So, I have one of those non-problem problems. You know, the kind that are meaningless, but yours nonetheless. My hand is on my forehead.
I bought this couch on Craigslist because I love the lines of it.
I think it would look smashing recovered in a warm white chenille with no skirt and chrome nail-head trim across the bottom. Like something right out of a fancy magazine.
Here’s my perfectly fine living room set up that is comfortable, kid-friendly and not that old. (And I happened to catch my husband in a shy moment. Just kidding, he’s sneezing).
The new sofa (that I love) presents two main problems:
- It’s a big ole couch – 101″ long, and, therefore, it creates all kinds of furniture displacement issues.
- And I want it to be white and I have two little kids (and a husband). There’s hypocrisy here because I have told people on many occasions that my recommendation for furniture when you have kids is to “buy things the color of dirt.”
Since I am a procrastinator of the worst kind, this big ole couch has been wedged between two cars in our garage for six months (much to my husband’s dismay). So finally this weekend I decided the best way to determine whether or not to keep it is to bring it in and try it different places. So we did. It’s a little short, so we need some slightly taller legs, but the lines are FABLOUS. Even the 70s shimmery green looks kinda cool with my wall color and drapes. Not that I am keeping that fabric.
So, it’s totally cool, right? Minus the skirt and little taller. There are three seat cushions that aren’t on it in the picture. By the way, it’s very comfortable.
It really needs some tables with matching modern lamps on either side. Can you see it?
If I use this big sofa, it must be centered under the windows to look right, which means there’s not much room for the recliner in the corner. That’s prime real estate in our living room. I can actually squish it in there, but it’s sort of odd because the couch has a higher side than the chair.
Hmmmm. Not ideal, right?
I do have a pair of wing chairs I could use perpendicular to the swanky couch, but they are really tall next to that low profile sofa. Plus that means no recliner.
Or I could use recliner and swanky couch and that’s it. Seating would be limited (except that 18 people can sit on the couch).
I do have a front living room that has almost no furniture in it, but the sofa is so stinkin big it takes up almost a whole wall of the square room. The scale is definitely wrong.But I find myself talking myself into it, trying to find a way.
All signs point to sell it. I only have $50 in it, so I am sure I could even make money on it if I sell it rather than spending money to buy fabric and recover it. Plus it creates all these issues. But I LOVE it. For the love of…a couch!
Okay, somebody grab one of my home magazines and slap me with it until you knock some sense into me.
Side note: this post was written with Charlie (3) standing on the chair behind me doing my hair. He’s done and just told me I now look “like Violet from The Incredibles.” Thank you, Charlie!