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Take a Seat: This is Going to Blow Your Mind!

December 19, 2015

About 3 years ago, we made our first grown-up purchase: our couch.

west elm dunham sofa via

We loved that couch! It was more money than we’d ever spent on any piece of furniture, but we truly believe that some things in your home, especially items that will be used everyday, should be an investment and be able to stand the test of time. We’ve never been big fans of “in the meantime” purchases. For us it just seems like a waste of money, we would rather save our pennies and be able to afford things that we really love and can see ourselves continuing to use in the long run, than buying things just for now. (I’m looking at you, 5-year-empty-spots where there should be dining room chairs!) You may have noticed the past tense in the previous sentence. We loved that couch… We had spent years saving up to get our Dunham couch, and we would even occasionally go into West Elm just to sit on that couch and pretend it was ours. However, what we weren’t told and didn’t realize until the couch was sitting in our living room was that the fabric we chose (brushed heathered cotton) was not suitable for cleaning with water-based products and the covers weren’t removable, either. Not ideal for a family with 3 small children and a cat. Honestly, I spent so much time telling the kids not to put their feet on the couch, or having a mini-heart attack if they would get up from the table before I could wipe their hands. Finally, I told Michael I couldn’t live like that anymore. I wanted to be able to relax, to have a people over, and not have to worry about what might get spilled on the couch.

Enter Lovesac. We first heard about Lovesac when we saw the sign for the store as we were going to dinner one night. I mean, it’s certainly an attention grabbing name. Michael and I were all like, “Lovesac? What’s that?” We walked by the window, and realized it was a furniture store. Well, alright then. Still intrigued, I looked them up online when we got home. Initially known for their giant, unbelievably comfortable bean bag like sacs (hence, the name), they’ve also gotten in on the sectional / modular furniture market. I can tell you, I was immediately smitten by their Sactionals. It was as if someone hit the play button on the Hallelujah Chorus. A couch that has covers that can be thrown in the washing machine? Yes! The covers on the sides and backs can be removed and washed, too? Yes!! You can change the look of your couch anytime just by buying new covers, and you can rearrange the couch to make it bigger, smaller, or whatever to fit your ever-changing life? Take my money!!!

So, we sold the couch we thought we loved, for our one true love, our Sacational:

Sacational review |

(Ignore Akira’s sock on the floor. We do real life here.)

Yes, it does look pretty similar to our other couch. What can I say? We have a type. But this couch is all separate pieces, that can be rearranged to everything from a loveseat to a queen guest bed! Did I mention the covers come off and can be thrown in the washing machine? All the covers. Including the bottoms and sides. Eeep! As if that weren’t enough, Lovesac also offers FREE shipping whether you buy the item in store or online. The day our Sactional came in was beautiful chaos.

Sactional Review |

Boxes! Boxes as far as the eye can see! And Louie, our resident supervisor, of course. I don’t remember how many boxes there were exactly – what’s pictured was probably only half of them – but for reference, we order the 5 sides + 4 seats combo. I can tell you, however, that Lovesac’s packing skills could give Ikea a run for their money! An entire couch fit into those skinny boxes! The seat cushions were packed into the bases and the hardware was packed under the seats.

Sacational Review |

This is what the bases look like without the covers:

Sactional Review |

Those slits that you see there are where the steel clamps (included in the hardware) fit to secure all the pieces together. Also included in the hardware is: wooden bases called shoes, 4 legs for each base that fit into the shoes (packaged already sitting in the shoe in the photo below), and adhesive felt pads to keep the shoes from scuffing up your floor.

Sactional Review |

Sactional Review |

After everything was unboxed (and the kids were in bed), we started putting the covers on the sides and bases. The seats and pillow covers have zippers, while the sides and bases covers are secured with the strongest Velcro that I have ever encountered.

Sactional Review |

The covers, especially the ones for the sides, fit pretty snugly, but that’s the dream, friends. I’m so happy that they fit snugly, and that it took both Michael and I to fit the seat cushions in the covers, because I wouldn’t want them to start looking all baggy and loose like 1998. We actually got the Sactional back in October (we’ve been testing it out so that we could write a thorough review) and I can tell you, the covers still look great! I even took one seat cover off and washed it after Eleanor decided to get all artsy on it with a marker. Not only did the marker come out, but it went back on the cushion just as tight and crisp as the day we got it!

Now the downside, if you can even call it that, is that the back pillows are a little bulky. And that is really only an issue because the back of the couch is straight, there is no recline to it. Obviously this is great for the long run, because it means the cushions will stay plush longer, but for the sake of comfort at the moment, we’ve thrown the pillows on the floor and told the kids to jump on them. They think it’s the greatest thing in the world, I think it depletes some of their energy (wishful thinking, I know) and I don’t have to worry about the cushions getting dirty, because I can just wash the covers! Or Heaven forbid, something awful happens that can’t be washed out, we can just replace the one cushion rather than the entire couch! I’ve heard a few people say, “Oh, yeh. Couch from XYZ has removable covers that can be changed.” Sure. But can XYZ couch be made bigger or smaller when you move into a new home with a different sized living space? Or turned into 4 separate chairs for game night? Or a queen bed for overnight guests?

Can your couch do this?

Seriously, the thing is like Legos: The Furniture Addition. You can find out more information on Lovesac’s Sactionals by clicking here, or visiting your local store. And FYI, they currently have a lot of promotions going on, so if you’re thinking of taking the plunge, do it while they still have things like 48 months no interest financing going on!

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Oh, the Places We’ll Go

May 18, 2015

I wasn’t really sure what to post about today. It’s not that we haven’t done anything over the weekend, we have, it just seems like we are all over place. Michael was out-of-town last week from Tuesday to Saturday, thus I really was all over the place. By Wednesday night, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to Saturday. (That’s a little clue as to why we didn’t have a post on Friday.) Double high fives to all of you single parents, or parents who have spouses that are frequently away from home. I am not worthy.

Thankfully, Saturday did come, and we all made it there in one piece. Saturday, before noon, the kids and I went to the airport to pick up Michael. His flight was delayed, so they found ways to entertain themselves while we waited.

the airport with kids

Somewhere in the blur of Saturday, I went to Hancock Fabrics to get elastic to go with the fabric I picked up from Hobby Lobby to make crib sheets for Eleanor.

fold-over elastic via

Her crib is from Ikea, and while it was a good buy, I hate that the mattress is not a standard size. This means we can only either buy Ikea sheets, which are quite underwhelming, or make our own sheets. Before she was born, I did attempt to make two crib sheets for her bed. I completely messed up on the first attempt, and was not able to use that fabric at all. The second one turned out great, but it’s the only crib sheet she has. (Yes, we brought an infant home with only one crib sheet.) At some point, I did break down and purchase a set of sheets from Ikea, but I picked the wrong size. All that to say, when we were working on the playroom, I saw fabric at Hobby Lobby that I wanted to use to make a crib sheet for Eleanor.

I ended up buying two fabrics. I loved the chevron one, and Eleanor wouldn’t let go of the floral one after I showed it to her. I can tell you that I successfully made two crib sheets yesterday. What! What!

Ikea crib sheets

I also stopped by Michael’s on Saturday and picked up a wreath form. I am not making a wreath. No, no. I am doing something far more unexpected. A while ago, I shared wanting to get the Finn Pedant light from Pottery Barn Teen for The Library. I also shared about how I couldn’t bring myself to purchase it, because the shipping and handling charges were e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. I picked up this wreath form:

To use to DIY a knock off version of the Finn Pendant! I am going to reconstruct the light that use to be in office before we turned it into playroom. I picked up a ceiling cap and chain from Lowe’s yesterday afternoon.

light supplies |

In between sewing crib sheets, I started spray painting the green wreath form and the bronze ceiling cap black. I haven’t completely finished the how-to plan for this knock off, but it’s what I intend to work on this week, so I’m hoping to have all the details and a finished light before the week is over.

While at Michael’s I also found these:

use keyholes on dummy drawers via

(One is not missing. I forgot to take a picture of the package until after I had already used the one I wanted.)

I have been searching for keyholes for a dummy drawer in our bathroom for a while now. We updated the bathroom late last year, (see Home Tour), and I didn’t want to add a knob to that drawer, because people, including us when not paying attention, were always inadvertently pulling the dummy drawer off the cabinet.

These didn’t really match the other hardware, so after picking the one I wanted to use, I tried to use vinegar and lemon oil to tarnish it a bit.

vinegar and essential oils did not tarnish this keyhole via

After letting it sit for about 30 minutes, it was clear that neither the vinegar nor the lemon oil were working. Plan B it was! Plan B was using my gold and black paint markers. Initially, I thought the paint markers would be too bright, but they worked out perfectly! I used the black marker first then I added the gold. I didn’t wait for the black paint to dry before adding the gold, and I think that is what made it work – that or I didn’t wipe the vinegar off completely.

using black and gold paint markers to age metal via

Here it is installed on the dummy drawer:

use a keyhole on dummy drawer front via

I colored in the “hole” with the black paint marker rather than trying to cut out an actual hole. (Eventually, we’d love to completely remodel our master bathroom, so it didn’t seem necessary to get all elaborate with a vanity we hope to replace in the future.)

Airport to crib sheets, to pendant lights, to bathroom drawers – like I said all over the place. I plan to share about making the crib sheets on Wednesday, and I hope to share a finished light with you before the end of the week. Fingers crossed!