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Living Room Style with Arhaus®

24 Jan


living room: a room in a residence used for the common social activities of the occupants.


And we also know it’s so much more when you are decorating the space!  Usually it reflects the owner’s vision of the space where there are so many ideas and choices to set up this very important room in a home.

Recently asked, if I had been given a furniture item, what would be the style, the mood that would accommodate a beautiful living room.  Not just any furniture item, but from Arhaus!  One of my favorite stores; their sophisticated lines are beautiful in all categories for the home and their showrooms are spectacular!

Since 1986, Arhaus®  has been designing home furnishings!  Beautiful, high quality and so unique!  The company takes their customers seriously and ensures the Arhaus® furnishing meets their high quality standards.

What is the furniture choice? A sectional sofa!  Sectional sofas are meant to have seating without the feeling of restraints of designated seating with style.  There is nothing wrong with a beautiful sofa or a love seat; however sectional sofas give added room and allows the circumference of a room to be fully used when required for that extra seating.

When first introduced,  many thought the sectional sofa was for the lower level of a home; where a game room or bar might be!    Well that’s all changed and Arhaus®’s designers have a beautiful line of sectional sofa’s, over forty-two!  I’d reviewed each description and the steel suspension construction is so welcomed; quality at it’s best!  So it was very, very  hard to choose which one, but I think I got it!

My choice is Darrow, a crescent shaped sectional sofa!  I’d choose this style for it gave me ideas in a living room that would be peaceful,  a Feng-Shui scenario with a modern touch.    This sectional has three options; either 119″, 148″ or 152″, so if a living room could not hold the three sections, the 119″of two sections would comfortably fit in standard size living room.

Arhaus® Darrow Sectional with Design Choices by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

Arhaus® Darrow Sectional Sofa with design styles by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

Now, let’s dove in my excitement of my choices:

  • Arhaus® provides the Darrow sectional sofa in eight beautiful colors; however I was drawn to their custom colors.  One in particular, it’s name is Taranto Blue.  The fabric has look of a herringbone style pattern; which is quite attractive.
  • The paint, I’ve chosen Benjamin Moore’s Feather Gray to be the accent color in the room.  While the wallpaper choice is a shimmer of gold and a luster of gray by Fabricut.
  • Then there’s this gorgeous hand-knotted contemporary rug name Yiska, also by Arhaus® ; it also plays with the color scheme chosen.  It gives the look of reflected water.
  • Keeping with the curve pattern dimensions from the Darrow sectional sofa, I chose this electic Trocadero Kidney brass cocktail table by designer Jonathan Adler.  The table is covered in a pieced and lacquered inky charcoal goatskin and adorned with three, inset sand-cast brass medallions.
  • Next is a tall floor lamp. Also brass; with clear Lucite accents by Savafieh.  And yes, I would use two floor lamps in the far corners of the room (opposite the main window in the living room that allows sunlight to stream in).
  • For accent pieces, it can be limitless in ideas.  I chose white vases of different heights and shapes – giving some crispness.  As for greenery, little cacti plants to place throughout the room.  To scent the room, fresh flowers like colorful peonies, hydrangea and mulberries.
  • Lastly, a 3 panel painting of an inviting Buddha head that can be placed on the living room wall to also tie in the curveness of the Darrow sectional sofa and the color hues selected.

This was a pleasure to do!! You can get great ideas for your home.  Take a moment to view Arhaus®’s website, there’s something for everyone! Arhaus…your home!


letia Mitchelll 403 Letia 🙂

Reference of choices: Arhaus®, Jonathan Adler, Fabricut , West Elm, and Savafieh.

Tropical Feel Style Decor – Why Not!

2 Jan

Yesterday while speaking to one of the guests at a party I was attending, Karen indicated that she had finally decided to have a mature apartment!  Gone are her college days mentally and now wants to have place which still says her, but more mature!

She said that she went to a store the other day; where she was completely lost; she wants a tropical feel  <loves the style; since taking a trip this past summer> – but not so that it commands the room!

When thinking of tropical, I think of linen, cool color palette, leafy plants and touches of wicker in retrospect.   So I’ve looked at various photos and sent her a couple of photos for some ideas!


I told her the photos could be used as a guide!   Slipcovers for her sofa if she didn’t want to buy a new sofa, change of her color palette on the walls, plants and some cool accessories for the room, could give her the room she wants.

Her budget is modest, so I’d pointed to my go to website, www.overstock.com by typing the word ‘tropical’ in the search engine, a lot of nice items will be returned!

I received a reply note on this wintery morning, with a lot of THANK YOU’s!  I think now she is on the right track!  Isn’t it wonderful to be thinking tropical in the winter months!  To have this feel all year round is a such a great idea.

You know my motto, Enjoy your space …Enjoy your Life! 🙂

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

Photos courtesy of Houzz! 

Living Room Furniture! Do You Have Space? Are You Sure?

6 Feb

Part 2 of “Does It Go Great Together” series.  Today, we are going to talk about space!   Yes, space!  How many times have you’ve looked at furniture in a furniture store, bought it and when you got home, you were second guessing yourself.

Or better yet, there have been times when delivered, the furniture barely fit into your space?   This has happened not only to you, but many people.  Hating themselves for not knowing and now rearranging has to be done in the room<go ahead, squeeze by!>.

So, what are you doing wrong?  Nothing really.   When buying furniture; you have to remember the display floor is huge and every furniture collection has been given an allocated amount of space, to give you the appearance that the furniture could fit in your home.

This is why the measurement tags are not readily seen, now they are there!  However, the last thing the salesperson would want you to do, is leave to go back home to measure.   The salesperson may bring you to a computer, access their design software and even outline the room to help you; showing you that your choice would definitely work.   Not every furniture place has this, so you will have some apprehension on what to do.

Loveseat, sofa  <some say couch>, chair and coffee table, all available in a package deal! This would be perfect you say, because you are getting a great price! Hey, all the pieces are included.

But, its about space too! Will it fit in your livingroom, do you need all four pieces?   You want your livingroom to be inviting; not having the crowded effect.  I particularly do not like buying all the furniture pieces to be of the same suite.  I do mix it up a little, using different styles with a compliment factor.  No matter what your preference is, before you buy living room furniture, do have your information at hand:

  1. Take full measurements of room  (e.g.  11′ w x 17 ‘ 3 ”).
  2. note how many full walls (no windows,  no doors, etc.)
  3. note how many electrical outlets are available.
  4. note how many lighting fixtures are permanent in the room (e.g. chandlier, etc. or none).
  5. is there a fireplace, focal window or flat screen TV for one of the walls considered not a full wall.

Then there’s the decision-making:

  • Determine if the furniture style fits your lifestyle?  (children, no children, pets, roommate, etc).
  • For the not full walls, either the sofa should be placed opposite or diagonally.  This will make the window, fireplace or flat screen TV the focal point.
  • A sofa is usually 8 ft long, so measure and dependent on your room size, you will definitely be able to decide if the scale is too large.  This gives you the option to either select a sofa not that long, opt for a love seat only or use sectional pieces to get a comfortable space.   Please also repeat sitting and rising from the sofa.  If it is hard to rise, then you will need a sturdier sofa.  If you are particularly crawling out the sofa, this would mean it’s too soft and the height of the sofa is too low for the average person!  You definitely do not want to keep lending a hand or have a person keep leaning towards the person sitting next to them each time they want to get up! 🙂
  • The loveseat is optional, if included, it may not fit the scale of the room.  Or it may be needed for rooms that are rather large (e.g. great rooms), you have to decide.
  • The loveseat can also be used, rather than the sofa – if you are looking for a smaller scale (city apartments).
  • Review all legs of the furniture, will it add height or will it be too low?  Measure all doorways to ensure the furniture can be delivered, legs can be removed – however the sofa size is the deal breaker when it can’t fit through a doorway.
  • The coffee table should be 2 ft. from the sofa and fit the scale of the sofa.

Chairs can be used to balance the room, if there is space.  If needed,  it should be either placed next to the sofa or the other side of the coffee table being used.

If you feel the room will seem empty, this is where accessories  (vases, lamps, end tables) come in.

Area rugs too, will finalize the space – now the scale of the furniture is defined. This is where decorators come in, it’s call finishing!

The pictures show just a few furniture styles.  There are so, so many styles of furniture and your choice should be something you are happy with and will enjoy!.   If you need more time to make your decisions, by all means do so.  Take your time!

Manufacturers release their new furniture collections in January, so the previous year will be on sale until around March!  They have to make floor room for the samples!  And speaking of samples,  if a you find a floor sample that is in good condition or there is a close-out, please also consider for purchasing;  this also gives some savings to go towards buying accessories.  Negotiate!!!!!!

If you are not buying furniture, some of the guidelines above can help you rearrange your existing furniture too!  And PEOPLE, slip covers are fashionable!!!

Letia 🙂

? lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com

Photos by Better Homes & Garden® & Shabby Chic Designs®

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