Karlstad update

Could it be true? YES!!! We are the proud owners of a Karlstad sofa, holla!!!! So exciting!

I talked about our idea to go ahead and purchase the Karlstad in this post here. Since then we have purchased, put together and dreamed up a new living room!

Here’s where we’re at so far:


And what a HUGE improvement the new sofa is!

Our living area is looooooooong and narrow. Our sofa we’d been using was uncomfortable, dated, brown, and too small. It also seemed too big for the space even though it was a normal size sofa. We decided to go with the Karlstad for many reasons but style was #1. With this sofa we could go larger without the bulk. The low profile of this sofa is perfect for our narrow space, giving the illusion that our room is taller than it really is. We also had a lot of layout options, from traditional L sectional sofa, to love seat and everything in between (like chaise loungers added to a love seat, such a great idea!).

Now that we have the sofa in place, a few things are looking a bit out of place. For example, the coffee table is too big and needs to go. The rug is beautiful but doesn’t look good with the color of the new sofa, need to do something there.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

#1.  An Arc Lamp!! I dream of an arc lamp and have been for like ever! Ohhhhh, I just love this lamp. I want one that arches waaaaay over the sofa, giving the space some dimension and drama. This may be a big purchase and therefore something I may not have for a while, but that’s all right, I’ll wait (boo-boo).

#2.  Tree stump tables. We (the hubby and I) can totally make these. I am thinking three of them in the center of the Karlstad, instead of the current black coffee table. Three tree stumps at slightly different heights. Maybe even paint one (or all of them) gold! I love the tree stumps and our home backs the national forest, so finding a few tree stumps should be a fairly easy task!

#3.  Laptop side table. These nifty little creates are so great on so many levels! They are simple, clean lined furniture with a modern flare (yippee), they serve multiple purposes: side table, center table, foot rest, work station, etc. Versatile is the best word to describe these tables. And this one is on sale here at CostPlus for $69. A total must have. Plus, it will fit under the sofa and move wherever needed!

#4.  My treasured Kilim rug that I purchased a few months ago (see more on that purchase here). It’s been sitting in our master bedroom but deserves the spotlight of the living room. I am madly in love with this rug. It makes me smile, I really just can’t say enough about this fabulous rug and I think it will look perfect in the living room with the new sofa!

#5.  I’d like to build a floating drawer shelf under the TV. Something modern, super simple and streamline. A floating shelf with drawer to hold the wireless keyboard and mouse and the TV remote.

I love the new sofa and am looking forward to pulling this room together – just need a little patience, time, money, and skills…. Super exciting!

sofa love

I am dying to have a new sofa. We’d love to have something on the modern side yet comfortable and low profile (back of the couch can’t stand to high, our living space is narrow and small so a low back sofa is the best option). Currently we have a deep seat sofa that is almost 9 feet long. It has down-blend cushions and it is very comfortable. I love the sofa but the style is dated and it’s slowly starting to fall apart (we put extra feet on it this past summer as it started to sag in the center).

I have narrowed it down to my top three favorite stores for future, dream sofa: (no one paid me to say this, this is not a promotion or ad in any way. These are my honest thoughts and opinions). 1. Thrive Furniture {LOVE the furniture here, very retro, classy and tons of options for colors, etc. They have an awesome return policy and free shipping}: 2. Room & Board {oh my gosh, this place is phenomenal,  I LOVE  all their stuff, all of it. I find the price tag to be a bit high here but the quality is superb therefore it is usually worth every dime: 3. Crate & Barrel {an oldie but goodie, I love the modern, sleek C&B style and I’ve purchased a lot of trinkets and misc. items over the years, and am happy with the quality. I have never bought any furniture at C&B but our good friends have and their sofa is super nice}.

BUT…there is a new contender in the sofa search!! My NEW top favorite (and this may seem a bit of a surprise considering all the high end names I mentioned above)… drum roll please…. and my NEW top favorite sofa shop is JC Penney!!! I found the perfect sofa at the best price and after tons of comparing and internet browsing here is what it came down to:

Sure, there are some things I like more at the other shops but when I weighed it all out, the Oasis Darrin sofa was #1 by a long shot. I just couldn’t beat that price and the construction of the sofa at JC Penney is nearly the same as the other shops. I think I may need to keep my eye on Penny’s, I’m so tickled that I found this sofa…. now all I need is $900 cash! That will take a little while to save. But hopefully we will get a little money for our current sofa (here we come craigslist) and then we won’t have to save as long. A $900 deep seat, down blend, modern sofa… what a steal! I’m thrilled.