Living Room: filling in the empty space.

The picture below shows an area in our house that I’ve been calling our Living Room, but I’m not sure that’s really accurate. It’s really an odd space.

The reason I say it’s odd is because 1) it’s right off of our kitchen and 2)  it’s very long and narrow. Our dining room table takes up about a third of the space because it’s the best spot for it in the house. But the rest of the room, as you can see, is totally empty of any decoration and has been for the 4 years we’ve lived here.

About two years ago, we pulled our family room sofa in here to see how it would look. We loved it. So we started casually looking around at sofas and really fell in love with the Lounge sofa from Crate and Barrel. Earlier this year, I came up with this mood board which included that very sofa. (You can see the source info for all items here.)

We’d pretty much decided that the Lounge was the couch for us and were just waiting until we could afford it. Crate and Barrel usually has some kind of fabric sale in the Fall, and I was kind of holding out until then.

When we found out last month that it was going on sale, we stopped by the store to check it out again and realized a couple things we actually didn’t love so much. It’s super duper deep, which is perfect for my tall husband but is kind of awkward for my smallish self. It is very cozy though and I think I still could have been convinced, but then, we got a fabric swatch and realized that it has kind of a greenish tinge. We had both always pictured it as more yellow, but the swatch we got was just not what we had imagined. That sort of killed it for me. The final decision was made when we accepted the fact that, even at the sale price, we just couldn’t quite afford it yet.

Enter the West Elm sofa sale that I found out about not long after. I was a little hesitant because I was nervous about the quality. Part of me does think it’s worth it to hold out for the best couch that you can afford. But, I really liked the look of their Goodwin couch, I loved the color selection, and I really loved the prices. The sale price for the 88 inch Grand Sofa was $669 (normally $899). That’s half of what the Lounge would have cost. Interest = peaked.

Luckily, we have a West Elm nearby so we were able to go check it out in person. And to make a long story short, we ended up deciding to buy it! The good news: after tax, shipping, and delivery the total cost was $862.74. Less than the regular price! The bad news: 8-10 weeks for delivery. Ouch!

But with my recently acquired mood boarding skills, I was able to whip up this little ditty to tide me over till I can see it in person.

I added in a few other items from West Elm that we noticed and loved while we were in the store, plus the Expedit bookcase from Ikea. The plan is to move our Expedit bookcase from Chet’s office into the Living Room and buy another one to match.

Links and sources (clockwise from top left):

1. Expedit bookcase from Ikea
2. Globe pendant from West Elm
3. Slipper chair from West Elm
4. Sliding-top coffee table from West Elm
5. Goodwin sofa (in Dove Gray) from West Elm

Also, I want to share some other possibly helpful info. We got a West Elm credit card when we bought a mirror for our bathroom a few months ago. I was totally regretting it the minute I walked out the door because I was afraid it was just another thing to keep track of. But it’s actually turned out to be fantastic. For every $250 you spend, they’ll give you $25 back as a gift card to spend in the store. If you have any plans at all to buy more from West Elm down the road, I highly recommend it. We used our first $25 towards the purchase of our couch, and now we’ll be getting back another $100 or so after buying the couch and a few other items recently. I’m really loving the chairs and coffee table and think they would pull this room together really nicely. So that $100 will really come in handy. Keep in mind, these cards do expire within about 3 months, so I really only recommend it if you do think you’ll be buying something else soon. Works perfectly for the two of us who don’t buy everything at once and take our time making decisions like these.

Here’s the breakdown on the cost of the couch:

Goodwin Grand Sofa
in Performance Velvet
Dove Gray:                         $669
Delivery charges:            $100
Shipping and
Processing charges:        $66.90
Tax:                                       $48.84
Gift card:                           -$25
Grand total:                       $862.74

And in case you were interested, here are my estimates of what the Lounge sofa would have cost:

Lounge sofa (on sale):   $1269
Shipping (estimated):    $79
Tax (estimate):                 $92.64
Grand total (estimate):  $1440.64

Almost $600 less, not to mention the $100 we’ll get back on a gift card. That’s about the cost of one of the chairs plus the coffee table. What remains to be seen: whether or not the quality surpasses the quantity. I’ll try to do an update down the road after we have some time to break it in a little. But if you’re seeing this 6 months from now and want to know, leave me a note in the comments.

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  1. Erika M.
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    We’re in exactly the same boat as you guys except that we fell in love with the Crate and Barrell Axis. The sectional version, on sale, is still like $4000, which we can’t quite afford. Now we’re debating the Goodwin due to the style and fabulous sale price, but there’s no West Elm anywhere near us to test it out, and there are no reviews of the sofa that I can find anywhere on-line. Have you seen any comprehensive reviews of the Goodwin line anywhere? And was it comfy to sit on? p.s. your style boards are super-cool!

    • Posted October 5, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Hi, Erika! Sorry for the long delay in responding. It’s funny you should mention the Axis because we also noticed and really liked it the day we went looking at the Lounge. But, of course, it was even more expensive than the Lounge. And we had actually considered getting a sectional for our family room and using the couch we already own to put in this room. We finally came to the conclusion that a well-designed, well-made sectional is not available for less than $3000-4000. So that’s out for us, for now. :)

      I know what you mean about a lack of reviews for the Goodwin; I searched around without luck as well! I do have a little information for you because the Goodwin in our store was a sectional. The thing that we were unsure about was the fact that it wasn’t fastened together. You could actually stick your hand down between the end pieces and the corner. It seemed like it might be a little uncomfortable to lay on. The cushions were pretty firm, but not super firm (my husband likes a really cushy couch and I prefer a little more support, so it seemed middle of the road). Since it was the store model, though, I’m definitely curious to see how comfy it feels when it’s brand new. I know that’s probably not a huge help, but I’ll post a more thorough review once it arrives. Thanks so much for your comment and compliment on my mood boards. I really appreciate it. :)

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