Couch - furniture for sitting or reclining

If you follow along on IG and of course you do - haha! than you’ve seen the new additions around the Chalet livingroom. In today’s post - I’m focusing on arguably the largest and most important element in the room. The Couch. I will forever say Couch because I looked up the definition of Sofa, Davenport and Couch and discovered the first two both state they may be convertible into a bed. So Couch it is!

 West Elm: Goodwin

West Elm: Goodwin

This is the best image I could find of our now discontinued old couch The Goodwin from West Elm. It served us well for 10+ years and will continue to; now that we’ve moved it into the basement playroom.

You’ll notice a theme - I like simple 2 cushion - clean lines.

 Pottery Barn Carlisle

Pottery Barn Carlisle

Because I am a realist - even when it comes to decor I won’t let myself fall in love with something I can’t afford. My list of new couch options was short. While we do have Pottery Barn rugs in our livingroom - and that room is even featured on the Pottery Barn site - I only liked one option from them the Carlisle - but, the very low arms which I thought I loved on-line didn’t work well when I saw it in person.

Onto my go-to retailer for many items in the Chalet over the years - Crate & Barrel and they did not disappoint!

After researching on-line these were my top picks … I know they are all mid-century in feel and I wasn’t sure how that would play out with the other pieces we have but, after taking a single turn around the Mall at Short Hills location my heart and my behind quickly fell in deep love with - the Montclair!

 Montclair

Montclair

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We also bought the matching ottoman. Our livingroom is too tight for a sectional - so having an ottoman against the couch offers that functionality and the ability to move it out of the way or to be used as extra seating.

The other important point that made Crate & Barrel rise to the top is how customizable the pieces are. You can choose arms type, leg finish and fabric.

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Its a cotton poly blend fabric with a herringbone pattern mix of beige, white, taupe and grey mixed in. I’m in heaven! I’ll write about the rest of the changes in a future post!

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Til next time.

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a study in scenic walls

This trend while not new in the world of Interior Design has found a fresh vision and I for one am a huge fan of the large scale graphic elements of these patterns. I hope you’ll find these spaces as inspirational as I do. Here’s a bit of history: In the 18th Century hand-blocked wallpaper designs included large panoramic views of Architecture, Landscapes and Pastoral subjects.

 This gorgeous space was designed with Rebel Walls paper by Emily Henderson for her daughter. (image  @em_Henderson )

This gorgeous space was designed with Rebel Walls paper by Emily Henderson for her daughter. (image @em_Henderson)

 This beautiful Master Bedroom belongs to my friend Kimberly Duran she designed it with paper by Rebel Walls. (image  @swoonworthyblog  )

This beautiful Master Bedroom belongs to my friend Kimberly Duran she designed it with paper by Rebel Walls. (image @swoonworthyblog )

“The room is quite a good size so I really wanted something that made a big impact as soon as you walked in but which didn't overwhelm the space. This mural worked perfectly the black and white design had the wow factor I was looking for without distracting from the other elements in the space.”

Kimberly Duran

 This Bath Designed by Etons of Bath Is Breathtakingly Elevated with paper by  De Gournay . (Image  @etonsofbath ) Could you image this as your bath. The grand scale is amazing. The    de Gournay  paper moves this space from utilitarian to palatial.

This Bath Designed by Etons of Bath Is Breathtakingly Elevated with paper by De Gournay. (Image @etonsofbath) Could you image this as your bath. The grand scale is amazing. The de Gournay paper moves this space from utilitarian to palatial.

 High Seas - Rebel Walls (image  @Rebelwalls)  I wish oh how I wish I had room at the Chalet to accommodate this wall mural!

High Seas - Rebel Walls (image @Rebelwalls) I wish oh how I wish I had room at the Chalet to accommodate this wall mural!

 another example of exquisite  de gournay  wallpaper in this design by Dina Bandman. (Image  @dinabandmaninteriors ) in the 2017  San Francisco Decorator Showcase .

another example of exquisite de gournay wallpaper in this design by Dina Bandman. (Image @dinabandmaninteriors) in the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

 how dreamy is this paper - i want to take a walk by this river. (image by  @papiersdeparis )

how dreamy is this paper - i want to take a walk by this river. (image by @papiersdeparis)

 Another exceptional Rebel Walls paper showcased in this master bedroom by Kristin Laing (image  @k.laingdesign )

Another exceptional Rebel Walls paper showcased in this master bedroom by Kristin Laing (image @k.laingdesign)

 how adorable is this pattern London houses by Rebel Walls? (Image  Rebel Walls )

how adorable is this pattern London houses by Rebel Walls? (Image Rebel Walls)

 (Image  Rebel Walls ) I love the dark background of this pattern. when I was a child my mother had black wallpaper with a floral pattern in our powder room. it was striking. Rita knew for the highest impact to wallpaper the ceiling too!

(Image Rebel Walls) I love the dark background of this pattern. when I was a child my mother had black wallpaper with a floral pattern in our powder room. it was striking. Rita knew for the highest impact to wallpaper the ceiling too!

The two companies that are highlighted in this piece are de Gournay and Rebel Walls. I encourage you to click the links and feast your eyes. This is not a sponsored post I simply love sharing what inspires me here at Chaletmomma.

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Til next time.

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Ho Jo's

when i was growing up the 2nd week in August was always vacation. it was the only week my attorney father would take off -  because that was the week the courts were closed. so off we went and although the destination may have changed the accommodations never did.

we stayed at Howard Johnson's.

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i love these old advertisements.

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not only did we stay at HoJo's when we traveled but, there was a location about 30 minutes from home and it was a favorite dining spot of dad's. yum for HoJo burgers!

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i have a Pinterest board devoted to HoJo.

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there wasn't anything that the didn't have their logo on. they sold ice cream, chewing gum, toys,  games - below is a piggy bank.they created the marketing we take as commonplace in 2018.

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did you ever stay at Howard Johnson's? please share your recollections in the comments.

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i know my love of orange and turquoise can be traced back to Howard Johnson! hahaha!

til next time.

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