Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A Sofa After My Own Heart... And Budget

Cottage Sofa - part 2


In my last post, I told  you how my 16 year old sofa had never been comfortable. I had wanted to change it for years, three homes ago exactly, but there was always something more urgent to pay for.

Dans mon précédent article, je vous expliquais que le vieux canapé que l'on voit sur les photos de mon salon n'a jamais été confortable. J'ai eu l'intention de le changer dans chacun de mes trois précédents chez-moi, mais il y a finalement toujours eu plus urgent à faire. 

This year, I'm trying to take care of the living-room, which should be Cottage's main room, but was so often used as storage room during the renovation that I never took the time to make it cosy.

Cette année, je tente de m'occuper un peu du salon. Cela devrait être la pièce principale de Cottage, mais en fait, elle a tellement été utilisée  comme débarras pendant les différentes phases de travaux que je n'ai jamais eu le temps d'en faire un lieu douillet.

 
Cottage was delighted when I told him that as far as the sofa was concerned, for once, I knew what I wanted.

Cottage a été ravi d'apprendre que pour une fois, pour le canapé, je savais exactement ce que je voulais.

 
Cottage: So, tell me more about that sofa you've chosen.

Petite Blonde: Well, since forever I've dreamt about an English sofa.


Cottage : Alors, dis-moi tout sur ce canapé que tu as choisi.

Petite Blonde : Eh bien, depuis toujours, je rêve d'un canapé anglais.


Cottage: Oh, no, this can't be good. We're in France, how are we going to find an English sofa?

Petite Blonde: Don't fret! There's an English brand which sells in France and even has a killer website where you choose the shape of sofa you want and then the fabric and it shows you how it'll look.

Cottage: Let's order!


Cottage: Oh, ça s'annonce mal. On est en France, où va-t-on trouver un canapé anglais?

Petite Blonde : Pas d'inquiétude, il y a un magasin qui existe des deux côtés de la Manche et qui a super site Internet avec un logiciel dans lequel on choisit la forme du canapé que l'on veut, le tissu que l'on veut et hop, cela montre à quoi ressemblera le canapé.

Cottage : Allez, on commande !
Petite Blonde: Well, the thing is that the website also tells you how much it'll cost and it's very expensive.

Cottage: But you've been dreaming of it forever you said, so maybe it's worth it...

Petite Blonde: But I hadn't dreamt of having several cats and now that they are here, they spend more time than I do on the sofa... They  won't change their little habits just because the sofa cost me a fortune.

Cottage: Well, couldn't you find one on your usual second-hand website?

Petite Blonde: I'm not sure. There are two things I don't like to buy second-hand, sofas and mattresses.
Petite Blonde : Le truc, c'est que le logiciel calcule aussi le prix. C'est très cher...

Cottage : Mais si tu en rêves depuis toujours, cela vaut le coup/coût...

Petite Blonde : Oui, mais dans mes rêves, je n'avais pas plusieurs chats qui passent plus de temps que moi sur le canapé... Ils ne vont pas changer leurs petites habitudes parce que j'ai un canapé ultra-chic.

Cottage : Et si tu regardais sur Le Bon Coin ? 

Petite Blonde : Ce site m'a souvent sauvée. Il y a cependant deux choses que je n'imagine pas acheter d'occasion, les canapés en tissu et les matelas.


Cottage: I knew you would again make things difficult. What about that Swedish store you don't like very much but that all other bloggers seem to love?

Petite Blonde: Yes, they have one slicover sofa that I like, but...

Cottage: Again with the but...

Petite Blonde: Actually it's "buts". They only have two slicovers I like, the white one and the light blue one. I don't believe they'll be very forgiving with cat paws and don't see myself washing them every week or so. Plus, I keep seeing that one a lot, which is not something I like.

Cottage: Ok, then, I guess we'll keep the old sofa for an other year...
Cottage : Je savais bien, qu'encore une fois, tu rendrais les choses difficiles. Et si tu allais sur le site de ce grand magasin suédois que tout le monde semble adorer sauf toi ?

Petite Blonde : Oui, ils ont un canapé en tissu que j'aime bien, mais...

Cottage : Et c'est reparti avec les "mais"...

Petite Blonde : Mais je ne l'aime qu'en blanc et en bleu très pâle et cela ne me semble pas très pratique avec les chats... Je ne suis pas du genre à laver les housses toutes les semaines. Et puis, on le voit vraiment partout et ce n'est pas quelque chose qui me séduit.

Cottage : Bon, je sens que nous voilà reparti pour des années avec le vieux canapé.

Petite Blonde: Hey, look what I found as I was browsing while talking with you...

Cottage: What? You were not 100% focused on our conversation. I'm so mad... Wait, what a lovely sofa there on your screen. It has everything you want: English style, wood legs, arms, stripes and washable slicovers! What website is it on?

Petite Blonde: Would you believe it? It's from that Swedish store we talked about a few minutes ago!

Cottage: Let's order!
 Petite Blonde : Attends ! Regarde cette photo sur laquelle je suis tombée en farfouillant sur Internet pendant qu'on papotait...

Cottage : Comment ça ? Je n'avais pas toute ton attention. Je suis vexé et... attends, c'est vrai que c'est un joli canapé. Il a tout ce que tu veux : un style anglais, des pieds en bois, des accoudoirs, des rayures, des housses amovibles ! Tu l'as trouvé sur quel site ?

Petite Blonde : Tu ne vas pas le croire ! Sur le site de ce magasin suédois dont on vient de parler !

Cottage : Allez, on commande !

Petite Blonde: First, I need to visit the store to check if it's as comfortable as it looks.

Cottage: More waiting?

Petite Blonde: Don't worry! I'll do that as soon as I have some free time.

Petite Blonde : Je vais d'abord aller le tester en magasin pour voir s'il est aussi confortable qu'il en a l'air.

Cottage : Quoi ? On va encore attendre ?

Petite Blonde : Je promets de faire vite, mais je ne peux tout de même pas demander une journée de congés pour ça !


See you soon,

A bientôt,

Hasta la proxima,







PS1: I'll show you the new sofa in the next post, promise.

PS  1:  Promis, je vous montre le canapé in situ dans le prochain article.

PS 2: Sources for all the inspiration pictures can be found on my Pinterest board "Living Room Ideas".

PS 2 : Les sources pour toutes les photos d'inspiration peuvent se trouver en rendant une petite visite à mon dossier Pinterest "Living Room Ideas". Il y a aussi des tonnes d'autres photos, si vous voulez y passer un peu de temps.

PS3: I'm sharing this post at the following party:



45 comments:

  1. Perfect! A friend in Brittany has sofas from the Swedish shop, and they are so comfortable.

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    1. I tried it in the store and indeed, it was comfortable!

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  2. Cottage a raison. Avec toi, rien n'est simple et rapide... c'est ce qui fait ton charme. Alors 6 mois pour choisir un canapé, c'est le temps normal, 2 ans pour le chauffage... 5 ans pour la véranda... et 10 ans pour le garage... Je plaisante... quoi que... Bises.

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  3. Love all your inspiration. Can't wait to see the final result in situ. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  4. Hi...Yay..i hope it's as nice as you hope it is..an cottage will be so handsome wearing a nice new sofa..i look forward to seeing more living room..sooooo..what yr do ya think we'll see the upstairs =^)

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  5. I know you will love this sofa. Can't wait to see it in your living room.
    Kris

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  6. Love the style! It will look quite at home in your Cottage!

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  7. Magali, I love your conversation with Mr. Cottage:). I hope it is a comfy couch from IKEA, slip cover is blue ticking?
    Making cozy changes in your living room, I'm sure the kitties are pleased:).
    Have a wonderful day,
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Yes, they have several slipcovers, including a blue ticking one I love. Shadow didn't like it at first, but Milo loved the new sofa from day one!

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  8. Have you considered buying a pet cover for your couch to protect it? They sell them in lots of stores here in the US but I am sure you can find one online. Here is a link for some from Wal Mart https://www.walmart.com/c/kp/pet-furniture-covers
    Have a wonderful day from rainy central Ohio!
    Sharon

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    1. I have found som on a French online store, but I think I'm going to look for a plaid I like and is easy to wash. For now, we are using an old plaid.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to give me a link. Sending you a ray of Breton sunshine!
      Magali

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  9. Nice!!! I have the same rule about sofas and mattresses - ewwwww 2nd hand!! Enjoy your new sofa!

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  10. It looks promising. I love the blue ticking. Hope it's comfy to sit on. Does it have a slipcover? Maybe a cat quilt over it during the day would work. Good luck!

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  11. Mattresses and sofas (unless it's leather) purchased second hand? Ugh. No, thanks. I hope the sofa works out for you, Magali. xo

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  12. These are custom made slipcovers for Ikea products. They are pricey but I wanted you to know about them.


    Carla from Kansas

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  13. Well it didn't show the link I added. It is Bemz. Just google it.

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    1. Oh, yes, I've already spent hours on their website, choosing my favourite fabrics, but the slipcovers are nearly the price of the sofa!
      Magali

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    2. Oh, and thank you so much for thinking of me and telling me about it!

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  14. This is so exciting to have a new sofa that you love! Can't wait to see it in your darling cottage. Have a wonderful day!
    xoxo Jo

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  15. Some things they have are very good for the price. I look forward to seeing what you chose wherever it is from. Beautiful inspiration photos. xoxo Su

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  16. Sooo...did you try it out? Was it comfortable? I can't wait to see it in your cottage, if this is the one you definitely chose!

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  17. Your conversations with cottage make me laugh out loud. Delightful! I hope the sofa is comfortable and perfect for you and cottage!

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    1. It's quite comfortable and the cats and I are actually fighting to spend the evening on it! Pictures will be posted soon.

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  18. We have SIX cats and 1 dog and they love the sofa from the Swedish Shop. The slipcovers wash like a dream and I probably only wash them a couple of times a year (only the dog goes outside, the kitties stay in the house.)

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    1. I believe pets love Swedish design and I love washable slipcovers! My kitties all go outside, but they also love sleeping on the sofa!

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  19. Of course I have the pupsters, and sometimes they come in with muddy feet even though they're on concrete, so I chose a brown sofa. I know it's not really trendy, but that was my choice.
    Brenda

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  20. Wonderful choice and nail biting story. Happy you found what you were looking for and cannot wait to see it in it's new home

    Cindy

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  21. It is cute that you and lovely cottage discuss the looks and ideas! I am glad you found somethign that is of your liking! Be happy and be well!

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  22. One of our sons has a sofa from the 'Swedish shop' and it is very comfortable ... their cat likes it too!

    All the best Jan

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  23. OH WOW, Cottage is going to be so happy .... You can always put a sheet over the couch when your not at home so the kitty's don't get it dirty. Looking forward to seeing the couch.

    Mary

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  24. les rayures ou les carreaux rendent un tissu chaleureux, surtout lorsqu'il est d'un ton clair... auriez vous encore trouvé le meuble ad hoc ?? cordialement - monique59

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  25. I can't wait to see pictures of your new sofa. We live 3+ hours from an Ikea and I've only been twice. (Sob!) Enjoy that new sofa!

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  26. Hey Magali, your first pic shows a sofa that is shaped exactly like my two; I have a three seater and a loveseat in the same fabric. The extra large armchair is in the same style and is done in cherry red, whereas the two couches are a delicate, English floral. We have the same taste, it seems! Go for it; you won't regret it!

    Poppy

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  27. I love it!! That sofa is going to look just perfect in your charming cottage living room! And with pets, you will love the option of washing the cover....even if you don't do it terribly often! I wash mine maybe 2 or 3 times a year and that's enough.

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  28. I love that you found something that will make you, cottage and the cats all very happy! It is so charming! And practical! Well done! xx Karen

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    1. Some pieces of furniture must be purchased with the cats in mind!!!

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  29. I'm glad you found what you were looking for. Hope to see it soon. :)

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  30. I imagine that you have already your sofa in place at the cottage. We have just purchased sofa and chair for our place as well. I hate the thinking and trying to make a decision on these things. We got it from our local furniture store since buying online is a real no no with us. Share with us what you got for cottage!

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  31. I loved all of the photos that you have shown Magali. I think this is just what cottage needs! Can't wait to see it in your home. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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