I’ve been keeping a secret from you: I bought a couch and…I hate it. This failed purchase probably has as much to do with the decorating ennui I’m in as my kids have had in getting me to this state (curious what I’m talking about go here).
Birth of a Couch Crisis
Before I show you the couch and explain my crisis, I should probably show you the inspiration photo that started it.
Right?! Two years ago, when I saw this picture it was like the clouds parted and the most beautiful light shined on me. The lay out of this room is so similar to mine, as we too have a fireplace flanked by two large almost floor to ceiling windows. And I love how this room reads traditional (symmetric placement of furniture) but neither does it feel stuffy, probably due to the fact that every single piece of furniture is different in shape and style (tables, couches, and benches opposite). The blue velvet couches are so good and really ground the space. The blue reads so modern and different but it’s basically a neutral and could hide the dirt two kids and two dogs would get on it. In short, this room would make decorating my living room as easy as those paint-by-numbers landscapes, and isn’t that what we’re all looking for. (Don’t forget to drool over the chandelier.)
I immediately hit Pinterest and set out to find more blue couches. And each image I found, made me fall deeper in love with the idea of a navy blue couch.
When I saw this couch, I thought I’d hit pay dirt. I mean it’s blue, it looks virtually identical to one of the couches in the inspiration photo, and is a perfect marriage of mid-century and traditional (leg = mid-century; tufting = traditional). I immediately ordered fabric swatches. Unfortunately, the blue color wasn’t available. Boo.
Around this same time the whole family popped into a high-end consignment furniture store, and they had the most beautiful teal velvet couch and it looked virtually identical to this one. I was so smitten with it I made Mr. Man and the kids try it out. Almost at the exact moment our butts hit the couch, a sales clerk popped up out of no where and said “O00ooh, isn’t this couch gooooregous. Too00000 baaaaad it only comes in velvet…[insincere sorry face]” A**hole move. For. Sure. But he was right. We have no business owning a velvet couch.
These next two seemed really promising.
My Domaine | May 27, 2015
When Good Couches Go Bad…
Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when I found a heathered navy blue Gus* sectional on Craig’s List.
Gus*Modern | Spencer Loft Bi-Sectional
I was giddy when I saw it in person and even more so when it came home with us. The love affair was short-lived, however, because about 45 minutes after we’d put the kids down and settled onto the couch for our evening TV watching marathon, my a** was numb and my neck was killing me. Mr. Man and I tried convincing each other it was just going to take us a few days/weeks to get used to it. Our last couch, which we’d had for 10 years, was so squishy, deep and plump it seemed like a reasonable theory.
It’s been 3 months and this f**king couch is no more comfortable today than it was that first night. Arrrggh. This couch has to go. But trying to figure out what to replace it with has created the crisis.
I have always been a form over function type of girl, and even though this couch is beautiful, I can’t get over how uncomfortable it is. There are any number of impractical things I endure just because they’re attractive (I’m looking at you high-heels) but I can’t endure this couch.
The crisis gets worse because now having lived with a navy couch, I’m craving a light-colored, very traditional couch. Like this one
Image from Shelter Interior Design
or worse this one
Image from Rock My Style
or this one (but in off white)
Restoration Hardware | Belgian Sloped Arm Slipcovered
And why is this so bad? Because the bottom two are from Restoration Hardware. And I’ve never been a fan of RH. I mean those huge, unsolicited catalogues they foist on you full of a hundred pages of oatmeal colored fabric and bleached wood furniture are too much. But nonetheless, I love the couch on the bottom the most.
Before that snooty sales clerk walks up and bursts my bubble (again), rest assured that I will not be getting an off-white sofa. The struggle I’m having though is that it’s what my heart wants, making all the other couches I’m finding very disappointing. But the Gus* has taught me a very valuable lesson: when it comes to couches apparently function is pretty important. So no white couch or thin cushioned couch for me. *sniff*
P.S. If anyone wants to buy a beautiful Gus* sectional, let me know…ha!