Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Boxy Sofa with Pillows

Posted on | July 18, 2011 | 16 Comments

Ben Pentreath’s living room

About a month ago I mentioned a few sofa shapes I’ve been eyeing as potentials for my den. Everyone seemed to be split on the boxy shapes I was suggested. Some found it to be really interesting and simple; others thought it looked way to stiff and uncomfortable. On Ben Pentreath’s blog this morning I spotted the exact sofa I’m in love with adorned with beautiful printed pillow surrounding the backside. Everything about this room is perfect! I want it all: the chairs, ottomans, lamps, tables…so warm and inviting!

We have a sofa right now with really comfy back cushions. More often then not we throw them on the floor when we want to cuddle together. I never put pillows on the sofas because it just adds to the clutter. I guess that’s why I’m more keen to this look and I like the idea of cuddling in the corner of a high arm. I can choose semi-firm pillows and a beautiful array of prints (I have a textile obsession) and fill the back side, right? And hopefully they won’t end up on the floor!

I still need to find a sofa I can afford. Be on the look out for boxy shapes with really pretty legs—vintage or not—around 72″ And be sure to check out Ben’s lovely shop and blog too!

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Spotted: Windsor Bench at Todd Farm

Posted on | July 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

I got up at 6:30 am on Sunday and headed up to Todd Farm for some bargain hunting! Todd Farm flea market is held every Sunday in Rowley, Mass from April 3rd to November 7th. The market boasts over 240 vendors featuring an assortment of vintage wares and antiques.

I’m on the hunt for brass candlesticks, tables, mirrors and rugs. I didn’t find any of those things (I bought $1 ikat belts) but I spotted this gorgeous windsor bench for $600. The proportions were a bit different and felt earlier and more primitive? I found this similar bench on an old auction site from 2008. The seat was really deep and made of one solid board. The seller said she inherited it from her grandfather but it didn’t fit in her new house.

My mind scrabbled to where I could put it?? At almost 6 feet long it’s too large for my house. I wish I had a longer wall in my someday mudroom or a dining room table long enough to use the bench on one side (like this). Such a beauty! Hope it went to a good home!

Long bench at table featured on design*sponge.

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