Karlstad update

Could it be true? YES!!! We are the proud owners of a Karlstad sofa, holla!!!! So exciting!

I talked about our idea to go ahead and purchase the Karlstad in this post here. Since then we have purchased, put together and dreamed up a new living room!

Here’s where we’re at so far:

 

And what a HUGE improvement the new sofa is!

Our living area is looooooooong and narrow. Our sofa we’d been using was uncomfortable, dated, brown, and too small. It also seemed too big for the space even though it was a normal size sofa. We decided to go with the Karlstad for many reasons but style was #1. With this sofa we could go larger without the bulk. The low profile of this sofa is perfect for our narrow space, giving the illusion that our room is taller than it really is. We also had a lot of layout options, from traditional L sectional sofa, to love seat and everything in between (like chaise loungers added to a love seat, such a great idea!).

Now that we have the sofa in place, a few things are looking a bit out of place. For example, the coffee table is too big and needs to go. The rug is beautiful but doesn’t look good with the color of the new sofa, need to do something there.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

#1.  An Arc Lamp!! I dream of an arc lamp and have been for like ever! Ohhhhh, I just love this lamp. I want one that arches waaaaay over the sofa, giving the space some dimension and drama. This may be a big purchase and therefore something I may not have for a while, but that’s all right, I’ll wait (boo-boo).

#2.  Tree stump tables. We (the hubby and I) can totally make these. I am thinking three of them in the center of the Karlstad, instead of the current black coffee table. Three tree stumps at slightly different heights. Maybe even paint one (or all of them) gold! I love the tree stumps and our home backs the national forest, so finding a few tree stumps should be a fairly easy task!

#3.  Laptop side table. These nifty little creates are so great on so many levels! They are simple, clean lined furniture with a modern flare (yippee), they serve multiple purposes: side table, center table, foot rest, work station, etc. Versatile is the best word to describe these tables. And this one is on sale here at CostPlus for $69. A total must have. Plus, it will fit under the sofa and move wherever needed!

#4.  My treasured Kilim rug that I purchased a few months ago (see more on that purchase here). It’s been sitting in our master bedroom but deserves the spotlight of the living room. I am madly in love with this rug. It makes me smile, I really just can’t say enough about this fabulous rug and I think it will look perfect in the living room with the new sofa!

#5.  I’d like to build a floating drawer shelf under the TV. Something modern, super simple and streamline. A floating shelf with drawer to hold the wireless keyboard and mouse and the TV remote.

I love the new sofa and am looking forward to pulling this room together – just need a little patience, time, money, and skills…. Super exciting!

Karlstad anyone?

Okay, okay… before I even start this post I have to fess up. I was really IN LOVE (you know, the teenage, 1 month romance that I thought would last forever, that type of love) with the Darrin sofa from this post here.

I still really like the sofa, I love the style, the color, etc… but when it came down to it, we have decided that we need something bigger, like a sectional. Okay, so not just a sectional but a low back, clean lined, AFFORDABLE sectional.

As you’ve probably already guessed, we have decided to go with the Karlstad. To be exact, we have measured out our space and the love seat with two chaises will be our pick.

source: IKEA

After following YHL for a few years and loving their style and most of their design choices, the hubs and I decided to go to IKEA and check out their sofa selection (YHL has a huge Karlstad sectional and they really like it). To our surprise, we loved the Karlstad. It has a 10 year warranty and it’s just around $1000 for a big sofa WITH the slip cover. And might I add that I love the idea of being able to change out the slip cover if we want to change up our look.

Some thing I didn’t like about the Karlstad were the pine legs and there are a lot of them! It was a little overwhelming. I’d like to add some sweet, contemporary legs to the sofa eventually. Something like these:

source: https://www.etsy.com/listing/67567677/sofa-legs-ikea-karlstad

Or there are these metal legs that IKEA sells separately but made specifically for the Karlstad sofa, so these may be of interest too… just not sure yet. We shall wait and see how the couch looks in our living room and then go from there. Looks like we are 99% on board to purchase this sofa (holla!).

Here are some insperation pictures of Karlstad in other homes:

source: northstory.ca

source: Apartment Therapy

source: younghouselove.com

source: delikatissen.com

source: door sixteen.com

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