So when I gave you guys a look at our new moroccan rug, you must’ve spied a few other updates going on in the living room. I’ll fill you in on those today!
First up are the major pieces of furniture. The layout came pretty naturally once we had the built-in’s done. We used to have two sofas in our old living room, but knew that they wouldn’t both work in this space as one would cover the patio door leading to the backyard. Here we are, pre-built in’s… but you see what I mean about the couches? Not working.
So it made sense to have our better couch stay in the space, facing the fireplace, and get two new chairs to flank it on either side. The only chair we had ever really had was an IKEA Poang back in the day (didn’t everyone?!), so we were starting fresh.
Our chair requirements: comfort (we didn’t want any “aww-sucks-that-you-got-stuck-sitting-in-the-chair” mentality in our living room), stylish, and something timeless. I don’t want to be thinking about changing these chairs in two years time because I bought something that was too trendy, you know? Budget was also a factor. We didn’t have $800+ to spend per chair, which is often what they cost. I find big chairs to be quite expensive a lot of the time — like what you might pay for a couch.
Anyway, we looked around at various stores and came up with a couple of options. I liked the look of the IKEA Karlstad chairs, but then figured that the squared, low profile was too similar to our couch. I wanted something a little different to add some interest to the room.
It’s a modern version of the wingback chair, with a rounded back and high head rest that makes it SUPER comfy. The curved lines, tapered wood legs, and buttons on the back brought it home for me. Oh and the $399 price tag was pretty darn great, too. Especially considering they are a Canadian company and you can tell that the quality is excellent [sorry American friends – currently Structube is only in Canada and doesn’t ship internationally].
Initially I had thought the charcoal grey version would be the best option, but then changed my mind at the last minute to black. We have other black elements going on in the room and I figured these would be a great way to tie it all together.
I got in touch with Structube to tell them about my love for the chairs, and they graciously offered to collaborate with me on the living room. Please know though that although this post is now in partnership with them, I was going to be getting these chairs whether they wanted to work with me or not!
I roped my Mum into helping me pick them up. Of course it was one of the coldest days of the winter – roughly minus 40 degrees Celcius – on the day that we went to get them with my parents truck. Pretty sure it took several hours for our hands to de-thaw. BUT…. it was so worth it as soon as we got them in the living room. Talk about swanky, hey?
The chairs almost look grey in these photos, but in real life they definitely read as a soft black.
As I have been chipping away at painting the trim in our house (along with all the walls, doors, etc.. ugh SO MUCH PAINTING), I decided to paint the trim of the patio door black. I had initially dreamed about having a black accordian door there, but budget won out and we went with the more wallet-friendly white sliding patio door. I figured I could try and get some of the same impact by painting the trim black, and I think it kinda works?! I like the way it brings your eye there, to a view of the backyard. Of course right now the view includes a barricade as we don’t have our deck built yet, but you know, you can envision a deck where we can open up the door and have an indoor-outdoor vibe going in the summer.
The paint I used was PARA Paint “Forge Black”, door & trim paint, in matte finish. It was the perfect paint – the matte finish helping to cover any imperfections in the trim.
It’s coming together, eh? The built-ins have a lot going on, so I’m trying to keep it a little more “quiet” in the rest of the space. I haven’t figured out the perfect pillows yet… but I’m getting there.
A big thank you to Structube for partnering with us on this project. Be sure to go check out their beautiful stuff! I already have my eye on a few other things for the house… !!