Double Parlor The Victorian House

The Antique Striped Sofa

We’re accumulating couches here. I think you’ll understand why when you see the newest arrival.

I mentioned wanting a striped settee before moving into this house, and Samantha spotted this antique striped sofa on Chairish for me. It was larger than I was planning for, but it was so perfect and I was afraid someone else would snap it up, so I bought it. Delivery took a few weeks, but it’s here now and it’s gorgeous.

Striped Antique Sofa

I’d like a pair of chairs in front of the curved windows, or maybe a round table for playing games, so the sofa won’t be staying where it is permanently. I’m not in a rush though — I’m looking forward to playing around with layouts and experimenting a bit.

Oh hey, I potted my small fiddle leaf fig. The planter had a bird’s nest fern at the old house, but it didn’t survive the move.

Twin Beacons Brass Lamp


And that light! I’ve wanted that twin beacons brass lamp since I had pinned it and posted about it on the blog, two years ago. It was something like $800 at the time, so I skipped it, but then I spotted it on clearance all this time later for $250. I figured that was a fair price, and I was blown away by the quality of it when it arrived. It’s big! And heavy! And perfect! It reminds me of an insect (a praying mantis, maybe?), but I tend to like that in lighting.

This house, she is going to be good.

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  • Melissa de la Fuente
    October 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Wow….I never wanted a striped sofa. Until NOW! That is a beauty. Perfect lines, perfect stripes….gorgeous! Love the lamp too, love seeing everything start to come together!

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      It’s taking a while, because like I said — I’m not rushing — but it’s coming together just as I’ve been hoping. This house is going to be so fun to work on!

  • Heidi
    October 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Love that settee! It definitely works for that space, but I can’t wait to see where it finds its forever home in your new space.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Brandon and I would like to set up a library, either in that front parlor, or upstairs. That seems like a likely place for it to end up.

  • Kamilla Vinther
    October 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    That sofa is close to perfection! Could fit perfectly in a large hallway with dark walls and a large panting above. Love it!

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      YES. (My plans for this house have always called for some dark walls! I’m waiting and living with the changing light to best figure out which rooms can best handle them.)

  • Danielle
    October 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Love the striped couch! And like always, I can’t wait to see the finished space – you have a great eye!

  • Kayla aka Kilo Bravo
    October 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Ahh! I saw that couch on Chairish and thought of you too!! (only mildly creepy, right?) I’m so happy to see it your home. Love that lamp too – of course it’s sold out now, otherwise I would’ve scooped one up for myself. Can’t beat that price of $250…

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      I think it’s awesome that people see things and think of me! I do that all the time with other people in mind too. And yeah, they must have only had a few left, or everyone scooped up the lamps when they went on sale. I just happened to see them, and I’m so glad I got one! I can see why it was so expensive.

  • Jessica S.
    October 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Ugh. Sooo much envy, for that lamp!

    But, I’m also happy for you. :)

  • Carey
    October 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    The vintage sofa is fabulous, but I have a question … is it comfortable? Did you worry about buying without sitting on it first? I’m in love with a West Elm sofa, but we don’t have a store where I live, and I’m terrified of ordering without a trial sitting first. So, can you tell me how you process any concerns you may have about buying a piece online?

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      It is comfortable. Much more comfortable than I expected it to be, actually! This was a total leap of faith because I usually don’t buy something unless there’s a possibility to return it if it doesn’t work out, but I figured we could resell it if needed. At least with a store like West Elm, you can return things (but I imagine you’d be out some money for shipping to do so).

  • Joanna
    October 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Just curious – are you going to retain the wood window shutters or bring in fabric curtains or work a combination of the two? I know shutters are super expensive but wondering if you liked the esthetic of them.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      No plans right now for adding curtains. If I do them, I want to do them right, and the ceilings are so high that it will be pricey. I like the look of the wood shutters and trim, so I’m happy with them as they are.

  • Dana@chocolateandsunshine
    October 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Yes, that striped couch is nice!!! And, the lamp beside it — worth the $250. Yes, it is going to be beautiful in your house as is everything else you’ve shown.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 21, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Ooh. I’m all stocked up on stripes now, but maybe someone else can grab them!

  • Sarah Jane
    October 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I agree- this house is shaping up great! Love the new style!

  • Mary
    October 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Not only do I like the sofa & lamp but I’m curious about the little round table on the end. I need to see a better picture of it & hear/read the story behind it.
    BTW…I love how you put things together. You could give Emily Henderson a run for her money.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      Aw, thanks. I like Emily’s style a lot.

      The little end table was a flea market find. It has feet!

  • Lindsay
    October 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I love, love that sofa. I thought it was a magazine shoot / product catalog when I first saw the photo. Uber jealous!!

  • Sarah @ 702 Park Project
    October 22, 2013 at 7:54 am

    LOVE the sofa!! I can’t wait to see what drapes you pair with it!

  • Nancy50
    October 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

    The new sofa is great – I like how the legs of the new sofa are cousins to the legs of the other new sofa.

    • Making it Lovely
      October 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Yeah, I like that they work together but aren’t perfect matches.

  • Lucy
    October 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Oh, that sofa is so perfect! Perfect choice!

  • Karen
    October 22, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I love the couch. For some reason, when I saw it I instantly pictured it with the wood painted white! Maybe that wouldn’t work with you house – I think it’s the blue and white fabric that made me go there.

  • Samantha simmons
    October 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    It looks SO great! I’m glad you were able to swoop it up!

  • anna brockway
    October 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Hi folks! It’s Anna, the co-founder of Chairish. I did want to let ya’ll know that you CAN return on Chairish. Their is a 48 hour return window from when the item is delivered. Just sayin’! Sofa looks superb! Total score and so fun to see it in its new home! XO

    • Making it Lovely
      October 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Oh, I do remember reading that, but it slipped my mind in the comments above. Thanks for clearing the return process up!

  • JL
    October 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I Love Love Love that sofa

  • Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet
    October 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

    That couch is seriously insane. I have wanted a blue and white striped couch since…well, since forever. Color me jealous!

  • Courtney
    October 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

    “This house, she is going to be good.” This has stuck with me for days, the feeling of appreciation…letting HER speak to you…I have been in my house for five years now, and I just finally feel like I know what it needs…which may change next week :

  • Miss Charming
    October 24, 2013 at 9:08 am

    You’re bringing such beautiful pieces into your home, Nicole. Love the sofa! It’s just perfect. (You’ve encouraged me to not rush things on the decorating front and that it’s okay to wait for that perfect item.)

  • Holly
    October 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

    That sofa is FANTASTIC – great pick up!

  • Ann
    October 24, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Wow, Charish is so much fun! I spotted these lilac chairs: Such a pretty color–reminds me of your many blog posts about the perfect shade of pinkish-purple!

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  • Rick
    November 8, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Love it! Anthropologie has some of my favorite lamps. :)

  • Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    November 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Big fan of the sofa. Can’t wait to see how the room comes together.

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