The quest for the perfect sofa

Okay…this is hard for me to write. I mean.. I am supposed to be an interior designer, right? I have the schooling, the creative brain, a book and the qualifications to back it up. However, I am having a quite a conundrum with searching for the perfect sofa. I also am suffering from preggo brain which apparently moved over into my designer brain. So on this quest, I bought one sofa and couldn’t stand it. So thankfully, the company was kind enough to let me return!

I pour over the internet and Pinterest looking at all the different sofas in living rooms but not one of them is striking my fancy. I do have a thing for purple. I am of course continuously drawn to the purple sofas, but we have a purple sofa! One that is wore out! I need something new, or so I think I do. I mean if I am going to get a new sofa, don’t I want something completely different? Of course, this means I will most likely have to redo the entire room which is two living rooms by the way which opens up to the kitchen we just redid and the master bedroom. This could cause me to redo the whole house!! It’s a sofa!! I’m a designer!!! Have mercy!! So, the new one is gone and I am waiting for my refund.. and of course it Christmas is coming. Did I mention that we’re converting the attic to a nursery? But how will I stand this wore out sofa? Does my husband need to work longer hours to help out with this? hmm…I’m sure he could care less. A wooden spool, a recliner and a television is about all he needs to be happy! Well, I will continue to look for the perfect sofa and hope to goodness it doesn’t cause a complete redo of the downstairs in my house. But here is one I just love until I can get my preggo brain tuned back into designer brain! So you see…even a designer has her issues!

Shed some light

lamp pic for websiteThe quest for the perfect lamp. I had a pair of lamps in our master bedroom that looked a little tired. Tired is a nice word to say outdated. Now I love vintage pieces and I adore antiques but they seemed to be the odd pair in the bedroom so the quest for the perfect lamp began. Now, I do have an assistant that shops with me most all the time and that is my daughter.

Sometimes shopping with anyone under the age of 8 can be a challenge but since she has turned 5 she has become a good partner. Of course, there is usually a prize involved and on this particular day she wanted some italian ice. Whatever it takes, right? I came upon these lamps in one of my favorite stores and decided to purchase them for the master bedroom. I had already seen these lamps previously and had them on my mind when we went to purchase them. With kids, it’s better to have a mission in mind instead of just window shopping. With the two lamps loaded in our cart, we were out in a matter of minutes and they were a perfect match!
Of course, now I have to figure out what to do with the other lamps I had in this room. They are currently in the attic and were a gift so I will need to do something with them as not cause a riff in the family! Sometimes all you need to spruce up a room is a new pair of lamps to shed some light on the subject.

Here are a few tips on searching for lamps. Weight. I mean visually, not literally. Beds are big and need lamps with a little substance. Buffet lamps and lamps with a thin base won’t quite do the trick.

Height. Somewhere between 24 and 30 inches work best for the bedside, depending on the height of your nightstand and you can place them on stacked books for extra height if need be.

To match or not to match? Lamps do not have to match but they need to be similar in scale so they are proportionate to each other.

Favorite places to shop for lamps: Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods and Marshall’s.