Early in my marriage when I was inexperienced and poor, I tended to buy furniture based on need and a desire to have it NOW. If the couch I wanted was too expensive, I just bought something cheaper. I didn't search to find it somewhere else cheaper. I didn't wait and save my pennies so I could buy it later. I just found something that would work.
Then I looked around my house and decided I didn't really like what I had. It didn't feel like it represented my style. . . if I even knew what that was. I have recently come to the conclusion that if you have something functional in place you are less likely to go out seeking something new. Why go looking for the perfect sofa if you have one in good shape doing the job? It seems less justifiable.
So when our springer spaniel snacked on our furniture last fall I got rid of the ruined sofa and table and chairs in my family room and kitchen. I found a table I loved right away, but Rob and I couldn't agree on family room furniture. This time I wasn't willing to just buy something that would do the job, and neither of us really wanted to spend the amount of money it would cost to get my first or even second choice sofa and club chairs. So I moved my living room furniture into my family room and lived with an empty living room. . . until this month.
My patience paid off! We found nearly the same sofa for half the price--1/3 the Restoration Hardware sofa! And it came with the five pillows shown in the picture. I love a good rolled English arm sofa (and a turned leg). Rob argued it wouldn't be comfortable, and with only a picture to go on with the other two stores, I wasn't making progress convincing him, but once he sat in this beauty he agreed that it was, indeed, quite comfy. It has down/feather filled cushions and a really deep seat--great for the two of us being 6'2" and 5'10".
Here is the Restoration Hardware sofa:
The Pottery Barn sofa:
The RC Willey sofa (Mine):
AND we found a sofa table and a coffee table for a good deal. A nearly identical table set can be purchased at Ballard Designs, but they cost more! I count that a double score. Plus mine was made from reclaimed wood out of a factory.
And I got some great accessories: the mounted driftwood on the sofa table. . .
And this lovely three teared tray, which I love everything about, even the little bun feet underneath it.
Now I just need to find those two leather club chairs and another upholstered chair to finish the seating. . .
But in the meantime, I am ignoring the rain pouring down outside, washing all the lovely blossoms off the trees. I am bringing a little spring inside. I may have to fill my house with cut flowers to appease my annoyance with the dreary weather around here!
**All furniture and accessories mentioned in this post were purchased at RC Willey**