Our New House: Selecting New Sofas


As our new house starts to come together, the living room has become one of my favorite rooms. Pictured above, you’ll see that we grounded the space with a simple seagrass rug, filed the shelves with books, and added a statement chandelier in the form of a Serge Mouille 3-Arm Ceiling Lamp. I also repurposed the big Paule Marrot Abstract from my last house and was so happy to use it again because I still love it. The big convex mirror over the fireplace shows you a hint of the gallery wall that surrounds the television. While I can’t give away the full reveal just yet, I wanted to share a bit about the process of selecting new seating for the space. Above, you’ll see the sofa from our old house as well as a hint of two caramel leather armchairs. Both are just temporary.

I knew as soon as we decided to put an offer in on this house that the room needed a pair of identical sofas flanking the space to really give definition to the room. More and more lately, Verellen has become one of our favorite upholstery resources at Paloma Contreras Design. Our clients are always so happy with the level of comfort, craftsmanship, and longevity they get from Verellen seating, so I knew that was the route I wanted to go in my own house. We have used the Hannah and Duke sofas in clients’ homes and loved them both. Those images are currently under embargo, so I’ll show you some photos of the two silhouettes:


{We recently used the Duke Slipcovered Sofa in our client’s house. I love the clean lines. Verellen is known for its Belgian-influenced aesthetic, so you’ll notice the flange on the seams. For our client’s more modern look, we simply requested a double-needle thread stitch for an even more streamlined silhouette. We recently specified the same way for our client in the Hamptons and know it will be just perfect for their house!}


{We have also used the Hannah Sofa with its tailored, feminine silhouette. To me, the sloped arms, bench seat, and skirt make it a timeless classic. My favorite version that we have done is this same sofa in a client’s library, upholstered in pale gray silk velvet.}

In the end, I decided to go with a pair of Hannah Sofas which will be perfect for our living room in terms of scale and aesthetic. I will be adding some beautiful, new decorative pillows as well. I knew going into this project that I wanted white sofas. Knowing that I am a complete stickler for stains and imperfections, I decided I should do what I recommend to all of my clients and had the sofas upholstered in a great Perennials fabric which not only looks and feels beautiful, but it is basically bulletproof. My favorite for light colored upholstery is Perennials Rough N Rowdy in Sea Salt. It has great texture and a little variation in the threads to make it more forgiving than a pure, stark white. I am so excited about the finished product and can’t wait for my new sofas to arrive so that my living room can be complete. I know that they will transform the space.


I have been a fan of Verellen for years, so I am thrilled to partner with them in my own home. Founded in 1999 Tom and Sabine Verellen, natives of Antwerp, Belgium, Verellen brings together a perfect combination of European sophistication and American comfort. Verellen is an eco-friendly manufacturer, who prides itself on sourcing the most sustainable materials available ­– FSC Certified lumber, reclaimed metal coils, hand-spun natural fibers, and even recycled packing materials – all a Verellen standard. Every piece of furniture in their  line is made-to-order at their manufacturing facility in High Point, North Carolina, so I have the satisfaction of knowing that our new sofas are eco-friendly and sustainably made by hand in America.

If you will be heading to High Point for furniture market next weekend, be sure to visit the Verellen showroom. It’s always one of my favorite stops on my High Point tour because it feels like a little slice of St.Barth’s in the middle of North Carolina. Everything is clean-lined and upholstered in classic neutrals, so it is also a nice respite from the visual overload that comes with market. Plus, you get to test the cozy comfort of Verellen’s seating in person! In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a peek of some signature Verellen pieces.





Visit the Verellen Showroom in High Point!

515 South Hamilton Street

High Point, NC 27260


{This post is generously sponsored by Verellen. All opinions are genuinely my own.}

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