16 July 2014
Inspiring and Inexpensive Interiors....Picking the Perfect Sofa
As I started to write this post, it made me go back into my archives and check the date of the last time I posted in this series.
Not June 7th of 2014....but 2013!
Holy crap, it's been a year since I wrote about redoing my living room? I'm embarrassed to admit that, and even more embarrassed to admit that a year later, NOTHING has gotten done in that room.
It honestly doesn't even seem like it's been that long. It's been such a crazy, stressful year that in a weird way it's flown by.
So here I am AGAIN searching for inspiration to finally get this room done once and for all.
I am going to start off kinda where I left off. Finding new sofas. It really is the first step in putting together a whole living room redo. You've got to find the perfect set and then build the room around the style and color you choose.
I've always known I wanted grey couches. I have been looking this past year at furniture stores and online but couldn't find exactly what I wanted. I would like the look of something but then go sit on it and it just was not comfortable at all. I really didn't think it would be so difficult to find a sofa set I liked in grey. I mean, sure I could custom order a couch with the fabrics of my choice but I can't justify spending that kind of money. Even if I did have it. Well.... maybe if I did have it. But I don't. So, moving on........
First, there's the age old question "sectional or sofa/loveseat combo?" I have a sofa, loveseat and giant recliner right now and thought, it could be a nice change to get a sectional. I'm pretty sure I have enough space. Of course I would have to measure. Sectionals don't look as big in a furniture showroom, but could totally over power a room if you don't measure correctly.
Then there's the question of "a recliner or a couch with a chaise?" For me, these are not decisions that come easy...what-so-ever! I knew didn't want a recliner that was big and poofy like the one I have now but they really don't make comfortable, affordable, clean looking recliners that also happen to come in grey.
I tried a few sofas with a chaise, but they can be a bit awkward to get in and out of, if the chaise part is too long.
I told you, this is not an easy decision. And if you are like me, who lives and works in your living room you know that it really is a big deal to make a choice that you won't regret in 6 months to a year.
Now let's talk fabric. Again, something you wouldn't think would be such a hard decision but there are so many choices out there. Options include leather, cottons, wool, blends, micro fiber, etc...
I'll just say I knew I didn't want leather or micro fiber. The set I have now is a beige micro fiber and I'm sick of it. I want a different look and style with this new set.
So which one did I pick? drum roll...................
I chose the Kasey sofa and loveseat from Bob's Discount Furniture. It has everything I was looking for style, color, comfort and price wise. For the two pieces it's $799. That's a great deal! The chair and ottoman would be another $500. I haven't decided if I'm going to get the matching chair and ottoman just yet but this is a BIG step for me. It's not about the money, I'm just not sure if I want all that furniture in my space. I really don't need that much seating anymore.
I don't know if you can see by the photo but the throw pillows that come with the set have some purple in them. Can I tell ya, I love them. It's not something I would normally be drawn to. I thought I wanted yellow with the grey but in person they give the set a bit of a feminine, modern feel.
Wheww... thank goodness that decision is made. Now I just have to build the rest of the room around these. Next up, paint for the walls and trim.