Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sofa Love

If you got a chance to read the interview that Kelley was so wonderful to conduct and post on her super blog: The Polished Pebble, you know that my new crush is the Scalloped Edge Sofa from Wisteria. Of course, the bathroom is taking up all of my time, and most of the inspiring photos I've been looking for and finding have been of bathrooms; but the other day I did log into the Wisteria website to find their new Spring into Spring with fresh Whites and Greens campaign. Of course, you know I love me some green: apple green, citron green, kelley green, primary green - I love green! I especially love green when paired with the rough wheats of burlap and crisp whites of linen and cotton duck.

Of course, I could live with any of the "new" Wisteria spring line, but this sofa has caught my attention, and kept it, for days. When something like that happens - there is definitely a flag that is raised, and I have to start weighing pros and cons. Certainly, I've not been a fan of our current sofa for some time. Scott bought it in San Francisco more than 10 years ago, at a Designer Outlet. The custom sofa was built and upholstered, and then refused by the Designer - so he got it for quite a deal. Still, I'm not a fan. So Pro#1 - I love this sofa, so-so on the current!

It comes in a few colors: white, cream, brown ... but I'm only interested in the cream cover. White feels out of place in our house with it's dark woodwork and exposed brick. So, another pro: there are choices! And at the $1500 price tag, it's not the cheapest sofa on the Internet, but it's certainly not out of my reach if it will weather well.

I've never ordered from Wisteria. I do know that they come highly recommended from Joni at Cote de Texas, and that is usually a seal of approval worth trusting. The scalloped edge sofa from Wisteria isn't a new idea.
High track arm sofas like this one have been around since, well - forever, and they've been modernized and made youthful through various transformations by almost every furniture manufacturer around. A great example is the Knoll sofa which I am sure you all have seen a time or two while blog stalking or flipping through the shelters.
The knoll is known to be a classic sofa - and that's because of it's borrowed lines from the high arm. You can see the gentle angle of the arm and back, but the shape and base is still the same. This one, from Jaysonhomeandgarden.com is $1800. But to show the severe price mile the knoll can travel:

This sofa starts at $5,000 - as shown, $14,300.
And this one starts at $8,000 - pillows not included. So when you start to look at the options that are available to you in a similar shape and style, the $1500 price tag at Wisteria starts looking pretty affordable, doesn't it? Being the bargain hunter I am, though, I did a deeper and more thorough looking, and low and behold:

The Laguna sofa from trade source, Halo Styles. At $1100, it's cheaper than the scalloped edge, and perfect for me, because of it's ecru linen cover. So, at long last, could this be the perfect sofa?