My first ever sofa that I owned as a grown up was this ugly dark grey sectional monstrosity that my then husband and I got at a garage sale for $100. It was hideous and ended up, after several months, being chucked into the dump. I was not sad one bit to see that sofa go. An interesting, and embarrassing, fact about that sofa, or rather the check we wrote for that sofa. It bounced. Like a rubber ball on cement. $100 was A LOT of money 13 years ago. My paychecks were maybe $150 a week and that was a stretch. I didn't mean to bounce the check it just happened. But don't worry about the dude we wrote the check to. He promptly turned the check over to the D.A.'s office and I was treated like a common criminal. Dude got paid his $100. I'm classy, I know.
The next couch we had was this awful maroon sofa bed that had stripes of other fugly colors. It was a very preppy sofa that was handed down from my Aunt to me. It was stiff and ugly and HEAVY. That sofa followed me in 2 apartments and into my first rental house. It was in good condition but it was so not my style. I ended up passing the sofa along to my then boyfriend when he moved away. I'll have to ask him what ever happened to it.
To replace the maroon sofa I actually bought a REAL! NEW! PRETTY! sofa. The boyfriend who acquired the maroon sofa came with me to locate the perfect place to sit my rear on. We went to, the now defunct, Montgomery Ward and I spotted the sofa of my dreams in less than 2 minutes. I'm so embarrassed to even post a picture of it now, because, well, it's really really IN YOUR FACE with color. See here:
That's my Derick, then 10 and one of my cats, Honey.
See? It's really really bright. And covered with flowers. Which was my thing for a long time. If it was covered with sunflowers and/or red, it must reside in my home. I KNOW. It's bad. But I will say, that sofa was the most comfortable sofa I've ever had. I took many a nap on it and it treated me well. That sofa was left behind when I bought my first house and my brother moved into the house I was renting. He thought so highly of the sofa that he stuck it in the garage and his friend's sat on it when they went to smoke and drink. It was eventually given away to some person on Freecycle.
I actually purchased the matching sunflower chair and ottoman at the same time I got the sofa. I just sold that chair on Saturday at a garage sale for $65. I asked $125 and people practically rolled on the ground laughing at me for asking such a ridiculously high amount of money. I'll have to do a post on that later.
To replace the 'in your face' sofa, I purchased this:
I got this sofa at Ikea. I LOVED it at first sight. When I sat on it, it was super comfy and it looked so much more grown up then my sunflower sofa. It was over $900 so I had to buy the pieces at different times. This was about 3 years ago and $900 was still a lot of money, but I could manage to save up by now. I got the chaise part of the sofa first and everyone who sat on it just love it. It was so comfortable and cute. Then I got the actual sofa part. And my world came crashing down. It was like sitting on a brick. HORRIBLE. I hated my sofa that I had spent so much money on. I know exactly what happened, too. When I went to sit on it in the store I was so excited to get a new, stylish sofa that my brain turned my ass feelers off and told me it was comfortable even though it wasn't. The chaise part of the sofa really wasn't bad, but overall it was a total waste of money. When my parent's got new furniture and offered me their old stuff I promptly sold the Ikea couch on Craigslist for $300. I was never happier to see a sofa go.
Up next, the parental sofa. It's beige, leather and OH SO 80'S. It even has a tiered back rest. It served its purpose very nicely, even if it is ugly. I took a few nice naps here and it resisted baby spit up and preteen messes. It was free so I just can't complain too much. Sometime this week it's being picked up by a former co worker that just moved into her first apartment with her new husband of 3 days. They are young and don't have much of anything. So I'm glad it will find a home. But I'm even more glad that it won't be in my home.
And now, finally, the moment I've been leading up to. I've been searching for a sofa for several weeks now. I decided I'd look online to find the style I wanted and then see if I could find an actual sofa in the area I could go and sit on for a long time to make absolutely sure it was comfortable. I was getting so discouraged at the selection. I've picked a style recently that I just love and I knew I'd just know when I found the perfect sofa. I'd hear angels singing or something. Late Saturday night I was browsing the vast Internet looking at a million more sites with sofas and I found THE ONE. (It's about time I found THE ONE. Even if it isn't a man.) I swear, I heard angels singing and harps and Jesus spoke, too. I'm sure of it.
This morning I made my way to Macy's of all places and bought a new sofa and chair. Don't worry, I sat in the sofa for a long time and I even laid down on it to make sure I could nap comfortably. I took pillows from a neighboring sofa to see what this sofa would look like with a throw pillow, or two. I walked away and came back to make absolutely sure that I was in love with this new sofa. I sat on a bunch of other sofas and knew it was THE ONE. I got the matching chair, too. It's the perfect style and super comfortable. It looks nice and the price was right. And I got 6 months no interest. I'm a tad excited, can you tell?
I can't get a very good picture of the sofa and chair because the way the site it set up, but here's a small photo.
The sofa and the chair are both in the 'Pear' color. The chair I got was the one on the right, in brown. I liked the brown chair, but I don't have a single thing in brown and I didn't want to redecorate the whole living room for one piece of furniture.
I can't wait to get my new grown up, gorgeous sofa and chair in a few weeks. I'm so looking forward to many nights watching tv and just sitting.
Here's to comfy sofas and finally finding a good, stylish one that I love.