I believe the last time we talked about our living room it looked something like this:
Well, several things have changed in this room, and I'd love to tell you about them. I think I've mentioned that we're preparing for some renovations in our basement. One of the preparations that we have made has been to completely empty the basement family room of all furniture so that the construction can begin over the winter. Since that is where our main TV has always lived, we had to do some room reallocation and musical furniture, and the living room was up first. It didn't take long to decide that if we were going to be watching TV upstairs, I wanted a more comfortable couch for that, and our old sectional from the basement was much too large for our...um...cozy living room. You see, we did love the leather couch that has been in the living room for 5 or 6 years, but it was never really a couch that you could snuggle into or nap on. It was partially the material (leather is cold in the winter and hot in the summer) and partially the design. The seat cushions seemed to be tilted outwards, which made it a great sitting-couch but a lousy lying/snuggling-couch. And, when I'm watching TV, I want to be super comfy! So, I began searching for its replacement. It didn't take me long to decide that I wanted the Ikea Ektorp couch with a chaise on one side. I have always loved the classic styling of this couch, and there were enough good reviews out there to help me not freak out about the bad ones.
So, on the Friday of Labor Day weekend, I posted our leather sofa up on Craig's List for $350. By 11am the next day, the couch had been picked up, and I had 350 big ones burning a hole in my pocket. Before I knew it, my dad and I were heading to Ikea- me from my house, and him from his- to get me a new couch. We fit the two HUGE boxes in his van and headed back to my house. I don't have much to say about the assembly process except that it was super quick and easy. We had the couch unpacked and fully set up in about an hour. And now, our living room looks like this:
So, onto the actual couch review: we love it. Love, LOVE, LOVE it! It is very cushy and comfortable but still easy to get into and out of. The seat cushion are not as deep as some other couches, and that might be a con for some. But, for us it works. And, there's this thing you can do where you take off the back cushions and turn the couch into a couch-bed with tons of room for stretching out and snuggling with dogs (or whatever). It's really, really good. And, with the chaise lounge part, more than one person can be stretched out at the same time. No fighting for one single best sofa spot!
This corner right here actually happens to mostly be my favorite spot. I'm sitting here right now, as a matter of fact with my legs outstretched on the chaise part with Blake to my left and a cup of hot tea with honey on the table to my right.
Oh, and because Instagram is so good at catching real life, this is what the living room looks like most of the time around here. Note the ottoman on the other side for extreme multi-person comfort. This is life. Unedited.