If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you will have heard me harping on about my dream sofa…a navy velvet Chesterfield. Well, I shall no longer be banging on about how much I want/covet/need one…because I finally have one. In my actual house. That I am sitting on right now!
A lot of time went into selecting “the one.” I decided on one from Love Your Home over a year ago because they’re solid, great quality, and well priced. I was torn between two models, though – the more traditional, chunky Churchill or the curvier, more feminine Clementine. I even posted about my conundrum on Instagram.
I went to check out both sofas in person twice before I finally decided on the Clementine. It wasn’t the one I’d used in my original mood board for the room, but the Clementine’s arms curve down from the back, which makes it visually look smaller compared to the Churchill’s traditional Chesterfield shape, although they actually have very similar dimensions. Considering how narrow our living room is, less visual space seemed the better choice.
I still had concerns that it would dominate the room, and it definitely commands attention, but I don’t think it’s taken over.
I’ve had to rearrange things a bit – there’s an annoying radiator near the patio doors, and we can’t move the sofa up that way any further without having it stick out too far into the middle of the room. That meant switching the side tables around, so the chest is nestled by the bookcase now. I’m liking that little corner rather a lot, but the brass table that’s now up the other end definitely isn’t big enough.
I also want to reupholster or switch out the pouffes. I’m not sure with what yet – I’ve been looking at options, again from Love Your Home (they also do bespoke sizing & fabric on a variety of ottomans), and I’m rather drawn to their mid-century-inspired Bertie footstools, which would play nicely with the mid-century cabinet that houses our TV.
Our old sofa was microfiber and it was great – after six years of abuse from kids, dogs and clumsy adults, it still looked new. So it was a no-brainer that this one had to be microfiber as well, although Love Your Home calls it “stain resistant velvet,” which sounds much nicer. Ours is the Atlantis colourway. The kids have already spilled yogurt on it, and it wipes right off.
But you know what? It gets better…
It’s a sofa bed too! (You can read about my tips for creating a temporary guest space here.)
That’s why we went with the biggest size – it hides a proper, standard-size double bed. We upgraded the mattress to one with pocket springs and a memory foam top. I’ve tested it out myself and it’s genuinely really comfy.