A Sofa Story

In the months before Mike and I got married we were trying to do many things. Mike was working, I was trying to finish a 21 hour semester so I could graduate, and we were trying to find somewhere to live once we got married and figure out some way to fill it, preferably spending as little money as possible. Enter IKEA. I think that you have to live with an apartment full of IKEA when you first get married or you don’t get the full newlywed experience! Here is our little sofa fresh in the packaging with the white cover we naively selected in our very empty apartment.

It was not many months before we realized that the white cover was a mistake. Even with washing the covers we could not keep it clean and non-dingy. Luckily for us IKEA sells covers separately! We bought a new cover and gave new life to our dingy but extremely comfortable sofa. Here is our newly khaki sofa in our apartment in Dallas:

Then it was time to move to London. In theory it was probably more expensive to ship an IKEA sofa across the Atlantic than to buy a new one. In reality Mike’s work was paying to ship our stuff, not buy us new stuff. So our sofa became more well-traveled than most sofas ever hope to be and landed in a little London flat:

At some point last January, I had a beige induced breakdown and hauled Mike across London and we bought our third sofa cover. It was not exactly what either of us wanted but it was better than beige.

That was not a very flattering picture of it but it was all that I could find. We couldn’t get the white parts clean enough and so we were in the process of buying ANOTHER sofa cover and just decided that we were sick of putting money into this sofa that we were never going to really like. But when you are in a weird transition time like we are, we are afraid of buying things over here that we may or may not want to/be able to bring home with is. However, we were looking on Gumtree (the UK’s CraigsList) and found what may be the best sofa substitute EVER.

Pink leather Chesterfield chairs. Two of them. They are the most comfortable things ever, and I have the best husband in the world because he actually found them and showed them to me and said that they were pretty awesome. I am working on the whole room so I am not ready to post room pictures but I had to share a quick picture of our new chairs! We gave our sofa to a charity shop that was really glad to get it so hopefully it will continue to live a very happy life while we enjoy our new chairs that can be wiped off and stay dog hair free!

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About fishandchipsandsalsa

This is the story of a newlywed-ish couple in Dallas about to pack up their lives and pups to move to jolly ol' England. They will miss good family, good friends and good fajitas.
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5 Responses to A Sofa Story

  1. JiJi says:

    Awesome! Pink! Verrry CoCo! Verrry Chic!!! xo

  2. Cindy says:

    Love, love, love them! Can’t wait to see the whole room. FYI for your other readers – you also do not get your sense of style from your mother!

  3. Dad says:

    Ya, we see who you really bought those chairs for!

  4. Chris Coker says:

    Definitely a ‘Princess’ chair. Can’t envision Mike sitting in all that pink plushness (a picture must be taken).

  5. Lollie says:

    I love them. My observation is that IKEA is great for today’s mobile society. Everything breaks down and has to be easier to move upstairs than the furniture of yesterday. IKEA isn’t my choice of style or color pallet, but it is great for the mobile. I love ingenuity. If Mikey doesn’t like his chair I’ll take his when you move home. The are absolutely gorgeous
    Your donation of your old sofa reminded me of the movie “Calendar girls”

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