Officially I have lived in our house 7 year.
For 7 years I had dreamed of completing our living room with the addition of a new sofa, every time we had saved up enough something knocked it back down again.
Then last year when we started the house revamp I decorated the living room and had new carpet (after an incident with an iron and the carpet) we decided to put a new sofa on hold. After all baby puke and a new sofa was never going to be a good combo really.
So after buying 2 second hand sofas in the last 7 years we were going to keep this one until Jacob was bigger and I had resigned myself over Christmas that this was going to be the sofa I would be spending week on recuperating after my upcoming surgery.
However over Christmas it was duly noted that there seemed to a slight issue with sofa in that no matter which side you sat (it was a 2 seater) you slide to the middle over a period of time.
After giving up on the idea of a new sofa Ollie did a massive u-turn and came home on the 30th December with a lets do it! So after he finished work on New Year’s Eve we headed off into Nottingham with a list of sofa stores to find our very first new sofa.
Now since we were fully aware that Jacob is not quite a year old and the family living room is also where the kids spend a large proportion of the day we weren’t looking to spend mega bucks and looking on line so many sofa companies had some amazingly reasonable sales on sofas, however do to our rooms layout we need to have a traditional style 3 piece suite, one sofa and two chairs or it would make our very long living room look more like a waiting area. What the super deals for the sofas don’t tell you is that the chairs are in some instances more expensive than sofa!
After writing a list of some of the sofa styles we had liked and could stretch too we left the first store utterly broken.
The options we could afford were nothing short of dire and with complete aversion to parting with anything that would involve something that looked so cheap we made the adult decision and left.
Next door was another sofa company so we tried to keep positive and went for a browse, however we had practically written this store off due to price but after Ollie sat on a sofa and declared nothing but pain in his back the sales assistant walked over from her watching pint to suggest reclining sofas …
I will be honest at this point I was somewhat blunt and informed her out budget didn’t stretch that far and with 2 children, one of which was a baby we were not prepared to spend a small fortune on something that without a doubt at some point in its new life it would become a trampoline, bouncy castle and maybe if it was lucky a fort.
However we were walked over to this well defined thing of comfort and beauty and I could see Ollie was hooked before she uttered another word. He placed his backside onto those brushed fabric cushions and the moment his feet hit the recline button on the sofa I knew he had made his decision.
The suite was also called Whitby so with out family history of discovering I was pregnant there and eloping to marry there I was informed it was meant to be …. who am I to argue, after all weeks of recuperating on something that didn’t sandwich me in the middle is always a bonus!
Throughout the whole purchase the only real stumbling block for me was the choices of colour. On display was a expresso and tan versions but I liked the idea of being able to lighten the living room with lighter colour choice but sense prevailed after all with nothing other than an image the size of my finger to go off and no samples in store to see we played it safe went with the expresso colour in the end.
I can not tell you just how excited I am to get them here and I am even more thrilled that the sofa and chairs only worked out to be about £100 more than we had budgeted for and we got better quality furniture 10 fold!
I am now counting down to delivery day at the end of the month …. Comfort here we come now we have a double reclining sofa and 2 reclining chairs …. Cake anyone?