I think I mentioned a while ago that we were expecting new sofas for the living room. They finally arrived a couple of weeks ago! They took so long to get here that Rob still hasn’t seen them in person, but I’ve been busy breaking them in. We both really love Chesterfield sofas and were wanting something that would hold up in the long run, since our ‘old’ sofas had so quickly started looking worn. I’ll go ahead and say it’s completely hypocritical to be a vegetarian and still buy leather goods — there’s no real way to justify it. My personal choice is to go with leather when I think it will significantly extend the life of a product (furniture and shoes, basically).
At any rate, the dogs aren’t allowed on the new sofas, a rule which is being voluntarily obeyed most of the time, to my surprise. Nova spent the first few days hiding underneath the sofas, since she thought she was being bad when I had to tell her to get down. But I put a big cushion on the floor with one of the pets’ blankets, and everybody takes turns sleeping on it. Sometimes they share. The cats are still allowed on the sofas — because who has the time to try to teach a cat anything? (That’s not really the reason; they just don’t scuff the leather the way the dogs would, although we’ll have to live with a certain number of little scratches.)
I brought the old sofas downstairs, and now they live in the family room. It’s a shame they didn’t wear very well, because I still really like the shape/style of them. The fabric is quite pilly, though, and it won’t let go of the cat hair that’s been ground into the back cushions. The back cushions that have been permanently smushed out of shape by sleeping animals. They’re still good enough for the family room, though! I’ve been doing SO much furniture shuffling lately. I’ve also made a nice play corner for M:
When she gets her tepee for her birthday, it’ll go in this corner, where the little orange tent currently is (except the tepee is way bigger). M also has a corner up in the living room — you can see her little bookshelf in this photo. She also has three baskets full of toys on the floor, which you can’t see. Both corners slowly expand until M has taken over the entire room, but it’s nice to have a home for everything. When I want to tidy up, I just scoop all the toys and books back into their spots.
So that’s the tale of some sofas! (I think I’ve mentioned this before, but the futon that was in the family room is now upstairs in the office. I would not recommend trying to carry a futon upstairs by yourself.)