I'm going to have to be the one to tell you...it's time to pick a new sofa for your living room. Your last choice wasn't bad per se, but you know you're not completely happy with it. The arms are too big, the leather (or what you thought was leather) hasn't held up, and its lines are more akin to a clunky rhinoceros, than the graceful gazelle you imagined.
So you don't make the same mistakes again, I'm here to tell you to opt for classic on your next sofa. Easy advice, I know, but I'm going to show you three looks that will easily withstand the test of time, provide outstanding comfort and be the workhorse of any living room.
Telford Sofa by CR Laine
The Telford sofa, shown above, is one of my favorite sofas ever because it offers one of the most classic shapes but still has plenty of interesting details. Although rooted in tradition, the Telford sofa easily pairs with more transitional pieces that will keep your look current. Its best features include the English arms, tight back and ferule and caster detail on its front legs. Optional nailhead trim further enhances the look. I've had this sofa in my house for the past 5 years and I would choose it again and again.
Klein Sofa by CR Laine
The Klein sofa, shown above, is a bread and butter design and if you're are confused by anything else I say today, you can't go wrong with this choice. The Klein is a chameleon that will easily be at home with just about anything you pair with it. With an optional swap out on the leg style, you can take it slightly more traditional, but I don't really think it's necessary. Put the Klein in a neutral fabric and it will last longer than you will.
CD Sofa by CR Laine
My last recommendation for you would be the CD sofa, which might give you a few more construction options than you may want to make, but it is an absolute stunner in the track arm version you see above. Many think this style skews towards the transitional, and I suppose it could, but it is a very versatile sofa. I've used this in several projects and the result is always sublime.
When you're ready to take a plunge and buy a new sofa, remember these three pieces. Each is a great choice and you won't have any reason to second guess yourself.
I love putting together a room whether it's in a real house or it's smack dab in the middle of my showroom. The process for me is the same, regardless of the location. I start with fabric...finding the perfect palette to fit the mood and then I begin to layer those colors in area rugs, artwork, accessories and lighting. Some might consider this backward, but my fabrics selections have rarely led me down a bad path. Add some texture, some visual interest, some personality and your room will sing. Don't worry this sounds overwhelming, I've got complete Rooms To Go on the floor, and I'm more than happy to visit your space and develop a scheme specifically for you.
Detail, Style and Comfort. Find these three qualities in a chair and you have hit the Trifecta. Sometimes a chair is pretty, but you don't really want to spend any time in it. Other times, the comfort is there, but its looks border on ugly. I'm here to tell you that you really don't need to sacrifice anything to hit the Trifecta. Be willing to do a little searching, stray outside your comfort zone, if you have to, and I am sure you'll be able to find just the right chair, or sofa for that matter. I found it in the Gustav Chair from CR Laine...and there are many more from Home at Last standing in line right behind him that fit the bill.
I'm Dan Brungardt and have been the proprietor and designer at Home at Last for the past 15 years. I'm constantly inspired by the things I see around me and now I get to share them with you!