When I decided it was time for a new sofa for my TV room (or what we like to call our “mini-media” room) I started keeping my eyes peeled, on my many shopping journey’s, for the perfect sofa I could call my own. I love animal print, leather, and a combination of textures. Here are some super cool sofa’s I found along the way:
I LOVE this sofa above!!!!! I found it at the Horchow Outlet at Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, Texas when I ran in to look at some plates and about fell over. BEAUTIFUL! And comfy, too!! It had Sheri written all over it, but unfortunately, discount or not, the price tag was out of my budget. With kids in college it presents a new challenge when it comes to doing things for little old me! It’s a time to be practical, I have to remind myself. PRACTICAL. (I think that’s why God made me creative, because He new I’d need it during these college years!!!!)
Love The Shape of This Sofa Back And The Embossed Leather
This sofa above is another Horchow piece that I fell in love with. I love the shape, the squishy suede leather seat cushion combined with the glitzy embossed leather. It has a formal quality to it, but all the comfort of a slouchy, more casual sofa. Hmmmmmm…….but, this price tag, once again stopped me short. (For a minute I thought about pulling my son out of college his senior year, but decided maybe that wasn’t such a good idea. So I had to pass this one up, too.)
Is This A Fun Combination of Textures Or What?!!
Next I checked out a store called “The Dump”. Though I tend to shop at “To The Trade Only” sources I’d heard about this from several friends and family members so I thought I’d run in one day and take a look. Boy did I find some things I loved! One sofa after the other after the other after the other. But, as much as I would have loved to purchase one of these, an $11,000.00 – $12,000.00 sofa marked down to $4,000.00 – $5,000.00, again, just wasn’t in the cards for me. (I revisited the removal of my son from college, but though better of it and walked away empty handed.)
Love The High Back And Single Cushion! And How ‘Bout That Ottoman?
I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to find something for less that I would like anywhere near as much as these amazing sofa’s above. But, with a list a mile long of things I want to do for my house, a son in college and a stricter budget than I wanted – I had to continually remind myself of that important key word: PRACTICAL. I had to be SENSIBLE and PRACTICAL and either wait till I was in a position to order something amazing like the sofa’s I’d fallen in love with or until something in my price range came along that I could love. Then, low and behold, on a shopping trip for a client of mine at one of the few retail stores that I frequent, an absolute favorite called Hemisphere’s, I stumbled onto an incredible sale on sofas! I was really drawn to one in particular that I thought I could work with. It was the style I liked. It had the leather combined with fabric that I liked…..and best of all…..it was ON SALE! Love that! What was regularly a $2000.00 sofa was now on sale for only $1000.00! I couldn’t believe my eyes! The only problem was that I didn’t care for a couple of the fabrics on one side of the cushions and the pillows. But, I reasoned, at the incredible price I was getting the sofa for I could take it to my upholsterer and have that fabric switched out to my beloved animal print. So, in the end, that’s what I decided to do.
This Is My Sofa Before I Switched Out The Fabric. I Didn’t Like The Stripe And Paisley So It Had To Go!
Of course, it’s not real animal print, but it gave me the look I like. (And, yes, my hubby thought I was nuts to have fabric switched out on a brand new sofa. But, what can I say……it’s in my blood and I just can’t help it.) So off to the upholsterer it went. Now I have a sofa I love with the look I love at a price I can afford. And that’s what I love the most!
My Alternative Sofa With New Fabric And All My Favorite Things–Leather, Leopard, High Back, Combination Of Textures And Fabrics At A Price I Could Afford!
It’s not a $10,000.00 – $12,000.00 sofa like the ones above I know, but it works for me and my budget. And I love it! And, as crazy as it may sound I’m actually thinking about adding another animal print to the mix of pillows to add a little more pizzazz. I’ll let you know if I do!