April 23 10

Next week we take possession of our new home. Three thousand square feet of suburban goodness that I have only seen in pictures. But I just know that is it the perfect house. But, while real estate markets across the states keep tanking and tanking, the Toronto market is doing nothing but flourishing, so we strettttttttched to buy this house. Because we are what one would call HOUSE POOR, there is a good chance we will be living sans furniture for a while and will be making purchases slowly. There are so many things to purchase…couches, tables, TVs, rugs, artwork, office desks. And then there are the things you don’t even think about, like towels for guest bathrooms and mezuzahs for all the doorways.

Priorities, people. I visit websites and stumble things I like. I read magazines and tear pages out. I walk down the home section of Target and take mental notes of all things I want. I sit at dining room tables and get comfy on couches in furniture stores. I take pictures of things I like.

But because sitting on my ass and vegging is a big priority for me, second only to fresh breath, the first – and likely only – purchase we will be making will be family room couches and TEH TV for this here room….

(if you squint enough you can almost see what the room looks like)

I am thinking I want brown, and probably sectional. I sat in this lovely thing and I’m pretty sure I purred a little bit. It’s the perfect napping  TV watching couch.

(Imagine it in chocolate brown, if you will, with my lovely ass parked right in the middle of it.)

What do YOU think? Help a girl out here. Like it? Don’t like it? Have a different suggestion to offer up? I am ALL EARS on this one. Also…wanna help me find a rug to go with a chocolate brown couch. I will probably be able to afford it in early 2011.

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  1. i say chocolate brown leather so you can hide and clean up the vomit and chocolate milk stains. but maybe, i think i have vomit on the brain today…..
    .-= gorillabuns´s last blog ..i gave at the office =-.

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    Comment by gorillabuns on April 23, 2010
  2. As someone who has been in the throes of home-decorating since I put my contract in last summer, I completely understand where you’re coming from! I LOVE the couch, and would be great for you guys… and have a few ideas for rugs that go with brown couches, but we need to talk accent colors, too. (I’m going with a brown/cream/orange theme with my living room, so my to-die for rug is conveniently at Pier1.)

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    Comment by Darcey on April 23, 2010
  3. Darcey…we are doing browns, beiges, and different shades of blue throughout the house. (maybe some orange too, like a poppy color?)

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    Comment by ali on April 23, 2010
  4. I like this one, but there are some out there where you can easily rearrange the configurations, my brother-in-law has one that does that and it is fantastic. Don’t know where he got it though. For area rugs, I Love LOVE my FLOR rug and Ikea has interesting stuff too! Best of luck – the new house looks great.

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    Comment by Laurie on April 23, 2010
  5. I love that couch and the ottoman/table thingy! I have a brown couch and the light cat hair it very noticeable. So you might want to keep that in mind with Indy. Although, I don’t know if he really sheds.

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    Comment by Kristabella on April 23, 2010
  6. FYI my post today is full of online furniture shopping suggestions- read the first comment- the link is awesome.

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    Comment by slynnro on April 23, 2010
  7. NO SHEDDING!!!
    he’s one of the few breeds that has hair and not fur!
    WHEEEE!

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    Comment by ali on April 23, 2010
  8. Whoa. A lot happened while I was in Africa, clearly…you’re back in Toronto? Did you KNOW that Virgin America just opened a SF to Toronto route this week? Just sayin’… =)

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    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on April 23, 2010
  9. when i read ‘sectional’ i thought to myself… ali doesn’t seem like a sectional kinda gal. and then i remembered that neither was i….. until i found the exact same couch you are looking at and bought it…. ‘cept mine is in khaki. it was hands down the best purchase EVA for our family room. you will not regret it. GET IT GET IT!!!!

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    Comment by sara on April 23, 2010
  10. Crazy enough but my hubs and I own that very couch in chocolate brown. It’s a weird olivy brown color and I paired it with orange and sage green colors…lots of compliments on the couch and it is the BEST couch to cuddle or stretch out on.

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    Comment by Sarah on April 23, 2010
  11. I highly recommend microfiber/ultrasuede! It wears so well and is sooo easy to clean.

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    Comment by NEWMOM on April 23, 2010
  12. This is THE best sofa!
    http://www.crateandbarrel.com/.....38;f=29406
    The photo is deceiving… it’s 125 inches long so there’s a ton of space. It’s microfiber, so you can just wipe off any marks. Crate and Barrel had a sale last fall, so that’s when we got it.

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    Comment by Sarah on April 23, 2010
  13. I’d go with brown leather too, but that’s just my personal taste. I cannot WAIT for you to get the accent colors and take pictures for me! I’m re-doing my family room (we currently have dark blue leather in there and it is SO hard to find a carpet to go ANY IDEAS ANYONE?) and I wanted to put dark brown leather. Your walls are light, will you keep them that way and just pop color in the accents?
    My friend is STILL trying to find a house in T.O and it’s a nightmare, the market is crazy .. and competitive and people are getting like 10% OVER their asking price!

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    Comment by Sarah on April 23, 2010
  14. You won’t need beds if you buy that thing… you’ll be passed out on it every night. It looks COMFY!

    I say go for it as long as you get chocolate and not the vomit gray in the picture.
    .-= loren´s last blog ..More like a cutter than an axe murderer =-.

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    Comment by loren on April 23, 2010
  15. Love it love it love it! And the rug is not a problem….there are a lot of modern rugs, not too expensive that will work. Rugs are the only things I did in my house on my own and I was really happy with them!

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    Comment by sharon on April 23, 2010
  16. I LOVE that couch. And seriously, that house is AH-MAZING. I can’t wait to see more photos of it!

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    Comment by Kaleigha on April 23, 2010
  17. oooh. i like it a lot!!!

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    Comment by adina on April 23, 2010
  18. I like it.

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    Comment by tammi on April 23, 2010
  19. Love, love, LOVE. Where did you find it?

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    Comment by Jen on April 23, 2010
  20. Love. Looks super comfy and stylish. There is only one thing I want you to consider: I bought chocolate brown couches 3 years ago. I was not the first to do so. How long will this trend last? And, do you care?

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    Comment by Heather on April 23, 2010
  21. as a professional (truly I am) – please just measure your room (and measure the sectional) before you make a purchase. Those honkers look smaller in the showroom than they really are. And brown is a good choice.

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    Comment by designHER Momma on April 23, 2010
  22. LOVE the couch, gorgeous! We just bought an awesome brown / tan rug at Costco in Toronto for $89!!!! Everyone LOVES it and can’t believe how little it cost. It’s also VERY kid friendly.

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    Comment by Dina on April 24, 2010
  23. I’m totally ditto-ing Miss Kristabella: “I love that couch and the ottoman/table thingy!” I’ve always wanted to have an ottoman as a coffee table. That couch’ll be awesome in brown, but definitely not leather. It’s not as cushy and soft if it’s in leather.

    I envy you starting off with a blank slate. I have a bunch of crap in my house to get rid off before I get to “blank-slate”-ville.

    xo

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    Comment by Nenette on April 24, 2010
  24. Go with the brown leather.

    But more importantly, we’re still having thanksgiving at your parent’s house right?

    Uh…just wondering.

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    Comment by Heather B. on April 25, 2010
  25. Brown leather sectional couch – that sounds nice, and it would be a perfect office for you to work in, too!

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    Comment by Avitable on April 26, 2010
  26. Great couch. We went with leather (small children who spill things) only to discover the smell made it more like a large chew toy for the dog (ARGH!!!!). Here’s the rug I have picked out, but you may feel free to get it if you like it.

    http://www.blair.com/catalog/e.....goryId=296
    .-= Elisa´s last blog ..Just a quick giggle… =-.

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    Comment by Elisa on April 26, 2010
  27. Hi, I saw that you’re going to the Photo walk in June in Atlanta. I was like “Hey, I read her blog!” and then I realized I haven’t read your blog since something happen to my bloglines and your blog wasn’t there anymore :( So excited to “find” you again. I live about an hour from Atlanta. We have lots of friends and some family in or around Atlanta. Very excited about the photo walk. Congrats on the new house. How are you liking Atlanta compared to Toronto? Anyway, I love the sectional and browns are great. That’s what we have and it hides dirt well.

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    Comment by L y s h a on April 27, 2010
  28. LOOK AT THIS IN THE STORE FIRST!! I just bought this exact couch and the color online is shockingly different than what the sectional actually looks like. We bought the stone color and are swapping it out for the cocoa,… or maybe the chocolate. I am EXTREMELY torn. Brown would not have been my first choice, not that I think it won’t work, but it’s kind of scary for me. So my question is, if I’m going with brown, should just go all out and get the darker brown?? or the brown, brown?? Let me know what you do.

    Other than the color, this sectional is awesome!! We ditched the ottoman that came with it and swapped it out for a leather one that is coffee table size and hinges open for hidden storage. LOOKS AWESOME!

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    Comment by Gina on February 10, 2011
  29. Oh… it occurred to me after my post that you may be looking at the Cindy Crawford one? The one I bought was from American Signature. Looks almost identical, but the seat cushions are stitched in. I went this route because a friend of mine has the Crawford one and is constantly having to shove the cushions back in place. I had a couch like that before and HATED it.

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    Comment by Gina on February 10, 2011
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