Article Burrard Sofa Review

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Transforming the front room of our house into a cozy study has been such a rewarding project! I’ve still been making minor tweaks to the space since sharing its grand reveal last month, but I wanted to take some time to talk to you all about what we think of our Burrard sofa from Article. So many people have been reaching out on Instagram to ask me what I think about it, but I think I ought to say a bit more than “We like it!”

When selecting a sofa for your home, there’s quite a bit to consider. Before choosing the Burrard sofa, I considered the ideal sofa size, seat depth, arm thickness, and upholstery fabric for the study. I wanted to talk about what I was looking for in this space, and hopefully it will help you if you’re embarking on your own sofa shopping adventure!

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that Article provided me with this sofa in exchange for images and blog post material for the study makeover series that I shared at A Beautiful Mess. But I can assure you that all of my opinions I’m about to share are authentic and honest.

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1. Sofa Size

Although the study is a relatively small room in our house, I knew I wanted a full size sofa for napping and sharing with the entire family. Article has a variety of full-size sofa lengths to choose from, and some smaller versions of those sofas too. There’s a smaller version of the Burrard, but I ended up going with the full-size for this room and then selecting smaller end tables so the space wouldn’t feel crowded.

2. Sofa Bulk

Sofa designs vary quite a bit when it comes to arm and back thicknesses. I knew I didn’t want to waste any space with a bulkier back and arms, so I checked out the dimensions listed on Article’s website for each sofa. The Burrard had some of the slimmest arms and back of all the sofa styles. The slimmer arms also made the Burrard feel more sleek and sophisticated.

3. Seat Depth

Because this sofa would be primarily used as a place for cudding up with a book, and often sharing a seat with our kids, I knew I wanted a sofa with sufficiently deep seats. I liked the look of Article’s Parker sofa, but after comparing its seat depth to other seats in our home, I realized I wouldn’t be as happy with its depth. If I was designing a room to function more as a sitting room, and less of a spot to really cozy up, the Parker maybe would’ve been a better fit.

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4. Comfort

When it comes to the comfort-level of a sofa, people are surprisingly varied in their opinions. I like to have a bit of something to sink into, mostly at my back, but I know other people like a ton of cushion. I suppose I fall somewhere in the middle with wanting firm/soft cushions. For me, comfort is more about proportions, such as the depth of the seat and height of the back.

The Burrard’s cushions were actually super firm when the sofa arrived, and I was a bit nervous. What have I done?! But as we used the sofa occasionally over the course of two months, they softened up a bit and now they feel perfect. The back is much more cushiony, but it still maintains its shape and doesn’t slump or look sloppy. I’m really happy with it now.

5. Upholstery

When you think about a study, usually worn leather furniture comes to mind. I had it stuck in my head that we just had to get a leather sofa for in this space, but in the end Phil said he preferred fabric to leather, and I had to agree. When faced with the choice between snuggling up on a leather sofa or a fabric one, we’d choose fabric every time!

Fabric isn’t usually as rugged as leather, but you can order fabric samples from Article if you need reassured that the fabric thickness will last well over time. I’ve had no pilling issues with the seasalt gray upholstery fabric of our Burrard, and while it’s soft enough to the touch, it seems like it will hold up well over time. In the past I’ve sprayed my sofas with Scotchguard to protect it from spills and stains, but since the Burrard’s cushion covers are removable, I’m not too worried about messes. Besides, this is a less used room in our home, so it’s less likely that stain issues will happen in here.

6. Sofa Color

This is a highly personal choice, and is usually influenced by the design of the room. I love using slipcovers for furniture, so I wasn’t too trigger shy about committing to a sofa color. In the end, I felt like gray was a safe color, and it gave me a lot of options for coordinating accessories. I was a little disappointed that the fabric color was cooler than the gray that Article’s website shows, but not enough that I felt like I couldn’t be happy with it in my home. Of course, I could’ve ordered fabric samples ahead of time, but I probably still would’ve gone with the seasalt gray.



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Let me know if you have any questions about Article’s furniture or the Burrard sofa! I’m also working with Article for our outdoor project, and I couldn’t be happier with my selections! I’m excited to share that space soon. I’ll also be sharing an update on the adjustments I’ve made to the study soon. I know you’re probably thinking I should leave well enough alone, but I can’t help myself! :)

Plans for the Patio Makeover

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As much as I’d like to take a break from house projects after finishing up the study makeover, Summer is prime time for home renovations in Ohio, so I’m trucking along! Next up will be work on our patio and powder room.

Obviously we want to fix up our patio in time to enjoy it this summer and fall, so I’m hoping we can get this project done in the next two weeks! Here’s what our patio looks like right now (above). The wood needs stripped, refinished, and restained, and the traditional lattice privacy fence is going bye bye.

top left image: Musta Ovi / top right image: The Brick House

Slatwood Privacy Fence

In place of the existing lattice, I plan to put up slat wood lattice strips for fencing, much like the image above. Then I’ll plant something that can climb the lattice and add the magic of greenery to this space. Right now I’m undecided about how I should finish the lattice strips. I have stacks and stacks of pressure treated lattice strips waiting in my garage to be finished, but I can’t decide if I want a natural wood look, white washed, or a pickled type of finish. Our house is currently a putty gray color, but we plan to have it painted white next year, so I want the color of the patio to go with the future look of our siding, not the current look.

Climbing Greenery

I’m also pretty unsure about what kind of climbing plant to use on the privacy fence. Also, do I plant some in pots on the patio to climb up the inside of the patio, or do I just plant it in the ground on the outside of the patio fence? I know I’d like to see it in the seating area, but it will need to be a plant that is easily controlled. So far I’m considering clematis, hops, wisteria, and honeysuckle. Clematis seems to be the top contender, but in general I’m concerned about using a flowering plant because of not wanting bees hanging out with us on the patio. (I’ll plant flowers in the front of our house to help out the bees, but I’m not looking to do that where we will be dining with our children.)


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Modern Slatwood Dining Nook

Continuing with the slat wood look, I’m also super interested in using lattice strips to make a cozy dining nook at one end of the patio, much like this inspiration image above. It would be a sort of a pergola, but the slats would be made of lattice strips and would be positioned much tighter together than a traditional pergola. I would like the slats to be far enough apart to still allow light and climbing greenery to show through, but it should also provide shade for our dining area.

I’m also considering adding outdoor curtains to the dining area to give it more separation from the lounge part of the patio, and to add one more barrier to the road noise behind our backyard. Our backyard has a busy road behind it, so road noise is an issue. One day we want to plant a tall, dense, hedgerow, but one thing at a time! At least our patio is on the side of the house so the road noisy isn’t too obnoxious.

patio plans

If you’ve been following me for some time on Instagram stories, you’ll know how much I love doing a Photoshop mock-up before beginning any project! It’s a skill I’ve developed through the years beginning when I was earning my interior design degree in college, and it’s proven to be quite useful in imagining each of my home projects!

I’m planning to keep this outdoor space pretty neutral, as it is visible from both our kitchen and our living room windows. I don’t want it to add color and chaos to the kitchen and living room, and besides, I want something that will compliment all of the beauty of the outdoors, rather than competing with it.

patio plans

I’m working with one of my favorite furniture brands, Article, for most of the furnishings for the patio, but I’ve also purchased some additional items to fill out the space, such as a propane fire pit, an articulating patio umbrella, outdoor rug, and lighting. I’ll link everything at the end of this post.

Fencing Color Options

The last decision I’m faced with before beginning work this weekend is the color for the fencing. What do you guys think? Should I go for dark and dramatic with a boldly contrasting wall, medium-wood tone that adds richness and warmth, a white-washed look that allows for some wood warmth to show through, or white paint for a crisp and fresh backdrop?

stain options

Let me know what you think about color options! We begin work on Saturday, and I couldn’t be more excited! Can’t wait to share the results.

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The Study is Finished + New Custom Blinds!

home library makeover

I’m so excited to share our finished study with you all! The design of this space underwent a few changes before beginning the actual work, but I’m really happy with how it ended up. You can read about the planning of the study makeover here and here, and if you want to see the full reveal, check out this blog post at A Beautiful Mess.

I’ll be sharing more about our experience with the furniture we selected for the study, and a even few fun adjustments I have planned for later this summer. But first I wanted to talk about the window treatments I chose, plus how you can save 20% on your own window shade order!

Blinds.com reached out a few months ago about working with me on a space in our home, but I really couldn’t decide what kind of window treatments I wanted. It took me a while of considerations and back and forth decision making before I settled on using woven wood shades in the study. Phil and I were both so pleased with how the warm texture of the shades really finished up the study, that we just sat and stared at the windows for probably about a half hour after we installed the shades! We liked it so much that we decided to put up a similar shade in the kitchen too.

home library makeover

This before and after shot gives me so much life. Before the makeover, this room felt more like a box than anywhere to rest or study. Now it feels nice and cozy, but also more spacious, oddly enough! This post is sponsored by Blinds.com, but I really have to give a lot of heartfelt praise for the way these woven wood shades really completed the coziness of the room. They also really helped add a touch of boho to a space which could very easily feel pretty traditional, considering the rows of books and the crown moulding details. It was just the perfect touch of coastal casual that my heart desired.

When blinds.com had initially reached out to me months ago, I was really into the idea of using relaxed roman shades, or something like that, everywhere in our house. It really was a game-time decision that led me to try a warmer, more textural shade made of woven wood. As soon as the huge pile of woven wood samples arrived, I knew this was the look for me, but it was difficult to narrow them down to ones that worked the best for the study.

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Window Shade Style Selection in the Study

I ended up selecting from the blinds.com brand of woven wood shade in the Terra Oak color, because it was a bit darker than the shade of our wall color, and the warmth of the wood tones in the shade tied in nicely with the window frames. It also contrasts nicely with the lighter wood flooring in the study. The warmth of the shade adds a nice contrast to the cooler tones of grays, metals, and glass in the room, and it nicely filters the light from the windows.

When I ordered the shades, I spoke on the phone with Danielle at Blinds.com to make sure I was properly measuring my windows for a perfect inside-mount installation. She also explained functionality options for each of the shade styles I chose (in the study and kitchen), so I felt 100% confident making the choice that was best for each room.

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Window Shade Installation

I was so excited when the shades were delivered, but then I remember that I had to instal them myself, and I was less than gleeful to have even more work ahead of me after all of the tedious work of the room renovation. I wish I would’ve known how easy the blinds would be to instal, though, because I could’ve been spared that mental stress! It was seriously easy.

For the installation of my inside-mount shades, all I had to do was screw the metal bracket to the inside of the window frame, then use nuts to secure the shade onto those brackets. I installed three shades within 15 minutes. Love it. More time to sit and stare at their beauty afterwards.

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Enjoy my cheesy glee at how easy and beautiful my new shades are! This dorky grin is absolutely the real deal, folks. Sorry I’m not so good at playing it cool.

white kitchen makeover

After choosing a deeper, more dramatic color for the study, I was a bit worried the room would feel incongruous with the rest of our home. I was trying to think of a way to easily bring an element or two from the study into other rooms in our house, when it occurred to me that incorporating similar woven wood shades in the kitchen would be a great way to do that!

Our kitchen renovation was technically finished at the end of last year, but I had been wanting to put up some kind of window treatment long before the kitchen’s grand reveal. I just couldn’t settle on what kind of treatment to use, though. Relaxed roman shade? Traditional roman shade? Woven wood shade? Some kind of DIY curtain/blind situation? It definitely needed something, though, as the sun is known to blast through that window during the first half of the day.

I’m really glad to have this light-filtering shade in here finally, but I’m actually glad that I had waited to settle on exactly what felt right for the kitchen. These woven wood shade feel so perfect in this space. The woven wood adds a warm vibe to a generally stark white kitchen, and also gives more context to the wooden frame of the window. Plus, I’m really happy with how it brings in that textural element from the study. I think the choice of using the same woven wood shade in here really makes my home feel more cohesive.

kitchen renovation before and after

Here’s a before and after shot of the kitchen space from the grand reveal in January. It looks nice and finished, but still missing one little detail. The woven wood shade feels like the perfect finishing touch. And let me tell you, it’s nice to be able to stand at the sink without any annoying glare from the sun.

I chose an unlined shade to achieve a light-filtering effect, rather than blocking out some of the light in this room with a lined shade. The shade does have more of a presence in the room that is visible in photographs, because window light does blow out objects when photographing a window. But I tried my best to get the most accurate images of the window. You can see more of the texture of the blind in real life, but this picture does show how the shades don’t really block a lot of light, so our kitchen still feels pretty bright. (We also have a sliding glass door in the adjacent dining space which helps light up this room.)

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Window Shade Style Selection in the Kitchen

For the kitchen, I did choose a slightly lighter woven wood tone than I had chosen for the study, considering the walls in here are stark white— much brighter than the study. I’m really happy with the color and the texture of the Kula Sandy Beach style that I chose for the kitchen window. I also chose a cordless style for in here because I didn’t want to worry about wrapping cords on cord cleats every time I put the shade up or down. The cordless style ended up being super convenient and easy to use.

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Top/Down Shades vs Cordless Shades

For the woven wood shades I chose, there isn’t a cordless option for the top/down functionality. I decided it was worth the cords in the study in order to be able to get the top/down function. The study is at the front of our house, and sometimes we want to allow extra light in by putting the top of the shade down, while still maintaining the privacy of having the lower half of the window covered.

The shades do come with cord cleats, but I haven’t quite decided where to put them, so I haven’t installed them yet. It is a matter of safety for children, though, so I need to get on that!

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Thanks to Blinds.com for sponsoring this post and for hooking me up with these awesome shades! If you guys have any questions about the shades of about ordering from blinds.com, let me know in the comments, and I’ll be happy to chat with you.

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