Why Your Sofa is Like a Pair of Jeans & A $1000 Giveaway


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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  1. Love the Lucy sofa.

  2. Love the Sloan, definitely my favorite.

  3. Ya’ll, I think I’m in love! Miss Rose would be fab in our little nook!

  4. The Harper
    but love them all!!!

  5. I love the Lucy!

  6. Lovely Rose, would be my pick

  7. I love the Rose sofa in Sea Shell

  8. I like the rose and the Kelly.

  9. I love the Kelley sofa!

  10. The Harper would be my choice.

  11. Laura Hays says

    I love the Rose in Linen-blend! It is beautiful!

  12. I love the Evans sofa!!

  13. April Jackson says

    I love all the sofas; but since I have a large family, I would pick the Kelley sofa with right chaise in khaki!

  14. Jodi Frye says

    I am in love with the Kelley! I will be perfect for the hubs and I to snuggle on!

  15. I love the Lucy in Graphite.

  16. Sue Ives says

    The Harper piece in steel grey!

  17. Elizabeth G. says

    I would get the Sloan Fabric Sofa in Standard fabric.

  18. Jennifer R says

    I love the Harper sofa! I would choose it in Bone fabric.

  19. Taylor Hardin says

    I’d buy the 102 inch Harper in steel grey. Just lovely.

  20. Julie Hark says

    The Harper would be my choice i think. Simple, modern, but cozy looking

  21. Love the Wesley chair in eggplant!

  22. Jessica Stimson says

    I love the Rose sofa in Natural Linen.. I’ve been dreaming of a new couch my whole adult life!! Fingers crossed! :) Thanks for this amazing giveaway Myquillin! <3

  23. Kim Anderson says

    The Kelly couch! I love it!

  24. Gotta love the Harper!

  25. I’m in love with the Rose couch!

  26. I LOVE the Kelley. Absolutely. After making the mistake of buying an oversized, inexpensive sectional, I would be thrilled to make a change that better suits our room size and can serve us for the long haul.

  27. I love both the Sloan and the Rose. Different styles but either would fit in fabulously with my family.

  28. Ainsley!!!! Slate. :)

  29. The Ainsley in stone is beautiful!

  30. Mary Lee Carrigan says

    I love the Rose in linen blend or sea glass – would be a tough decision! Fingers, toes, arms, and legs crossed!

  31. Love the Sloan with chaise in Deep Sea. Headed to Chicago soon…might have to check them all out in person!

  32. I would love the Harper sofa in the Fog color!

  33. I love the crisp clean lines of the Lucy sofa in the linen color. Yep, that would be my pick!

  34. Megan Jeffries says

    We love the clean lines of the Lucy sofa maybe in light grey.

  35. Stephanie Williams says

    I love the Kelley.

  36. The Rose in Linen is my dream sofa! Can I tell you that in all my life I’ve only ever had one new sofa, every other one has been a hand me down (or up).

  37. HARPER!

  38. Definitely the Rose sofa. It’s a classic shape, nice legs, looks deep and comfy.

  39. I LOVE the Rose sofa!!!!

  40. Melanie Clayton says

    I might pick Lucy or Sloane sofa but it’s hard to choose. Thanks for the contest!

  41. The Gray and it’s customizable features are beautiful! I definitely need customizable for my small space. Glad to know about this website. Thanks!

  42. I love the Rose and the Harper. I would love to get the Harper in Ash for my client. He’s a single dad and I can picture him curled up on it with his two children.

  43. I love the Sloan chai in ocean or cerulean

  44. I like the Kelley in Graphite for our basement!

  45. The Harper sofa in Fog!

  46. I love the Lucy sofa !!!

  47. What great pieces!! Love them all but think Kelley in wheat with the Chaise is one of my favorites! Been wanting a chaise sofa since we had one in a beach house one time and it was so relaxing!

  48. Hey Myquillin!

    I hope this question doesn’t get lost in the sea of 1000 contest entrants..
    We are finally getting rid of a couch we hate (yay!!!) that we bought just because it was cheap and we needed living room furniture, like, yesterday. I was *so* inspired by The Nesting Place (the book) and we are going to paint our LR walls a light neutral and get a white sofa. Here’s my question:

    The IKEA website says that while covers can be removed and machine-washed, they should not be bleached and not tumble-dried. But I read that you bleach the heck out of your white slipcover. What do you think? If it’s a white slipcover can we bleach it?
    Also, how do you dry yours??

    Lucy @ Spirit-Filled Simple (lucymargaret.com)

  49. Walters with chaise in slate linen!

  50. Love the Harper!!

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