Designers’ Own Home: Emily’s New Beginning Part 1

Emily shares with us the first part of the interior design of her new apartment for our Designers’ Own Home series. This article is taking a look at rentals and large furniture. (Spoiler alert: she makes it work, and it looks good.) Enjoy! 


I recently moved to a new rental in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. I have been in Philadelphia for almost seven years, and I have lived in six different rentals. These homes have varied in size from a small two bedroom apartments to a full town home. When you move frequently, It can be intimidating to purchase large furniture pieces.

A big ticket item, such as a sofa or sectional, might be hardest to select. A sofa is central to a living room’s interior design, yet it can be impossible to determine what your living space itself will be like in a future home you might rent. I had been lugging around a wonderfully comfortable soft green sofa that came from my parents’ basement. This sofa was purchased around 2006 from IKEA, and had seen better days. Last year, at my previous rental, I deciding to take the plunge and purchase a sectional. My boyfriend is tall, and lounging on a 7’ sofa was no longer working for us. I knew I would not be staying in that rental forever, but I desperately needed a new sofa, so I took a calculated risk. I looked to IKEA because I wanted a modern look without breaking my budget, and I wanted to be able to test sit the sectional.


I must say IKEA has come a long way. We purchased the Nockeby sofa with chaise in a dark gray fabric. Although you must assemble the sectional there are upsides to its design. If you needed to reverse the way the sectional faces you can take it completely apart and reassemble it. You would just need to purchase the slip cover for the new configuration.

And that brings me to the slipcovers. These covers are fitted and attach using velcro underneath the seat. The plus to this is you can always change it out if it gets too worn.



So far I have been satisfied with the purchase and how it worked into my interior design plan. If you are in the market for a new sofa or sectional I would recommend looking around at different companies, and test sitting your top options. There are a variety of price points, qualities, and styles. If you are aware of the different choices, you will be able to make a decision that works for you now, and hopefully one that will work for you in the future, no matter where life takes you. – Emily

Have a great sofa recommendation? Share with our readers in the comments below. Emily’s Part 2 of her apartment interior design will focus on decor and styling.  

1 Comment
  • Hayley Quant
    Posted at 13:29h, 08 June Reply

    Emily & Amy helped us choose a sofa for our family room – my husband wanted a recliner, but I didn’t want a clunky recliner taking up space and really wanted a sectional. We ended up with the Reese sectional from La-Z-Boy with a recliner on both ends are we are thrilled with the style and the comfort.

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