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i figure we can do interior design here, too!

tehresa, Monday, 23 June 2008 17:57 (twelve years ago) link

i am trying to get all my shit organized. in the past 9 months, the amount of crap in my house has grown exponentially, thanks mostly to books and notebooks from grad school. thinking of going to the new ikea for some wall shelving ideas since there is no floor space left for bookshelves.

anyone have small space organizational tips? also, since this is ilstyle, i want it to look good and as least-dormy as possible.

tehresa, Monday, 23 June 2008 17:59 (twelve years ago) link

we need to get stuff more neatly organized, too. no matter how often we tidy up, our place looks messy because there's just so much damn stuff. our downstairs neighbors keep about 80% of their stuff in large storage bins in the closets, so their place looks so much neater. however, it's kind of a pain for them to get to things if they realize that they've packed something that they want to use. i'm trying to find a compromise. ikea has a giant, freestanding double closet/shelving unit thing that i'm interested in, although it would be a significant expenditure.

lauren, Monday, 23 June 2008 18:31 (twelve years ago) link

the amount of crap in my house has grown exponentially, thanks mostly to books and notebooks from grad school.

it's still part of the mess problem and i've been outta grad school since december!

i am a fan of big plastic bins but then i forget what's in them and mostly what's in them is stuff that could be thrown out. and yet.

i never even think abt buying furniture. but maybe i need a new couch (mine is comfortable but total 2nd hand and starting to really feel like it.) and my desk is still dominating my living space. i shld replace it wth a table and bookshelf. i don't know, i'm not really good with drawers or cupboards b/c i just totally forget abt what i have and so consequently everything is on surfaces. which is not nec a bad thing but currently looks too chaotic.

i need to reorganize in general

rrrobyn, Monday, 23 June 2008 18:48 (twelve years ago) link

I'm looking at putting high wall-mounted shelves in my bedroom, ones that would turn a corner to wrap over two walls of the room. I have another 6-8 boxes of books that I can't unpack, and they're getting in the way of other pursuits (ie blocking my sewing area). I want to be able to get my books down with a simple step-stool, though -- the only drag with our 15 foot ceilings is that the top 6' of that is wasted for storage because you can't get to ANYthing without major ladder.

So maybe one shelf at 6' and one shelf at 8'? Or something.

Laurel, Monday, 23 June 2008 18:50 (twelve years ago) link

i know plenty of people here who've put up high shelves for storage b/c there are a lot of high-ceiled apartments - they just end up standing on chairs or stepladders to get to stuff - so yeah, high shelves but not like top-of-the-ceiling high. unless you're going to make some kind of pulley+shelf system. which wld be rad.

rrrobyn, Monday, 23 June 2008 18:53 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i love the bin storage idea but even the long, slim, not too tall ones don't fit under my bed bc of a weird bar in the fram. that brings up another issue of wanting a new bed, but i think that will have to wait.

i have tons and tons of books and videos and operas on cassette tape stored at my parents' house right now. i miss them dearly, but there is nowhere to put them :( i would really like the high wall-mounted shelves, but am nervous about putting them up - i am sure i'd end up with a crooked disaster.

tehresa, Monday, 23 June 2008 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

get one of those library ladders with wheels!

tehresa, Monday, 23 June 2008 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

To help with storage of small stuff when we moved to this smaller place, I replaced the coffee table with 4 storage ottomans - they hold all the "office supply" stuff (reams of paper, tape, pens, blank cds/dvds, etc) and all kinds of weird computer/audio cables and assorted other technology (battery charger? probably in there). They can be set up as a square, or a long rectangle, or an L, so flexible for our main seating area, and they are the right height to work as extra seating at the dining table. Also, they are still continually covered with newspapers, magazines, and books (and cats, on top of the piles) so provide the normal function of our coffee table. And you can put your feet up on them.

Jaq, Monday, 23 June 2008 18:58 (twelve years ago) link

storage ottoman! such a good idea

ohman i want to redo my whole place now

rrrobyn, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:03 (twelve years ago) link

huh. that is a good idea. i really hate plastic bins - they scream DORM to me (even if they're hidden in closets).

lauren, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

I've started thinking about replacing the bed, which is a queen size platform one, with a king size one. But then I think about some of the places we've lived where a king size mattress would be hell to get up into the bedroom. So what about getting two twin size mattresses and a king size platform? Would that be ultra-annoying, to have the two-mattress interface in your cuddle space? Would it be excellent at preventing middle-of-the-night restless flopping around from waking up the other person? It's nothing that's going to happen any time soon, but I wonder how it would work. All the sheets are already king size, for easier bedmaking.

Jaq, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

my friend has a studio the size of our living room (including kitchen and bathroom) at union square that i'm sure she pays way too much for, but i am amazed at what she's been able to do with it. one wall is covered in a boxed shelving unit. unfortunately, i do not have her husband's income to purchase all this awesome furniture units.

tehresa, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:07 (twelve years ago) link

jaq, my grandparents always had two full mattresses put together to make a king. i've slept in it. you really don't notice if you have a mattress pad and sheets, etc.

tehresa, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:08 (twelve years ago) link

one of the bedrooms in the country has a double-twin set up, and it's a pain in the ass, but there are separate sets of bedding on each. it might be different with one set of king-sized linens over both mattresses.

lauren, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:09 (twelve years ago) link

4 ottomans in a zigzag shape here:

Jaq, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:09 (twelve years ago) link

we had the book problem in our last house. i dreamed of having a number of some kind of short bookshelf with doors on it to hide books etc. if i had my way id get rid of 95% of our books. i read and recycle.

i guess what im trying to say is you'd be amazed what you dont miss and how much space you can end up with by throwing out/giving stuff away.

sunny successor, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:11 (twelve years ago) link

that thing that looks like a mask protruding from the wall there is a bit spooky

El Tomboto, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:11 (twelve years ago) link

re 2 mattresses - I've also seen this foam thing that is a sort of T shape that is supposed to go over the mattress interface - but maybe a good thick mattress pad would do the trick just as well. I think this will be a go.

Tomboto, that is a mask. I have 2 - they used to hang in the guest room, staring at the bed. No one ever stayed too long with us :)

Jaq, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

I re-read books, loan them out, refer to them in order to quote them for something, etc. I don't keep EVERYTHING, there's def a value judgment about whether each book is worth keeping, but I do need book space.

Laurel, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

my apartment is semi clutter-free but will not stay that way if boyfriend moves in with his 1203483 records

bell_labs, Monday, 23 June 2008 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

I feel like I am in a constant state of getting rid of stuff.

Yerac, Monday, 23 June 2008 22:24 (twelve years ago) link

I have more space than I need and am trying to think of cool ways to clutter it all up
I would love to live in a place like Jaq's that is just totally full of stuff, oh and also exposed brick (I hate the way red brick looks on the outside but love it on the inside. Am I weird?)

El Tomboto, Monday, 23 June 2008 23:46 (twelve years ago) link

Haha, be careful what you wish for Tombot! This was how it looked when we first moved in:

I do truly love the exposed brick walls - but it's tough to get brick interior walls w/o brick exterior too. This building is so old and has been through so much (great Seattle fire, earthquakes, etc, plus it's so close to the waterfront and the viaduct), it would be a stretch to call the exterior color "red".

Jaq, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 00:05 (twelve years ago) link

I also just realized I used to have exactly that office chair on the left of the first picture, back when I had my JERKER with three swivel arms and all the fixins (rip)

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 00:08 (twelve years ago) link

It feels like I spend 3/4 of my life in that chair.

Jaq, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 00:17 (twelve years ago) link

i did a really good job with clutter and not having tons of shit back when i was moving every 3-6 months. now i've been in my apt. for 1.5 years and am accumulating clutter + school shit and i do not like it.

tehresa, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 05:38 (twelve years ago) link

I stopped buying books and dvds 5 years ago, stopped buying cds 3 years ago. Got rid of all except a handful. It really helps.

Yerac, Tuesday, 24 June 2008 11:12 (twelve years ago) link

I've got far too many books too. We moved June 1st and I am still digging stuff out.. But slowly working toward a fantastic conclusion. Unfortunately a lack of linen closet meant I had to buy Rubbermaid containers for sheets/towels and store it in my (very large..yay) closet so I do have the dorm thing going on, but only when you start opening closet doors.

I'm painting two mis matched bookshelves glossy black right now, and I've taken the backs off and wallpapered them with this cute Victorian toile design I got off of Ebay. It's going to be adorable; I can't wait til it's done so I can show off via pictures.

Finefinemusic, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 15:42 (twelve years ago) link

(I should say.. glossy black to match three other living room pieces: TV stand, small corner bookshelf, picture frame stand). If your room was yellow, furniture is black white and red (white & red wallpaper as mentioned) - would a red couch be too much? Our old couch was lost to the move, it was one inch too big to fit through our stairwell.)

Finefinemusic, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 15:44 (twelve years ago) link

My top decorating tips, from back when I had to stage a rental in a hurry. (n.b. these are all cribbed from every design show ever):

#1: HOUSEPLANT. A plant says "a together person lives here." Easiest houseplant is a ZZ plant. Looks good, hard to kill.
#2: PAINT THE WALLS A COLOR. Any color. Easiest, literally idiot-proof, house paint is Benjamin Moore Aura. Dripless, total coverage in one coat you can do in one day.
#3: PUT PICTURES UP. Any pictures. My fave are dark frames + white mat against a colored wall.

felicity, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 21:27 (twelve years ago) link

that is a nice plant! i shld have one! i have a jade and a vine - they are also hard to kill! i have tried!

ugh painting
yaay pictures
that is true abt towels - i have never folded them

i did nothing in the way of home decor yesterday (which was a holiday) except wash dishes. i am thinking abt new curtains.

rrrobyn, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 21:47 (twelve years ago) link

also i am on a mission to replace my desk with a table

rrrobyn, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 21:50 (twelve years ago) link

this is what my life has become courtesy of new house

as impossible as it seems to me, i still have too much stuff, but largely because onmoving day i looked at all my shitty alley-harvested bookshelves and 86ed them. oops. now i have shitty cardboard boxes full of books.

BLACK BEYONCE, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 21:55 (twelve years ago) link

on the positive side, it is amazing how good it feels to actually buy furniture for a room all at once

BLACK BEYONCE, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 21:56 (twelve years ago) link

oooh i bet. i can't wait to do that!

tehresa, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:01 (twelve years ago) link

also i am on a mission to replace my desk with a table

-- rrrobyn, Wednesday, June 25, 2008 4:50 PM (Wednesday, June 25, 2008 4:50 PM) Bookmark Link

Ha, I'm trying to replace my table with a desk.

The old desk was too big and cumbersome, so it got put out in the yard. Since we've moved, I've got my home computer on an old nightstand and I have to crouch down on the floor to look at it.

Which is fine. Keeps me in the company of my family more now instead of holed up in a room reading zingers.

Pleasant Plains, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:05 (twelve years ago) link

Muji has some really cute household stuff. It's on sale now but still pricey.

Virginia Plain, Thursday, 26 June 2008 05:05 (twelve years ago) link

i need to go there. ppl keep talking bout it!

tehresa, Thursday, 26 June 2008 05:06 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i would totally give you my desk if we yknow lived in the same town, pp - it's pretty nice but way too big for my place. i somehow think it might fit in my storage closet tho. for future use. which of course means cleaning out the storage closet... scary.

rrrobyn, Thursday, 26 June 2008 14:56 (twelve years ago) link

the thing about having a desk instead of a table in a small apartment is that i end up eating while sitting on the couch or eating at my desk - there isn't really anywhere nice for two or more people to sit in a civilized way (not that sitting on a couch isn't civilized but yknow what i mean.) anyway, tables, tables are good. i kind of want one with a folding leaf.

rrrobyn, Thursday, 26 June 2008 15:03 (twelve years ago) link
I haven't painted my removable shelves but I'm off to a good start, I keep stopping while walking through my apartment to admire my handiwork! Heh.

Finefinemusic, Friday, 27 June 2008 15:05 (twelve years ago) link

Lovely!! I have a big raw pine bookshelf that I want to paint two colors, one on the outside and something else for the back wall. Not got around to it yet, though, predictably enough.

Laurel, Friday, 27 June 2008 15:07 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, it was kind of a bigger ordeal than I thought because I sanded them, primed them, and then painted two coats of black - but I'm very satisfied, this picture does it no justice whatsoever.

Finefinemusic, Friday, 27 June 2008 15:19 (twelve years ago) link

so i did in fact get a brand new fridge on wednesday! amazing. they delivered it some time in the morning (i was at work) and i arrived home v late that night to find it all shining and white in my kitchen wowee. so i gave it a wipe down inside and plugged it in and went to sleep and woke up early the next day and was gone all day, and so yesterday evening my building manager drops by to give me the food i'd kept in her fridge during the fridge-changing operation, and she tells me, in a very sweet and kind way, that not only did the fire inspector guy (who was in the building last week checking all the alarms etc) tell her the following but also the building co-owner or whatever who bought the new fridge (and i guess helped move it in?) said the same thing, which is: this woman's apartment is a fire hazard.

i am not embarrassed or anything b/c i know i have a lot of papers and books and crap piled up in increasing piles that really need to be dealt with but that i haven't had time/energy to deal with, but HOLY SHIT! anyway, this news is some serious freakin incentive to address my Department of the Interior Terr0rwatch situation.

rrrobyn, Friday, 27 June 2008 15:40 (twelve years ago) link

i might pay someone to help me. srsly.

rrrobyn, Friday, 27 June 2008 15:41 (twelve years ago) link

LOL jesus find a box and throw everything in there as an interim storage/cleaning method, when you get a lot of the crap into one relatively contained pile it's easier to "start" cleaning and tidying.. and then you can use that money to buy pretty stuff! and um, a filing cabinet? :)

Finefinemusic, Friday, 27 June 2008 15:48 (twelve years ago) link

oh i have tried these methods
also it is more like 3 boxes
also it is not that my place is 'dirty' just that it is 'cluttered' - i mean, i keep things clean, i vacuum, i mop, i dust, i clean everything on a regular basis. except for the piles of papers, books, cds, blah, etc.

the key here is throwing stuff out
tho i wld prefer to take it somewhere and burn it all
but yeah the issue of being overwhelmed by it and so not doing anything abt it and then it just gets worse is obv the issue to deal with by yeah at least starting with filling a box up u r rite

rrrobyn, Friday, 27 June 2008 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

and i am still suffering from 'what if i one day really need this photocopy of 10 random pages from raymond williams' culture & society' syndrome

rrrobyn, Friday, 27 June 2008 16:06 (twelve years ago) link

oh God I know I have boxes of papers from high school... my boyfriend and I got really critical one night, spent three hours and threw away about... 1/3 of what we should have tossed. The rest is now sitting in a couple of boxes in our closet :P

I hear ya about decluttering... I don't think I will ever have a clutter free existance. Hence the tons of bookshelves in my apartment :)

Finefinemusic, Friday, 27 June 2008 16:09 (twelve years ago) link

But also having more than one or two rooms probably helps, so you don't always have to look at navy--different spaces can reflect different uses or times of day or moods. Also not a thing you can really do in city apartments.

Conic section rebellion 44 (in orbit), Wednesday, 22 November 2017 19:46 (two years ago) link

In our first house - where I lived for seven years - we repainted the bedroom three times before getting a color that didn't look awful. Samples looked good and all but in a room-sized space colors ended up being too dark, or too much of an undertone that wasn't obvious at first.

I'm all for painting hallways, bathrooms, porches, and guest rooms unusual or interesting colors but I've gotten burned enough that I don't want to gamble on having to repaint a bedroom or living room more than once, especially since it's possible that I could be in this house until I die.

joygoat, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 19:49 (two years ago) link

A set color scheme means getting furniture & accessories that coordinate, or at least don't clash

ya this was tough and we certainly have things that either clash or blend in too much - having to find wall space large enough to suit our largest artworks and tapestries and not pre-planning some of that means that we have, for example, a red master bedroom with a reddish-orange tapestry bc that was the only wall that fit it!

marcos, Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:12 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

i don't know if i will do it but i really want to paint our all-white trim some other color or colors than white. white's okay i guess, but when we were looking at houses i was always more drawn to natural wood trim. if we had stained wood trim i'd never paint it but since some previous owner already painted it white, why not try another color?

marcos, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 19:51 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

White trim always shows dirt, scuffs too much (assuming you are talking about baseboards and molding). I also prefer wood

Yerac, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:55 (two years ago) link

I used to paint walls very strong colors and even did a wall once with blue on blue racing stripes w/ a couple of thin silver lines thrown in. Now I am pretty much white walls only although I could be swayed into grey every so often. I just have too many belongings (art, quilts/pillows that I make) that are primary colors that I feel less restrained when I just have a neutral background. And my newish place has a crazy glass? shiny weird wall in the middle that houses what used to be a fireplace. I've always been confused by it. But the red glass kind of requires things around it to be more muted.

Yerac, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:46 (two years ago) link

assuming you are talking about baseboards and molding)


marcos, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:21 (two years ago) link

someday i want to own a house with wood trim

marcos, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:21 (two years ago) link

also i need plants. i have no plants. i want plants in every room.

marcos, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:26 (two years ago) link

I love plants but it becomes an issue when going away on vacation. Usually I can put them in the tub with water halfway up and they've done well. This time around due to different apt and plants I am trying the upside down wine bottles in some. We'll see how they are after 3 weeks.

Yerac, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 18:46 (two years ago) link

Does it have to be a good wine or will they be OK on the cheap stuff?

mick signals, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:39 (two years ago) link

They like a little sparkler.

Yerac, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:23 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

i need to buy a new couch and it's stressing me out!

the couch i have right now is great - we've had it probably 6-7 yrs, got it used from friends, it's stain-resistant, husky-having-a-tantrum-and scratching-furiously resistant, doesn't hold onto dog fur, it's pretty comfy. but it's fucking HUGE. it's too big for our small house and it's an ugly dark olivey-green.

the thing is, i spend a lot of time of the couch. and these are the things i want:
- comfy (not too firm, not too squishy)
- high-ish back
- on legs (i don't like the blocky look of couches that hit the floor - it takes over the room)
- simple design (i already have a lot going on, decor wise)
- must handle dogs well
- slim profile (no big rolled arms)
- not too shallow
- spacious two-seater, or smaller 3-seater

i've looked at Article and Joybird, but it's so hard to tell what's gonna feel comfortable - they offer returns but what a fucking hassle. i also looked at Burrow, but the fabric sounds weird and seems like it doesn't look anywhere near as good in person. i went to ikea tonight, but i didn't really like anything they had, except maaaaybe the Vimle.

does anyone have recommendations? my budget is probably around $1200. i would probably stretch to $1500 if it was The One.

just1n3, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 03:32 (two years ago) link

also: i am pretty set on a medium-gray sort of color.

just1n3, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 03:32 (two years ago) link

The Ikea Nockeby is very nice and very comfortable. it also has removable/washable covers and you can buy extra covers if you need to. it comes as a two or 3 seat couch or as a three seat with a chaise extension thingy.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 03:38 (two years ago) link

thanks jed! but i don't like those really big/wide arm rests - that's one of the problems with our current couch.

just1n3, Tuesday, 22 May 2018 04:35 (two years ago) link

I love so many of the article couches but I can see how impractical they would be with pets in the house.

Right column Leftist (sunny successor), Tuesday, 22 May 2018 14:11 (two years ago) link

Have you looked at Macy's? They have a lot of fabric sofas with a mid century/danish vibe going on for under $1000. I can't find the exact one I used to have in a light grey tweedy fabric but it was similar to the tufted back ones with scandinavian legs. They are fine comfort wise. I eventually gave it to a neighbor (we both had large dogs too) because I wanted a huge ass chesterfield

Yerac, Saturday, 26 May 2018 18:25 (two years ago) link

Oh man, now I am really lusting after this blush pink velvety sofa on Article.

Yerac, Saturday, 26 May 2018 18:28 (two years ago) link

I got a new sofa and matching love seat from Macy's last summer when we moved into a new place. First time I ever bought furniture that I hadn't sat on first but they were super cheap due to some sort of sale so both together were less than $1100 or so.

They're totally fine; definitely not family heirloom sturdiness so I have doubts about their longevity but they're comfortable, look good, and were cheap.

joygoat, Saturday, 26 May 2018 19:42 (two years ago) link

Yep^^^ it has a good price point for people with large dogs, like, you didn't really stress over ruining it. I think everyone is having a Mem day sale too (US).

Yerac, Saturday, 26 May 2018 19:50 (two years ago) link

thanks guys! i just looked at macy's and quite liked this

i was originally set on a light to medium gray, but this teal would look good too - i have a sideboard type of thing, made of reclaimed wood, that has bits of copper green, teal-blue and dusky pink, which would complement it

just1n3, Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:08 (two years ago) link

I love that color on the sofa.

Yerac, Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:19 (two years ago) link

maybe paired with a couple of these orange poufs?

just1n3, Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:30 (two years ago) link

i don't care how over-used teal and orange is, i love the combo

just1n3, Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:30 (two years ago) link

I love that combo too ( I don't feel like I see it everywhere?) Plus it's your house, who cares, do what you love.

Yerac, Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:53 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

we are finally in the market for a new sofa :D

i love going to furniture stores so that is a positive.

frustrating trying to find afforable & small enough configurations for our challengingly narrow living/dining room with three entrance doorways coming off it. RIP the amazing but-way-too-big blue velvet sectional i fell in love with :(

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 27 August 2018 01:19 (one year ago) link

Ohhh, how is the search going?

Yerac, Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:50 (one year ago) link

i am beaten down by too many choices

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:54 (one year ago) link

are you trying to fit a full size sofa in or only love seat?

Yerac, Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:56 (one year ago) link

If i ever get a sofa again, I am going for the velvet. I had dreams of a green leather chesterfield, but when it came down to decision time I went for the classic dark brown. I sometimes regret not going bold, but since I have much too colorful surroundings the brown goes much better. Otherwise it would've looked like xmas all year round.

Yerac, Saturday, 1 September 2018 01:59 (one year ago) link

we have a long narrow living room, ended up going with a long sectional with a chaise on one end. it's working well.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 1 September 2018 02:06 (one year ago) link

can we talk about the tv show MAKING IT on this thread

Paleo Weltschmerz (El Tomboto), Saturday, 1 September 2018 02:45 (one year ago) link

or, more importantly, can we just have a thread about it

Paleo Weltschmerz (El Tomboto), Saturday, 1 September 2018 02:45 (one year ago) link

no but we can sing the song :D

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:12 (one year ago) link

i have gone from just wanting a basic bitch floofy 3 seater recliner to a sectional with chaise to a short sectional to two small separate couches back to a recliner and ._.

i just want a good comfy couch to show up on my doorstep

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:14 (one year ago) link

Xps yerac there is a couch at a local store I’m in love with - it’s a velvet chesterfield, a gorgeous green that’s somehow between forest green and avocado. It’s too expensive and the style doesn’t fit our decor and my mostly white husky would destroy it but... damn it’s pretty.

FYI I gave up on the couch search. There might be a big move in our future, maybe in 3-5 yrs, and I decided I’d rather wait till we’ve settled somewhere else.

just1n3, Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:26 (one year ago) link

omg. I want a picture...but I don't. I love chesterfields and velvet and the color green so much.

Yerac, Saturday, 1 September 2018 05:32 (one year ago) link

I found a pic! I’m not sure this is technically a chesterfield, after all, though:

just1n3, Saturday, 1 September 2018 06:45 (one year ago) link

yeah large white dog and green velvet sofa is an automatic DQ

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 1 September 2018 06:54 (one year ago) link

I am also sofa and comfy chair hunting and it is not something I've enjoyed. Nor something at which I've had success.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:01 (one year ago) link

Recliners are so ugly yet so comfy. Room and Board has the least ugly one I've seen, but it still ugly and also costs $2600 x2 chairs.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:02 (one year ago) link

I loooove that green velvet.

My friend has a low profile recliner from room and board. She loves it. She's had it about 8 years. It has a butt indention in it now though.

Yerac, Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:05 (one year ago) link

Room & Board’s Dalton recliner is one of the two greatest pieces of furniture I have ever owned

Paleo Weltschmerz (El Tomboto), Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:11 (one year ago) link

The problem I have with the more low profile recliners is that I'm really tall and those don't come up high enough to support my shoulders and head when reclined :(

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:12 (one year ago) link

tombot what is the other greatest piece of furniture?

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:14 (one year ago) link

I think this is the green chesterfield i almost got

but ended up getting it in a different dark brown leather. I had to order swatches at the time and did a scratch test with my dog's (boxer) paw to make sure I got one that didn't show scratches that well. I love it. It's 8 feet and deep and both me and my 6'3" spouse can lay on it relatively comfortably together.

Yerac, Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:14 (one year ago) link

and it was the Dalton Recliner.

Yerac, Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:15 (one year ago) link

the other one is my old LL Bean Mission Futon which is now basement furniture but has moved with me like 7 times over 17 years and remains phenomenal for naps

Paleo Weltschmerz (El Tomboto), Saturday, 1 September 2018 14:26 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

I have heard (from some friends) some of those Article sofas are very uncomfortable. I need sofa updates. I think I am going to commit to a green velvet sofa next year when I move.

Yerac, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 13:24 (eight months ago) link

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