Take A SeatFriday, December 30, 2011
So as I mentioned a week ago, we're moving to Florida. We're not taking any furniture with us. We're just going to pack up what's important into the back of my Santa Fe (with the backseats
folded down, of course) and driving down. So when we get down there, we're going to need new furniture.
I'm not worried about a bed...I'm going to build the bed I mentioned wanting to build a few months ago. It can be done, as proven by my friend Jess.
What I've really been thinking about the last few days are sofas and loveseats.
I feel like my design aesthetic is way too eclectic to really nail down a look (which kind of bums me out a bit, but eh bien), but I know what I like. And I like a lot of things. Here are a few ideas I've been tossing around (all these couches are fabric, but I'm toying with the idea of leather as well).
Ava Tufted Sleeper Sofa from Urban Outfitters
I'm a big fan of the charcoal, but Tom thinks neutrals are boring (not that it really matters, because he says, ultimately, the decision is mine). I told him I might think about the plum with a gray wall, but he was like "No, a bright yellow wall!" I told him I might consider a mustard yellow wall, and he was okay with that. The Ava folds down into a bed, which is awesome for an apartment (we'll be renting because we probably won't be in Florida for more than a couple of years, and as of right now, the complex we're moving into doesn't have any two bedroom units, so we have to reinterpret the 'guest room' thing). I absolutely love tufted sofas.
Antoinette Fainting Sofa in Caribbean from Urban Outfitters
This can actually be purchased cheaper from Target, and if we got it, that's where we'd get it from, but UO has better website photography, in my opinion. I'm hesitant to even consider it, because the reviews tend to be less than favorable (the practically non-existent back and stability issues were mentioned more than once), but it's just so stinkin' pretty. My biggest concern would probably be the size...It doesn't seem like it would be comfortable for two adults to lounge around on, and it seems like too much money for not enough sofa, you know?
Ektorp sofa from Ikea
I'm kind of obsessed with the idea of white couches, especially in a room with colorful walls. They say white slipcovered couches are the best choice for families too, because bleach covers a multitude of sins. And people rave about their Ektorps, citing how comfortable they still are after years of use. My only issue is with how it looks (yeah, I realize that's kind of a big issue). I don't like how the slipcover goes all the way to the floor. It just looks too...shabby chic?...for me.
Kivik loveseat from Ikea
I don't really have an issue with the Kivik. It looks good and holds up well, according to what I've read. It just seems a bit boring in comparison to some of the other models I've been looking at. It does come in a sleeper sofa version though, which is a plus.
Karlstad sofa from Ikea
I really like this one, but I've read that it doesn't really get more comfortable with time. Also I kind of worry that it looks like it should be in a doctor's office. I also like this in the Ullevi gray chrome plated version.
Klippan loveseat from Ikea
I really love the look of this loveseat. I love the sleek lines and the minimalism. However, a friend cautioned me that her friend has had a lot of trouble with the legs coming off, plus, like the Antoinette, it looks kind of small (granted, if I ultimately decide to go with an Ikea sofa, I would drag Tom to Ikea on his day off...or find someone else to help me out, because he's going to be quite busy...and test it out with two people).
More tufts :) It's gorgeous and elegant, but even though we'll have more money, I'm still hesitant to spend that much on furniture (I realize this may sound a little silly...I'm an adult now, after all, and I'm going to have to buy more big-ticket items than I have in the past, but it's just so hard to wrap my head around spending that much money on anything that's not a house or car).
Pierre Sofa from Z Gallerie
The Pierre is very similar in build to the Harrison, except it isn't tufted. What the Pierre does have that the Harrison doesn't is a variety of yummy colors. The green is my favorite, but the Aubergine and Grey are just as lovely.
So what do you think of my picks? Have any recommendations? I'm happy to hear them :)