Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sofa Saga

Recently we had a little bit of a sofa debacle.  Let me just start from the very beginning. 

When we first got engaged we started looking at furniture. It was an exciting time and I was just so ready to start "nesting" that I was in a rush. We had limited funds and ended up buying the first thing we laid eyes on at a discount furniture place.  It was a chocolate micro suede sofa and a matching chair and a half for a deal. We were so excited!

Fast forward a couple of months later to the furniture place delivering what we bought.  After tearing off the plastic I noticed that there were two places where the fabric was ripped. One place was a cushion and the other was along the spine of the sofa. Kind of a bummer. We had bought the insurance so everything was fine, right? I called Evan (he was on tour) and had him contact them to have someone come out to fix it.

They never did. We had to take the cushion in and fight them tooth and nail to get it fixed. But the spine stayed that way. Really annoying.And in my anger I started noticing other things...

I hated the micro suede. It was really thin fabric. I also had to brush it in one direction to get rid of the butt prints.

The scale was off. Way too big.

The chair and a half was awkward for people. "Oh you guys just met? Sit really close to each other on that chair and a half over there." 

The cushions were polyfill. So I had to massage all the lumps out of them. The sofa always looked sloppy. 

I'm not a chocolate fabric kinda gal.

Poor Evan. I was a monster. I hated our furniture. It just made me so mad that we spent so much money on something that didn't work for us.  Part of it was my fault for rushing into things.  Two and a half years later, Evan gave me the go ahead to buy a new sofa.  But there were restrictions.  I had to do my homework and I had to like it for two months before we bought it.  

So that's what I did. I knew I wanted a dark gray sofa with great lines and good bones.  I researched the best kind of construction and type of woods for a sofa. I looked in all the stores and found one that I loved. Two months later, I still loved it.  When I went to go check on the sofa the designer told me it was in the process of being discontinued.  He pointed me in the direction of another one that they had just put on the floor.

It was the perfect color and style.  When I sat in it I just knew it was the one.  In the time being, I convinced Evan to sell our old furniture on craigslist because my parent's had a sofa they had just bought but had changed their minds on.  When we were done with it, we would sell that one on craigslist too.

Two months later I was still in love.  So Evan sold my parent's sofa and went to go order the dream sofa.  When he came back he had bad news.  The store didn't have any in stock and it would be until May 2013 until they got more in. They didn't have any online either.

So I started the search again.  I just couldn't get over that sofa.  Even though we just had a bunch of chairs in our living room and we were laying on the floor to watch tv.  It is also really hard to find contemporary furniture in Springfield.  And custom ordering one online was out of the question. 

But I wasn't going to settle. I didn't want to regret anything we bought this time.  The no-sofa-100-chair living room has been going strong for a month now.  This week  (at 3 am!) I randomly checked online for the dream sofa, knowing it wouldn't be in stock. 

It was though. I refreshed the page. Still there. I called Evan to tell him the most exciting news of the year. He wasn't so excited, mainly because it was 3 am.  I am a crazy person!
The next day, my sweet husband called to tell me he had placed the order. We aren't sure when it will be delivered, but I am beyond excited to see this baby in our home! It's taken 5 months to get to this place, but well worth the wait.  I know it's just a sofa, but it is the heart of the living room.  You sit, lay, read, eat, and snuggle on that thing!

I never thought I would feel so passionate about a sofa, but judging by how much I typed (sorry!) I guess I do!


  1. Oh man. I currently am using two boxes stacked on top of one another for a nightstand. Not so pretty looking...
    I'm a bit crazy too. I get so excited about things and I have a hard time waiting.
    I'm glad you finally found the perfect one! It's worth the wait when you find something you love..especially if you have to look at it and sit on it everyday!
    Thanks for reminding me to be patient. ;)

    1. Filling a home takes soooo much time (and money bleh!) I have to remind myself to take it slow and enjoy the process all the time. My mom always likes to say "patience is a virtue!" haha Hope you are doing well girl!

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