Sunday, June 3, 2012

Couch Contest!

So, if you recall, way back to my first post, my current sofa is a white, futon-type, foldable couch from IKEA. It was well built, by yours truly, and has survived countless moves.

Here is a picture with our living room, the floor screen came down, but the rest is as shown.
It was perfect for my first studio space: The lack of arms made it look bigger, while still fitting in a tight space. It has standard love-seat dimensions, but could squeeze 3 (uncomfortably). I have grown out of it, as I knew I eventually would. I have never really loved the piece, but it has filled the need.

Now that P is here with me, we have a bigger space, and a need for a place for friends and relatives to be able to crash. It was time to find a new sofa, that can work in our lives for the long haul. 

I'm going to walk you through the process of where we looked, and how we narrowed down our search. You can see our current space above. I want you to leave a comment, and guess what we purchased, or tell me what you think the best option would be. No matter if you are correct, as long as you leave me a comment with your email address (so I can contact you if you win), and follow the link to like our new Facebook page, you will be entered to win a gift card to the store we purchased it from!

Here is the process we started with:
We started by making a  list of qualities that we both wanted from the sofa. 
We were looking for: 
clean lines
a full or queen pull-out bed
a solid or mostly solid upholstery fabric
short legs (if any at all)
something super cozy, that we could really snuggle into, and relax on 

We spent some time online researching our options, and making a list of sofas to look at that met our requirements, and were affordable in our budget. After browsing several websites, we narrowed it down to Crate & Barrel, Ethan Allen, IKEA, and West Elm.

We spent several hours working with wonderful, informative, and helpful sales-people. We sat on a lot of couches (for long periods of time). This is such an important step for an investment piece. You want to make sure that you not only find it visually suitable for your space, but also, you will enjoy the hours you spend using the piece. 

We had to take the options from IKEA and Ethan Allen, out. We were down to 2 sofas, from West Elm, and Crate & Barrel, and the respective fabric options for those pieces. 

Enough with the jabber, let me show you what they are! In alphabetical order...

First up is the Davis Sleeper Sofa, by Crate & Barrel. Here it is in all of the color ways we liked:
Davis in Mink

Davis in Bisque
Davis in Almond

Davis in Mocha
Davis in Graphite

The second style is the Henry Sleeper by West Elm. Here are the color ways we were interested in:

Henry in Ivory
Henry in Natural

Henry in Fawn 
Henry in Gravel
Henry in Espresso

So there you have it. 10 options.. what? You are overwhelmed? Just take a guess! Let me know what you think we ended up with and why you picked it. What would you choose? Go with your instinct! 

Make sure to follow this link and like our Facebook page, and then leave me a comment with your pick, and your email (so I can contact the winner). 

Good luck, and Happy Designing!


  1. I think it is the Henry in Natural. I like it's short stubby legs and the color (I actually really like the espresso and the gravel too). The light color makes the piece less obtrusive in a small space. I also like that it is eco-friendly, made from recycled materials, and assembled in the US.

  2. I think it is Davis in Mink - to me it goes the best with the rest of the living room - assuming you are keeping the rest of the furniture. Karen Sobel

  3. Hmmm - I think the Henry sofa, the arms are more appealing to me. The rest meets your requirements. Plus it looks a bit bigger. I would go with a dark color, but my guess is you went natural or ivory. g

  4. Davis in Bisque. The legs look a little shorter on the Davis, and it's light...

  5. Henry in Fawn. It's always helpful to have a sleeper sofa. The Fawn color goes with everything, but isn't beige.

  6. Davis in Bisque. Not a drastic change to the original, and it's the nicest neutral color.

  7. Virginia SemeghiniJune 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Davis in Almond! It looks modern and classic at the same time :D

    And I couldn't get the signature thing to work - this is Virginia from Creative Voice :P

  8. I want to say you got Davis in Graphite, but I think you got it in Mink... so am I right? ;-)
    I think you picked Davis because the pillows on the other are rounder, I think Davis' lines are cleaner.