A long long time ago I talked about how much I wanted a new couch. I had my heart set on leather, brown leather. I really really wanted a brown leather couch. I was sick and tired of fabric couches which ended up being covered in dog hair and smelling of dog. Thanks Barney. Poodles don't shed! Or smell doggy.
My first preference was a chesterfield. An old chesterfield. Brown. Worn. Soft.
But do you have idea how expensive those things are? As expensive as a new leather couch. Plus almost impossible to find. Sure, I found a few I drooled over... in Sydney. The price of the couch plus shipping would have killed me.
Then I began to think of club lounges. The solid, chunky blocky type.
Not as shiny as that... softer, cosier...
Couldn't find one I liked that I could afford.
So I began looking at stores in Hobart and found this one at Freedom. The Hermitage.
Not exactly the thickest of chunky club lounges, but very comfy, in a lovely dark brown, studs at the bottom... I was ready to buy.
If I could have afforded it.
So I started saving.
Then, somewhere along the line I began to think of tan leather... lighter colours, not so heavy looking... I think it was the mid-century looking TV divider I built which changed my mind on style of couch. So I began to look for a couch like this one...
Better yet this, Freedom's Copenhagen 3 seater.
Till I went in and sat on it... and slumped back and almost slid off it.
It was too deep, I couldn't sit in it properly. I'd have preferred that when I was younger and could get up off a couch without having to roll off, but not so great now I'm older, fatter and I almost need help hauling myself off deep low furniture.
Bean bags are a nightmare these days!
Anyway, I spend a lot of time in Freedom testing their couches. In the end I picked this one. The Bonnie 3 seater.
I can get off this one without looking like a floundering whale.
Here it is in the living room.
I need to make new cushion covers. I want a bigger rug. I need to get rid of the awful carpet. I want to get rid of wires everywhere. I want a full wall of books behind the couch but till then I wonder if I should paint the timber bookcases white so they're all the same colour.
But at least I have my leather couch!
And bonus: the dogs don't like it! They only get on it if I'm on it and have a throw over me. Fantastic. I was worried they'd damage the leather with their nails.
Another bonus is that Wayne won't sit on it either - he's terrified he might ruin it and I'll kill him.