Take A Seat

January 2, 2013

Lainey insisted on being in the photo

I told her to clean up her toys {fyi it’s a flamingo}

It’s a new year, and we have a new couch ladies and gentlemen.

Finding a couch for our new house was difficult. More difficult than I would have thought, considering it was just a couch. But, apparently it’s not just a couch. It’s probably one of the more expensive purchases for a new house, which means you have to absolutely love it and make sure it fits right/looks right in your living room. It also doesn’t help when your loving mother offers to buy you a couch as a housewarming gift, thus, she also has her input. I love you dearly mother, but I was not about to put a white leather couch in my house – sorry. However, she LOVES the cowhide. Go figure.

Yes. We have finally have a couch in our house, after much running around, including one couch that was built, and promptly returned to IKEA.


Not loving the whole ‘one chair’ thing haha

Adam and I had known pretty much since we bought the new house that we wanted a sectional. We didn’t exactly have a couch from the old condo that we could just bring over to the new house because it was a hand-me-down small black faux leather sofa from my brother that had tape over tears under the arms on each side.

I’ve always loved the look of a sectional, with a super cozy corner to snuggle up in, plus I love things at right angles. I have a thing about everything being squared off. I’m kind of a freak when it comes to stuff like that. There are not many things that are ’rounded’ in our house. So far the couch, table, coffee table and night stands are all square/rectangle. Just call me ‘square.’

Our couch hunt took several months. We probably visited every furniture store in the lower mainland and beyond. We just could not find the exact couch we had in mind. Adam likes to tell me I have a picture in my mind of things that don’t actually exist when it comes to decorating this house. Adam really only had one condition, the sectional had to be long enough so that his 6’3 stature could comfortably lay on it without his feet going over the edge.

I knew exactly what type of couch I wanted. At least, I thought I did. I originally wanted a grey cloth sectional. I wanted cloth since the beginning, but my wise mother told me I should get leather. I was totally against leather for some reason – I just wanted grey to match all my other neutral colours. And, I wasn’t about to get a grey leather couch. She kindly suggested a White leather couch, which I was not so keen about.

And then, I finally came around to the idea of a Leather couch instead of a fabric one. Another motherly advice tip was that leather would definitely last longer than fabric over the years of wear and tear. She was probably right on that one, I have to admit. I wasn’t sure the type of leather I wanted, but once again I knew what I did not want. I did not want a typical chocolate brown or a black leather couch. Although I almost gave up and bought a dang dark leather couch.

Our teak side tables which double as a coffee table for now – Adam is re-finishing our coffee table (tba!)

But –  I wanted something different, something modern and lighter in colour. I knew as soon as I saw THIS post on one of my favourite home decor + diy blogs, House Tweaking, that it was the colour I wanted. It existed! Much to Adam’s happiness.

Love the detail in the leather of our couch, gives it a little character

Super comfy corner piece – check!

sewn in back and bottom cushions mean no moving around!

So we searched, this time for a cognac – cigar smoking – supple – weathered looking genuine leather sectional. Could it exist!?

The search began in the summer, and ended on December 23 – Merry Christmas to us! The couch was found, approved by mom (finally, thank god 😉 ), and bought all within 24 hours at Scan Designs in Coquitlam. It was truly a perfect fit, we wanted it to be 10′ one way, and 8′ the other, and this couch was 9 1/2 feet by 7 1/2 feet, in the exact place we needed it. We had never visited Scan Designs before, which is crazy because we had visited The Brick right around the corner from the long road of furniture stores that is United Boulevard – where we spent four hours visiting tons of furniture stores that afternoon by the way.

9 1/2 feet on the back, 7 1/2 feet on the side

A big thanks to Mom for the housewarming gift, and  so ends the great couch search of 2012.

It’s comfy, It fits, It’s gorgeous. It’s staying.

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  • Reply Andrea(mom) January 2, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Yes…. it was for sure a bit of an ordeal !! But so so worth it in the end . Love the Couch!!!!
    What an awesome deal too !! Thank you Nash
    Love you Lou xoxo

    • Reply Alicia January 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      haha yes it was! Finally found ‘the’ couch. And yes, thanks to Nash for getting us the free five year warranty!

  • Reply Aunt Weez January 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Hi The couch is very handsome, colour is perfect! You are just missing the natural,organic wall plaque from Uncle Marv, sensitive to say as some of your bloggers may be vegan/veg! Will let you know when we will visit. I hear cupcakes will be served??!! Luvs Aunt Weez

    • Reply Alicia January 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      haha yes! and yes! hehe

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