I rarely show photos of my living room sofa (above) and armchair (below) because I am not totally smitten with them any more. I bought these two Natuzzi pieces in late 2004 for my rather contemporary condo. I liked their Zen-like colour (I was into meditation and yoga then...) and plain styling. I was on the right track, I think, but I had been out of the decorating world for years at that point, and just bought something I liked that I thought would not date too quickly.
I still love the colour and I always admire it. It is a lovely soft colour in most light, and it works beautifully with my preferred colour palette of creams and white, brown and blue. But I don't care for the styling (large arms) and the faux suede drives me bonkers! It constantly needs to be vacuumed, especially with a cat in the house:
The chair is a recliner and is very comfortable with its high back. I sit here often, reading big decor books. The sofa also has a nice wide, comfortable seat. On the sofa, I like the tight back and tight seat cushions, that look like individual, but are not. This is a nice neat look, if it didn't need vacuumed every two days! If I were blind, I would still love this furniture...
So I've decided to move these pieces to our family room (eventually) which needs serious TLC (think dark panelling, lots of bookshelves, and a dated fireplace). Currently, that room has David's 20-year old furniture, which is comfortable but O L D...
I have been collecting sofa ideas for the living room. I will wait until I find what I love, but hate waiting to replace the family room furniture. But I can't justify buying new pieces for both rooms, so will wait until I have new living room furniture to do over the family room.
Here are some sofa styles I love. For the most part, they have a tight back and a bench seat (one cushion) in common. I like traditional, with clean lines, and like a slightly curved (camel) back, and old-fashioned legs.
This is a favorite sofa, without the curved back:
Photo John Bessler
I love this French/Gustavian settee and chair. I want both, but they don't look terribly comfortable:
Decor by Elizabeth Hague
We do a lot of reading and listening to music in the living room, so furniture has to be comfortable and approachable! We also entertain a fair amount here, and I like comfortable conversation...
This sofa looks comfy and fits the bill, but is perhaps slightly too sleek. I like the small arms that keep it from looking dated:
Photo Elle Decor
This is a favorite sofa. I love the lines, the arms, the curved and curled back...if only it had a bench seat:
Another sofa I love, but I am not crazy about the slipcovered look:
I have found a few sofas I like from Lee Industries. I am impressed by their committment to the environment, and that they make such great traditional-looking pieces. This sofa is almost perfect, but a little too "lean":
I also love these tufted beauties with their old-fashioned turned legs:
And this armchair would be perfect to go along with the sofa. I love the colour:
I am also very fond of this loveseat and would like a sofa in this style:
This one is also close-to-perfect:
If you know of other manufacturers who make old-world sofas that are both comfortable and beautiful, and fit my criteria, please let me know!