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Wandering in the Byward Market (and my new sofa!)

Yesterday my husband and I went walking around in the Byward Market (and area of downtown Ottawa with lots of shops and restaurants). We stopped into several of my favourite home decor stores, including Phillip Van Leeuwan (modern - reproductions and the real deal), Stacaro (European) and Zone (knick knacks and great modern lighting). Photos below...

After roaming around a bit on the lower level of Van Leeuwans, we discovered this...

As soon as my husband saw it, he says the first thing that came to his mind was "That is my dream sofa, and Kim is going to hate it". Little did he know the first thing I thought when I saw it was "that is pretty close to my dream sofa". We both sat on it, almost died, then grinned at each other like a couple of nutbars until a sales person came over to chat. We have both been complaining non-stop about the DIY sofa my husband built a few years ago. We have been itching to get a replacement but were totally not planning on getting one yesterday so it was a bit of a shock when we ended up purchasing this one. It was on sale at half price, and they had one new one left in the warehouse so we didn't even have to settle for the floor model. My dream couch has always been a brown leather vintage chesterfield, and I think this just about fits the bill. It's a very soft leather that hopefully will just look better and better with age and use. It's SO comfy. I cannot wait to have it delivered. Photos to come of it in my living room in about a week or so. I think we'll likely throw one of my cowhides on it so the cats don't scratch it - we'll see how they react.

Reader Comments (11)

WOW !!! My dream sofa as well good on you.


margo (on Vancouver Island)

13 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargo

:-) and it turns out we're getting it delivered tomorrow! can't freaking wait!

13 Aug 2012 | Registered CommenterKiM

Oooh that's a creamy dreamy couch. Congrats!

14 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Hasenauer

Kim...I like your sofa!

16 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWyGal

Thanks Rebecca and WyGal!

The sofa arrived Tuesday. It's FAB!! A bit big for the current living room but I don't care since we're going to wreck this house eventually. I want to style up the space a bit hopefully this weekend then get some pics of it in situ. :-)

16 Aug 2012 | Registered CommenterKiM

Can I ask why do you not like your diy sofa anymore? Just asking because we were thinking of building one to replace our broken sofa.

17 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

not loving the DIY sofa mostly for 2 reasons
1 - because we built it without a back, it involved leaning against the pillows propped against the wall, and because we have hardwood (painted too so i think it's more slippery than normal) the couch would push away from the wall often when you'd try to settle back.
2 - the seat cushions we bought (from aan Ikea couch) were not the same cushions they used to be. they USED to have squared edges, and were very firm. not so much anymore. when unpacked they turned out to have rounded edges, and soon ended up with indented centres where we typically sit...and flattened out which we weren't expecting, and since we built the base to fit the brand new cushions snuggly so they wouldn't move around, they now spill over the edge of the frame which drives me mental.

Now, these are complaints considering we (ok, mostly my husband as I am stuck at my desk on my Mac all the freaking time) use the couch every single day and for the majority of every evening. I suggest you make sure you pick cushions that are going to keep their shape (squared edges are ideal) and build a bit of a back on it (you can have it hidden by the cushions).

17 Aug 2012 | Registered CommenterKiM

Thanks for that, I was going to get reflex foam cushions made so that would be fine. Can I just ask one more question? Did the lack of arms ever bother you? BTW new sofa is GORGEOUS and looks SOOOO comfy.

17 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne

No, the lack of arms wasn't an issue. I had bolsters and smaller pillows that were perfect for the ends, but we did most of our lounging on the couch vertically not horizontally so we both could fit....and since we made the ottoman pieces it allowed us to stretch out vertically. So we didn't need arms to say, prop our heads.

17 Aug 2012 | Registered CommenterKiM

Gasp! Are those fake wishbone chairs at Stacaros? Too bad for such a 'high end' place. Kim, did you notice the price tags?

23 Aug 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames

I think they were about $300

23 Aug 2012 | Registered CommenterKiM

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