I’m 29 and pregnant and this is my first real piece of furniture to purchase. I’m officially a big kid now! We needed more seating in our main living room. We have a black leather IKEA couch and the free chair I painted and re-upholstered in Florida. The seating thing typically just means that I end up on the floor, which is not a huge deal. Andy usually doesn’t usually care what I do as far as home decor goes, well, as long as it doesn’t involve him, ha! (You know like building a suspended desk or something crazy!) For whatever reason, he was adamant about having a love seat and not 2 chairs in our living room, something like this. Even though 2 chairs would have been the cheaper option for sure. Maybe he just really likes to sit close to me ; ) So, I’ve been on a hunt to find the perfect sized love seat to replace the orange chair.
This dilemma has been dragging on and on. I’ve searched my friend, Craigslist for months, browsed online for hours, toured many a thrift stores, I’ve done my homework. Here’s the dealio, the love seat had to be less than 65 in. long. That’s really hard to find! From my research, I’ve discovered love seats are not that common, I think sectionals are kinda taking over the market. Anyhow, I could have easily gotten the matching IKEA black love seat that was exactly 65 in. long, but that was soooo boring. I really wanted something fun and spunky to coordinate with the black couch, but not match it perfectly. Oh plus, I was annoyed that the love seat was going to cost way more ($879) than the couch, since we got such a good deal on her ($585)! And then I found this girl at West Elm. It’s called the Sutton Sofette and it comes in lots of fun fabrics. It’s the perfect size and when it finally went on sale, I had narrowed it down to these 3 fabric choices… grey, grey, or dark grey!
I liked the super simple lines and that the back was the same height as the black couch. Oh and it fit our space perfectly and wasn’t super crazy over priced. So, which one did I pick? #3, was too dark and did not contrast well enough with the black leather couch. I decided to take a little trip to West Elm to look at real fabric sample and decide between 1 and 2. Here is a close up of the final winner:
Did I trick you?! the swatch is #1 in the pic above, but you can’t tell it’s a pattern from the picture. I love it! West Elm was doing a 20% off all furniture, and I finally decided to take advantage and pull the trigger on this sofette situation. I’m pretty sure the fabric I chose is actually gone now. I ordered her and waited and waited and waited and then one day, 5 weeks later, she arrived! 2 men delivered her in t-minus 6 minutes and here she is sitting pretty in her new home:
I love the way she looks and the size is perfect! But to be honest, I was a little disappointed in the quality of the piece of furniture. I guess I thought a $700 sofette should be perfect, ha! There were little white strings hanging off everywhere, and there is a little imperfection in the fabric on the very top of the sofa. Anyhow, despite her imperfections, I love how Sutton the sofa fits and feels in here:
But, now I think I need a new rug! Maybe a bold pattern black and white ditty like this or this? Just for some excitement, I moved the rug from under the dining room table over to the couch area, see:
Way more fun, right?! I guess we’ll see what happens and in the mean time, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a fun, cheap 8 x 10 black and white rug! Oh and don’t mind the disaster area in the background of this pic. Almost forgot, here’s a view of Sutton the sofette’s back end:
Here’s one last before and after:
How old were you when you bought your first piece of real furniture? Don’t get me wrong, I still like hand-me downs and road side freebies! But, I am happy I took the plunge and got exactly what I wanted.