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Oh, furniture planning. It’s always been the bane of my existence (along with lighting plans, as you may very well recall). I’m much better at shopping for unique finds, mixing them with a few modern items I own and throwing it all together in a day or two. I get a crazy rush of excitement with the happy accidents of decorating: when the mismatched end tables work with the sofa scale, the floor lamp provides the perfect accent and that throw pillow I scored years ago makes the pattern in our new rug sing.

Of course, there are unhappy accidents that occur all too often, which is why Ken and I have taken to rendering a furniture plan to prevent those inevitable surprises along the way. Sure, it’s much more effort, but a furniture plan definitely saves time and energy in the long run. I’d rather not admit how many times I had to return an end table in our living room before realizing that furniture plans are, indeed, a wise decision. Besides, with a new year comes new habits, and I’m ready to pick up some good ones.

I thought we’d share with you our furniture plan for the sunroom renovation we’ve been working on for the past few months. Care to take a peek?

Furniture Plan- Erin Loechner

Let there be furniture!

I know we mentioned in our sunroom tour that a fireplace will take center stage, but that was before we found a surprise register vent capped off from the basement. This means we can pull heating and air conditioning from the interior of our home. Happy accident!:

Furniture Plan- Erin Loechner

No fireplace needed here!

Because we wanted this space to feel like an extension of our living room, it was really important that seating be conversational and cozy, but still allow for multiple arrangements when entertaining. So, we’ve divided the space into two main areas: a corner bistro unit for dining-for-two breakfasts and a relaxed seating arrangement for late-night euchre, thunderstorm watching or flipping through magazines on a lazy afternoon. The corner unit will be handmade plywood bench seating (on casters for mobility, perhaps?) and the rest? Well, here’s a sneak peek:

Furniture Plan- Erin Loechner

A sneak peek moodboard for you.

Pictured above: Cenon Yorkey Beige Rug (Rugs USA)*, Bliss Sofa (West Elm)*, Essex Printed Ottoman (West Elm)*, Gus Modern Vintage Swing Arm Lamp (The Century House)*, Tripod Table (West Elm)*, Bertoia Side Chair (Burke Decor), Sky Planters (Boskke), White Wood Stool Side Table (West Elm)*

A few of the items have been patiently waiting in our basement for nearly a year, and the rest will be delivered in the next few weeks. I simply can’t wait to unpack them all and watch the room come together! Of course, we’ve got a bit of work to do before then — painting those concrete floors, finishing the insulation, drywall and paint. And who knows how long it will take to get those plywood benches crafted. But, we’re hopeful for a mid-February reveal where the above moodboard can come to life.

Think we can pull it off? We’ll be reporting back in a few weeks with insulation and drywall progress! Wish us luck!

DISCLAIMER: The products* mentioned in the above post were provided to me by the stated brand or company for review purposes only. I was not paid to promote or endorse this product and all thoughts and ideas are truthful and reflect my opinion alone.


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9 Responses

  1. Betsy King says:

    So exciting!!! Love the couch, rug and ottoman! (Inspired me to redo mine!)

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  3. Bowmanave says:

    Cut in bigger sliding doors, and lots more windows (not more than 18 inches from the floor) to capture lake views. Don't worry about furniture placement until done. Treat windows and doors as plain walls.

  4. @vistastores says:

    I am agree with your comment! I have read blog and observed furniture situation. Can you agree with sofa placement? What about cross dimension?

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  8. Shannon says:

    Beautiful design! Did you end up using the Bliss Couch from West Elm? I've been trying to find reviews on it's quality/ comfort, and am curious to know how you like it. Thanks so much!

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