Tomorrow, I’m turning the big THREE ZERO. And what better way to celebrate than buying me a new sofa!??! These are the things I get excited about these days!
Like I’ve talked about before, we didn’t have any living room furniture – that is until TODAY.
When we first moved into our house in October, we figured we could wait on the furniture because (a) the girls’ grimy sticky hands would ruin things (b) we could save money up for real grown up furniture and (c) we would wait until the walls were painted so the furniture would match.
Of course it would turn out that Ansley got a hold of Ryan’s high school art oil pastels and decided to draw on the cream colored microsuede dining room chairs. This was my first set of “adult” furniture. Sigh.
Also as it turns out, seven months later, Ryan still hasn’t painted the walls. You are probably thinking why don’t I just do it? Well, Ryan doesn’t want me to paint. He calls me “a bull in a china cabinet.” I prefer to call it “I just get it done.” Again, we’ll talk about the powder room war we had in another post.
I told Ryan that I was kind of sick of waiting for him to paint the walls so we could get furniture. So we both agreed that we would go out shopping for a sofa. We went with the girls to Nebraska Furniture Mart. We had a plan – we would window shop and figure out which brand and model we wanted to go with. Come to find out, he and I had two totally different goals in mind. The only thing we did agree on was that we were going to spend a little bit more than what we did for couches in college.
Remember this pleather bad boy I got in college? Hanging my head in shame. But you know what? I paid $1,000 for the set, and I suckered some guy on Craigslist for $350 for the set. Ryan called the couch a turd, and couldn’t believe I even sold it!
Back to shopping – Ryan said, and I quote, “I’m looking for a sofa that when I come home from work, it invites me to sit on it. It should say to me, “Sit on me please’.”
I think the heat wave’s gotten to him.
I was looking for a neutral color that would go with everything.
We spent about 1.5 hours looking. Every time we stopped at a couch, this is what Ryan would do: hover over it…but not seated just yet, pause for ten seconds, look at me with his ‘lets see if its comfortable look’, sit down, and stretch out. Who does that? Especially with two babies with totally confused looks on their faces.
Needless to say, Ryan ended up picking out the ugliest grey microsuede couch ever and I ended up finding a Pottery Barn wanna be couch. Which meant that we ended up finding nothing.
We did end up going to the T-Rex Restaurant with the girls. Although it was kind of insane getting them to sit still (which I think we’re getting used to because we stopped arguing about it), it was kind of neat to watch them in awe when they experienced the ten minute “show”. Ansley said, “Mommy – it scarrry.” Yes, she’s speaking in sentences now folks (okay, there’s no verb….I still count it). These were the best photos I could get while we were there, sad I know. At least I wasn’t like the parent who brought their DSLR and told his three sons and wife to pose in front of EVERY dinosaur in the restaurant.
One other side topic before I get back on track. While we were at the restaurant, we were seated next to this mom and her 7 year old daughter. I felt bad for them because our kids were the rambunctious ones. But, I felt even worse for her daughter – her mother WAS ON HER PHONE the ENTIRE time. What happened to family interaction??!! This was sooo sad. I took a mental note of this and am going to try really hard to be cognizant of this when I’m around my kiddos.
Anyway, back to shopping for couches. So today, I decided to take myself and Ansley (sans Dad) shopping to Pottery Barn. Guess what? I got there and found exactly what I was looking for. This couch was staring me in the face. I went to sit on it, and it was soo comfortable. Ryan would love it.
And the price tag. Gulp.
I walked around for a while, contemplating on what I should do. I really had my heart set on that couch. As I was walking back into the store, I saw a 20% discount for today only.
After about 20 minutes, I FINALLY found an older sales lady, sweetest one ever, and she helped me out. Ansley was running around like a maniac, so trying to talk to talk to the sales lady and managing Ansley was pretty much insane. She told me that the couch was a floor sample, and was also already discounted, and that I could use the 20% on top of that. SWEET!
What sold me on this sofa was that it was (a) slipcovered and (b) it was a neutral color. Granted, the slip covers cost about $1100, I figured I could get someone to sew me one for a fraction of that if I really needed it. I was also thinking that it was washable, so that was an added plus. Before I made my purchase, I took a “time out” / “heat of the moment” break to call Ryan, who didn’t pick up the phone the ten times I called him. Then I called my best girl friends and asked her for her opinion. She said that I was insane for buying a white couch with babies, but if I loved it, I should get it. Sigh.
For those who are wondering, its this specific model: PB Comfort Grand Slipcovered Sofa in linen white. It’s “Grand” because its deeper and 10 inches wider than a regular sofa.
A few minutes later (which seemed like hours since I was with Ansley) Ryan finally called and said just get it. So I did. We’re picking it up tomorrow!! So excited. Happy birthday to me, a thirty year old woman who is so excited about having a white sofa with two little babies.
Update: Here’s my review of the Pottery Barn Grand Sofa as compared to the Ikea Ektorp.
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