Three years. THREE YEARS we have lived in this house. And three years I’ve been lying on old, slipcovered couches. Comfortable? Yes, but aesthetically pleasing they were not. The couches had belonged to Aaron’s parents and were approximately 25 years old. We kept them covered with tan slipcovers, which meant that every day, I had to tuck and pull at the covers to keep them in place. But we were biding our time until we could
find afford the perfect sectional. And then, a miracle happened.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Aaron and I went to Dillard’s to complete our wedding registry and as we were roaming the department store, trying to find the home goods section, we got a bit lost and had to cut through the furniture department. Now, anyone who has ever bought furniture in Dillard’s knows that you can’t set foot in that place without at least three well-meaning sales people stopping you to offer their services. And since we weren’t shopping for furniture that day, we had our heads down, our speed up and our focus on getting through there quickly.
Which is why there was a cartoonish SCREECH as I came to a sudden stop when I saw this sectional right by the entrance to the home goods department. It was literally the last piece of furniture we were going to pass by. It was almost exactly like the West Elm Henry sectional that we’d been eyeing for years, but the price tag, marked down for Memorial Day, was A THIRD of the price. And did I mention free delivery?
It was such a great deal, we bought it then and there, posted our old couches on Craigslist and waited patiently until it arrived. Of course, as the delivery men were bringing it in, I had a mini-panic attack that it was WAY too big for our living room, something that hadn’t even occurred to me in the store. But it’s actually inch-for-inch smaller than any of the other sectionals we considered. And it’s perfect in every other way.
Until yesterday when Habitat for Humanity came to pick up our old couches (no bites on Craigslist, surprise surprise), they were pushed up against the gallery wall in the living room, and now that they’re gone it’s very clear that I need something else against that wall.
A credenza? A console table with X-benches pushed underneath it? Of course, the side table will be replaced, and we plan to add built-ins to the wall where the TV is. And I’m willing to get rid of the somewhat awkwardly placed chair, which is why X-benches for extra seating might be a good idea. I’m scouring the internet for inspiration, but any/all ideas are welcome!
What would you do?