This has been – by FAR – the best project I’ve ever undertaken.
I’m feeling pretty fortunate. After all, it’s not every day that you have the opportunity to work with one of your favourite brands. As a self-professed Urban Barn junkie, I’ve coveted their furniture from the moment we signed the purchase agreement for our home. (In fact, I *think* I actually buggered off work for the rest of the day so I could pop in to a nearby store.) Regardless, when I think of my home, I think of Urban Barn. And my Yoshi Bedroom Set. And my Groove Chair… Lucent Round Damask Mirror… Umbra Wall Clock… City in Motion Collage… Aldo Bar Stools… London Bedding Collection…
(Today, I can add Carradine Leather Sofa Chaise, Strike Coffee Table and Benito Floor Lamp to that list.)
Let’s rewind. If you remember, I posted about my #ProjectLivingRoom a few weeks ago. Essentially, I was looking to breathe life into the room; after my recent Reno-cation, I had rearranged the furniture to make the space more “livable”. Trouble is, I had a few thorns in my side:
A) The light fixture that Ryder has tried to topple 36 times. I’ve always managed to catch him in time, but now that he finally understands he’s not allowed to touch it… the appetite for destruction is alive and well in his little brother (who laughs like a maniac as he tries to bring it down).
B) The shifting glass coffee table from hell. Seriously, it can take someone’s eye out. Again, a B.C. (before children) purchase; we generally have it moved off to the side and balance our drinks on our laps instead.
C) The area rug that doesn’t show dirt. Cause it looks dirty all the time, obviously. Husband loves it – I’d love to leave it on the curb next garbage day. #notmycupoftea
D) The mass-marketed sectional, that has required servicing twice in two years for wear and tear.
But if I get down to the real reason I wanted a makeover, I suppose it comes down to this: all of the above items were purchased in a vain attempt to duplicate a designer living room… while sadly falling short of the mark. However, it’s one thing to emulate a “look”… quite another to match the freakishly high quality and styling of Urban Barn furniture.
This is where the aforementioned “fortunate” part comes in.
When Urban Barn realized that their number one #fangirl was pining away for a new living room, they delivered – brand new furniture, that is.
Yes, they are AWESOME. And so, here it is!
My “After” –
Our new Carradine Leather Sofa Chaise ($3299.00) is much sleeker and visibly less bulky than our old sectional, giving the room an airy, open feel – kind of lofty, no? It lends a touch of modern flair while being comfy and inviting; the perfect place to lounge and watch television with the family. Luxurious in rich chocolate brown leather, the Carradine has minimal steel legs and base frame that adds a touch of shine and a beautiful accent to this piece. Did I mention that it is made of American cowhide leather, has commercial grade seat and back webbing and a close-grain hardwood frame? Oh yeah. It’s quality – and then some.
(Urban Barn furniture carries an enviable warranty – inquire in-store for more information.)
My husband, who is endlessly
arrogant selective when it comes to a couch’s comfort, thought the Carradine to be a no-brainer – looks and lounging rolled into one. In fact, on any given night once the kids are in bed, I can see his feet poking out from the chaise. Couch potato-enabler? Hell yeah.
Speaking of watching television, #ProjectLivingRoom got a much appreciated (and thoroughly awesome) boost from Toshiba, who sent a new 55″ Passive 3D HDTV with LED backlighting and a 3D Blu-ray Player for our enjoyment (and review – to follow!).
More on the awesomesauce that is Toshiba to come.
You may have noticed from the photos above that the “rug that shows no dirt” lives on… much to my husband’s delight. However, I MUCH prefer its new home: our clean sitting area. I say “clean” because it’s usually on-like-Donkey-Kong if anyone but a guest goes near it. I do love how the spotted pattern of the rug makes the white leather chairs pop.
The Strike Coffee Table ($499.00) is my new best friend; easy to clean, made of durable fiberglass, 97% child-proof and stylish as hell. In fact, I had been on the lookout for a kid-friendly coffee table for the last THREE years; both boys managed to draw blood from our older pieces. I love the unique styling (including round indents at the top which jazz it up) and the fact that it fits seamlessly with any decor (‘cept maybe your Nana’s Chesterfield circa 1936). For moms that have been looking for a table that is functional and safe for wee ones, I urge you to stop what you’re doing and grab the Strike coffee table. You will NOT be disappointed.
The Benito Floor Lamp ($199.00) is as described – tall, slim and gorgeous. Much sturdier than our original wobbly lamps, we give it full marks for having a perfectly positioned lamp shade for imparting just the right amount of mood lighting.
Not to be missed: White Fava Leaf Pillows (available in store) and Purple Tira Glasses Vases ($32.00 short; $40.00 tall).
We LOVE our new living room. Gone is the clumpy sectional better suited for a basement than civilized coziness. The entire room has a measured contemporary feel while injecting comfort, practicality and a touch of decorative style.
And that’s truly what Urban Barn is all about; the ideal mix of value, quality and great design.
My profound appreciation to the good folks at Urban Barn who gave this #fangirl the gift of style. With holiday entertaining right around the corner, is it time for your own #ProjectLivingRoom?