I have finally figured out a way to rearrange my apartment. I am ecstatic. I am overjoyed.
And I am going to buy a sofa.
Yup. You heard me: a sofa.
Show us pictures! We want pictures! What, pray tell, will this sofa look like?
That, my devoted readers, is what we in the design trade call "a damned good question."
I found a sofa I liked, within my current budget, but upon visiting it and ruminating, I decided it was too trendy. It was riding the current young hip craze for Mid-century Modern about too high. Then I found another sofa, also within my current budget, whose shape I liked. Alas, it only comes in incredibly boring colors. Not that I'm opposed to boring, so long as it's off-white or soft grey, but the colors they had were very brown-ish, though, but without actually being brown. They were muddy. They were boring. I will not be buying that boring muddy sofa.
My options at this point are: 1) buy a used sofa with a great shape, some fabric I really like, and have the thing reupholstered; or 2) save up some more money and buy a more expensive sofa in colors that aren't so darned pedestrian.
What color will I go for?
That, my friend, is also a damned good question. I'm thinking either a natural linen or an off-white textured cotton, or something completely different, like a deep peacock greeny-blue. I have a loveseat I'll be keeping, and it's off-white (and needs to be cleaned, come to think of it) so I don't want something that will clash horribly with it. Granted, I can always throw a textile over it, if I buy a sofa that doesn't coordinate, which is increasingly likely.
So for the past week, I've been indulging myself by scoping out Craigslist, looking for a cheap (used) sofa that needs some TLC, and checking furniture websites. I've found a couple of sofas I like that will require a great deal of extra saving over the next few months (READ: fewer pedicures, fewer meals out, and no more new clothes).
Okay, I'll give you a few ideas of what I'm looking at, since you're begging me:
All the sofas pictured above are from Crate and Barrel, but I'm not necessarily going to buy a sofa from Crate and Barrel. It will all depend on what happens over the next 4-6 months. Yes, this is a long-term commitment to saving some dough so I can spend some dough. As a consequence, this is not a decision to be taken lightly. I have had my loveseat for 7 years now, and I will most likely follow in the train of my mother and keep my sofa for 20 years. If it's a good sofa, it will last that long, after all. Sure, I can reupholster it, if I so choose, but that's not likely to happen for at least 10 years. I hope.
Any comments or suggestions? Bear in mind, I'm looking for something that can work well in a modern or a traditional room, which I think the above sofas would pull off nicely. The sofa has to be lounge-able, too. No uncomfortable parlor sofas for this gal, despite the intriguing ones I've seen on Craigslist. And it has to be quality: kiln-dried hardwood frame or nothing!
I'm incredibly demanding. That's what you get when you're an OCDesigner.