny that they had the exact fabric on a couch there! What a perfect way for you to really see how it'll look! I'm sure it'll look fabulous in your beautiful house!

    Have a great day.

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    March 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Love the sectional and your fabric selection. I really, really want a sectional, I think they are fantastic to have.

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    March 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I can't wait to see the final product, I love the upholstery and pillows. It is going to be beautiful.

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    tale of many cities
    March 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    how fun!! great choice to go w/ neutral.. absolute best solution! 🙂

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    The Starr Family
    March 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I don't believe Arhaus does this, if I recall right, but you should look into having your sofa sprayed with a StainGuard. WE just ordered upholstered dining room chairs and our local furniture boutique is spraying them on site… quite literally you can wipe off stains!! Amazing! For such a big piece, to be used by family, I would definitely look into it!

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