37 February 28, 2012

Making it Yours 8A: Leather Chesterfield

Here is the first look in the eighth edition of Making it Yours. I like to imagine a story arc for each step in the series…


Tom is an English lit professor in his early forties who has put a lot of thought into his home. He loves his living room, but his boyfriend, a vegan, is moving in. Thus the leather has to go! (The brindle, too, but he’s moving that to his office.) Tom’s younger sister, Frances, has been making do with a sad little sofa that has seen better days, so she’s the lucky recipient of the leather chesterfield. We’ll see it in her decidedly feminine space next.

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    Amanda @ willful/joyful
    February 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I’ll take it! That is my dream sofa.

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    jennski
    February 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    that pillow is adorable!

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    Erica
    February 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    It’s not easy being green . . . but it is OH SO WORTH IT!

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    Nichole C.
    February 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Love this! Can’t wait to see more!

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    Danielle
    February 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Love that sofa! And that cowhide chair?! *swoon*

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    Mary
    February 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I like the stories you make up as much as your designs.

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    Molly the Waffler
    February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Lucky Frances! I’m looking forward to seeing her space.

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    Loren
    February 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Great room, love the pendant lamp. My man would almost definitely let me decorate his man-cave like this ;)

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    SFDC
    February 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Tom must have a hell of a salary! And they say English degrees never pay…

    Also, that rug is amazing.

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    lea
    February 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I love the renovation of your MIY series! I have also immensely enjoyed having more of your writing in the posts.

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    stef
    February 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Best yet, no question. I was day dreaming about that pendant lamp just the other day. I can’t wait to see the Chesterfield in a feminine room!

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      Making it Lovely
      March 2, 2012 at 2:33 am

      I actuallly saw the pendant in person the day after I posted this, and it was even better than I had imagined. It made me want to find a space in my house to use it.

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    Giulia
    February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Love it! I’d love that sofa in a caramel colour or dark navy. Is that the same lamp you have?

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      Making it Lovely
      March 2, 2012 at 2:34 am

      Yes, that’s the one I have in the living room, by the floral chair.

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    Lena
    February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    To be honest, all I want to see now is the living room after the vegan boyfriend moves in- maybe you could do a split version and show this as well as the younger sisters living room:-)

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    Sarah K
    February 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Yay! Another MIY series. I love these.
    I have to agree with Lena – now I really want to see the living room after the vegan boyfriend moves in. A spin-off would be great.
    I also can’t wait to see the chesterfield in a feminine space.

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      Making it Lovely
      March 2, 2012 at 2:35 am

      After a bunch of requests, I will indeed be doing a spin-off/update next week!

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    Shreya
    February 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I LOVE this room! Your MIY series are the best.

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    kate
    February 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I love this” Making it Yours” series that you do. They’re so creative-the storylines are intriquing, the rooms so great. Might you be able to parlay this idea into something bigger?? Like even another separate website? As if you don’t already have enough on your plate:). Anyway I just love them and can’t wait for the next installment.

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      Making it Lovely
      March 2, 2012 at 2:36 am

      I would love to do something more with them. A book someday, perhaps?

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    laura
    February 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I love Making it Yours!

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    Brook
    February 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I’m so excited, a new MIY! This couch! I can’t wait for the next one!

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    Jillian
    February 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I love it! I was so excited when I saw you were featuring that couch. I lust over it in the Anthro catalog.

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    Chelan
    February 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I’m with Lena! My first thought was “Ooh! How nice! I wonder what new couch Tom and the vegan BF will get? Will the vegan BF bring one from his cute little apartment, or is he still holding on to that cast-off of his aunt’s that he’s had since college (much like Frances…)?”
    Do tell!

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    May
    February 29, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I love the way that you manage to imagine a space in a totally different way to how you yourself would decorate! I would never want a room like this – but it looks perfect for the character you’ve created.

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    Kelly
    February 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

    My advice to Tom: dump the boyfriend and keep that gorgeous sofa! Men are a dime a dozen, but a sofa like that will last a lifetime. :)

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    Your Mother
    February 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I love these, and your story lines.

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    Amie
    February 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I love this concept. It helps to see the same piece in different styles, and unlock it’s potential. You just had me trolling kijiji for a leather sofa!

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    Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives
    February 29, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Wow, talk about a money green leather sofa :)

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