Moving from a barely 700 sq foot condo to an over 2,000 sq foot house, we knew we’d have some space to fill. Like, a lot of space (a guest room! A larger studio! A laundry room!). For the longest time, the most common question we received from friends after move in was, dude, where’s all your stuff? To which we had to explain, um, this is all our stuff.
Our intention has always been to fill this home slowly and deliberately, and we made a promise to each other that we would only purchase more stuff if 1) it would last for the long(er) haul and 2) made our hearts happy. Truly happy – as in, not just tchotchkes that would clutter and fill for no purpose (we’ve already got enough of that!). And yet recently – maybe it’s shaking off those winter doldrums? (I blame the doughnuts) – we’ve been on a real furniture-filling-spree these last couple of weeks. But with stuff that’s been making our hearts sing!
This past weekend, you may have seen we got ourselves a couch! (And stuffed in the back of our wagon? A pretty chrome chair that Scott swore he absolutely needed to have; I agreed if only because he allows me to paint things pink.)
We knew we wanted a new couch eventually, but in all honesty, we weren’t planning on purchasing one so soon – after all there are rooms to trim, light fixtures to source and did we tell you that our gutter fell off our house?! At the same time, we didn’t want to settle on a couch we didn’t love, and after a few disappointing rounds at West Elm, Crate & Barrel and salvage shops, we decided to hold off.
Every now and then, we’d be watching a television show and spot furniture we’d like. We’d pause the show, rewind, and slow step towards the perfect couch on the mythical television set. They’d be beautiful and unique, feminine but with a masculine edge. Cushy and deep. Long enough to seat four easily. If only!
Our current couch would eventually find a home in the upstairs studio, but we weren’t in any rush. Rather, we were focused on finding the magical unicorn of couches! Our checklist? A minimum of 95″+ wide (here are the specs on our couch now) and tufting (preferably) with a deep seat. Of course budget is always a factor, so when we saw that Jubilee Furniture was having a 50% off liquidation sale and we spied a gorgeous antique sofa on their weekly round-up for ($80!) we made it our mission to wake up with the sun and go.
Not knowing the dimensions beforehand, we heaved a huge sigh of relief when we got to Jubilee and saw that not only was it still there (just waiting for us!), but a quick measurement proved that it was almost 100″ wide. Yes! And then immediately after sitting on it, we noticed that it felt a little… wobbly. No! We flipped it over to see that all the springs were in tact, but we couldn’t help but feel nervous. We sat on it for a good 15 minutes (rocking back and forth, pretending to fall on to it – you know, as you do!) before Scott suggested I ask you guys for help. Not surprisingly, you all pulled through, assured us it was worth the risk and another 15 minutes later, we were strapping it to the top of our wagon. Thank you!
We knew the actual cost of purchasing this girl would be in the upholstery, and we’ve already been talking with our favorite local shop, Covers Unlimited (their quote was not only fair – frame reinforcing and all – but their work is impeccable, as we’ve seen with two previous chairs). The current fabric is in overall great condition, but the yellow satin-like material is certainly not our style. The skirt at the bottom will also go, and luckily, the legs are perfect! As for colors, Scott and I have both been leaning towards something bold – it was our original intention ever since we painted our living room such a pale blue-gray. Think: inky blue, charcoal or emerald. We think.
Now for the most excruciating part of all – the wait. We’ve made a date to scour our favorite Chicago textile outlet, but we’ve also considered purchasing velvet from West Elm as we have in the past – but that comes with a 4-6 week turnaround (ouch!). Add that to a few weeks for the upholstery itself, and we’ve come to grips with the fact that we will not, in fact, be watching the hockey playoffs from our new couch.
But! We think it will be totally worth the wait. Consider this couch falling under the make our hearts happy promise.