Saturday, May 30, 2009

As long as it's microfiber

A few months ago, David and I began a search for some new living room furniture. We had a random group of hand-me-downs when we first got married and moved in together, and then about a year into our marriage we bought a used set from my old youth pastor. It was two recliners and a couch that had two recliners in it. I was thrilled that the set matched!! It was a great set, and we used them lovingly for years.

The problem was their cats had kind of started to pick apart the sides, and our cats took over that job once we got it. I would come home and find pieces of the inside of our recliners on the living room floor! Also over the years they just became less and less comfortable.

So we finally decided to start shopping for a new set. This was around President's day, when they were having all kinds of sales. Now David and I get along pretty easily most the time, and I really thought this would be a no-brainer...

Boy was I wrong.

We had TOTALLY different ideas of what we wanted.

The only thing we could agree on was that we both wanted microfiber. That was it.

Dave is 6'2", so he wanted a couch that he could lay on and fit comfortably. He also preferred a low back, sturdy and not too poofy of a couch.

I on the other hand, pretty much wanted a cloud.

You know the type, the fluffy, uber-poofy, pillow infused couch that you just melt into.

We shopped online for weeks. WEEKS. The one weekend we decided to hit the stores. We went to several, gave them a test drive, took pictures and wrote down notes. Then we came home to discuss our options.

Finally, we came to a compromise.

It's really long. Long enough for David to lay on and fit comfortably. It's sturdy, yet fluffy =). It's got attached pillows/cushions on the back, and no pillowing on the arms. It's wide enough for us both to lay on it comfortably too. AND it's microfiber, so it is pretty stain resistant, and it cleans really easily. (and it's dark so even if our future children ((Or myself)) do manage to stain it hopefully it won't show! HA!)

We also got another piece to go along with it... let me introduce you to what I consider one of the greatest inventions ever (next to heated stone floors, of course):

The chair and a half. Amazing...

I love that thing. I could live in it. It's so huge and our current living room isn't, so it is actually in our spare room right now. But someday we will have a bigger living room and be able to put the set together and then you won't be able to peel me outta that chair!!!

So, there ya have it.


OH and one more little, unrelated thing. Today we went down to Salem for my baby sister's graduation party. I am sooooo proud of her!! Anyways, this picture is for you Em:


19 comments:

Alexis said...

I so totally envy you! I have always wanted a chair and a half! I think they're much more comfortable than recliners, but Jared (must be a man thing) thinks I'm nuts. Give him a recliner and a remote and you can't pull him out of la-la land. Congrats on the new furniture. Before you know it, you'll have kool-aid stains all over it!

Alexis said...

Love the pillows, too, by the way. So cute!

:) said...

Kendra--
I LOVE your new furniture! I love the color, and it looks super comfy :)

Also, congrats to your little sister :)

Love,
Jen

Monica @ Writer Chic said...

We have a chair and a half. Jim lives in it. I love your furniture -- you are a girl after my own heart with the brown and blue. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Vanessa's Dad said...

There's our little Salutatorian Wannabe with a Fish Face Smile.

Glad you found the furniture Both wanted.

LOVE, DAD

Becky said...

I'm glad you were able to agree on something! That sounds like Terence and I trying to decide on something we go back and forth...bach and forth...and EVENTUALLY just about when pigs start to fly we reach a decision! LOL! That is a cute picture of you and your sister :) Have a great weekend!

Becky said...

Oh-and I love the sofa and BIG chair!

Emily said...

Love the furniture! I'm still waiting to replace our hand-me-downs. :)

Stephanie said...

I love your new couch. We bought a new couch when Asher was around 6 months old, and I bought the exact WRONG thing for children (and dogs) - sage green and courdoroy-ish, so it doesn't hide a single stain, and I really need it too. Live and learn, I guess.

Also, I love chair and a half's. My parents have one, and I have had many, many naps in it. Super comfortable.

Heather said...

I am so with you on the "cloud" couch! The color is great, too.

We need new furniture for the basemant (ours os very hodgepodge right now...) I can't convince my husband to get microfiber. Heloo!!! We have two kids... that stuff is like miracle fabric when it comes to spills and stains.

Have I mentioned that he is possibly the most stubborn person in existance? Ah, well...

Family of 5 said...

Ah...super comfy looking! They look great! I so enjoy getting new things, not that hand me downs are bad, but it's fun to choose yourself!
Way to find something so great that you both can enjoy! :)

Amanda said...

Very nice compromise!!! We'll try and keep it pretty when Princess Pukes A Lot comes to visit next month. Smart move to buy the matching chair even if it doesn't quite fit in your living room. I see what you mean now about having to move the chair for the Pack n Play to fit when we visit. So excited! And yes, the pillows are cute. Happy after months of shopping you found something great!

Faith said...

Oh how pretty! Love that you guys found something perfect for the both of you!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just blog hopping today and enjoyed reading your blog...

I am posting on our Disney trip so hope you will stop by.

Also, the June giveaway starts today...all comments left in June will be in the drawing for the "June Card Box"! You will have to go down a few posts to read about the monthly giveaway.
Happy Sunday!

Jenna said...

i heart that couch and chair with an unbridled passion!

Lacy said...

Glad you two were able to come to a compromise!! I really love your new furniture. We have microfiber too (we tell people it is for our dog, but it is really more for me..I've spilled so much, LOL). I think I would never leave that chair and a half ~ my butt would be glued! :) Enjoy!!

Lianna Knight said...

Love the new furniture. We are SO overdue for a new couch!!! We are using what my hubby had before we got married and God only knows how long he had this furniture!!! I am hoping for a sectional :) We have an oversized chair right now too and it is PERFECT!

Heather said...

You are the cutest thing!! I have a chair and a half and I practically live in it! :) Love it! Your new couch is so pretty!
Hope you have a great weekend! I am praying for you!
P.S. Joey: "I just don't want to leave you high and dry..."
Chandler: "I've never been lower or wetter!!!"
ha!

amy (metz) walker said...

Love the new furniture! DW and I went sofa shopping a few months back and had the same problem! When we found "the one", though, it was instant love at first sight for us both! HA!