Farmhouse Living Room // Our Sofa is Here! + A Giveaway



The Farmhouse living room is really coming along!  The walls are painted, the black and gold outlets are updated, the carpets are gone, and…the sofa is here!  As I mentioned on Friday, having a sofa is a game changer for my family.  How we survived for this long without one, I’ll never know, but I’m beyond excited that we finally have a cozy spot for the whole family to gather for story time, movies and maybe, just maybe, an afternoon nap or two (a mama can dream)!

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You may recall that we chose Interior Define’s Harper Sofa in Oxford Blue velvet back in November.  We debated something more formal for our space (like their Rose sofa, which we love at the Dexter House), but in the end, we opted for the Harper because we wanted the space to look and feel inviting and comfortable.  The sofa is all soft edges and low profile coziness, and we couldn’t be happier with it!

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At 8′-6″ long, the Harper sofa can fit our entire family plus some (as in three more kids, according to Garrett…not going to happen), which was definitely a requirement for us.  The beautiful dark blue color, a choice I was a little apprehensive about, gives the sofa a slightly more-formal feel, which is prefect in our space.  The sofa is deep enough to really curl up on, which I love, and Garrett couldn’t be happier with the firm seat cushions.  Perhaps the prettiest detail, if I have to pick just one, is the back of the sofa, which was an unexpected and pleasant surprise.

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Our Harper sofa retails for $1,900, but Interior Define has customizable-pieces starting at just $1,000 and that includes free white-glove delivery and a 365-day return policy.  Pretty awesome, right?!

And speaking of awesome…today we get to give one lucky reader $500 to Interior Define!  To enter, check out Interior Define’s collection, register your email address here, and then leave a comment below with which item you’d choose!  The winner will be announced on 2/8.  Good luck!

  • Giveaway open to continental US readers only
  • Entrants must enter their email address here
  • Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 7th
  • Giveaway winner will be randomly selected from the email entry list
  • Credit must be used in a single purchase.  Returns will be refunded store credit minus any restocking fee.
  • Credit must be used by July 15th

A giant thank you to Interior Define for partnering with us on this post and giveaway.  They make great sofas and we love having them in our homes.  I hope you do too!

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Resources for this room: sofa (in Oxford Blue velvet) | side table | rugs: (which I snagged from the nursery until we find a permanent solution for this room) top rug, bottom rug.



p.s. more from this room: pulling up the carpetspaint, picking out the sofa, and inspiration.


Farmhouse Living Room // A Sofa for a New Room



I’m excited to tell you about a new project at the farmhouse…the living room! We’ve hardly touched this space since we moved in, other than to pile toys in there, meaning it’s a glorified playroom.  A playroom with large wood windows overlooking the wrap around porch and tall ceilings accentuated by the picture molding.  The room is full of potential and we have big goals for it!

Here is what the space looked like when we moved in:

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Our goals for this space are a beautiful yet comfortable living room.  I debated about creating a more formal living room, but quickly decided that formality just didn’t fit our country lifestyle.  So we’re going to turn the living room into a space where people actually like to live.  We imagine playing, reading, and cozying up for movie nights with our kiddos and guests in here.

I’ll share more about the design plan soon, but today I wanted to talk about the focus of the room – the sofa.  Since sofas are often custom orders that take 8+ weeks to deliver, we picked ours out last month.  Garrett and I had such a good experience with Interior Define at the Dexter House (pictured below) that we knew we wanted to use them again for our sofa at the Farmhouse.


We get so many compliments on our Interior Define Rose sofa.  It’s held up amazingly well to our boys, overactive dog, and all the Airbnb guests that have cycled through (the Dexter House became a rental when we moved to the farmhouse).  Plus, I checked in on it a few weeks back, and it still looks brand new.  Consider this mama’s (and landlord’s) expectations exceeded!

When Garrett and I started talking about tackling the farmhouse living room, I reached out to Interior Define to see if they’d be interested in partnering on our new living room (I didn’t mention that I was going to buy a sofa from them whether they said yes or not…;) ).  And I’m really excited to tell you guys that they agreed to partner with me so this post is in partnership with Interior Define (!!!).  The best part is that I get to give one of you guys a big, fat credit to ID this winter (more on that soon)!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Interior Define, it’s a made-to-order, design-forward sofa company based in Chicago.  They have streamlined the sofa buying process by cutting out the middle man and selling direct to consumers like you and me.  The things that drew me to the company in the first place were the online reviews, affordability, free shipping, and returns (a rarity in sofa companies).


Last month, I ordered swatches in various colors and fabrics to start the design process.  They arrived at our home in a few days.  We love the beauty and durability of the Dexter House velvet fabric, but I also wanted to explore a few other options before making a decision.  I toyed with the idea of a natural linen sofa, but in the end, I settled on a lovely dark blue velvet called Oxford Blue.  The blue velvet will be the focus of our space, add an eclectic vibe to the room, and hold up to whatever our kiddos and dog can throw at it (un-capped markers and muddy paws, I’m looking at you!).

We debated about getting another Rose sofa for the farmhouse – it’s just such a pretty sofa – but in the end, Garrett and I both wanted something a little more cozy and streamlined.  I looked through the reviews and measured our space, and ultimately selected the 102″-long Harper sofa.


I ordered it online last month and can’t wait for this slightly-glamorous, yet relaxed sofa to arrive! I know the navy sofa is a bit of a bold choice for an old farmhouse, but it’s going to be stunning and most importantly, so cozy for movie night!



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