June 27, 2011

The sofa story and a lesson on decisiveness

I’m moved! The move really couldn’t have gone any smoother, thank you to my lovely, lovely helpers: Clint (the rockstar), Merlin, Ranae, my mom and dad. As of yesterday I was 100% moved, unpacked and ready to entertain! (ok maybe not ready to entertain, I’m still missing some furniture pieces...)

The sofa story and a lesson on decisiveness.
I’m indecisive (or maybe it’s a fear of commitment???). I get this from my mother. When my parents moved into their new house a couple years ago, she would hem and haw about which sofa or fabric was right. She still does about bedding for guest rooms, rugs, etc. It drives me (and my dad) nuts. Just make a decision already! But guess what? I think I’m worse. Not only did I inherit her indecisive-has-to-be-perfect-and-perfectly-priced gene, but I’m also a designer which I think compounds the issue even more. So I was about 99% sure I would get this Room & Board sofa after I moved, visited Atlanta to do a sit-test and everything would be happy. But then Crate & Barrel started a big sale a week before I moved. Naturally, I went to check it out. And guess what? They had the Petrie Apartment sofa on closeout for $1049, in the exact color (Graphite) and size I would want. OMG! Maybe that would be mine (I had previously ruled out due to the cost)... I decided to wait a couple of days so that I wouldn’t have to move it twice (they would only hold it for 5 days). I did some research and turns out most people weren’t happy with how that couch lasted over the years (or weeks for that matter) and I had kind of crossed it off my list. But then the sales lady called on Friday (her name is Erin and I think she is absolutely awesome) and said they had lowered the price to $899! I went into a giddy, happy dance and thought! “IT SHALL BE MINE” disregarding the deeper sit (better for spooning???) and the countless warnings from other consumers that this sofa does not hold up. It was soooooo pretty and sooooo perfect.

So we made our way to C&B Saturday after moving and unpacking a bit. The store had already closed for the evening. Sad. The store opened at noon on Sunday, we got there at 1:20ish and guess what? It had sold that morning. I was heartbroken. It would have been perfect to complete my apartment with a sofa all in one weekend. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

Time to revert back to Plan A at R&B... But then there always is the Corona sofa at Macy's that’s on sale until July 4th (Plan C). Or Karlstad at ikea? Or maybe something will pop up at another store?

Maybe I didn’t learn a lesson at all...

4 comments:

Megan Langford said...

I actually really like the Macy's sofa. Does it come in the charcoal color you want? I'd go for that one, if it does. Then you'd have your sofa soon, too!

Steph A said...

Story of my life!! Actually, next Monday i'll have a post on my blog about how my indecisiveness affected my wedding. At least i chose the right man and stuck with him; that's what really matters, right? ;)

Stephanie said...

Ah thanks ladies.

Megan- I do like the Macy's sofa, and it comes in Charcoal (what they're calling Cafe Noir maybe???) I have a fabric swatch and it's pretty similar to the C&B and R&B versions of charcoal, only slightly warmer. I should do that, right?

Steph- I'm enjoying reading about your wedding and the lessons you learned. I've already made a mental note to refer back to your entries once I finally choose a man and get to plan the big day. And YES! I think you got the big decisions right, in the long run it doesn't matter if I end up with the perfect sofa or if your makeup was too light or too heavy in the wrong areas...

Steph A said...

Haha, you're right. :) And maybe i said a little too much about the makeup...