Tuesday, March 27, 2012


The other day we were invited to a friend's house in the countryside, about 25 minutes from Vienna.  It was a beautiful area and our friends have an equally beautiful house, which they have been renovating for a number of years.  With the kitchen and baths updated, they're now working on the living room decor.  Of course, I wanted to hear all of their plans.  One thing that struck me was that she was looking to incorporate a sectional.  Most people I know have strong feelings about sectionals, one way or the other.  Personally, I like them provided they don't overwhelm the space.  They make a lot of sense for family rooms and can make a room feel super cozy and intimate.  Lets take a look at what I mean:

Source: cecyj.com via Fran on Pinterest

This first image is very, very similar to (though a bit smaller than) our friend's living room.  They have hardwood floors, exposed beams, white walls, a large window on the far wall, etc.  I think this sectional really works here.  

Source: cecyj.com via Fran on Pinterest

I like how sectionals can be used to frame the focal point in the room - in this case, the fireplace and television.

Source: decorpad.com via Fran on Pinterest

I like how the velvet fabric really ups the "cozy factor" for this sectional.

Here, the sectional helps frame the conversation area.

This Pottery Barn picture is gaining a lot of steam on pinterest.  Since I pinned it, it has been repinned 21 times.  I added it because of its neutral color.  However, the room is too beigy for my taste and in my opinion, needs more contrast.

Love love love this room!  Though I just endorsed neutrals ... don't be afraid to go for the color (especially if you have kids).  It will hide the dirt.  I love this color palette: eggplant with the burnt orange.
Source: cecyj.com via Fran on Pinterest

Check out the lucite legs on this one, a very nice custom touch.  Have you heard about Pretty Pegs?   They offer different types of legs to update your Ikea furniture.  Pretty cool.

So, what sectional camp are you in?  Did you like these examples?


  1. I love sectionals if they are clean-lined and tailored. I really like the one in the last photo and the tufted one. Our family loves the sectional in our living room because everyone has a spot :) I think the mistake people often make is buying a giant, floppy, overstuffed sectional with rolled arms and puffy cushions that totally dominates their space. As you pointed out, scale is really important in regards to sectionals. Great post!

  2. I'm a fan of sectionals and agree with the comment above - I think they should be clean-lined and tailored (with a lower back!) or else they can just take over! That purple velvet sectional is amazing, and I normally don't like purple OR velvet so it must be something! :)


  3. When I saw your recent pins, I knew a sectional post was eminent! We have a sectional down in a basement room and it works there. I think in the right space they're great. It's funny, a new client of mine has a sectional and wants a different coffee table (hers is currently rectangular and she feels it's hard to maneuver around and I agree). I've suggested a couple of oval coffee tables but all your inspiration pics have rectangular or square tables or ottomans. Interesting.

  4. I could absolutely see buying a sectional at some point. I'd love to sit all cozied up on a sectional with my family watching some dumb kid movie together. :)

    Love the room you love too --- very Ashley Putnam, wouldn't you say? And of course, Sheryl Crow's home in AD gets me every time. It's the Spanish Mediterranean influence with the neutrals and contrast I love so much!

  5. That first room is absolutely gorgeous! It's funny how I used to be so anti-sectional, but I think stylewise they have come a long way and I now really feel they work so well for some spaces/functions that they cannot be ignored. What I love too is that they're not just for big rooms. The smaller sectionals can be so perfect for providing maximum seating in small spaces, and they're so cozy too!