Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mocha sectional and other stuff

Boy, oh boy! DBF sectional is here, it really fulfilled all my fears (big, bulky, etc), and to make matters worse  we got the wrong configuration delivered. See, "we" had planned for the sectional to be positioned against the wall, with the smaller section coming out a bit to the right, instead we got, small section against the wall and the longest part to the right, totally blocking the openest that I love about the room. When the delivery people left us I just froze and when DBF finally asked my opinion I threw the  biggest tantrum ever, I started to cry as if I was a 5 years old which barbie doll was just taken away, I was panicking and it was not joke.

P: why are you crying
Me: I hate it - silence - cry - sobs... I really hate it
P: silence
Me: I hate it
P: I hate it too
Me: sobs - crying - tears - tons of tears and sobs... What are we going to do now?
P: I don't know

With that, I went and sat by the kitchen to try to calm down, things were bad already so why make it worse?  As the day went by, in between having friends help install a new storm door and making phone calls to see if we could exchange it, the sectional was moved in different angles until DBF came out with the below configuration, things were starting to look better.

Cute throw right? But unfortunately it doesn't match,
back to HomeGoods I go

The new set-up makes sense, the TV will be right across the wall, in the center and that way people wont have to turn their heads to the left to look at the TV; the room is now not as cluttered as it was looking with that big thing blocking the path to the kitchen and to be realistic, I will never get away with having a more modern, smaller piece of furniture in there, DBF has the word in the family room, is his space, so I just have to adjust.

That same night I went on a trip to HomeGoods, which from now on I will just call HG, to pick up a few pillows and I found these two beauties, (sequin and Chevron), the other one I had previously ordered for another room, but now it matches perfectly in the family room, so he is staying there. I was convinced about the Chevron $7 find, the sequin one I was almost positive it was going back to the store, I only purchased it because I just loved it and it was in the clearance corner for $30.  I really thought DBF was not going to like it, and I also thought that the $30 price tag was a bit excessive for a clearance pillow; until I got home, did some research and found the same brand and style for the economic price of $200, sighs... keeper!

The next day we went to Ikea to look at some units which will be used for the build-in and then I found these other pillows, I am not too sure about them yet.

I really wish our pictures would have true colors, and will not be as burned by the light as the picture above, as "good" as the iPhone camera is, it doesn't work for the purpose. I don't have a professional camera but I do have a good quality point and shoot, which is lost somewhere inside a box in the garage, but I have asked DBF to bring his from work, so I promise best pictures from now on.

Here you can see more of the "true" colors

 Just in case you are wondering where the floor lamp came from, I went to Target looking for lamp shades to replace the one we already have, but came back home with a new lamp instead, I like the idea of the shelves, it gives me more accessorizing space.

While at Ikea we picked up the tiny glass desk, and put in a corner in the family room, since DBF is in there most times watching TV, I just set up my little working nook there. The chair was a find a few years ago, I got it at a "Props for Today" sale; is a place that rents props for movies and sitcom productions, they sell their inventory every now and then, so I thought it was cool to own a piece of furniture that was used in a TV show.

Well, you didn't think there would not be a reuse in the room, did you? I feel in love with the "I don't know what it is" - I went to the back of the Thrift store to pick up a piece of furniture and there it was, in someone's hands, I started gravitating towards it when I hear a voice ask me, do you want it? I woke up from my dream and I asked, what? the nice gentlemen explained to me that he was just there dropping it off but he will give it to me if I wanted it, the BIG smile on my face, until the store manager realized she was about to lose a few bucks, came to me, took it from my hands and told me that if I wanted it I would have to pay for it, can you believe her nerve?? I do not like confrontations so I asked the "devil" dressed as a lady, how much she would want for it, and she just walked away. Excuse me? I yelled and her answer was, I cant tell you, when they price it it will be in the floor so wait for it if you want it. (insert eye roll in here)

 The nice gentlemen apologized and started telling me more about the piece: He got it from some friends as they were going to put it in the garbage, it was hand made some time ago, he was not sure how long ago, but he told me he was using it in his house and just bought some new furniture and since it is hand carved wood, he would rather to donate it instead of it going in the garbage, I agreed. Then I made my mother wait for me in the car while I ran to the front of the store to make sure the "lady" wouldn't just keep it, I scored it for $19.00, a lot if you consider I got a dinning table for $25, but I was not about to be defeated by that "lady" I know she priced it so I will not take it. I WON!

I am using my thrifty find as a stand for my plants, which were another great find at Lowes, holiday clearance. I just white - spray painted the planters. 

 The family room is looking better now, Tino supervised and he agrees, there is still more work to do but as it  is now, I am liking it...  and talking about Tino, do you remember I have two cats? Piscin is not interested in decoration at all, that is the reason she is never in the pictures.

My headache, AKA sectional is comfortable and there are pictures to prove it, I am happy about the way is coming out, after all  is the family room, where most of our time at home is going to be spent, it should be about comfort more than looks, don't you agree? 

Next we need to work in a unit for the TV, the fireplace and accessorizing the room too, but that would be a total new post. 

Until next time,



  1. I am glad that you were able to make the best of the situation, I like the contrast of the colors (Sectional to walls) yet why if you both hated it so much(if that's the case) cant you return it? Was it a mistake on your part? Will they charge you a restocking fee? Is it a matter of how to take it back? It's hard to imagine any store nowadays that doesnt offer a decent return policy EVEN in the event that you ordered the wrong item. Just curious.

    1. I hated the sectional and the fact that it didn't fit, DBF hated the fact at it didn't fit and the configuration but he loves the sectional, after we moved it around we were both happy with it, well, he is happy with it, I am happier than before. That is the one he likes so is going to be that one no matter what, just a different configuration, also, after careful consideration we agreed the final set up is better than the "original" configuration with part of the sectional not facing the TV. Thank you for reading and for the comment. Sobe

  2. Sorry to see your troubles, but your family room is now more original!!! Sometimes things happen to become a blessing in disguise!