The sofa is like the jeans of a room.

It sets the style. Are you into flairs, skinnies or straight leg? Colored? Bleached? Super dark? There’s no right or wrong–but it does set the tone of the rest of the outfit. Or room.

And of course the most important part about jeans is that they are well made and comfortable which usually means they fit like a glove.

So when it comes to picking out a sofa, it can be daunting because you are committing to a style. Plus, you don’t want to waste your money and you want it to be super comfy.

No wonder we put off sofa buying for years. It can be intimidating.


We’ve had countless sofas–mostly because we’ve had more than one room that held a sofa and we are the happiest with well made, neutral sofas that can lend themselves to any style.

sofa buying tips

After 20 years of setting up house, the things I’ve learned about sofas (all from making choices I regretted)

*invest in well made & good quality (we’ve had three custom sofas and they all lasted forever–so worth it)

*pick a neutral fabric (don’t do what I did and get the red and gold toile)

*pick a scale that works with what you already have (don’t pick the sofa with the HUGE rolled arms if you have a tiny space–it’s like parking a Volkswagon in your family room)

*don’t settle for a color fabric you don’t like just because it costs a tiny bit less (if you read my book you know how I saved $200 and had to choose from a lower leather grade and for the next eight years I had to give dirty looks to an orange leather sofa–the worst $200 I’ve ever saved)


Remember, once you get a great sofa, you can do anything with it, just like creating an outfit around a pair of jeans…





Y’all, we’ve got a fantastic giveaway today sponsored by Interior Define. They make custom sofas (all the ones you’ve seen in this post) with a ton of options but since they sell primarily online, they are able to offer us well-made sofas at a huge discount. You can see my favorites here.


The winner will receive $1000 towards a chair or sofa purchase.

  • You can customize the size, configuration, material, cushion fill, and legs on almost every design to fit your design needs and preferences.

  • Most pieces are available in 40-60 fabric options, and Interior Define offers complimentary swatches.

  • Custom options are available online, and additional options are available through the company’s customer concierge over the phone or in person at their flagship Chicago showroom.


1) Visit Interior Define

2) Join their email list

3) Pick your favorite Interior Define product

4) Comment back on this post with the name of the piece you’d buy with the credit if you won

Giveaway open to continental US readers only * register with email address * GIVEAWAY ended 6/25/15 * WINNER was randomly picked & announced HERE on 6/27/15 * credit good through December 31, 2015

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