One Sofa, Three Ways

Here’s a story: I went to college with the intention of getting my degree in interior design. The semester I was eligible to apply for the program, the university announced they were discontinuing the program. How’s that for bad timing? The silver lining, however, is that through the wonderful world of blogging, I still get to dabble in design now and then. I’ve teamed up with my friends at Wayfair again; and they’ve paid me to come up with a few style boards that feature their new custom upholstery pieces. (Note: while I was compensated to write this post, I handpicked every single item I featured. I’ve been shopping at Wayfair for years…and I’ve always been delighted with my experience). Now that we’ve got that disclosure business out of the way, let’s get onto the fun stuff.

The new line of custom upholstered furniture includes sofas, ottomans, chairs, and more. You can browse here to see what’s available. I chose to feature the Harper sofa because I love the clean lines and the tufted back. I got a little carried away (surprise!) and made not one, but three style boards. So take a look and see what tickles your fancy:

One sofa, three ways

This first board is a big departure for me. I always gravitate to a more eclectic, colorful mix. So I decided to go with something more soft and subtle. I love the way the tailored sofa works with the warm gold and blush colors. Sophisticated, yet still playful.

shopping guide: (chandelier, painting, sofa, mirror, pink pillow, coffee table, gold pillow, lamp, chair, butterfly painting, white tray, gold art print, white side table, rug)

One sofa, three waysThis room is the first I designed. It’s probably the most fitting to my personal style. It’s colorful, casual and comfortable, and not too serious. There is a lot going on here, but common elements of wood and brass mixed with a few neutrals help keep it grounded. I really love industrial lighting right now, and it pairs well with a vintage map hanging on the wall. I also chose to use a bench as a coffee table, and I’m really excited about that. I feel like this room is one that could adapt to fit your latest flea market find as well as your most treasured hand-me-down furniture.

shopping guide: (chandelier, vintage reproduction map, triangle pillow, skull pillow, sofa, stripe pillow, coral pillow, bench/coffee table, white side table, dog figurine, clock, brass lamp, chair, coat rack, rug, houseplant)

One sofa, three waysAnd finally, a more bold, graphic approach. I imagined this one as a bright loft apartment in a bustling city. The best part about black and white is that you can really have fun with patterns and make it work together. I also threw in a few pops of magenta to go along with the great color of the sofa. I like how the sofa here works in a more modern setting with the sleek acrylic coffee table and shiny metallic side table.

shopping guide: (pendant light, tree photograph, painting, ikat pillow, sofa, greek key pillow, acrylic coffee table, ‘i love this place’ pillow, bird figurine, circles pillow, black chair, tripod lamp, rug, orchid, silver end table).

So there you have it. One sofa three ways. Which is your favorite?

The other great news: Wayfair is offering a promo code on all custom upholstery orders now through October 20, 2014. Simply enter code WFCustom10 at checkout.


  1. Alicia December 4, 2014

    I love the first board the most. I like how there are traditional and modern pieces. Pink and gold are perfect together! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of that earlier! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • christina December 9, 2014

      Thanks, Alicia! 🙂


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