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SPACES | SPRUNG FOR A NEW SOFA

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Seattle Livingroom Design Board

Seattle Livingroom Design Board

In a recent conversation with my mother, we discussed the future of our apartment in New York and the topic of what's staying and what's going was the main focus. For the time being our plans are to keep the apartment in New York, at least for the remainder of 2016 for both myself and my parents to use as a pied-à-terre. I still have contracts in New York, and am continuing to accept more. Sometimes it's hard to say no to work, especially when it's fun! What all of this means though, is we will still have to keep some furniture in New York. Luckily, my parents has more furniture than they can fit in their home, so we will be able to bring pieces down from there for the apartment.

That is a whole other topic up for discussion... What pieces will we use to decorate the place with and quite frankly, I'm so curious about how it will look when my very traditional and eclectic mother gets her hands on it. The use will be changing slightly, so I'm looking forward to giving the space a real dining room moment, instead of our monstrous desk.

My current sleeper sofa | Photograph by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish © 2016

My current sleeper sofa | Photograph by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish © 2016

Back to this topic... We did decide that the sofa bed would be most useful if it remained in New York. That in turn gave me the excuse to buy a new sofa for my Seattle cottage. Days before this conversation, Anthropologie came out with their new furniture for 2016. The sofa I found and fell in love with was the Leonnelle Sofa. It's a softened version of a tuxedo style and the length is absolutely perfect for the cottage. It's still classic in silhouette but just different enough from our existing sofa that I won't have to worry about them competing if I were to ever pair them together in the same room someday - perchance I have a large enough home. It's not a sleeper, which is fine because we have a guest room in the house, but it is long enough for if someone needed to sleep on it for the evening.

Leonelle Sofa in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Light Grey | Anthropologie

I bounced back and forth between the creme color (which to me looks more like a light camel) and the light grey. In the end I went with my more conservative gut feeling and bought the light gray. I feel although both are neutrals, gray is slightly more modern and I think it will coordinate in more rooms than the camel. Also, I'm not entirely sure, based on only being able to see it online what the color actually looks like in creme. One thing Anthro could do (if you're reading....) is provide swatches to designers or at least the entire collection to stores for potential clients to view. I will admit, buying anything that big (in size and price tag) makes me a little squeamish, I'm especially a little nervous about buying a sofa and not having seen it in person first. 

It's not due to arrive at the house until early April, which is fine since I'm not going to even be there until mid to late April. It'll have be my welcome home gift for when I arrive! 

Apartment: Livingroom Changes

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Living Room - Wallpaint: Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray - Couch: Horchow - Photography by: Lauren Caron © 2013 It's been a long time since I photographed my entire living room. Since then, I've painted the walls gray, brought in a new couch, changed the throw pillows, added art to the wall, purchased some new accessories, bought a new rug, made headway on the bookshelves (they're 95% completed) and finished my entry. It's getting there! The dogs in these photos are just an added bonus.

Living Room - Wallpaint: Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray - Couch: Horchow - Photography by: Lauren Caron © 2013

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Living Room - Wallpaint: Benjamin Moore, Classic Gray - Couch: Horchow - Photography by: Lauren Caron © 2013

My Tail of Cat & Mouse: A Search for the Perfect Sofa

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A few weeks ago I was listening to This American Life podcast #309 entitled: Cat and Mouse that described one man's desperate search for the perfect sofa.  He searched high and low, near and far for about 20 years.  Yes, 20 years! All the meanwhile sitting on a painfully uncomfortable hand-me-down.  His sofa search was even the cause for many relationships split.

At one point Eric asks: "Do I hold out for one that really knocks me out or do I just settle for something that is-- that I can live with, but really doesn't knock me out?"  I've definitely heard myself say something along those lines more than once, also in account of my sofa, well actually, my entire apartment.  Further more, one part of this podcast that I which really felt a connection was where the reasoning behind his search for perfection is explained.

David Segal explains,

"One thing that's interesting about the tale of Eric's nonstop sofa safari-- which I've heard him tell more than a few times-- is that it ticks off nearly as many people as it amuses. Some are actually angry when he's done with the story. And I think I know why. Two radically different world views are clashing here, one in which life is all about seeking perfection, and the other in which you make normal compromises and settle for good instead of great. The settlers consider the perfection people to be babies and whiners. The perfection people see the settlers as strangely hostile milquetoasts who've given up, who aren't striving for greatness, who've been cowed into lowering their standards.

Personally, I know that part of me wants to tell Eric, don't yield. Do not surrender. Hold fast. Wait for that trans-formative moment, even if it means you're alone and drooling on a frat house futon for the rest of your life. And another part of me wants to tell him exactly what a former girlfriend once told him, and I quote, "Just buy a fucking couch."

You may be asking, what does this really have to do with me?  Well on a much smaller scale I've been searching for the perfect couch.  I currently have a Housing Works find (it was new- a floor sample, still wrapped in plastic) that even though it's a sofa bed, has great lines, and is of good quality is . . .  dark BROWN.  It's likes a giant chocolate bar in the center of my living room.

Some days I've decided that my dream couch would a be a tufted, chesterfield style number that would also be a convertible.  For a while, I thought such a sofa did not exist.  Until I discovered the Carlyle company (queue the music).  Carlyle sofas are amazingly well made, custom and all available as sofa beds!  Of course they come with a price tag of $5k plus! (Music halts to a stop)

The large price tag forced me to reconsider my dream couch.  I begin to think about the proportions of chesterfields and how although larger than the last place, my Co-op is still an NYC one-bedroom apartment. And chesterfields are big and often bulky.  In order to look proportionally correct, they need to be long, too long for my place.

With that in mind, I'm leaning towards purchasing a the more delicate take on a chesterfield sofa.  The silhouette would be a tuxedo style, but the interior cushions would all be tufted.  This kind of sofa is definitely more formal, and not readily available as a sofa bed.  I think I could have a custom one constructed by Carlyle, but again the price tag would be awfully high.

My last option and very least favorite could be to re-upholster my current sofa.  The big downfall to doing that however is that I would be spending nearly $3k on a couch that is not the best quality, which is never recommended.  Are you beginning to understand my dilemma? I know, some of you may be thinking about the podcast thinking that my quest for perfection is actually whining.  But I'm simply not going to settle for something less than perfect, especially mediocre.

What do I do now, I'll just wait and do more research.  I think I've found my match or mouse for that matter.  I'll only know for sure when can afford to drop the load of money that I'll be spending on the sucker.