Family-friendly Upholstery Fabrics + Basement Sectional Update

As soon as we were able to clean and organize everything in the basement after our renovation, I turned my focus on a few other projects around the house. Do you ever get tired of focusing on one area of your home for so long that you’re happy to put it on the back burner for a while and tackle something else?

That’s not to say we haven’t enjoyed spending time down there. In fact, our basement family room is used on a daily basis and we’re really appreciating the flexibility it has given us while entertaining, as well as being the perfect solution when I just don’t want to watch another football game and can retreat to our upstairs family room instead.

Now that I’ve had some time to look at the basement with fresh eyes, I’m ready to push forward and make the final decisions for furniture and window treatments. You may remember that I wrote a post way back about some of the sectional sofas we were considering. Well, I discovered a few downsides to some of the fabrics we were looking at, like not being able to spot-clean them or having a tendency to pill quite bad. I had to go back to the drawing board and find a balance between design and function.

At the moment we have it narrowed down to two sectional styles- one with a roll arm by Stylus and another with a square arm by Whittaker Designs. The roll arm is definitely the most comfortable choice, but the square is a nice clean-lined look.

Tofino roll arm sofa by Stylus

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Basement Fabric Considerations

Over the extended Canada Day weekend, I took a bit of a break to spend some time with family and friends. It has been quite a few years since I’ve camped in a tent, but I have to admit it was better than I remembered. It was really nice to get away and not think about trim work, paint, tile, lighting and flooring (can you tell I’m ready for our basement renovation to be over!). We’re nearing the end and I’m happy to report that the Sarah Richardson paint colors I selected are looking gorgeous and I’ll be posting photos soon.

All of the finishes have been selected and ordered (except for the snack bar tile), so I’m focusing my attention on the decorative materials, such as fabric and furniture. I have always been drawn to fabric and usually like it to be the jumping off point for decorating any room. Below are some of the patterns I’m considering. Not only do I like the look of these fabrics, but most are cotton and/or linen and the hand is beautiful. (Note: the colors are quite a bit different than what appears on your screen.)


Windsor Smith Home Collection{PELAGOS- Windsor Smith Home Collection}

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Shopping for a Sectional Sofa

As mentioned earlier this week, I’ve turned my focus to finalizing selections for our basement renovation. Basically the plan is to create a large media room and storage room, as well as a finished hallway with doors leading to a potential bedroom and bathroom. We’ve opted not to install the bathroom or finish the bedroom because we don’t require the extra space for just the three of us. However, we do plan on building in the next few years, so we wanted to make sure a bathroom and bedroom could easily be finished if the need was there for a potential buyer.

The main piece of furniture in the media room will be a sectional sofa. For the size of the room, it just makes sense to maximize seating, as well as provide the all-import comfort factor. After visiting my sister over Easter, I realized just how much I liked cuddling up with everyone watching TV and the extra sleeping space it provided.

There are a few things I’ve had to consider while sourcing a sectional. Because we have a wrap-around staircase, there are restrictions to what will actually fit down the stairs. In addition, we want a style that is comfortable, but still classic in design. Lastly, the fabric needs to be as durable and stain proof as possible. It is a TV room and, as my son says, “There will be spills. I’m only human!” He’s right and it could very well be me.

Here are some of the options we’re considering: 

{Stylus Metro}

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