deciding furniture

deciding on a new sofa

January 19, 2015

I’ve been mulling over how to re-do our living room for while now. With the new year, it’s high time to pull some triggers.  I’ve narrowed my search down to a few top candidates, and I’ll be honest:  I need some backup on this one.  Help!

Here are the contenders:

1. Organic Modernism’s Siena Long

Tufted, deep, with a definite nod to mid-century thanks to the tapered legs.  I really like the fact that the legs are shiny brass.  Very much in my ‘good-weird’ category.  I discovered this particular sofa through Homepolish, one of my favourite places to find inspiration.  Here it is in an NYC apartment:

Source: Homepolish


What I like about this sofa is that it’s refined, but not too opulent.  I think the neutral fabric would fit with the more earthy and relaxed feel I want.

2. The Nook by Jardan Furniture

This has been my dream sofa for a very long time.  I love the big cushions and low-slung, deep seat.  I just want to dive into this thing and never leave.  The hitch:  Jardan Furniture is in Australia.  (I blame Inside Out magazine for this impossible dream of mine. The interiors they feature are really playful and fresh, and so well-suited to California living.)  I have even gone as far as getting a quote, but getting a sofa shipped across the Pacific Ocean is probably too crazy, even for me.  The picture above doesn’t entirely do it justice, so here’s a taste:

Source: Homelife | Photography by Shannon McGrath


Oh, that yellow penguin chair and Jieldé lamp aren’t hurting either.  You can also feast your eyes here.  Then come back and commiserate with me.  Maybe we can move to Australia together.

3.  Capetown by HD Buttercup

On the more local and attainable front (HD Buttercup is in San Francisco):  nice tufting, simple with a mid-century feel and cute cylindrical bolsters. I’ve been keeping an eye out for this sofa in the wild, and spotted it over at Smitten Studio, where it appears to be doing quite nicely in Sarah’s amazing space:


My main issue:  charcoal or ivory?  I love both.  Charcoal is more practical, given that we have a canine friend living with us too, and it’s actually a neat herringbone pattern as I noticed when taking a look up close in the shop.

4.  Spencer by Gus* Modern

I checked this one out at HD Buttercup’s showroom as well and loved the quality.  The design reminds me a lot of the classic Florence Knoll sofa:

Source: Knoll

Source: Covet Garden


The Spencer sofa is well made, but I’m worried that it may be too stark for the feel I’m going for in our home.  The light grey is great.  It’s even more stunning in some of the darker fabrics they carry.  And Gus* Modern hails from my home and native land of Canada, so I might be feeling a tad biased.

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply David Ross January 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Three and four are both good choices. Definitely not white because of the dog.

    • Reply karolina January 19, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Unless we get him some booties to wear outside. Maybe? 😉

  • Reply Laura January 21, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Oh man, I voted on IG for the impossible choice..sorry! #2 is soo nice, but your other choices are too. As a fellow pet owner with a very light colored petrie-style sofa I can only say this; I vote for no button tufting on the seat, and a darker color!
    Ps: love your blog!

    • Reply karolina January 21, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Laura! No worries at all– it’s there for a reason, as in I’m still entertaining the possibility of doing something crazy. Thanks for your kind words and advice. I can see how the tufted seat may be an issue with pets and I hadn’t thought of it!

  • Reply Diane January 22, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Ooh, we own the Gus Spencer in light gray. We got it 2.5 years ago and still love it. It’s held shape nicely and has nice clean lines. It’s also useful as an overnight couch for visitors because the back pillow comes out and makes the seating area quite wide.

    • Reply karolina January 23, 2015 at 3:55 am

      Hey Diane– ahh, I thought I might have spied that sofa on your blog! I really appreciate hearing how these work out in people’s homes. Thanks for sharing such detailed data! And I hope Ellie is enjoying that sofa too.

  • Reply Tapi January 25, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    #2 is spectacular. Sorry 🙁

    • Reply karolina February 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Ahhh, it is! Thanks for stopping by. 😉

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