Our new Hickory Chair sofa has been ordered!
I waited patiently for the shop's January upholstery sale to save my 15%!
This is not the look I sought initially. I wanted something traditional, with a camel back or perhaps tufting - something a little curvy and romantic. But I grew tired of searching and realized that I wanted simple elegance more than anything else. I wanted versatility, a more contemporary look to go with all my antiques and old things. I needed something to balance all the curves and cabriole legs in the room. And I wanted a top quality piece that I can reupholster a time or two. Hickory Chair makes exceptional furniture.
A high back was a must, for reading in the evenings, and the spring down seat and goose feather pillows are soooo comfortable! It also needed a really good reading arm. I also love that the seat cushions are tied down so they don't spring up!
I saw a LOT of sofas online that I liked, but decided that I must sit on the sofa and love it, so that limited my choices to the local market, or our travels (I really wanted a $12,000 Baker sofa in Georgetown, but David would not allow it). I am a slave to comfort, so it had to sit right. I don't understand how people can buy furniture they've never sat in. I have much higher standards.
I also needed the right scale for the house. Our living room is not large, so I needed a piece that was neither too deep nor too long (like many of the new sofas which are sooo overscale).
Although I really wanted a very expensive velvet, I halved my costs by choosing a mid-grade fabric, a lovely linen-cotton blend which I showed you before. It has the slubbing of linen but the softness of cotton or worn linen:
I'm already dreaming of velvet pillows, in taupes and grey-browns. Or maybe something in dark green for Christmas?!