My friends have cool houses and good taste. You may be thinking to yourself that this room looks familiar like, “it belongs in a house I’ve seen and loved before.” It’s the same house owned by my friends Corbett and Leigh of whom have this entry, this living room, this dining room, the Master bedroom and THIS backyard. They were gone for months in Australia with an unfinished family room, so when Sixpenny reached out to see if we wanted to partner to showcase their Neva sectional, I said “yes” even without checking in with them. I’m sneaky like that.
Their home is dope—ultra modern and the epitome of cool and contemporary. However, it is a lot of cement and glass, so their/our main goal has always been to warm it up. I had multiple kids before them and was touting the importance of comfort even while they were holding strong to more sculptural/beautiful pieces. For instance, they had these wood/wire dining chairs that NOBODY sat in, and we switched them out for upholstered chairs that people sat in for HOURS and they started admitting that maybe religion of comfort first (when it comes to family spaces) is the way to go.
I know this sectional well. I had the chair version in Elliot’s room for a while and LOVED it. Brady has the sofa version, but we haven’t used the sectional yet. It’s the Neva Modular sectional that yes, comes in a few different sizes. This one is 164” x 84” (that’s THIRTEEN FEET LONG), which obviously fits this room great, but yes it comes in shorter lengths. In fact, because it’s modular, you can add or take away a section AND switch the chaise depending on your preferred side. So say if you move it to another room or another home, this sofa can be customized and pieces could be eliminated and it can be shortened.
As far as comfort goes, this lady is extremely comfortable without being sloppy, and deep but with back cushions that are still supportive. The cushions are feather filled but have a vegan poly fill option in case that’s your preference. It’s tricky because while a tight back sofa isn’t as comfortable, sometimes loose-backed sofas can get so disheveled and be so messy. This isn’t that.
We chose the Lightweight Linen in Black Pepper so that it brought a natural and tonal feel with the curtains and rug that were already in the space. Plus darker, neutral colors tend to hide minor stains. #nevernotthinkingofdirtykidhands. Another tick in the “pro” column here for being kid- and family-friendly is that it’s slipcovered, so you can take it off and wash it if need be.
Huge, deep, chunky sofas can typically be not so attractive, but what makes this one cool/interesting is the French seams and the super-thin arms. It’s just extremely modern and fresh looking for a comfy, plush sectional.
The charcoal linen is so warm and washed, giving it a casual feel.
I know you have questions about the rest of the room because, well, it’s beautiful, so let me explain. Corbett chose the rug, shelving and curtains (with me weighing in, when I was around) but I can’t take credit for it. She obviously has a great eye. I was impressed with her brave “white rug” move in a family room with twin 2-year-olds but BOY is it beautiful (it’s custom). She is currently looking for a vintage persian rug to layer over it that is more forgiving. It’s the ultimate family conundrum: do you go for darker sofa and lighter rug or lighter sofa and darker rug? Either way, something has the potential to get ruined over time. But I also need to be better about not allowing food/drink in our family room or maybe our kids just have my complete inability to land food properly in my mouth.
Let’s talk about these shelves for a moment. So yes, this unit was custom but there are plenty of styling tips to learn from and take into your homes. But Corbett was struggling so we came in and added pieces and helped pull it together. Thanks to my always lovely and talented team Velinda, Emily B and Julie for their styling skillz ….
The first tip (as always) is color palette. Here we took their base neutral blue, grays and cream palette and added in greens and warmer browns/rust. This was a way to amp up the warmth in what is still very calm and visually soft. Another tip is variation in orientation, shape, size and medium. This unit (with all its separated sections) makes it very easy, for example, to make sure there were books vertical on some and horizontal on others, there were varied numbers of object pairings (two vessels on one, three on another, etc.) and natural elements like plants and vintage scenes that were evenly dispersed. But these tips apply to all shelf styling. For more shelf styling tips, head to this post.
Also, please note the super chic wall-to-wall closed storage at the bottom. It’s very smart (image all the board games/toys/books/kid supplies you can hide in there) and just so pretty.
Velinda found this incredible vintage one from Candid Home that reconfirms the power of the statement lamp. It’s neutral in color but has an effortlessly, cool personality. It is also another case for my colorful shade argument in that it adds instant depth and contrast to a room. So since we are already talking vintage, let’s talk about it some more as a major HOT TIP to bring warmth to a contemporary room.
This vintage side table from MidCentury LA is modern enough with its clean lines to complement the room’s contemporary style and its scale is large enough to look perfect with the large size of the sofa. It has a late ’70s vibe about it which I’m pretty into.
If by chance you have forgotten their view from the other reveals, here it is. Their view was another reason we kept everything tonal and neutral. When you have scenes out of your window that good, you want it to be the real star and not do too much design-wise to distract. That’s also why we chose these soft, contrasting nesting coffee tables. Since the sofa is again, large and therefore long, these nesting tables give us the perfect coffee table sofa length ratio.
We aren’t totally done with the room, so we didn’t show you the TV side (the TV is massive and the credenza isn’t quite there yet). Hopefully, when they get home from Australia, they’ll love it as much as we all do. We sent them photos and they freaked out. It’s a pretty darn great family room, sans any signs of family at this point. 🙂 All the toys are in the cabinets, but the second those twins get home, I’m sure they’ll be spread throughout that room in a way only drunk raccoons can do to our trash up at the mountain house. IT’S HILARIOUS.
So stayed tuned for more from this house. We are finishing the kids’ rooms now and should have some reveals in the next month or so.
Meanwhile, if you are in the market for a very comfortable, well-made sectional that still has a modern feel in a great (big) scale, myself and the EHD team can officially recommend this one as one that we love a lot.
So there you have it. Another beautiful room that now has the distinct gift of ultimate comfort. I’ll be watching many a Bachelor rose ceremony up here. Thanks to my always always team for pulling it together (Velinda, Julie and Emily B. i’m looking at you!).
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**photography by Sara Ligorria-Tramp for EHD, art directed by me with styling/design led by Velinda Hellen and Emily B.