Double Parlor The Victorian House

Team Pink? Team Blue?

I know that I want a sofa for the new house, and I know that I want it to be colorful. The problem is that I haven’t decided which color for sure yet. (And let’s not even bring Kelly green into the equation.)

A blue kitchen will be visible from this room, so I do want to tie in that color. This is an inspiration-y mood board kind of thing to show you what I’ve been thinking of, so things will change a little. I mean, I’d love that light, but not $6759 worth of love. The couch will be our big ticket item.

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    Betty
    July 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Blue fo sho!

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    Sarah from a fine line
    July 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Just curious, does your husband has an opinion on house decorating things? Mine does, which is good because I have a design enthusiast confidant, but not so great when he disagrees with my choices. I imagine my husband would not be thrilled about the idea of a pink couch. That being said, I liked the right from center coral-y red swatch you posted on fb, I feel like that’s bright and interesting but not super pinky pink.

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      Making it Lovely
      July 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      He does – I run ideas past him on things like a pink couch before I would post here that I’m considering it. I want him to be comfortable in our home too! He does reign me in when I get too crazy, but I’m lucky that he usually likes my ideas.

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    mdt
    July 1, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    The pink couch in blue.

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      Greer
      July 2, 2013 at 2:33 am

      Same here! I think blue is so much more versatile. Plus it’ll hide the stains easier…

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    Keri
    July 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I’d do blue because I think it leaves more options open as your style evolves in the new home. Whichever you decide- be proud of it and don’t look back!!

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    Kate
    July 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Definitely the last couch in either pink or blue. I have to say though, you’ve got the style and personality to pull off the pink.

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    Sarah @ Savvy Young Something
    July 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Oooooh I do love that pink couch, but I’m not sure it’s the color so much as the shape and the luxurious texture. If the couch will be your big ticket item, I’d go with blue. Blue, especially in the shade you’re looking at, will go with almost any color. That gives you the freedom to redecorate with a bit more ease later down the line. Plus the pink is so vibrant that it pops of it all around the room will really draw your eye throughout the space more than small doses of blue. Whatever you choose, I’m sure it will look awesome!

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      That’s something I was thinking, too. When you put pops of pink, they really do ‘pop’ and you read it as being more present than it actually may be.

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    AnnW
    July 1, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I like the style of the pink couch better. I would order it in blue, though. You’ve had pink things for long enough. If you hit a sale, or get a professional discount, you could get two sofas for $6700. Ann

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    Sara
    July 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Blue it’s the new pink!

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    Allison
    July 1, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Ok, I like the shape of the blue couch better, but the pink color.

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    Brittany
    July 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Casting my vote for blue. I like the idea of a blue couch because it can be decorated more ways than a pink one. I dunno, I feel like more stuff would go w/a blue couch plus I like the style of that one better.

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    Jenn B
    July 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    BLUE. Family friendly with out compromising on style.

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    Jen
    July 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    The pink, but in blue. Although, I’ve been obsessing over a Kelly green sofa I saw months ago :)

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    iris
    July 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Knowing your decorating tendencies, I’m guessing there’ll be plenty of pink throughout the rest of the house. I’d go with the blue!

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      True, but I feel like there will be less of it in the new house.

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    Jessica
    July 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I don’t love the blue couch, but I do love the pink one — both the colour and the style. That said, I’d be more enthused by a more ’50s pink — like the coach in the bubble! I cannot wait to see what you pick because I know it’ll look great regardless!

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    Alexandra
    July 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Pink!!!

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    Megan C.
    July 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Blue. That way you can accessorize with pink more. If you bought the pink couch you would be in danger of having TOO MUCH pink (there is such a thing).

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    Carly R
    July 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I can’t wait to see which one you choose. Please, please share how you plan on keeping it clean/nice with two little ones. We are couch shopping, too and I am trying to make a wise choice with our young son in mind. Thanks!

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Our current beige fabric couch has held up well, and we haven’t done anything special. We clean any spills right away with whatever spot cleaner we have on hand, and try not to eat/drink much on the sofa anyway.

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    Jackie
    July 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I vote blue! I hope you can get the one you have been eyeing at Anthro. The blue couch with pink accents is gorgeous!

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    elise
    July 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Pink, pink, pink, pink, pink!

    Forgive me, but I felt a need to be heard above the roar of the blue. I think the pink couch is lovely and blue is just, well, blue.

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    Lisa
    July 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Blue couch, pink pillows! I love the pink couch but the blue one is one that is still incredibly awesome but will work with more potential decorating choices later on. By the way, our couch is eggplant and we have pink and turquoise pillows. :D

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    BreeAnn
    July 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I definitely prefer the blue couch but, if anyone could rock a pink couch, it’s you!

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    Jessica
    July 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Is there a lot of blue in the kitchen? I would say pink sofa with blue accents so there is consistency in the flow of colors, but each room retains it’s own personality.

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    sam b
    July 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Blue and pink look great together. :) But if I had to choose, I’d go mostly blue with pink accents.

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    Karen L.
    July 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    We had the most amazing sofa in what I would call a vibrant raspberry color for many years. Loved, loved, loved it and still miss having that color around me every day! It was so fun and such energy with it. We moved and it just didn’t work in the new house, so had to sell it. I loved the material as well (it was a really soft chenille) so I would heartily recommend the color for you. Go with what you truly want!

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    Andrew
    July 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Love that gold suzani pillow. In fact, I bought it last year at Jayson during an intense pillow acquisition phase! It’s on my black mohair sofa, which basically looks midnight blue most of the time. It’s basically dreamy with blue, as you have figured out already. My whole scheme is basically brass & blue, so I don’t think I need to tell you which camp I fall in… though I must admit I love that pink English roll arm too. It will be stunning in your new place, on your new sofa, regardless of the color you decide to go with.

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      I love brass and blue. I love brass and pink through too, so that doesn’t really narrow it down much! I think I’m going to need that pillow though for sure. It looks really good on your sofa, too.

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    Kathryn
    July 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    That pink is better in person. A little more muted. While the blue, I think, is brighter in person.

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      You’re probably right. Everything is approximated with my good friend, Photoshop!

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    Cassie @ LittleRedWindow
    July 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I know you always love pink but I wonder if it would feel dated more quickly than the blue one? I do like the shape and the tufting on the blue significantly better and I always feel like blue can almost be seen as a neutral which would be easier to accessorize around (and change up) than the pink might be. Plus the fact that you’ve already been eyeing the blue one for months and still love it is a good sign that will keep loving it.

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Yes, the pink one is a new contender, whereas I’ve been a little obsessed with the blue one forever now. I can see being happy with either long-term though!

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    Ally Cole
    July 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Go Pink! I like this couch because it has NO back cushions and only 2 seat cushions. It’s a gorgeous shade too! No matter what you decide, I know that your new living space will look SO FAB! I can’t wait to see the new house BEFORE and AFTER! A lot of work ahead, but it’s SO EXCITING!

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      I do like the tight back. Back cushions always seem to get rumpled and lose their shape, and they’re a bit of a hassle.

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    Jenn @ Home Style Report
    July 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    My mom has a blue couch so that would be my vote – you can pair so much with it and I love the pink!

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    Jenn
    July 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Both are great, but I really love that shade of blue!
    Jenn

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    Sara Rose
    July 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    That pink couch is truly elegant. Also it looks really family friendly. BTW- we have a fantastic velvet Chesterfield that I snagged out of my husbands granny’s house before they sold her stuff. It is SHOCKINGLY family friendly. We have a spot bot carpet cleaner with a hose attachment, and it’s really gentle if there’s a stain or the couch needs a cleaning. Honestly- it would be helpful to see the house…. (hint hint)! :)

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    Amelia
    July 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Morgan sofa…in kelly green :)

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I know! Don’t get me started — I want to commit to a color and go with it. Maybe Kelly green can go in another room.

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    jbhat
    July 1, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, I hate to say it. I am Team Neutral for a couch, I really am. But I trust your judgment, and can’t wait to see how this plays out.

    And I can’t wait even MORE to hear about the new houuuuuuuse!

    jbhat

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      I was on team neutral when we bought our last house, and I still would be for most people. I feel good about going with a bold color though!

      And I can’t wait to share more about the new house! I guess I’m being a little silly, but it makes me nervous to share while there are still contingencies. Soon!

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    Lara
    July 2, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Go Pink! It’s timeless, colorful, and classic looking. The blue one risks being on the, dare I say, Pee-Wee Hermanesque side. I think it’s the buttons that do it to the sofa.

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    Andrea
    July 2, 2013 at 4:30 am

    One word……….Blue

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    jandinewall
    July 2, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I love the blue colour but the shape of the pink sofa. I think the pink might look a bit Granny-ish after a while…

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    Mia
    July 2, 2013 at 5:52 am

    I loooove the Morgan Sofa. Too bad it wouldn’t survive a day in my place. Kids and dogs are too messy for pink velvet. For about any fabric actually. But they’re so fun to be around it’s worth it.

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      That’s what I wonder about with velvet, though people have been claiming it’s great for kids. Our dog doesn’t go on the couch, but our cats do — the fabric swatch seems to be resisting fur though.

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    Annamarie H
    July 2, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Choice 1 – Pink couch in pink velvet fabric
    Choice 2 – Pink couch in blue velvet fabric.

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    erin
    July 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

    blue! it just looks better. and i think it’s more forever than the pink couch.

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    thelady
    July 2, 2013 at 8:43 am

    West Elm used to have a similar light fixture for much less, maybe you could find it on ebay?
    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/thing?id=45617991

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      I remember those! I like the grand scale of the one above though. Eight feet wide! That’s some fixture to live up to.

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    thelady
    July 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I vote for pink, because it is more your style.

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    Kate
    July 2, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I really love the blue! I’m thinking it would be much more versatile.

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    Danielle
    July 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Blue!

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    Sasha B.
    July 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I adore the pink one! It would look sooo good against a dark charcoal wall.

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    alexa
    July 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Blue couch!

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    Ann
    July 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Which one is more comfortable to sit on? This is the most important criteria for me. I prefer the look of the pink couch but I would pick a neutral color and save the color for the accents in the room. Also, with kids I would pick something that is easy to clean and hides stains. Can you tell I am practical?

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      They both feel great. They make our current sofa pale in comparison, and I’m looking forward to having a deep, comfy couch to curl up in with a book or a magazine.

      I’m practical when it comes to easy-to-clean and stain-hiding, but not color.

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    Corbin
    July 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Stopping by and wanted to say how much I love your blog. You’ve got a great eye for color and design. You graphic design is amazing too!

    Corbin

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    Alison
    July 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    How blue is your blue kitchen? Are you talking about the walls or the cabinets? (The first few times I read “blue kitchen” I envisioned vintage blue cabinets, but now I’m thinking you just meant blue walls…)

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      Making it Lovely
      July 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Blue and white wallpaper that I like and will be keeping.

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    Nicole B
    July 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    PINK! Yay for pink! You will always love it.

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    Hannah
    July 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I think you might get sick of pink… I say blue FTW!

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    Holly
    July 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I’d go in a slightly different direction. The blue sofa with the plum wall from the dining room. (Maybe a brighter shade, that is too dark.) Mostly blue accents, and just a punch of pink like the pink starburst pillow.

    I’m really feeling the love for plum & blue lately.

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    Ashley
    July 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Definitely the BLUE! I love the shape and the color, and so much more versatile.

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    Alissa
    July 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    The blue is nice… But so many people do blue. I say go for pink. It is the bolder choice. And if you can rock it, then rock on. Not to mention that there are a ton of crazy cool blue rugs and pillows to tie the blue in.

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    Laura Beth @ Perched on a Whim
    July 4, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Oooh, nice finds. Each color would provide an entirely different look. I’m curious to see which you choose!

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    Christina W.
    July 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Does this mean we might see a black wall in the new house? Eeeeeeeee!…?

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      Making it Lovely
      July 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

      I’ve been thinking about it! Maybe not black, but an inky charcoal color.

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        eskimo*rose
        July 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        I just painted a wall a dark slate-y teal colour and I am totally in love with it!

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    Teri
    July 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I am team blue, too. I love the beautiful range of pillows available in pinks, and they would be beautiful on a blue sofa. Just saw a blue leather Chesterfield in the Home Decorators Collection catalog that reminded me of you…. We are all so excited to see what you decide!

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    Rose
    July 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Ooh, I just recently watched a rerun of Emily Hendersons show and she did a dark teal room with berry colored accents. It was Ah-mazing. I think it was called something like “California Cool”. This mood board has the same feel to it – totally loving the blue + pink when done right and I really like the color of that blue sofa!

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