Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Arhaus. All words and opinions are honest and my own.
It’s here, it’s here!! Well, if you follow my Instagram Stories, you know it’s been here for a couple of weeks, but I wanted to get Christmas cleaned up before I took pictures of the new sectional and shared it here on the blog.
Back in the fall, I ordered the Outerbanks Sectional from Arhaus in a beautifully textured blue & cream checked fabric (called Ponder Lakeland) and it was delivered just a few days after Christmas. Leading up to the delivery, I had the usual doubts that come with ordering such a substantial, cornerstone piece off of the Internet. Would the check be too busy? Would the sofa be quality and comfortable? Despite measuring, would it fit in the space? Would it fit through the front door???
I’ve ordered pieces through Arhaus before, so I felt pretty confident about the quality, but I still felt anxious. The day of delivery finally arrived and it was able to make it through our front door, it did fit great in the space, the check looked amazing, and it was even more comfortable and a higher quality than I thought it would be.
So, let me start with the delivery. I’ve had a few pieces of furniture delivered over the years and the people Arhaus uses to deliver their pieces are top-notch. They are careful, considerate, and make sure you’re happy with the placement of the piece before they leave. One of the gentlemen even remembered he had delivered an Arhaus piece to my home before.
And then, the sofa…I sat down on one section while they were carrying in another piece and I couldn’t help but smile. The cushion made that soft crunch that only down does, but it was also supported by foam. The softness and cushion of down with the structure of foam – the best of both worlds.
I was also thrilled with every detail…the turned legs, the nailhead trim, the piping, and the challenging checked pattern was lined up perfectly. It is truly a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. As someone who does upholstery, I am in awe.
Even the places that can sometimes be awkward, like where the corners meet in the back, were neat and sharp.
Oh, and that fabric!! I was nervous about having such a bold print on such a large piece, but it is perfect. It looks traditional but makes a statement.
I also wasn’t sure if I would like the lower arms, but they are comfortable (especially with the addition of a pillow to lean on) and I like that they add a hint of formality. This is our living room and I didn’t want bulky rolled arms.
The comfort is something I don’t just want to mention in passing. This sofa is seriously comfortable and I’m not the only one in the house who thinks so. The boys were sitting on it as the delivery guys were still bringing in pieces and putting it together. When Jeff first sat on it, he raised his eyebrows and said, “Wow.” The prized spot is the corner where you can cozy up to the back cushions and put your legs out. We often sit on the sofa together as a family, playing a game or just hanging out and it’s perfect.
The sofa came with three throw pillows that are beautifully made as well. Sometimes pillows that come with a sofa seem like a “throwaway” bonus filled with cotton batting and made out of random fabric. These are full, yet soft, and are as well-made as the sectional.
I ended up using the pillows that came with the sofa on the bergere chairs flanking the fire and I love how they look there.
The thing I like best, though, is how well it works in the entirety of the living room and the adjoining rooms. Over a year ago, I upholstered some craigslist chairs in the same fabric, so there were already pieces in the space that would match perfectly. But, would it prove to be too much buffalo check? Is there even such a thing??
But, it’s perfect. It’s obviously intentional, but it doesn’t feel overdone, especially since there are other patterns introduced.
I think another key to the buffalo check working so well is that there are plenty of quiet spaces in the room, so the eye isn’t overwhelmed. The built-ins, for example, are monochromatic, and the walls are a quiet color. Despite using pattern on the focal point and the curtains, it doesn’t look busy.
When decorating a room, I like to take a balanced approach…save money in most places and splurge on a few things. I can save money by sewing my own curtains, DIYing all the paint, and buying the majority pieces secondhand, like the $50 craigslist dresser. Then, I can splurge on one or two quality new pieces, like a custom-made sectional that can be used for decades. (Just to point out, this sofa was a part of my collaboration with Arhaus, but I have purchased things from them as a customer following that same principle.)
In other posts, I’ll share more about the pillows and that yummy fringed throw on the sofa as well as a list of some other things I’d like to do in this room.
Until then, do you have any questions about the sectional that I didn’t answer in the post?