Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Search for the Sofa

Is anyone else wondering where September went? This month always seems to fly by, and the next thing you know, you're bracing yourself for another miserable winter (I am not a fan of snow). Now I suddenly find myself one month closer to my tentative move in date, and it just hit me that I have no furniture. You might think that since I'm a designer (sort of?), and I can, in theory, choose whatever I want for the house, I'd be stoked. But not so much. Of course I'm excited to pick everything out and finally have a couch/chair/table/etc of my very own, but it's stressful, too. I like too many things to choose just one, and I change my mind about what I like every couple of months so I'm incredibly nervous about making an investment on a single piece, only to hate it a few weeks later. And there's also the small (no pun intended) matter of my budget. Or lack thereof. So I've started searching for more affordable versions of some of my favorite pieces....

Like the Petrie Sofa. Le sigh. Isn't she pretty?

But at $1,499, she's more than a little out of my price range. (I know some people would consider this a reasonable price, but not me.) So imagine my delight to find this knock off for half the price over at

It's a little bit bulkier, and with only two dark color options, it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for. But at $735, it was still definitely a contender.

Bouncing around the blogosphere, I had also come to fall in love with the Bantam Sofa from DWR, but again was only dreaming, as it costs $1,780.

What can I say? I'm a sucker for tapered legs and button tufting. Then, one day as I was clicking around Apartment Therapy, I came across an old article that led me to the Corona Sofa.

At $699, I think this might be it. It has the same sleek, tailored proportions, tapered legs, and tufting as its more expensive counterparts, but for half the cost. Now, $699 is still a lot of money for me to drop on a single item, but considering the fact that I was thisclose to spending $599 on a plain Karlstad from Ikea, I think its a pretty good deal. I tried looking for something cheaper, but it just isn't happening, and buying a couch secondhand skeeves me out. If I can get that much more tailoring, detail, and quality for an extra hundred bucks than what I was planning on spending, I'm willing to do it, especially since it's one of the few pieces in the house that will actually be new.

Or maybe I'm just trying to talk myself into an uneccessary splurge? Meh. Either way, I'm gonna try to go see it sometime this weekend to do the official comfort test, and then we'll see.


  1. I'm new to your blog so forgive me if you followed up on this but did you decide on a couch? I've got the Corona and have loved it for threeish years now. In case you are still shopping, here's my experience, along with some others':

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    I purchased the Petrie Sofa from CB and even had it special ordered with a fabric of my choice. You're right, it is very pricey but I looked at it as an investment. Sadly, after living with it, I soon realized the tufting on the seat cushions is very uncomfortable. It is rarely used.The Corona Sofa looks just as nice and looks a lot more comfortable. What did you finally decide?