It’s been a little over a year since we’ve moved into our current house and I swear I feel like I’m always doing some sort of decorating. With as many moves and houses that we’ve lived in, I’ve learned that decorating isn’t something that just comes over night.. or at least not for me. Our living area for the past year has somewhat been neglected. It’s a spacious, open room, that connects to quite a few other spaces in the house and it’s been a tricky one to put together. The seating has been a little tough to figure out, as well as the layout. We noticed that we kept not having enough seats when guest would come over so we decided to add another sofa to the space. So yes, we now have two sofas in our living room and it actually solved our little seating and layout problem.
When we decided on a second sofa I knew it had to be budget friendly, something other than leather, and strong/washable enough to withstand two little boys. I didn’t really want to go to a traditional sofa store to find one and we were on a tight budget. After searching online with no luck and a late night trip to ikea, we ended up with their Ektorp sofa and I LOVE it!My first thoughts on the Ektorp were kinda meh. I knew it was a popular couch and insanely budget friend ($300), but I really didn’t care for the colors that it came in. What I did like about it was that I could wash everything and that it was SUPER comfortable. Like not too soft, not too hard ,but just right. So we got it home, super easy to assemble, totally worked (size wise) for the space, but the cushion covers were STILL getting to me. I ended up with the standard beige color, but with the room being completely white, the couch just needed something…With that being said, I turned to the good ole internet in search of a cover for this sofa and came across the mothership of all Ikea sofa covers… BEMZ. So Bemz makes covers specifically for Ikea sofas and they are to die for. Linen, velvet, cotton, you name it, they have it… and they also come in a ton of great colors and patterns. I really wanted to bring some subtle color to the room or maybe a fun pattern so after receiving a few fabric options in the mail to choose from (which was a hard decision!) we ended up choosing the one below… Vreten Pinstripe in Silver Grey. It’s a perfect color, striped (which I LOVE) and Jacob and I both agreed on it. I paired it with the Marine – Brena Lino and it is total perfection!
These covers are all made to order so it will be a few weeks until I receive it and I can’t wait. I feel like it will be such a fun staple piece in the room that kid friendly and looks great! I will keep you guys posted on the final product and how this room comes along! Give me your thoughts? Do you like?
xo – Emily