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cloudy day


it's a cloudy day here at d*s. not only is it literally cloudy but it turns out that our beloved petrie couch won't fit in the damn apt. i just spent two hours with the crate and barrel guys trying to take the doors off hinges but our bizarre hallway won't allow it to dip enough to get in. they tried everything imaginable so i'm a sad couchless heap. and to top it all off lonelygirl15 is a sham. sad sad. so, to counteract the sad here are some beautiful stitched tables by designer maggie birmingham of lab 31 (who we've mentioned before). maggie sent them along when she saw the mini trend and thought they would be a nice addition. i agree. maggie made them back in 2003 as a student at the california college of the arts. lovely work, thanks maggie!


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Blogger kstyle said...

Gorgeous tables and btw I love your new header. How often do you change? k

10:59 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

glad you like em. maggie's work is really fantastic.

glad you like the header, too. i don't really have a changing schedule, i just beg my lovely designer friend to make a new one when i get bored ;) i also wanted to add a link to the new guest blog. :)


11:01 AM  
Blogger katie said...

Oh Grace, so sorry to hear about your couch not working!!!!

Have you thought about going through a window? Or do you have a window large enough? My brother had a couch delivered and it was too wide to fit through his narrow stairwell. But luckily there was a crane nearby (new construction site) and it hoisted the couch up into his sitting room through a window. Now the likelihood of there being a crane nearby is practically nil or a window large enough to fit a couch through, but I thought I would still suggest it. There might be another way into your apartment.

I hope something works out! Good luck!!

11:38 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks so much for the kind words, katie. sadly our windows are too narrow. wouldn't ya know?

oh well, plan d, e and f i guess. kristina sent me a link to custom couch people so i'll see if that's within the budget.i just don't want to spend a ton to find a couch that fits in our quirky apt.

d*s :)

11:41 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

i had the same problem with a crate and barrel sofa. i ended up having to get another kind. i am so sorry for you!

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Mpls_Jess said...

I feel your couch pain. It took us a long time to decide on a couch in the first place, and then another three months before it was delivered. It was so heartbreaking when it (just barely) didn't fit. It took us two months to even start looking again. We finally had our new couch delivered a year after the first one but it's perfect and we love it. It may even be more perfect than the first one.

I'm not too disapointed with lonelygirl . . .yet. I still have hope that this was a project done by semi-regular people and not a giant corporation. I am a little sad that the mystery is over, but she really was too good to be true. I will be really angry if we find out that it was some viral marketing campaign for an upcoming horror movie.

11:58 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

oh read the times piece! it is for an upcoming movie. ala the blair witch. so depressing. and to see "bree" in her real life pics being less than "bree" was so sad. i know i shouldn't have gotten so into it but i sort of had a hope she'd turn out to be this super cool 18 year living in rural utah or something...oh well.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Another Shade of Grey said...


Can I recommend that you check out your nearest Bassett dealer? As I had said earlier, their Simply Yours Loft line is designed especially for the smaller loft style living and their sofa, which you custom design yourself, is awesome. It has the boxed button backing just like the petrie, you can get it with track arms, just like the petrie, and you can get the tapered legs, just like the petrie. You even pick the leg finish. And let me say, the fabrics they have to choose from are awesome. This sofa might work for you, look wise, size wise and price wise. It is very comfortable and is well built.

It measures 72" long 38 " deep and retails, at least around here with the fabric I chose, for around $900.00 to $1,000.00 dollars.

You need to see it in person, either in their showroom or in their catalogue book.

12:26 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks, i'll check out the basset line :)


12:32 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

So sorry to hear about your couch. I am sure you've probably looked at DWR, but in case not, they have a Bantam sofa that looks like it is a similar style to the petrie couch, but it is just a few inches smaller (depth & height.) Its around the same price too.
Good luck! I hope you find something.

12:45 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks kathleen, i'll check on this :)


12:48 PM  
Anonymous alyssa said...

What about a J-sofa from The Two Jakes in Williamsburg? I have a similar sofa but is a 1979 Steelcase. They are really narrow. http://www.twojakes.com/category.cfm?categoryoid=16&productoid=82

12:59 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


it is a great idea, however my better half insists on comfort. (is it comfy?) we were looking at the eames daybed for a while but the comfort police won that battle ;)


1:06 PM  
Anonymous alyssa said...

ours isn't comfy at all but desperately needs to be reupholstered. i would imagine that the sofas at the two jakes are more comfy because they are new. but, still, they have no arms which isn't the most comf. actually, we are giving ours to a friend who can afford to reupholster it and are awaiting delivery of our new slipcovered jasper from room & board.

perhaps your better half can have his very own, super-comfy armchair!

(sorry if this is a double-posting but it didn't seem to go through)

2:00 PM  

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