If you follow me on instagram, you know we had to say goodbye to my childhood dog on Thursday evening. I won’t get too sappy on here, but she was that childhood pet that you’ll never forget. My brother and I named her Sobe after the energy drink when we were kids, and she was just this big, loving, greyhound-mix mutt we got from the shelter. Always there, always happy. It was rough saying goodbye, but she had been sick and skinny for quite some time. I wasn’t able to be back home in Greenville when it happened, but we got a text when it was over. “Well kiddos, it was peaceful. She’s playing with frisbees now.” Still sad, but happy to know she isn’t in pain anymore.
But on a brighter note, back here in Columbia I’ve had the chance to break in our new sofa and I am so happy with it.
I wanted to get rid of our old leather sofa from Madison’s single days, but finding one with personality proved challenging in our price range. We went to Final Cut in Augusta, Georgia (Madison’s hometown) to scope out the discount Anthropologie sofas. Not only was everything marked down from retail prices, they were having a 50% off sale for December.
Now just to forewarn you – a LOT of what they sell is damaged or stained or chipped. One of the sofas was actually sagging in the middle from being broken in half. It’s not like a normal retail store; it’s a few plain rooms with furniture and clothes and rugs all separated in different areas. But my friend Eileen at A Creative Day scored a gorgeous golden velvet sofa, so I had her rub it and wish me luck to find a score of my own haha!!
I had been mulling around the idea of green velvet in my head, but I wanted to keep an open mind. You know how you just know it when you see it? That’s what I was counting on. Thankfully that’s exactly what happened when I stumbled upon this:
EEK! I loved everything about it. The vintage-looking nail heads, the tufting only on the back so crumbs don’t get stuck in the seat, the brown linen, everything! It was personality packed and still in a neutral color. You better believe Madison examined that thing like crazy. The only thing we could find wrong with ours is that one of the back legs was a little loose. Madison just opened the bottom up and tightened it so it wasn’t a problem at all.
The best part? We got this sofa for well under 1/4 of the $2,500 retail price. It was probably less expensive than sofas you find at Big Lots, so to say I’m excited is an understatement.
The bench seat is great for having multiple people over, or for taking naps, which I have already done. It’s perfect. It shows cat hair more than the white sofa, surprisingly, but nothing a quick swipe of a lint roller doesn’t take care of.
I’m hoping to make a slipcover for the ottoman with the fabric laying on it. The fabric was a surprise find at Goodwill, but now that I got a sewing machine from my mother-in-law for Christmas, I’m going to try my skills out. The ottoman is currently is a light off-white color and people are a little scared to stain it with their shoes, which makes me sad. Who wants an unlivable house? The striped fabric is very thick and canvas-like, which should solve that problem.
The next dilemma is the same as before, which is that one side of the room is visually heavier than the over. Switching out those white end tables and adding art above the white sofa will help a great deal, especially since those glass lamps are so light feeling.
But for now, I’m taking it slow and enjoying our new addition. We’ve already had friends over, and it’s made this room so much more enjoyable to relax and chat after dinner in. No more sinking down into the low, squishy leather cushions.
Hoping each of you has a wonderful new year filled with meaning, friends, and maybe a few great deals 😉