Days of My Sofa.
As the Sofa Turns…
I tossed around a few ideas before I landed at Sofa Saga. And a saga it is. We’re currently still sitting pretty on our tiny Chloe sofa from Macy’s that is a whopping 76″ wide or so. It’s basically big enough for one of us plus Pee Wee. It’s lack of length and depth makes it a pain to nap on, and it’s not a good “curl up and watch Netflix to avoid adulting” kind of sofa.
If you’re new to my sofa woes, here’s the short of it: I’m tired of five year sofas! I want a sofa that will last and look good in 3, 5, or 7 years. I’m tired of saggy back cushions and too soft seat cushions. I want quality, and I don’t mind splurging a bit, but nothing too crazy.
I wrote about my sofa quest a few months ago, and having seen the bulk of those in-person since then, I have safely crossed off all of them from that list except the Hutton Sofa from Room & Board. If money was no object, I’d buy the Hutton sofa and never look back. Total with tax and delivery, the price tag is a tad over $2,800. This is still the one sofa I haven’t seen in-person, and with the Dallas location grand opening being pushed into 2018, it looks as if I really won’t get to see it anytime soon.
It’s a stunner though.
Source: Little Green Notebook
Ultimately what draws me to the Hutton is it oozes style (see photo above). It’s modern, yet the tufts give a slight nod to my traditional tendencies. What concerns me about the Hutton is in almost every photo I’ve seen of it when it’s been “lived on” has this funky thing happening where the edges flip up on the sides. Not the end of the world, but kinda funky.
Source: Fig and Plum
Then I see it all pristine and I instantly forget all that and fall in love again.
Source: Room & Board
So keeping all that in mind, we’ve added these sofas to our list of sofa contenders.
The Silverton Sofa | Havertys
We saw this gray leather chesterfield in-person, and she’s a beauty! I love the tufting, the modern take on the nailhead, the bun feet, the seat firmness, etc. The weekend we were at Havertys, they had the Silverton Sofa on sale for $1499 plus free delivery, making it about $2000 all in. They have not had a sale that great since then, but hopefully with Black Friday coming up they will have some deals.
The main reason I wouldn’t buy this sofa is that the gray leather may clash with our current brown leather recliners and I don’t want to replace everything at once. Is it bad to mix and match leathers?
Ms. Chesterfield | Interior Define
There’s been a surge of online, direct to consumer furniture companies that allow people to create a custom sofa at non-custom sofa prices. Interior Define (and Joybird and Article which I’ll delve into shortly) is one of the companies at the forefront of this custom furniture movement.
They have many stunning pieces, but my heart pitter patters when I see Ms. Chesterfield. If you can’t tell, I have a thing for classic chesterfield sofas, but I love when they are given a fresh spin. This style is a creation of Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy, and it simply hits all the right notes style wise.
But function? Well. I honestly don’t know. That’s a lot of tufts/button to vacuum and keep dog hair/crumbs out of, plus the seat is a smidge low for me and my old lady knees, and it’s also a lot of buttons that could go rogue leading to expensive repair bills.
On the flipside, the fabric looks sumptuous, it’s sexy, and it’s most definitely timeless. Interior Define’s generous return policy and free delivery makes this a seriously affordable option…it’d clock in at about $2,200.
Liam Sofa | Joybird
Like the aforementioned Interior Define, Joybird is another custom e-tailer for furniture. Their Liam chesterfield is quite simply a chesterfield- minimal frills, bun feet or casters, and classic tufts. I ordered some swatches from them awhile back, and they have so many options…seriously, so many! I really love the ease of a velvet type fabric in terms of cleaning and feel.
Joybird’s prices and delivery/returns are very generous, and with the Bella Dove velvet fabric, I’d be looking at $2,200 for the sofa with casters and delivery. Note that after researching Joybird in more depth, I found this review (scroll down to the comments) and am no longer considering this sofa/company.
Sven Sofa | Article
The Sven sofa from Article seems to have achieved cult like status because the style truly would fit into anyone’s home. Modern, eclectic, vintage, Scandinavian, transitional…it simply freakin’ works.
The in-stock colors and velvet fabric is perfection. Totally what I envision for our house.
Source: Kelly Elko
Sven is super gorgeous in Kelly’s home (and I LOVE that color so much), and very affordable at <$1400 delivered to my front door in NOVEMBER mind you, but the back pillows concern me. I hate sad, frumpy back pillows. It’s also not too deep, so I don’t know if it’d be good for naps, but it really does look so stylish and incredibly comfy. And look at all those pretty tufts!
So What Now?
Now you see why this is a saga? All these are terrific options, yet none of these beauties has gotten me to whip out the AMEX and make the commitment to buy. What’s my deal? I truly don’t know. I think it’s the fear of spending 2-3x more than I have on my previous sofas, which cost about $900, $800, and $1,000, respectively.
What if I spend twice as much as usual and am still not pleased? I know I can return some of these without too much hassle, but then what?
I know many people recommended Lee, but after contacting a local interior designer I found out it’s simply not in the budget right now since it’d be upwards of $3,500.
I share my advice a lot on these pages, but why don’t you all chime in on this one… Do I sit and wait on my tiny sofa until the right piece at the right price comes along? Do any of these strike you as better than the others? Am I overthinking this? It is a big investment no matter how you slice it.
And there’s the status of the Sofa Saga of 2017. Back tomorrow with an epic post that has two floral arrangements, the best cookies EVER, and so much more. Smooches!