Patience is one of those virtues I struggle with. When Sweet Miss was little, we had this crazy book she loved in which the main character yells “I want them when I want them, and I want them now.” Now that doesn’t look pretty coming from a two-year-old, and it looks even worse on someone my age.
But back in October, we placed an order for some furniture, and we’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting. We ordered through Room and Board, and they had this great deal where they’d deliver everything for just $75. We live in the middle of nowhere; we were ordering a lot of pieces; it was a no brainer. Pay the 75 bucks and wait patiently.
But when one of the pieces was on back order, that meant we had to wait for all of the pieces.
Oh but it’s been such a long time. We bought our couch when Sweet Miss was in kindergarten, and now she’s 20. In order to actually have enough furniture to sit on, we’ve been making use of the leather pieces the people before us left behind. It kind of creeps me out to be using all this random furniture from the former owners. I just keep telling myself it was like a really cheap garage sale.
Finally, Friday was the big day. Me and the MR cleared the great room so it looked like a barren wasteland.
OK, maybe it wasn’t totally barren. We left a few plants, the little side tables I bought from Dania and West Elm, and the rug, so Little Buddy had somewhere to lay down (he’s picky that way). We also shoved some rather large, random pieces of furniture into corners here and there.
A little after lunch, I received a phone call, and before you could blink your eyes, our great room was transformed. That “white glove” delivery service is amazing. They put all the furniture exactly where I wanted it and took away all the cardboard, plastic, and styrofoam.
That would be shock registering on Cocoa’s face. We received two couches, two ottomans, two coffee tables, and six chairs, and I was hoping it would look fabulous.
To be honest, I was excited about each and every piece of furniture, but I was also just a little hesitant. What this room needed was a little bit of softness, a bit of color, a little life. A few pillows and a fur throw later, and I breathed a sigh of relief. This was home.
We bought two coffee tables, and set them side by side facing opposite directions. I was worried that the floor wouldn’t be totally flat–it’s not. The MR has added some paper shims under one corner, and once the carpet we ordered arrives, the floor should be much more even.
I like how the interior designers we are working with have successfully created rooms within rooms. This is the perfect place to wrap up in a blanket with a good book and a cup of tea. And the swivel chair can turn to be part of the rest of the room or turn the other way to talk to the person on the computer in the office area.
Me and the MR have always snuggled on the couch when we watched a show on TV, but with the addition of this chair and ottoman, I may be left on my own.
I have to be honest, I haven’t been joining him on the couch in the mornings this weekend. Instead, I’ve been opting for the oh-so-fancy chaise.
After our new furniture arrived, I realized we were missing a few pieces. Some side tables somehow have fallen through the cracks. No worries, they’ll be here soon. Our custom rugs for the great room and upstairs should be here in the next few weeks, and our new media console is arriving tomorrow.
Before you know it, we’re going to have this house all together. Scale-wise, I think we’re going to have to redo some of the pillows and other accessories, but I’m not ready to do that until we have the carpet in. If it’s really loud, we may want to go with more soothing accessories, and if it’s a little subtle we may need more color. When we painted our last house, we realized a small swatch of color really doesn’t give you the feel for how it’ll all turn out.
The small carpet sample looked great.
I just can’t wait to see it all in place.
We still have the dining room table we bought when I was pregnant with Baby Girl–yes, that would be 18 years ago. And if we buy a new table, we’ll probably have to get new chairs, and the bar stools would be so much more convenient if they swiveled…
I guess our furniture hunt is continuing, but for now, we’re oh-so happy with how far we’ve come.
How was your weekend? Were you super surprised that the Seahawks came back and won? Headed to the Super Bowl two years in a row–AMAZING!