Whenever I post pictures of my family room, I get questions about my sofa. And since I just splurged on a major update to it, I thought I’d give you all the details.
I am a firm believer in buying a high-quality, classic sofa whenever possible. Mostly because I’ve made several mistakes in that area and ended up with one sofa that literally fell apart in less than 2 years and another one that was so huge with it’s crazy, flared arms that it looked like a mini-van in my living room. I still have that beast, but it’s been relegated to the playroom where the kids can pretend it’s the space shuttle.
The main sofa in our family room was purchased at Ethan Allen over 8 years ago. It’s the Bennett Sofa and it comes in a huge array of fabrics and patterns. I love it’s classic rolled arms and loose cushions. Personally, I prefer the loose-back cushions because you can flip and rotate them to get more even wear.
We bought it when the store was having a floor sample clearance sale, so it was a great deal. But I can honestly tell you that I have never been happier with a furniture purchase. After 8 years, the cushions still look like new and it’s structurally perfect. The fabric was starting to fade and wear, but I think that’s to be expected with 2 boys, 1 man and lots of daily abuse.
Here’s what it looked like a few weeks ago…Your basic olive green color.
But one of the best things about this sofa is that you can buy a custom slipcover for a very reasonable (in my opinion) price. (It was about $350 on sale.) It’s one of main reasons I picked out this sofa 8. long. years. ago. Even then,
I knew I would want to slipcover it someday. Little did I know it would take me 8. long. years. to do it.
But now, I’m so excited I could squeal! In fact, I did squeal.
The brown and cream ticking stripes work so perfectly with the natural colors in room already. But it’s still neutral enough to pair up with lots of other colors. I briefly toyed with buying a white slipcover, but I learned that I’m not a white fabric girl back when I was picking out new bedding.
I love being able to take off the slipcover and wash it every once in a while. And since it’s custom-made for this sofa, it fits like a glove. No flopping around and constant straightening.
So there you go. The Big Sofa Update 2011. There’s still plenty of cush for my tush, so I’m hoping we can get another 8 years out of it.
Of course now, I’m looking around the room at all of the things that I can change since the sofa has a fresh new look. It’s a sickness.