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the hunt is over

our couch

well, hell has officially frozen over- ac and i found a couch. thanks to john at standard motion and his lovely wife mindy (hi neighbors!) we discovered that crate and barrel's danish modern style petrie sofa has removable legs that allow it to fit through our narrow front door. we still had to switch our living room with the dining room to make it work (the door to the old living room was 23" wide) but at least we'll have a new couch. a couch cute enough to be in blueprint this month- hooray!. we felt so grown up getting in line with all the other adult couples. your first real non-ikea purchase always feels so odd- hopefully we'll be too scared to spill any red wine on it.



Anonymous caro said...

I love that couch. Everytime we go into C&B I run over and sit on it and pet it. It's a beauty!

11:10 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

me too! i was so happy to end our search with a couch i actually liked. we were considering futons at one point because the darn door was so narrow. that was a sad, sad day. thankfully john and mindy saved us and we can live with a cute couch. we just have to be super careful on the white ;)


11:12 AM  
Blogger yawningdog said...

I have almost the same couch...only I bagged mine from the original Petrie period at a garage sale. I had to hit ebay to get the right legs, though. Someone stuck brass casters on it.

The really wild thing is not that the look is back, it is that the original green fabric is right in style again.

Laura would be so pleased.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Another Shade of Grey said...

I love that sofa too. It was my inspiration to purchase Bassett's Simply Yours Loft Sofa with tufted backing. It's a bit smaller than the petrie in length, but it was $500.00 less. I needed the extra cash to buy the two matching chairs.

11:27 AM  
Blogger poppy said...

oh congratulations! i was admiring that couch myself. enjoy!

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own this sofa and just moved last weekend (and had to move it for the first time)...how'd you get the legs off?! I sure couldn't...and now my white sofa is a bit spotty brown :(.

11:39 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

the ones in the store just twisted right off, super easy. the woman said they would take them off before it was delivered when we placed out order. shouldn't be too tough. i think maybe you have to ask first? she asked "do you need the legs taken off before you have it delivered".


11:41 AM  
Anonymous Lindsey said...

The legs twist right off.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

*gasp* it's the couch from "the break-up". i love that couch.

11:45 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

julie- was that a good movie? i have such a crushon vince vaughn and secretly wanted to see it but never did.

d*s ;)

11:50 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Such a cute couch - I LOVE IT! I just rescued a Rob&Laura-era one on "big trash day" and am about to re-upholster it - not because the original avocado isn't super-cool - it's just filthy and has no cushions so I'd have to do something different with them anyway - so my "Simple Upholstery" book is coming off the shelf.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

I bought this same couch about six months ago and am a bit disappointed. We are pretty easy on our furniture, but after just half a year the cushions look so... slunchy (is that a word?) The white wasn't the best choice for us either as it's already looking a bit dingy :( Next time, I'm going to get a couch with a solid back instead of one with cushions and go with something other than white.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

hey, i really like this sofa, amazing it comes from c&b. it is strange how good design keeps trickling down to the mass market.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

elaine, I've notice this too. Just a few years ago I thought it was so difficult to find a couch that would go with my modern and retro decor. Now it seems like there are options at stores I wouldn't have considered shopping at before - Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and especially Storehouse. It isn't that I thought the quality of furniture from these stores was bad, they just didn't used to have things that went with the style I liked. I love having so many options and these stores offer lots of options under $1500 versus buying "designer" stuff that can be closer to $3000 for a couch. I feel so much better spending $1500 or less - then if it looks too worn after a few years I don't have to feel bad about replacing or reupholstering since I saved so much to start with.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

love that couch grace! wish i could afford it. we just got a new slipcover for our ikea couch from bemz.com. it's like new now! :)

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are very brave to have that couch with a cat, although it is adorable. Is your cat well behaved? Mine are total couch jumpers and scratchers, luckily it's a cheap Ikea one.

1:48 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

ha, i don't know if i'd call them well behaved. they are pretty good about not scratching (they love their cardboard scratching posts) but man do they knock stuff off tables. i can't have anything on a surface that isn't glued down or very heavy- they'll knock it clear off the counter. but, they don't scratch. ;)


1:52 PM  
Anonymous traci said...

this couch was high on my list of coveted items too. i did a swatch test with the fabric when we were still searching around. i did a dab test with tap water to see if i'd get any fuzzies or wear from trying to get out a small stain (as i would imagine one might do from time to time). after a day of drying i was left with a little round tide mark. i brought the swatch into c&b and was told that you should only clean the fabric with distilled water. or hire a professional cleaner. this was however on the cocoa not the white, so maybe it wouldn't be as noticeable. just a heads up.

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

That's a great couch and I've been admiring it in that photo in Blueprint since it came out. Did you get it in white? We recently got a black couch and while I was frightened it would look too bachelor pad-ish, it actually looks quite nice. White or a light color would have been my first pick, if black had not been free!

2:26 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

yup! we got the white. the white is actually a sort of canvas/natural color in person. far less white than the picture. it's a "stain-resistant" fabric but i'm still a little nervous. we'll just have to be careful. it's only stocked in white and brown and, seeing as i don't like brown couches (i just don't, it's a silly hangup) and it was going to take 3-4 months to get another color we agreed to the white. ;)


2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this couch yesterday and liked it, but preferred this one a little more:


2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh Lisa are you happy with your bamz slipcover? Does it really fit well?

3:57 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

I think that couch was featured in THE BREAKUP with Vauhn/Anniston.
I have a couch with buttons now.
Not a fan of buttons now :(

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we bought the same couch in april, actually paid only 2/3 of the price because somebody had cancelled their order. so far no problems with stains or anything. and it's really comfortable to sleep on. we didn't get it so someone could sleep on it, but then we had visitors and it turned out to be great for sleeping.

4:39 PM  
Blogger bluehoo12 said...

Love the design, but I wonder if this couch has the same problem as mine; that being it's a 2 cushion couch, and the middle is not a comfortable place to sit.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Barry S said...

Congratulations. Whoa--way better than a futon. Not to dis futons, but they're so...80's. :) You run one of the best design blogs so you gotta walk the walk. I like a lot of CB stuff--it's nice visiting the CB flagship in Chicago and checking out the furniture.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been looking for a new couch for some time, and this C&B couch has been one of the 3 I've had my eye on. The other 2, which are very similar in style (that danish modern look with the semi-quilted cushions) are the Andre sofa from Room and Board and the Bantam sofa from DWR (also similarly priced). I'd love to know how you like it in a month or two. I haven't physically tested any of the 3 out yet, but this C&B one looks the most comfortable in pics.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I purchased this sofa and the matching ottoman in January (ecstatic over my first real furniture purchase) and was sooo disapointed. The quality just didn't match up with the sophisticated classic/retro design. Within weeks stitching on the seat cushions was coming out and several buttons had loosened (short of popping). Obviously dismayed by this turn of evernts, I called the store and they were nice enough to exchange the sofa free of charge. Thinking that all of my C&B problems were behind me I jubilently went forth and bought new decorative throw pillows only to have the 2nd couch start falling apart in the same way several weeks later. After that, I insisted on a refund, which C&B agreed to. Not only was I left sofaless and jaded, I continued to receive junk phone calls from a company called Furniture Medics which Crate & Barrel uses for repair servicing in this area. (Apparently before it was arranged to have my sofa exchanged/returned, C&B had contacted Furniture Medics about setting up an appointment to have couch #1 repaired). Major headache!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I adored this couch when I saw it online...love the retro design...but when I went into C&B the floor model looked horrible. Obviously that one got a lot of wear and tear, but I basically assumed that it was an accurate indication of what the couch would look like in a few months rather than a few weeks. The cushions were lumpy, the color was grungy...did not look good. I don't mean to burst your bubble...we settled on a natuzzi which we are thrilled with. Takes a LONG time to get it though.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the sofa is bought now, so what can Grace do!

I have a similar style, the Le Canape model from Flexform. The best, most comfortable sofa to sit on, EVER, as Flexform sofas always are. It's in cream colored Alcantara, which is washable (spots) with water and soap. And I have the Tobias by Frighetto in cream fabric.

I think you have to purchase your dreams and learn about it that way. If Grace's sofa turns out not to be what she had hoped for, she'll know next time! If it works out for her, she'll know next time!

4:37 PM  

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