How’s that Holding Up?


Over the past couple weeks I’ve been getting questions via social media and the blog about the sectional in my living room. I appreciate your interest. It’s always nice to know if a product (especially a large purchase) is passing the test of time.

Today, I thought I’d pop in and share some quick reviews of a few pieces that you may be interested in purchasing yourself. My thoughts are always completely my own here on IBC, whether a post is sponsored or not. However, I did want to point out that this is not a sponsored post.

Finally, since I’m currently transitioning my decor to fall (Fall Home Tour coming soon!) I’m using some older photos (taken a few months ago) with these reviews.

West Elm Henry Sectional: Performance Velvet, Dove Gray

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I’ve had this sectional for about 1.5 years. I still love it as much as the day I got it. I find it very comfortable. I’m 6’1″ and the length fits me perfectly. I have two cats (with their front claws removed), and they’ve caused zero damage to the piece. For fur removal I use a combination of a vacuum and clear packing tape rolled around my hand. This typically happens weekly. Both cats like the couch (which was also important to me.)

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After some use, the back cushions do get slouchy looking. However, with a quick fluff, they look great again. Most of the cushions are reversible and interchangeable (with the exception of the corner) so if you tend to favor one area of the couch, you can move the cushions around or flip them upside-down. I usually do this seasonally.

Recommended: Yes

Pottery Barn Sumner Dining Table: Rustic Pine

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I got this table almost three years ago. I love me a little farmhouse, so the style is perfect. It’s also extremely sturdy, and I love the turned wood legs. With the extensions, this table can seat a crowd. However, the way that the table is set in my space, I don’t have enough room to use them. (That’s my bad.) My issues with the table center around the tabletop.

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First, the color is more of an orange rather than a natural pine color. Also, the pine is very soft. I have several nicks and small gouges from everyday use. Finally, the top is planked. There are gaps between a few of the planks that are large enough to collect dust and crumbs. This makes the table top a pain to clean, and it looks gross if you don’t. So, if the color goes in your space, and you’re very careful with the top, this could work for you.

Recommend: Maybe

Serena & Lily Hanging Chair: Natural

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I decided to share this as a lesson learned. I fell for the hanging chair trend and bought this somewhat impulsive. While the quality of the chair is spectacular and solid (It easily holds my brother who is a big guy.), I just don’t use it that much. It’s more of a conversation piece, and everyone who comes into my house tries it out. To be honest, it’s really not that practical. I do have hope for it, though. I’m thinking that in my next house I’ll be able to use it outside under a porch or overhang. I think that would make more sense, and it would get used more. My point here: Think about the practicality of things before purchasing them.

Recommend: Yes, if practical.


CB2 Office Furniture (Stairway Bookcases and Go-Cart Rolling Desks)

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I’ve had both of these pieces for about two years. First, let’s talk about the Stairway Bookcases. I really do love these guys. They fit perfectly in the space and create great storage. The finish on them has also held up well. Sometimes, finishes like this will yellow with time or exposure to sunlight, but these guys have stayed crisp and white. My only complaint is that sometimes they are overwhelming to style and decorate. Ha! Because my computer faces these, I find myself looking at them a lot. I’m constantly wanting to move things around. The open sides and back make styling them a little more tricky than the standard bookcase.

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The Go-Cart Rolling Desks are holding up just as nicely. While a white desktop is hard to keep spotless (You will usually find a coffee ring or two on my desk.), they are easy to clean. The only issue I have with the top is where my iMac sits. I think it’s the result of metal on metal. The area looks a bit worn. I’d recommend using a monitor riser or first putting some pads under anything metal. Overall, both pieces are serving me well.

Recommend: Yes

I hope you found these reviews helpful. If you have additional questions about any of these things, please leave a comment below. If there are other items, DIY projects, or even recipes you’re curious about, also let me know via the comments.

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  • Silvana Joanne at

    Great review and I appreciate your honesty. The hanging chair always seemed a little unpractical to me but it does look wonderful in that corner of your home. I guess it just doesn’t look that comfortable. I’m looking forward to your fall home tour! Best, Silvana

  • MEB at

    Hi – Can you tell me where the coffee table is from? Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s from Wayfair.

      xo Michael

  • Sheila at

    Thank you for this review. Your home is so lovely filled with interesting decor. I agree about the chair. From what I have observed about your decor, you usually choose decor that is comfortable, practical and adds much style and beauty. Your bookcases would drive me crazy. You are orderly and organized keeping them uncluttered. They add much style and visual interest along with functioning for needed storage. My bookcases are kept behind closed doors so no one will see the clutter and so I will not have to dust nearly as often! As much as I love your bookcase, I’m keeping mine just the way it is. 🙂

    So excited for the upcoming reveal of your fall decor. PLEASE don’t stress out and put pressure on yourself as you prepare this project. We love your style and your home. And your honest comments as observed in this post. It makes you real just like us and allows us to identify with many of your thoughts. I also remember your words and try not to make design mistakes such as impulsiveness. Step back, analyze (probably more likely agonize) for some days before buying. I also learned from you to seek comfort, style, beauty and most importantly function. And we love the before and after pictures.

    As far as recipes, you always produce delicious ones. But a while back you talked about getting in shape and indulging occasionally (80/20 rule?). A favorite indulgence of ours is your cinnamon in iron skillet recipe. If you have created or made any nutritionally enriched recipes that are delicious, please share them. Really like your entertaining post with food ideas.

  • Karen at

    Please tell me your cats came to you with their front claws already removed and that you didn’t inflict that torture on them. It’s such a horrible thing to do to a cat.

    • Reenie at

      I KNEW there would be a comment about his cats being declawed. All 5 of my cats that I have had have been declawed.

    • appalled at

      That stood out more than any piece of furniture ? what a disgraceful thing to do

  • TidyMom at

    What perfect timing – I’m in the market for a sectional for our family room – which currently has a grey faux velvet with tufted baking sofa and love seat. While I love the look, my 6’4″ husband doesn’t find them very comfortable and after almost 3 years, the cushions are starting to get lumpy. So I’ve been looking for a sectional, in a similar color (which yours is). –not sure if you know Kellie from Nest of Posies, but she just shared her blue sofa and OH MY… I’m thinking it would be fun to add color like that!! So I’m headed to Macy’s this weekend to look at sofas, I’ll have to stop in West Elm and see if they have yours in the store too!!

  • Hailey~FurnishMyWay at

    I love me a good review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the pieces you’ve added to your home. That swing would look fabulous on the front porch! I would definitely consider that if you have the space. Looks great!

  • Vanessa at

    Just reading this now…thanks for taking the time to do this, I like that you are honest about it. I have a PB dining table as well…the same thing has happened to our table…I am wondering about sanding and painting it? Also, I have cushions that get slouchy as well…I learned, if you put them in the dryer on fluff without slipcover, they magically look better and poufed! Thanks for info, good to know!!

  • Carrie at

    I have the EXACT same sectional from West Elm AND I have two cats and a dog. It is PERFECT and pet proof! Love!!



    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It was from CB2. It’s no longer for sale.

      xo Michael

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  • Claire nemeth at

    Can you tell me the paint color you used behind the sectional?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s Aloof Gray from Sherwin Williams.

      xo Michael

  • Jen at

    Hi Michael,

    Great blog! I just found it while searching for images of the CB2 bookcase (which I just purchased). Would you please tell me where you found the brass fish planter on the top of the shelf? I love it!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s actually from CB2 as well. Haha!

      xo Michael

      • jen at

        Thx! Sadly, it’s no longer available. Drat.

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