It’s here! The couch! The blue velvet couch!
While dropping it off a handful of weeks ago at the upholsterer, I told Kevin (my contact at Covers Unlimited and – bonus! – a Pittie rescuer!) about our concerns with some of the structural issues. It feels… rickety? Sometimes that leg will pop up if I sit right here? The great news is that Kevin genuinely expressed his enthusiasm for our steal of a deal, noting that it had great bones (yes!), has withstood the test of time beautifully (yes!) and shouldn’t need more than a little frame tightening (yes, yes, yes!).
Remember when it looked like this?
Our couch was loaded up with all new batting for the tufts (look at how cushy they are!) and all new foam for the cushions. We’ve had it in our home for less than a week, and Scott and I have been working on carving out our seats within the seat. The curved shape just feels so different (different good) from our old couch (which is now living upstairs in the studio), and it’s much, much longer. After settling in at the end of a long day, we’ll say to each other, you’re so far away from me! But man, it sure feels good to stretch out.
It’s oddly fun having a big, new (to us) piece of furniture, and I especially love nestling up in the rounded corner with a good drink and the hockey game. Just look! It’s a beauty, and we’re swooning:
We’ve fully admitted that we might be nuts for having a dark velvet couch in our four-pet-household, and yes, fur does show up. (I mean, it’s not a magical couch.) But! It’s not that bad! (Really!) When we were picking out our velvet from various samples, you might remember that we quite literally rubbed them all over Jack and CC, and our winning swatch didn’t grab their hair as much as the other samples. (Not to mention, we’re a no-dogs-on-the-furniture household, but in all fairness, we give the cats full reign.) We think that the more lived in (read: loved) this couch gets, the better it’ll get, too.
Our living room is still embarrassingly bare, but we did finally pull the trigger on a rug that should be here soon (and we’re crossing our fingers that it will work out). Nothing has been hung on the wall and a center light fixture has yet to be chosen, but, you know – baseboards. One (or two or three) thing(s) at a time.
One of the neat things about this old couch is that there were built-in straps for keeping the extra long cushions in place. When we first picked it up from Jubilee, the straps were either overly stretched or broken, but we were given new ones! Each cushion has a loop for the strap to hook into, and because the loops are stitched into the side (rather than the bottom), they can be flipped and rotated for even wear:
The first time I walked down the stairs after putting the couch into place, I noticed – I mean, this seems so obvious now – that our closet door plays nicely with our newest addition! We were planning on painting our front door the same Hague Blue as the closet, but now we wonder, is that too much blue? We’ve always been on Team Navy, so maybe we should go with our gut? (Isn’t that always the right choice?)
Going so bold with the couch (and our doors) is really, really outside of our comfort zone, but we’re also really, really having fun with it. It feels scary, and we sort of love that.