Now the thing about a domestic detox is that it isn’t just all decluttering and chucking out you know. It’s about taking a long hard look at what you have in your house, casting a cold clinical eye if you will, and deciding what works and what doesn’t.
And, in this house what isn’t working (any more) is the sofa. In fact when Living Etc came to photograph the house a little over a year ago, the styling editor took one look at my ten-year-old velvet sofa and said (with a slight sniff): “How very vintage.”
Which is why the images feature another, less vintage (rather startlingly) green sofa which was deemed more suitable for the job in hand. To be honest replacing the sofa has been on the list for some time and, had we had any money left over when the builders left, it would have been replaced or recovered long before that magazine, or any other, was allowed anywhere near the front door.
Anyway, moving on. The time has come to detox the dearly beloved sofa. It has served us well. But, after ten years of small children jumping, spilling, making dens and doing all sorts of things that aren’t really just sitting, it needs a face lift. Now, in the interests of recycling we could happily do both those things. It’s very comfortable and I still like the style. But, hey, I look at new products all the time and I weally, weally want a new one. And, in the spirit of justification, what we would we sit on for six weeks while it was being upholstered? Not to mention the fact that the current one is a little large for the space.
Hence, I’m currently fantasy shopping for a new sofa. It must be elegant, yet comfortable enough to lounge on for a Sunday night film. It must not look like everyone else’s sofa. Above all, it must not cost many thousands of pounds.
I shall return to this subject again as buying a new sofa is a big investment for all of us and I intend to investigate thoroughly. I will keep you posted. Literally as it turns out.
Anyway, what do you think of this one? It comes in several colours (I shall, of course, have dark grey) and costs either just under or just over £2,000 depending on the shade you choose or the place you buy it from. It’s from Normann Copenhagen but there are stockists all over the UK and US.