1/22/2015

couch shopping


BDDW Grane Sofa- one of my dream couches

For Christmas in 2013, Matt gifted me living room furniture.  It was such a great present!  I do not really want to delve into too much of my couch shopping history.  It is pathetic and can induce eye rolling.  Let's just say I started off with a brown couch.  A brown living room for that matter.  Everything was so brown and neutral.



Since I have not blogged about the interiors of my home in awhile, let me speed this up.  Owen ripped out the right side of the curtain rod (thank goodness), and I sold my cream rug.  I found a black and white rug on Craigslist.

Christmas 2013

I sold couch and moved chairs in its place.



Hung a quilt and moved in a long bench opposite of the chairs.
These photos are from my personal Instagram account. (@nancy_purvis for my personal life // @owensolivia for my sewing life)


All the artwork from under the couch was now leaning up against the wall.


And then I painted my walls white about two months ago, which is not pictured in any of the photos above.  Those three simple changes made a big impact for my living room, in my opinion.

We kept our living room like this for almost a year.  It worked just fine for our small family, but I soon felt the need for a couch to lounge on.

I looked at so many couches before choosing one, and I will share with you the top picks.  I wanted a single cushion with a tufted back or a single cushion back to avoid that sloppy, slouchy pillow look that seems to happen after years of use.  I also preferred to have a couch that was at least 90" wide, but I believe the standard is anywhere from 80"-84".  At least, that is what it seemed like when shopping.   I didn't realize how hard it actually would be to find something within my criteria, and when I finally felt like I found the dream couch, it was way out of my price range.  

I narrowed it down to these choices.

West Elm  Crosby Sofa

Pros:  It was comfortable and long.  Customer service is great.
Cons: Two back pillows and their gray color was just okay.



Thrive Furniture Jefferson Sofa

Pros:  The right length and one seat cushion and back.  They had a good gray color.
Cons: Cannot test it out to check for comfort and didn't want to deal with return shipping if it didn't work out.


West Elm Ainslie Sofa

Pros:  Good color, tufted back one seat cushion.
Cons:  Cannot test it out for comfort.  Return shipping.  Too short in length.


Kim Salmela Coco Sofa

This was my dream couch (and still is).  It has everything I wanted, but the price tag was just too high.
Pros:  Very comfortable, handmade in the USA, long, tufted, and one seat cushion.  Legs can be customized.
Cons:  price



So what did I pick?  I actually chose none of these, and I will share my new couch in a different post.  It's okay.  I would scream and kick and hate me too for doing that to you.  :)   But it already took me  an hour to write up this short post, and this mama has a home to attend to!

Thanks for stopping in!!  No, seriously.  You are amazing, and I love you.  Are any of these your favorite?  Which one would you have picked?  Do you have hard time finding the "perfect" couch?

xx nancy

One year ago: The EM quilt
Two years ago:  A look at my vintage sound system
Three years ago: How to paint chevrons


8 comments:

  1. We bought a new couch a couple of years ago. Spent a fortune on it. Or at least for us. It already has that slouchy pillow look :(. Not that it isn't comfy, but you know... I'm digging the one in the very first photo.

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  2. Love the last one!! My husband surprised me with a new couch and 2 new recliners last year for Christmas...brown.leather...HATE them but I'm stuck with them, probably forever! He keeps making these weird choices about window coverings and furniture - I've just decided to let him do what he wants and not stress about it. I've told him how much I hate the choices he makes - every time he does it, but it doesn't keep him from doing it again. I just had to either give up what I want for decor or give him up...I'll keep him!

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    1. Ha!! That is so funny!! Maybe he'll get it one day, but you definitely deserve wife of the year! You are so patient and loving!! :)

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  3. Oooh... the Jefferson is fantastic! I have a 10+ year old brown leather Pottery Barn sofa that has held up amazingly well through kids and pets, but I'm so beyond tired of brown. It is rich & chocolately, and goes well with hardwood floors and turquoise/celadon/linen, but it. is. so. brown. I'll live vicariously through you!

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    1. Ha!! You sure can! Leather is a great option for families! And yes, brown leather goes with everything! :)

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  4. I love the big red plus quilt! The stripes in the red add nice interest to the big block. Looks great :) Now I kind of want to whip up one of these for my wall....maybe black and white...

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  5. wow really nice. Great post! I found it very useful. Love the final result. Thanks for the inspiration and the tips. read more

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