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. I heart the Russell!

  2. I adore the Wesley <3

  3. Rose for the the living room, Harper for the kid’s game room!

  4. I love the Kelley! I want a sectional in the biggest way :)

  5. Sloan

  6. Love the Crawford

  7. I Love Rose!!

  8. Rose in stain resistant stone linen blend. Beautiful + Practical!

  9. Wow that website is great! Thanks for sharing! I would love to own Lucy in the color Putty. What a gorgeous couch! I love your suggesting about not skimping on color!

  10. Debbie w says

    Harper or Sloan! Pick me, please!

  11. Love the rose in the gray linen blend!

  12. The Harper!!!

  13. I love the Rose! The detail is everything!

  14. Love the Lucy in linen blend

  15. Rose sofa all the way. It is my perfect sofa and I’ve wanted one just like it for years and years and years. Great prices over there.

  16. Either the Kelley or the Rose. They’re all so beautiful I could die.

  17. The Harper or the Kelley look fab – and I like that the foam core is topped with down.

  18. the Rose!

  19. Rose Sofa in Seaglass color. So pretty

  20. I love, love, love the clean, classic lines of the Harper sofa. And that heathered gray fabric is to die for.
    I also love the idea of the sofa being the jeans of the room. I will have to describe it to my husband that way!

  21. Oh my….I would be smitten with the Kelley in wheat!

  22. Erica Waters says

    I’m loving the Kelley in Khaki. It would be perfect for our finished basement!

  23. The rose sofa. Oh yum…. So beautiful. We just bought and moved into our first house and that little peace of heaven would be so welcome to come live with us :)

  24. I love the Sloan sofa!!!

  25. i would get either the Rose or Kelley

  26. No doubt – love the Rose in the linen blend (stone)!!

  27. Love the Harper! Easy, cozy and anchoring.

  28. Oh my goodness the Harper for sure!!

  29. Carolyn S says

    Love the ALICE SWIVEL

  30. I Love the Lucy, but I’m having a hard time deciding on the fabric. Too many great choices!

  31. Rose is a gorgeous piece! She would look lovely in the sitting room of my master suite.

  32. I would like the Kelley – I so need a new sofa. I’m still using the horrid plaid one that my husband’s former wife chose! Help!

  33. Betsy Cain says

    Would purchase the Sloan!

  34. I love Interior Define! I’ve been eyeing their site for months, and can’t wait to get my hands (and booty) on a new sofa. Love the Henry!

  35. Kimberly Dickerson says

    I love the Kelly in Ecru {modern weave}. So versatile!

  36. So hard to choose. I think my favorites are the Lucy in the Stone Linen blend and the Kelley in Carolina Blue. Either one would need to be covered most of the time to prevent dirt from the dog and my 4 year old son. Still, I would know how beautiful the sofa was and it would be seen by company on special occasions!

  37. I love Sloan with the chaise!

  38. I adore the KELLEY FABRIC SOFA WITH RIGHT CHAISE that’s what I’d get with the credit! :)

  39. The Lucy sofa in pearl velvet fabric.

  40. The Rose sofa looks perfect for out 100+ year old Victorian!

  41. The Rose has me all [heart eyes]!

  42. I love Lucy.

  43. I need the asher! I love that the lounger part is wide enough for two people to snuggle! Yet, the rest of the sectional is plenty big for the family.

  44. I am totally in love with the Rose!!

  45. I would love Lucy in my new living room in either Graphite or Otter.

  46. We’ve been wanting a sectional, and that Henry looks super cozy!

  47. Love the Alice Swivel

  48. Kelley with left chaise for me, please, and thank you! !

  49. I like Kelley

  50. It would be Kelley

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