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They’re here!!

On Wednesday I threw out my couch in anticipation of yesterday’s delivery.

living room living room living room

After the couch gone, we moved the black chairs in front of the TV.  Given that there are 3 of us and only 2 chairs, it was a fun couple of days.

Saturday morning Diva & I got up and cleared space for the boxes.


All of the pieces required some assembly, but nothing I couldn’t handle.

Rocker recliner couch loveseat

The two black chairs have been promised to a friend who was supposed to move next month, but there has been a delay.  For now they will remain with me.

The new chairs are comfortable and firm.  Much different from my old couch.

Now to add some colour to this room.

Spending money like a baller

Ok let’s see where to start…

Saturday, I met up with a friend to have sushi at a new all you can eat place.  It was one of those newer places where you can order via tablet.  Very cool.  Great for making sure you get everything that you ordered. We then went back to her house to hang out.  I left her house to see about ordering my furniture.

I was in a rush since I had to drop my girls off to a party.  Instead of just ordering what I want, I told the sales rep I was looking for reclining fabric couches and she told me a new catalogue just came in.

In it I found this set.

Couch set

I like this set much better than the one I was originally going to get.  It doesn’t help that the set I went in to order went up in price by $250.  This one costs $250 less than the new price of the old set. Or exactly what I was looking to spend in the first place.

I have also been toying with the idea of getting a new dining room set, so I inquired about those as well.

I liked this one with the darker fabric chairs, but I did not like the price.

Dining set 1

It wasn’t a lot in the grand scheme of things but it was more than I was willing to spend.

This one was more in my price range but I am not feeling it.

Dining set 2

Since I was indecisive I walked away from everything.

I went back on Sunday and ordered the cheaper couch set pictured above and then this dining set chosen by Diva. I decided that it was time to execute.  I really want to get my place in order and am tired of procrastinating.

Dining set 3

As I was driving home, I had buyer’s remorse about the dining set.  I called the shop to cancel and there was a communication issue so I will call back on Tuesday to cancel it.

While I was out I also purchased an electric fireplace as the furnace in my home is not working well and my electric bill has been climbing the last couple of months. So rather than buy a whole new furnace, I figured I’d supplement my heat with a pretty fireplace.


I love it, but it doesn’t work well in my home.  4 times it tripped the fuse and put us in darkness. 😦 The first time it went out, the fireplace was on and I attempted to vacuum.  While I would like to take it as a sign not to vacuum … After the second time, we turned off anything that was not “essential”.  Then I turned on a small heater on the other side of the room … darkness. As it turns out every outlet in my living room and dining room is on the same fuse and my system can’t handle it. The last time it went out, the fireplace wasn’t even on. So I have no idea what’s that about.  Since I have unplugged the fireplace we have had constant power.

Since I am not about to run an extension cord from a bedroom to the living room, I am going to investigate returning it and seeing if I can just get a regular space heater.

I’m a little disappointed as I think it is a very nice piece and it made the place very cozy. I was planning to put my TV on it and “relax” by the fireplace.

In decorate mode

I would like to say re-decorate mode but that would imply that I decorated in the first place. 😮

Since moving into my apartment 7+ years ago I have thought about how I want my space to look.  I am desperately in need of a new couch, but am learning that I am becoming horribly indecisive. 😦  I think I am afraid that I will not love what I buy and have regrets about parting with such a large sum of money.  The logical part of me knows that is most likely not true but still I hold off making a decision.

The funniest part of all of this is when I moved I was given a very unattractive couch, but since the free price was right up my alley I took it.  Immediately I spoke about replacing it.  All I have done is buy a slip cover which is now stretched out and very worn looking.

It is past time.

A while back I went to Leon’s and looked at living room furniture sets.  Decided on this one.

Possible new couch Couch set 2

At the time Princess & I were in store, it was on sale.

An ex-coworker had told me about a store that sells furniture at a significantly reduced cost as they order direct from the manufacturer.  She found a coffee table with 2 end tables in one of the known furniture stores for $300 and managed to get the same set from this store for $170.  Savings like that can’t be over looked.

So after I picked my choice I went to this little hole in the wall store and told the sales rep the name of the manufacturer.  Well they no longer work with that particular manufacturer but based on the pictures and my description she recommended the following as a comparable option.

Cheaper couch set

I’m not sure what to think of it and would have to go to the manufacturer’s warehouse during business hours some 40 minutes away in no traffic in order to see it.

But the price difference is significant enough to make the drive.  Now that the set at Leon’s is no longer on sale there is a $1300 difference between the two sets.  Seems like a good reason to take a drive to check it out. So I am putting it on my calendar to do this Friday, once I have established that they are open, of course. 😉

Sunday already?

Another weekend over. 😦

How did I do?

  1. Laundry (why does this never go away??) Done
  2. Clean the bathrooms (will get my kids to do theirs) Kids’ bathroom is done, mine not so much
  3. Clean my room Nope
  4. Clean the kitchen Done
  5. Bake bread Done
  6. Make pine tarts or cheese rolls Nope
  7. Figure out next week’s menu Nope
  8. Read a bit Nope
  9. Crochet a bit Nope
  10. Trip to the library (going to send my kids) Nope
  11. Make death by chocolate Done
  12. Quick trip to the grocery store Done

5.5/12 😦


I managed to sneak a quick trip back to Leon’s today with my BFF.  She was kind enough to meet me to offer her opinion.  We walked around the store and the sales people ASKED her if she needed help.  LOL  It really must be me.

She picked out the following set.

Couch Love seat Chair

I am pretty sure that this set was in the exact same place the last time I was in Leon’s and I walked right by it without giving it a second glance.

This time since the sales reps were falling over my BFF, I got information about this set.

Think it’s leather?  Yeah, so did I.

I was surprised to learn that it was some kind of polyester fabric.

Say what!?!

Yes, I too am confused.

It is also out of stock.  Wait time is an estimated 4-6 weeks.

It is way more than I had intended to spend.  My BFF has expensive tastes.  She picked out a different (read more expensive) set, but I didn’t like it as much.

I have one more ace up my sleeve.  There is a little mom and pop shop that should have this set for sale for much cheaper.  They don’t have a big warehouse and order directly from the manufacturer so it tends to be cheaper.  When I have a moment I will go for a visit and see if they have a catalog from this manufacturer.

IWIW – 4/17/13

I think I found my new couch or at least 2 possibilities.

Let me back up a minute.  When I was moving into my apartment 5+ years ago I was fortunate enough to be gifted a couch.  I was telling the parents of Princess’ BFF at the time that I need to purchase living room and dining room furniture.  They recently bought a couch that they could not get up their stairs and offered it to me.

I agreed, couch unseen.  The first time I saw the couch was when I went to pick it up to move it into my apartment.  It was not my style but the price was right. 😉

Over the years I bought a slip cover in an attempt to make the couch more attractive, but that proved to be more trouble that it was worth.  I was constantly adjusting and tucking the slip cover back in between the cushions so I gave it up all together.

I went looking at couches back in July but didn’t/couldn’t commit to anything.  I still continued to look research as the want/need has not disappeared.

Recently I went to a friend’s new apartment and it inspired me to try to make my place more like a home rather than a pidge podge of hand me down furniture.

I have no decorating skills so I am hoping that new couches would help make the room look like some thought went into it.

I have narrowed it down to 2 different couches.  I sent pictures to a couple of my friends and they offered me differing options. 😦  So I thought why not ask you?

Couch 1

grey couch (Source)

The first time I saw this set was in my cousin’s house.  It is comfortable.  My BFF thinks it looks too formal for my living room.  I am not sure where she got that idea from, as it doesn’t look all that formal to me.

Couch 2

brown couch (Source)

A reclining loveseat with cup holders!!!  How could one go wrong?  Well according to one of my friends the cup holders are exactly why he doesn’t like it.  Boo. 😦

The brown couch and loveseat are on sale until the end of the month.  My plan is to take the friend whose apartment I like with me to the store and get her opinion.

Until then which set gets your vote?