Friday, April 10, 2015

My English roll arm sofa obsession...

Obviously i love this sofa, i have loved this sofa for years.  Not sure if you are the same but i find something i love then have to figure out how to afford it.  This house has been planned in my head forever.  You know what is always the challenge, the budget. As much as i would love to just go buy the RH destructed sofa it is not on the cards, and nor should it be in some ways.  So much money on something you sit on.  So the search, which as we all know is part of the fun started.  One of the key things with any renovation is reuse, remake and mend.  Then also know when to spend.  I always search craigslist, and ebay but a sofa, at some point if you can find the right one at the right price its great to but new.  Saying that there is always a restoration sofa on craigslist, its just finding the right one  in the right area and then getting delivery. 

Film still from i forget what, but the interior is amazing

This style sofa just wants to be curled up in, by me, by my friends, by my future Labrador.  So i had my heart set on it.  Obviously there is no way my tiny city apt can fit one in so that it had to wait until now.  Like anything its all in the planning so after searching i came across .  My go to's believe it or not are the likes of a jcpenny, macys etc etc as they always have some sort of imitation of these classics furniture pieces.  They were all still pricey, sofas in general are pricey, in the way that you would rather go on holiday for a week instead of buying a sofa.

You can see how deep these sofas are and how amazing are those navy walls!!

But after countless googeling and searching i came across the web comfort club web site (terrible name i know) .  You have to have some blind faith and also really look at the dimensions.  The cheaper ones generally are scaled down so it helps to look and know the dimensions of the one you really like such as the RH one.  After checking it all out and getting the fabric swatch (i ordered the fabric swatch and hoarded it for about 2 years in all honesty) i went ahead and ordered it.  It ships free and came in 3 days.  Amazing and its all that i hoped it would be. Its a times like this it makes sense to but new instead of searching craigslist then trying to get delivery etc etc.  Check out the web site, its limited in color but you cant beat the turn around time and also the free delivery and most of all the price.  Trust me there the best prices out there.  I think it could do with some better images of the product in situ on the site but the chap is super helplful and responsive and it worked out great.

The funny thing was the huge fed-ex van couldn't fit up the road, so there was an interesting off loading at a petrol station on the back of my truck.  It was definitely an interesting load to drive home, half hanging off the back.  Thankfully my friends daughter was around to help me shove it through the front door in the house.  

Furniture Buying Tips:
1. Check craigslist for the item you want, then work on the added cost of picking it up or hiring a man with a van.  Always search with fewer words and suck it up and look through all the listings, people are lazy when it come to listings.  Just put in restoration hardware or pottery barn, instead of restoration hardware sofa.  You will be amazed what else you find.  Let go of the fear of used as well.  You can go look at it and see if you still want it, it a really great way to buy the thing you have always wanted.  Im all about it with appliances..

2. Look at the ones you really love in real life for scale and dimensions, this can inform you when buying sight unseen on line.  Let the brands that can afford it pay for the showroom

3. Research get that cup of tea (coffee also works for this exercise) and sit in-front of the laptop and really search, not just page 1 and 2 of google but page 5.  Theres stuff out there and you just have to find it.  Grit and determination are the best friends of a budget.  Also think of brands that you wouldn't normally shop at, you never know.

4. Conviction in your decision.  Inevitably the one you buy online may not be as perfect as you wanted, but know you chose the best in your budget and make peace with it.  So the cushions are not full down filled, eh the world keeps turning. It looks great and your happy so thats the best outcome, and most importantly you didn't over extend your self financially. Thats a way worse feeling than sitting on a 50/50 blend cushion :-)

...last option, shoot me an email im happy to help with any furniture conundrums 

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