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Today we have a lovely reveal for you, this time of a living room that most of us can only fantasize about. The view, the architecture, the white sectional (covered in Crypton’s stain and life-resistant fabric, which we will get into later) – are all pretty special, and we had so much fun pulling this one together.
A few months ago Domino and Crypton reached out about a couple of makeover posts. I had used Crypton on my dining chairs and LOVE the fabric because it looks like linen yet is totally stain resistant. Previously, the best options had been using outdoor fabric, indoors, but Crypton is changing the game with a pretty weave and so many patterns and textures. I didn’t have a project at the time in my house, but my friend Corbett and her family had just moved into a new place that they had begun renovations on, and this room was totally empty, as she was very busy with newborn twins (now a mom of three).
The space was a total blank slate and an empty canvas for us to design in, and we began by creating a mood board based on her Pinboard and our conversations about what she wanted. While she was busy raising two newborn twins, Brady (my editorial director) and I pulled it together.
Now for the reason we are all here – THAT BEAUTIFUL WHITE SECTIONAL. Corbett wanted one BADLY. I said, “While it will be upholstered in Crypton, which is very stain resistant, are you sure you don’t want gray… ?” She said, “NO, white”. I made sure that she was prepared for the comments where every mom in America laughs in her face and tells her she is crazy. But she had her mind made up. Full disclosure, I don’t really think that the kids will hang out in this room, as there is a family room off the kitchen and the location of this room in the house is where this room is kinda off to the side. I’m less worried about the kids and more so worried about us drinking red wine on a Saturday night…But, you know, of course I wanted a white sectional in my portfolio, so we did it. We went for it. It is Crypton after all and while it isn’t stain proof (you have to clean up after yourself and marinara doesn’t just float away magically) it is VERY stain resistant and wipes up so easily.
We worked with some of Crypton’s partners and found this gorgeous sectional from Kim Salmela. Kim has a large selection of fabrics from Crypton and any of her pieces can be customized and upholstered in-house, which means you don’t need to buy the piece and then have it covered elsewhere with a fabric – making the entire process incredibly easy. Since the room is square, we customized the length and made sure it was deep enough for lounging. It is like sitting on heaven and could not be more perfect for the room. It’s so comfortable and I love the details like that little bump at the base and of course the brass legs. We wanted something simple, minimal, but low and uber comfortable, which is exactly what this sofa is.
For her birthday last year I gifted her my old coffee table (of which I have waves of regret about) so when we designed this room we kept that in mind. It’s PERFECT in here. I bought it from Anthropologie a few years ago but I don’t think it’s available anymore, sadly. The black side table is from Rejuvenation and the wood side table is from ShopHorne.
The rest of the room came together pretty easily – we chose this gorgeous rug from Dash and Albert which we had custom cut to size (it was 10×14 so it was too long for the room, so we had it cut down to a 10×10 – which cost $250 to do by the way and was very easy).
She already had the amazing leather sling chairs from her old house so that was easy (and lucky). As you can see this living room opens up and has the most amazing views ever.
While she is going to redo the fireplace eventually (some sort of see-through indoor/outdoor situation) for now we styled it out with wood logs and some art from Block Shop.
We reached out to some of our favorite artists – MQuan and Block Shop – and bought a few perfect, large yet special pieces from them for the makeover. MQuan customized that amazing wall hanging for that spot and boy is it perfect. When the doors are open and you get a breeze coming it the beaded strands move in the most beautiful way.
I know what you might be wondering – will the fabric actually hold up? Will dust, stains, and dirt (let alone wine, coffee and pizza sauce) actually wipe off? The answer is that while you do have to physically take a rag to it with some water, it’s pretty darn stain resistant. I used it on my dining chairs and while it isn’t immune to marinara sauce, it generally wipes off WAY more than I thought it was going to. Below you’ll see our dining chair covered in Crypton before it was wiped down.
This is after about a month’s worth of disgusting toddler food has been on there because we are disgusting people who don’t clean up after ourselves every day. Food spills happen and then stay, linger, soak in and then the next day it happens all over again. We have given both kids their ‘chair’ and I don’t know whose is whose at this point, but seeing this in photos publicly is as gross for me as it is for you. So I brought it over to Corbett’s while we were shooting and I used their recommended cleaning method to clean them up. The process is so easy, a bit of water, liquid detergent (like dawn) and then spray the solution on all the spots and work it in until they start to disappear. You can repeat the process as needed but after 5 minutes of wiping (then dryin’) here is what it looks like:
I swear on the lives of my children that it’s the exact same chair, just a day later after drying. NOT BAD FOLKS. If what you see above (the slight discoloration) bugs you or if the thought of having to wipe down your upholstery often bums you out, especially if you have small kids, then go for a vinyl or leather. But as a mom of two kids, I still REALLY wanted that linen look and I don’t regret it for one minute. It’s so comfortable and warm and cozy, and wipes up like a dream. Here’s my real two cents about this whole thing – if you want something that looks like linen but don’t trust yourself, this is an EXTREMELY good option. I wish so badly that my living room fabric was Crypton. If you are expecting the fabric to act like vinyl, where wine just drips off your fabric and onto the ground then a vinyl or leather is better for you. But they are obviously less soft, warm and pretty. I’ll speak more about that on the dining chairs in the next post, but trust me when I say that for those of us who want linen, but want stain-resistant, this product is amazing.
Doing this project was an insane amount of fun. Being able to hang out with my best friends in their GORGEOUS house and call it ‘work’ is something I don’t take for granted. The room turned out so beautiful and I can’t wait for many, many nights of drinking dark red wine on that bright white sofa, in confidence. Well, maybe just one glass. Thanks to Domino and Crypton for partnering on this post and Brady for helping style and execute the design. All photos by Sara Tramp for EHD.