We celebrated our anniversary by couch shopping for a perfect sectional for our living room. We settled on the Haverty’s Amalfi sectional.
This past Saturday Jesse and I celebrated 2 years of living in our house! We signed all of the paperwork on February 15, 2012 and then went out after for a belated Valentine’s dinner/OMG we bought a house celebration. This year we had planned to go out the day before Valentine’s Day, but the snow ruined our plans so we ended up, for the 3rd time, going out the day after to celebrate dual occasions. We even bought
the house ourselves a little gift, a new sectional!
If you’ve been following this blog since we bought our house, then you know that I have been DYING to have a sectional pretty much since Day 1. The living room practically asks for it on a daily basis. Our current couch and armchair are hand-me-downs from my parents and they are about 15 years old. My siblings and I spilled so much stuff on that couch, it makes me gag just thinking about it. So what better way to celebrate having a house for two years than to finally buy our own, nice, adult furniture. Then in a few years, our own children can spill food, puke, and jump on it. I’d also like to point out that in the past two years the only real piece of furniture we have purchased was our mattress, everything else is hand-me-down or we built it ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, I love our kitchen table, nightstands and headboard, BUT sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself and pay for something that’s brand new.
Now, on to the tale of how couch shopping went down. Saturday morning we sat down with our morning coffee and mapped out our battle plan for the day. We started with Ashley Furniture, which was a lovely store but where we didn’t find a sectional we liked. Not a single one. Since things weren’t working out in the sectional department Jesse decided to explore other options and became obsessed with a sofa and love seat combination. I was so mad at him for taking his eyes off the sectional prize and that he wasn’t sticking to our original plan. That’s when I tweeted about stabbing him. In a loving way of course.
After our first store we decided to hit up Chipotle for lunch before heading to our next stop. We were both hangry and a little hateful. After lunch, our couch shopping adventure continued. We went to Haverty’s where we had a great experience with our salesperson and the store in general. It was a relaxing and clean atmosphere, which meant a lot after going to other stores. We found a sectional that we both really liked and were tempted to buy right on the spot, but we decided to stick to our game plan and visit two other stores.
After Haverty’s was a local shop called Sofa Design. This is actually the same place that my parents purchased the couch and chair we currently have, so we knew they had good quality stuff. The fun part about this place is that everything is custom. You pick your couch model, the fabric for it, the finish of any wooden legs or visible framing, and even the pillow sizes and fabric! I fell in love with gorgeous Charcoal linen and a set of teal Greek key pillows, but we couldn’t find a model that we liked. Things either looked like they belonged in my parent’s house or they were too modern for our tastes. We were specifically couch shopping for something with wooden legs and clean lines, but a higher back since Jesse is really tall and likes the back support. Custom also meant more expensive, so the couches that we did like were WAY out of our price range. Bummer.
We then went to Hayne’s, which was a nightmare. The salesperson that grabbed us when we walked in the door acted like he’d had way too much caffeine that day and was all over the place. He was like “Sit here, no? How about this? Want leather? But how about this leather one? This sectional has cup holders! CUP HOLDERS!” We literally speed-walked around the entire store in about 20 minutes. We also were unimpressed with the atmosphere. It may have been the particular location, but there were cracks in the walls and most of the ceiling tiles had extreme water damage. On top of all of that, all of the sectionals we were even slightly interested in were two to three times the prices of the other places. No thank you.
So battered and exhausted we headed back to Haverty’s and went with the couch we had almost bought a few hours earlier. The Amalfi sectional in Charcoal.
It has the higher back Jesse was looking for, exposed wooden legs and clean lines, quality fabric (it’s microfiber with a slight pattern and texture) and it just looks so good! Now unfortunately for us none of the Haverty’s in our area had this model in Charcoal in stock, so we have to wait almost two months for it to come in. I’m bummed about that, but also so freaking excited for it to come! I also can talk enough about how please we were with Haverty’s and our shopping experience there. The store was so nice, and so were the people. Definitely sticking with them for future furniture needs! Of course after the sectional gets here I’ll let you know how we feel about using the couch itself everyday, how it holds up to daily use and all of that good stuff.
Another exciting thing about our new sectional is that we snagged a President’s Day deal and got $100 off, which put us under budget by almost $300! This means money for building sofa tables, new lamps, pillows, and other tchotchkes! Can I get a woop woop?!
After couch shopping, we went to dinner to celebrate, and for our belated Valentine’s date. We went to Galley in Forest Hill, and it was phenomenal. This was our second time being here and we have been more than pleased both times. Jesse got a roast pork dish and I got shrimp and crab Alfredo. Amazing. The food at Galley is seriously the first time that we have been impressed with a restaurant since getting back from Europe, so if you are local GO! GO NOW!
After dinner, we met up with friends downtown for some drinks, and then we went back to their house to watch a movie. Somehow we ended up deciding to watch The Rescuers Down Under, one of my favorite childhood movies. It was the perfect ending to a great day.
Any fun furniture shopping stories out there? If so, I want to hear it!