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Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

Do you ever worry about buying a sofa or a chair online because you won’t have the chance to sit in it or see the fabric first? 

If you are like me, you prefer to touch the fabrics, see the colors and sit in the furniture! But not to worry, I have some helpful tips for online furniture buying and a great furniture resource to share with you today (as well as a $1,000 furniture credit giveaway! YAHOO!)

***This giveaway is now closed!***

A sofa is one of the most important pieces in a sitting room. It’s not only a potential style setter for the space, but a matter of comfort, too. Any time you invest in a major piece for your home it’s important to consider whether it will suit your needs for style and comfort for the long haul, because most of us don’t want to replace a sofa every few years and we certainly don’t want to be stuck with a piece we don’t like. Quality is an important consideration, especially if you expect it to last. But if you are budget conscious like I am, finding quality and style at an affordable price point isn’t always easy.

Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

Here’s a few tips I recommend to avoid purchasing a chair or sofa in a fabric or scale that won’t be comfortable or right for a room:

I always compare the specifications and measurements online to a real life piece I love. Look at the height, the seat depth and the width of the piece and compare it to one you know you like (visit a retail shop and compare before you shop online).

If you have a smaller scale room, remember to look at the style of arms and the width of the piece to make sure it will be appropriate for your size of room (you can even cut out a template to lay down on the floor to make certain the size you order will be perfect for your space.)

Make sure you know the differences in cushion fill and pay attention to the style options you prefer.

Ask for fabric samples before you buy. Colors can vary drastically from what you see online so it’s important to see, touch and feel the fabric before you make a purchase.

Ask about the return policy so you can feel confident about your purchase.

Those few precautions usually take care of any potential mistakes in purchasing a piece that is too large or small, or a different comfort level or design than you expected.

Enter to win a $1000 credit for a sofa or chair of your choice from Interior Define! (Giveaway open to U.S. Residents only)

Today I have an awesome $1,000 online credit giveaway to a furniture company I am really excited about and I think you will be too! They have some really lovely quality and made-to-order sofas, sectionals and chairs at reasonable prices. By cutting out the overhead expenses of most retail stores or middlemen, Interior Define allows a significant savings to be passed on to the consumer (usually 30-40% less than other comparable retailers).

Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

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As I was researching the options they offer, I saw several styles I really liked (you can see some of my curated favorites here!).

I requested some samples of their fabrics and was equally impressed (see my favorites below!). They have beautiful options in both neutrals and really pretty colors that would stand the test of time as well. Many of their pieces offer 40-60 choices of fabrics!

Interior Define customers can customize the size, configuration, material, cushion fill, and legs on almost every design to fit your own design needs and preferences. You can order complimentary samples to touch and see fabrics before you order. They offer an online concierge to assist you in customizing pieces so you can be certain you are going to order exactly what you want. And to make your purchase feel even less scary, Interior Define offers 365 Day return options if you aren’t satisfied.

***This giveaway is now closed!***

Here are the steps to enter the giveaway!

1) Click this link to visit Interior Define and enter to win.

2) Join their email list.

3) Pick your favorite Interior Define product

4) Comment back on this blog post with the link to the piece you’d buy with the credit if you won!

Giveaway will run through July 1st, and a winner will be chosen, emailed, and announced on the blog on July 2nd.

*** This giveaway is now closed! ***

Congratulations “Solducky” for winning the $1000 credit! The fine print is below. 

Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}

If you are in the market for something new right now, use this discount code to receive $100 off any order over $1000 between now and July 1st.
Discount Code: IR100


Tips for Buying a Sofa Online and $1000 Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}
Giveaway Rules:
  • Giveaway open to continental US readers only, $1000 credit must be used toward a chair or couch purchase. Entrants must register their email address, giveaway winner will be randomly selected from the comment section, emailed by and announced on The Inspired Room. Credit must be used in a single purchase. Any returns will be refunded store credit minus any applicable restocking fee. Credit must be used by December, 31st 2015.

6 Elements Every Home Needs

6 Elements Every Home Needs

What makes a truly beautiful home will be defined a bit differently for everyone. Style is such a personal choice, isn’t it? Today I thought it would be fun to look at six design elements that I think contribute to a beautiful room. Certainly they aren’t the only elements to consider, but they would be a great place to start. Without these elements, a room might be lacking a little something that could have made it stand out or feel more put together.

How you mix and incorporate these elements will be unique to you and your style, bringing about your own special look. That’s the beauty of having your own place, you can put things together in your own way!

Here are six elements I look for in any room:

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A mix of textures

You all know I love TEXTURE in a room! But I think you need a good blend of textures to make the room feel right. You can add texture through throw blankets, baskets, and natural wood, but texture doesn’t only mean rough or chunky stuff. You can add softness and shine, too! Try glass and soft textiles to round out the mix.

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Strong doses of white

So many rooms end up looking very … brown. Just look through the real estate ads and you’ll find most rooms incorporate an abundance of brown. Why is that? I think people feel like brown is a safe choice, but the result is that it tends to make a room feel a bit dull and lacking in personality. Brown rug? Brown floor? Brown cabinets? Brown sofa? Brown isn’t risky enough to make a strong statement on its own. A simple way to balance out the brown or tie a palette together is with liberal doses of white. While white alone might not save you from an overdose on brown, it’s a good starting point (see the remaining tips below for more ideas). Add more white to a room by painting the trim work or cabinetry, or through accessories like a throw blanket, furniture, pillows, white books, white dishes, paint, curtains, or white frames.

Different shades of colors

Color can add vibrant personality to a room. But even if you like a completely neutral palette, a blend of several tones of neutrals will bring more interest to the room. Mix white, cream, tan, gray, or black to add a visual punch to a neutral room. (See my post about decorating with shades of white here). Add an element of surprise by incorporating even one pop of color to your neutral palette. If you love color, use various shades and tones of your favorite colors to create a more complex and interesting palette.

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Whether it’s through original artwork, furniture with unique details, family photos, fun shaped mirrors, switching up your hardware or lighting, interesting shapes, patterns that you enjoy, your home should have its own special personality. Even if you prefer a more subtle look, don’t play it safe with every choice, go out on a limb and try something unexpected or one-of-a-kind.


Every home will benefit greatly from warmth! Even if you prefer a more of a minimal style or cool colors, you can add warmth in your own unique way. You can incorporate warmth through textures like warmer metals (copper and gold), natural wood pieces, wood flooring, or bamboo blinds. Perhaps throw in a few warm tones through pops of color (even if warm colors aren’t your favorite). Warmth can also be brought in through proper lighting, cozy rugs, and throw blankets!

6 Elements Every Home Needs

Natural Elements

I think every home (and every room) will benefit from a green plant or small pop of color with a bouquet. Natural elements help a room feel more alive, so even if you love painted furniture or creative and artistic elements, find ways to incorporate some wood pieces or natural accessories.

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Other Related Posts:

5 Things Every Small Bedroom Needs

10 Little Ways to Refresh Your Home

10 Tips for Styling Large Living Rooms {and other awkward spaces}