Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hearth Area Improvements

For my next project, I decided to tackle my hearth area because we spend  a lot of time in that area (it's part of our kitchen).  When we moved, the only furniture I placed in the area was a couch and chair from our previous home... and it has remained unchanged for several months. (Except I did do a subtle glaze over the white enameled surround...not shown here as this shot was taken before). I have this malfunction of being very indecisive, hesitant and sometimes even paralytic when it comes to making decorating decisions.  I think I am afraid of making a mistake.  Here are some pics of the area.  

One of the hardest things for me to choose are area rugs, so when I found one I liked, it helped me feel more comfortable in regard to making other purchases for the area. I loved the pattern, the colors of the rug and I thought it went well with my floor tile. 

My next purchase was a cocktail table.  I chose this one because it was kind of rustic, a little chunky and went well with the dining set in my kitchen.  I also loved the faux burl top (can't see well in the pic).  

I also purchased a leather chair and ottoman (50 % off)...Yeah!!!! I wasn't sure if the hearth could accomodate the ottoman, but the pieces came as a set.  I think it will be fine.  The chair is super-soft and comfortable. I also loved the nail head trim and the curves.

Finally, my FAV piece is the new sofa.  I think it is GORGEOUS.  It has some seriously beautiful fabrics on the the body, the seat cushion and pillows.  It also has embossed leather arms, nail head trim, twisted rope trim, bamboo carved wood at the base and claw shaped feet....AHHH. 
AND.... the seat cusion is reversible.  Below is a picture of the other seat fabric.  It is almost like having two sofas.  The pillows are reversible also.  The second pillow from the left in the above picture is in the same position below, but I flipped it over.

Here is a shot of the damask fabric that is on the sides and back of the piece.  Like one of the seat cushion fabrics, it is a raised crushed velvet. I am not very talented photographer so the the pictures don't do it justice. (The flash sort of distorts the color, but if I turn off the flash, too much detail is lost).  I am sure this sofa is not for a lot of people, but I am in such serious love, I think I am going to do my next post just on the sofa... bear with me. :)

Here are some other views.  

I still have more to do in the area, but at least this is a start.


  1. Ooooh! I love your room! It looks so warm and rich. JUST my style. I wanna come curl up on your sofa. :)

  2. Sister that couch is amazing!!!! what a beautiful room!

  3. That is one unique sofa. I'm lovin' the leather chair, I'll take it if you ever tire of it :). Feel free to link up to Fabric Fun Thursday, too, if you like with that wicked-awesome sofa.

  4. Lori I poked thru your whole site and loved every bit of it. Thanks for checking out my chicken, your witty comeback was priceless. Thanks for the giggle.

  5. Lori, I've been looking for a chair exactly like that! Would you be willing to tell me where you got it?

  6. Your sofa is the most gorgeous sofa - ever!! =)

  7. What a gorgeous room! I love those floors. I've been contemplating putting porcelain floors in my family room and now that I've seen yours I'm even more convinced!

  8. I so love that sofa. I have a leopard sofa I purchased from Craigslist and my husband thought it was ugly. lol Now he sits on it all the time and says how nice it looks in the room. Great job! I have to ask....Where did you find it?

  9. OMGosh! That couch is sssswwweeeett!!!! I love, love, love it!!!! Where did you find it??

  10. Love your kitchen, the chandeliers in the kitchen are gorgeous, Wow to able to cook in there!!, far better than Cedar Creek.
    Great taste in the sofa and chair. Your home is magnificent.

  11. Love the sofa, could you please share where you got it...

  12. Mary, I bought the sofa at "Seville Home" in Kansas City, Mo. It is manufactured by a company named Paul Robert (, which has independent dealers nationally (and I believe internationally).