Sunday, January 30, 2011

Return of the Sofa!

We just sit across the room and admire it. Yes, this is better than television: our reupholstered sofa!

A few posts ago I told about the two chairs that we recently got back from David Wieberg, our upholstery guru. Well, today he brought us the sofa, which is kind of the pièce de résistance.

What do you think?

I don’t know about you, but I think I’m in love!

—With a sofa!

Here’s a link to my post some months ago when we said goodbye to the chairs and sofa as they were. On it you’ll see pictures like this one—the “before” picture of the sofa:

Obviously, the excitement’s been mounting around here, once we found out the sofa was ready to be delivered. We moved our now-second-string sofa out onto the sunporch (where this one used to reside) to make space in the living room. For the past day, this is what we’ve been staring at:

Since they’re predicting some pretty serious snow this week, and since the only way to get large furniture onto the second floor of our house is to remove a wall from the sunporch and carry it up the back porch steps, this weekend was our window of opportunity for delivery.

For the record, this is what it looks like with the storm windows and wall removed from the back porch. (And yes, this is the way that Great Aunt Polly’s grand old upright piano was moved in and out of the house—before my time: via the back porch steps. Yeah—there used to be a piano in this living room!)

Suddenly, moving a sofa up here doesn’t seem so daunting, eh?

Here are some more views of our luscious sofa.

. . . And here is Sue saying “Wow!” when she got home this afternoon and saw the sofa for the first time!

Now, we’re sitting in the chairs across the room, facing the sofa, and occasionally saying things like, “Wow, it’s like something you’d see in the lobby of a classy old movie theater, isn’t it!” and asking each other questions like, “So, is the correct word for a sofa like this boofty, or boopfy?”

My dad was here when the sofa was delivered, and his comment was, “It looks like furniture that would be fit for the palace of Kaiser Wilhelm II!” Ha ha ha.

Sue and I had an awfully hard time deciding on sofa fabric last fall—we wanted something that looked like the 1930s, but we needed it to be sturdy enough to be “usable.” And we wanted it to feel comfortable. Maroon-burgundy seemed to be a popular color for the period. We found this fabric in St. Louis at Artistic Fabrics—it’s from Waverly.

Of course, it’s hard to guess from a little swatch what a color and pattern will look like when spread over the surface of something as big as a sofa. But this afternoon, we were congratulating ourselves totally on our selection.

And yes, already it seems to be a cat magnet. Tomorrow, I’m going out to find us a throw-thing to put over it!

Well, that’s about all I wanted to tell you tonight—I just wanted to share the joy du jour!

1 comment:

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

WOW to bring that sofa back to it's glory!! It's is beautiful.