Monday, November 7, 2011

Stylish Sofas - Retail Sources

Recently I've been working on a family room redesign for a client who is fortunate enough to have inherited tons of Early American antiques. (I'm so jealous!) It's really gorgeous stuff and we'll be incorporating as much of it as possible into the finished room.  All my client really needs at this point is some updated upholstered pieces to mix in with her beloved family heirlooms. I'm really excited to see the finished space come together.  You know how I love me some classic furniture mixed with antiques and vintage goodies!

We're aiming for a pre-Christmas install, so rather than going the custom route, which can take 12-14 weeks (and will virtually demolish a tight budget), I researched retail sofas that look great and would fit our time frame and budget.  I thought I'd share some of the other options I came across when working on this family room.  Here are some of my favorites:

You may recognize this Lounge Sofa from Crate & Barrel from a design board I shared on Friday.  It's got really great, classic lines and I love that it's got down-wrapped cushions for $1599.  This sofa would work equally well in a space that was masculine or feminine. That's the great thing about classic pieces - they play nice with everyone.

As long as you stick to their in-stock fabrics, the Chester Tufted Sofa from West Elm can be delivered in 1 - 3 weeks.  Whaaaa?  If you need a pretty little sofa for an apartment or a tight space, this guy is 77" wide.  A fun, modern take on a traditional chesterfield sofa. 

At a higher price point, I also love the Bedford from William Sonoma Home.  Although, to be honest, I don't love that third leg in the center.  The sofa measures 87 inches wide so I'm guessing it's necessary for support?  Once a cocktail table is placed in front, I doubt I'd give the third leg a second thought.

Pottery Barn has the Carlisle sofa, which you can get slipcovered or fully upholstered.  It's a big boy at 90 inches wide and 40 inches deep - perfect for curling up or napping.  My only complaint - their fabric selection is pretty limited to various solids and only a few patterns. Regardless, it's such a pretty sofa:

Bassett Furniture (full disclosure - I did work here a couple of years ago!) has a semi-custom line called CU.2 with a nice, clean-lined sofa, lots of fabric options and you can usually get it delivered in about 30 days.  A good, basic "starter sofa" that would work well in a variety of design styles:

Finally, the Pierre Sofa from Z Gallerie.  Such pretty lines - those arms!  I also really love the green velvet fabric and the nailhead trim and the price tag of $1299 isn't too shabby either.

So there you have it, my picks for pretty and affordable sofas from some well-known retail sources.  A little CYA now: if you're looking for long-lasting investment piece of upholstery, you'll want to do your research and make sure you're confident in the construction methods and fully understand warranty information for any furniture source. 

Anyone out there have any other retail sources for good-looking sofas?   


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