Several weeks ago, I wrote about how we were looking to trade our stylish mid-century platform sofa for the cushiony lounging couch of Justin’s dreams. Even though I’m a huge lover of mid-century decor and decorate primarily with mid-century furniture, I wouldn’t necessarily call my style mid-century modern. I’d call it something more simultaneously vague/precise, like classic mid-century eclectic. Because we all need labels.
The point is that we didn’t want another strictly mid-century couch; we wanted something that would fit with our mid-century furniture but that embodied a timeless appeal. After doing some research, we targeted a tuxedo-style sofa, or something approximately that shape. Technically, a tuxedo sofa should have arms that are the same height as its back, though a strict interpretation of this style wasn’t super important to us. This is my number one dream sofa, but alas–at $2500, this green goddess is outside the reach of my budget.
Here are a few other examples of sofas we love:
($4000 at One King’s Lane)
($1000 at Dot and Bo)
($1900-2200 at West Elm)
We thought pretty seriously about ordering a new sofa (which gave me the excuse to go nutty ordering West Elm swatches), but true to form, we ended up scoring on a flea market find. ARE YOU READY FOR IT?
Yep, that’s the real thing, and if it’s not quite what you were expecting, I’m with you. We thought long and hard about this couch and visited it several times before we finally bought it. It’s pretty massive (104″ to be exact) and of course the fabric choice and styling is awfully dated (I believe this is a ’70s era couch, though it was clearly redone during the ’90s). It is very comfortable, though, and we never really cared about the fabric anyway, since we were looking for something to have reupholstered. I wrote extensively about how to choose a piece of furniture for reupholstery here, and by all my own criteria, this couch is a winner. Even just with the skirt removed, you can start to see this couch’s potential.
By the way, it took me about 20 minutes to rip off the skirt, in which time I moved the couch at least three times, yet Pepper was not even a little disturbed by it all. She actually appears to be dozing off.
We’re sending the couch to the upholsterer in a week or so, and I’m so excited to see how it turns out! For the new fabric we chose this dark blue velvet.
It’s going to be totally modern and swanky, two words that definitely could not be used to describe it right now. I also think it’s going to end up being the most cost effective solution to our couch quest. I got a price estimate from the upholsterer before we bought it, so I have a decent idea what the total investment will be, but I’ll share a cost breakdown when the couch is done and I have a final figure.
Around the house itself, we’ve been painting, painting, painting, so I’ll have to give a first floor update soon. Though if you’ve been following work on the new house, you might remember that the wall behind the couch used to be orange (it’s the inset here)!
PS — Because of time constraints and the size of the project, this couch is going out to a pro, but you can see my upholstery projects here. You can also check out the chair I had featured on Apartment Therapy here!
Would you take a chance on an ugly couch (or other furniture item)?