The Day I Designed A Coral Sofa

Howdy friends! Man, I needed a week or so to get back to normal, and to process my few days spent in North Carolina for the La-Z-Boy Design Dash event where I designed a coral sofa! My oh my it was a jam-packed, super fun, and amazing event. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen all of the excitement that went on. I have never experienced anything like it but it was incredible.

Okay so where to begin…oh yea, the coral sofa I designed.

Coral Leather Sofa |

Stick with me here guys there’s a lot of info to break down in this post. But it will be fun! :) But yowsa! A coral sofa! And it’s LEATHER!! Soft, rich, buttery leather from La-Z-Boy.

When I was asked if I wanted to attend this event I had no idea what to expect. All we were told to do was go to our local store and design any sofa we wanted. And we knew that they were going to make whatever we picked out and would have it in North Carolina when we got there. Sure sounds good to me!

So I went to my store and originally picked something different, and then went back a 2nd time and went a totally different direction instead of safe neutral like I had done.  And I have to give a shout out to my SA’s at my La-Z-Boy store Jennifer and Sharon–they were great and so knowledgeable about design and it was fun to chat with ladies who were passionate about the same thing I am.

When they showed me the coral leather swatch I was immediately sold. It was gorgeous. And it was bold. Then Jennifer put every upgrade possible on this sofa (it’s the Talbot sofa) including soft comfy down cushions. Heaven.

We we arrived in North Carolina, I was immediately in awe with where we stayed, at the Proximity Hotel.


The hotel was just gorgeous. And the bathroom was also amazing. That night we had a cocktail party and met up with the La-Z-Boy team and mingled with everyone and my blogging friends. It’s so fun to see everyone in real life since we have formed friendships over the years.

Blog Friends

Image stolen from Rhoda, but that’s Brittany, Rhoda, Me, Ashley, and Beth.

Then my new BFF Mark, who just happens to be the VP of Marketing for La-Z-Boy opened us up in prayer.


Just kidding. I couldn’t resist. But he did speak about La-Z-Boy and his passion for the company was clearly evident. It was awesome.

Then those white curtains were whisked open and we were led to this.


Is that not the most gorgeous table you’ve ever seen? I swear man, these people pulled out all the stops. Everything was so detailed and beautiful. See that runner on the table? That’s made with LZB fabric.

The floral arrangements were just stunning too.

Design Dash Tablescape |

Needless to say, I was impressed. Very impressed.

To top it off THE president of La-Z-Boy was there with us all night, Mark Bacon.


He is such a nice down to earth guy and I really saw that night how passionate this company is about their products.  And you can tell by all of the LZB employees from across the U.S. that attended the event, that this is just a great company to work for. I bet they have amazing Christmas parties. And their products are made in the good ole USA!

And if you think of Granny and Gramps’ old puffy blue recliners when you hear La-Z-Boy, think again friends. They are up to date and on trend now with their furniture and fabrics and you will be amazed when you see more.

After dinner we were swept away to the secret design-dash event we had no idea what we were in for.  It was held in the 2-story showroom in High Point Market and wow, it was amazing. Gorgeous furniture I’ve never seen!


I know that picture isn’t all that amazing, but I felt it was amazing enough to post. What was amazing though was their Design Dash Wall of Fame!

Design Dash Wall of Fame

Seriously?! I swear they did everything and then some. They scored some major brownie points. Not that they need them but wow, impressive.

So this next part is where the real fun began. We had these shopping carts like they used to have on Supermarket Sweep (loved that show!) and we had 2 hours to RUN through the showroom and pick out items for our room that we had never seen.

Shopping Basket

We hadn’t even seen our sofas that we designed yet. It was crazy. All accessories, rugs, art, lighting etc had to be chosen. And if something was already tagged by another blogger you couldn’t take it so it was really nuts. But oh so fun. They had some La-Z-Boy designers there to help us with shopping and putting our rooms together, and shout out to Michael who helped me and Beth.

Somehow I wasn’t even nervous for this which is odd to me. But talk about me doing a video and I’ll vomit. More on that later.

Y’all still with me?? Hope so because I’ll be quizzing you.

To have a little fun break, you must check out this video La-Z-Boy put together about the Design Dash. It’s just a teaser of what’s to come, and how things happened that night in the showroom. I crack up each time I watch it.

The next day, we went to Kreber studios where all of our sofas were. This was the first time we got to see our sofas and our rooms that we had to design. It was a total blank slate, except for the paint color on the walls that we chose ahead of time.


Intimidating much? Nah! But that sofa? LOVE.

We even had our own director’s chairs, which also now lives at my real house!


The team had brought all of the items we chose from the night before to the studios. I seriously don’t know how they did it all but people basically worked all night long.

And wow this is long so I think I’m going to leave you hanging until Monday so you can see the full reveal of the room I did with the coral sofa. I know, hate me. But it was pretty awesome. I wish I had that room here! And also on Monday, I have something AWESOME for you all from La-Z-Boy, and the voting will begin on our rooms! So of course I will beg for votes on the room I did, but honestly, each blogger’s room was spectacular. Really. And, there are going to be webisodes. Yes, webisodes. We all had to do some video footage. It nearly killed me, but I survived. I hope their editor is majorly skillful at what he does because we all know how I am with videos and all…..

Until then, those were my adventures in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was really a dream come true and I would love to design sets like that every day. Super super fun. Can’t wait to show you everything else!

UPDATE: See the full room makeover in this post!



p.s.- Trip and accommodations were provided by La-Z-Boy which was totally awesome. Even the wine.

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  1. Oh I love the coral sofa, that is just fabulous. Can’t wait to see your room. Hugs, Marty

  2. I was just in our local LZB gallery this past weekend. I am ordering the Mya sofa and 2 Riley chairs for my family room makepver. I could not believe how on trend and how well made their product was. I kinda fell in love :) I’ll be back to see that room, Lady! :) Glad you had a great time.

  3. Wow… I love that coral sofa! Can’t wait to see what you did with it.

    I also love the fabric on that table runner. I wish they would market some of their fabric like HGTV does.

  4. I can’t believe you are making us wait! I would never have gone for a coral sofa like that, but I have a strong suspicion I am going to see your gorgeous room when it’s all done and feel a burning desire for a colorful sofa.

    What you said about the guy being passionate about Lazy-Boy? That’s so great to hear! I love it when people feel good about their company because that? It changes lives. It makes the world a better place. I love shopping at Lazy-Boy because they help you find furniture which actually fits your body. I’m 5’4″ and most sofas are made for giants.

  5. Nooooooooooo- I hate it when TV shows, movies, books, & now blogs leave you hanging!!! LOL Today is Weds- we have to wait til Monday??? I want that coral sofa!! If they dont make that a staple in Lazy Boys line I would be surprised!! Love everything. I wanna see more videos… LOL

  6. I LOVE the sofa you picked! What an amazing experience :)

  7. That’s a really cool color! I love coral. It can be a bit overpowering, but there are a plethora of colors that do a great job to accent coral, in my opinion. Thanks for the information and I’ll be looking into some more creative looking furniture after I get everything installed for my home security system!

  8. Love the coral sofa! I’ve seen some other posts about the Design Dash and it sounds so fun! I did not know you all were staying at the Proximity….it’s right down the road from where I live. What fun it would be to meet all of you bloggers that I follow in person.

  9. Love, love, love the coral. Can’t wait for the reveal!!!

  10. Michelle Wilson says:

    Very anxious and excited to see the results…

  11. I still haven’t forgiven you for snagging that white shag rug first thing…kidding of course. Great write up Emily!

  12. Beautiful sofa Emily!! I can’t wait to see the whole reveal and I’m secretly hoping you get a knock on your door and everything that was put in your “room” is delivered to you!!! What a fun experience for you all!

  13. I am currently trying to find a new sofa and nothing has impressed me enough to purchase. The coral sofa you designed is EXACTLY what I have been looking for!!! Can one like it be purchased from LaZBoy?

    • Hi Julia yes! You can just go into your local showroom to order. The color of that leather is just called Coral, and it’s their only orangey one really so it will be easy to find! Enjoy!

  14. WOW, that sofa is awesome and I’m not an orange/coral person (ROLL TIDE). Rhoda has already shared her room and it was very pretty but I can’t wait to see what you did with that sofa. Hmmmmmm. Voting may not be easy.

  15. My Lazyboy recliner is the best chair I have ever bought.

  16. You’re killing me!! What an amazing event and opportunity. SO looking forward to seeing the reveal on Monday.

  17. cindy tuchscherer says:

    I absolutely love it! It’s my favorite color and goes with almost everything. I have that color almost through out my home! GREAT JOB EMILY!

  18. Emily,

    What an event!
    Youre a true professional. Wish I was invited…
    That deisgn is so beautiful.I’m so glad we get to see more photos! It’s like getting an insiders view!

    My eyes are glued on your site the past month because i’m thinking about taking an interior design course at a college…I’m saving money for it!


  19. Looks like you had a lot of fun and the coral couch is a great choice for the competition. Looks as though it came out very well by the way.

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