She’s here! After two years of saving and waiting for a new couch, the day has finally arrived! Technically we’ve had it for a week, but we are still soooo excited! As I mentioned in this post over a month ago, we chose the Klaussner Audrina sofa in “Eddy Smoke.”
Isn’t it cute?! This is what we had before…a big red overstuffed couch that we got for $200.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a good couch and served us well for over 4 years. But we were so over the red! And the puffiness! Enter Audrina. Sleek. Streamlined. Neutral.
Not to mention it takes up the same amount of space as our previous couch (they were almost exactly the same length), but instead of feeling crowded by the poofy pillow arms, we have a lot more room and can sit comfortably right next to the thin, low arms.
And this new sofa is deeper, too. The overstuffed pillows on the red couch made you feel like you were being pushed off!
The only downside (which isn’t really the sofa’s fault), is that it’s also taller than the old one so our coffee table seems kind of awkwardly low, and since we can each sit on one end cushion now (instead of in between the cushions like before), the coffee table isn’t quite long enough, either.
Poor little $7 coffee table. That’s probably the next furniture purchase we’ll be wanting to make. But for now, we’ll just have to live with this one, and I might need to redo and sell some furniture to start a coffee table fund!
Other than the coffee table, we have no complaints thus far. We love our fabric choices, too! Here’s a close-up of the Eddy Smoke. This picture is a pretty good representation of the color (some of the other pictures make it look a teeny bit warmer than the actual color).
I’ve also had a lot of fun adding pillows! We never had enough room on our old couch to add pillows, so I’m loving this! I even bought a cute Christmas pillow from Target for $12, and I’ll be so sad when I have to put it away! I just don’t understand why we can’t be joyful all year round!
I bought these two pillows almost a year ago in preparation for a new couch, and I love them with it!
I’m so excited that we’re no longer tied into the red theme. Simply by switching out the accent pillows and a few other items, we can completely change the colors in our living room! Yippee! Though we did have one other prominent red item in our living room…the lampshade.
As soon as we had ordered the couch, I set out to find a new lampshade (online, of course). Almost all of them were $30 or $40…for a simple linen-looking drum shape! Seems outrageous to me, but then again, I’m no lamp expert.
And then, one day, Andrew and I were thrifting, and I came across a lamp shade! It was the exact same size as all the ones online (I know because I put the measurements in my phone and I ALWAYS carry a tape measure!) and get this…$4! In the words of Mitch Hedberg, “I can deal with that.”
We love it! It’s neutral and doesn’t call attention to itself, it was super cheap, which is amazing…
And we really like this subtle little pattern…I think it keeps it from blending into the wall too much.
As we figure out what colors we want to add back in (think curtains, new coffee table, reupholstered club chairs, art, pillows, etc.), we might change it out for something more vibrant, but for now we’re loving the neutrality of it all!
Here’s the final budget breakdown.
We paid $986 for Audrina (including tax and delivery). $600 of that was saved in cash from selling redone furniture, we used our $200 monthly “home improvement” budget and $40 monthly decor budget, and we sold the red couch for….drum roll please…..$180!! (In case you’re bad at math, that means we paid $5 per year to use it. Not a bad return if you ask me.)
Up next: change out the yellow fabric in our radio cabinet to neutral canvas (it’s the green and yellow thing on the right of the picture above), find some curtains that aren’t like everybody else’s but don’t cost a fortune, and replace the desk! Hopefully…..with this!
I was going to buy it as I have some “fun money” and gift cards, but I couldn’t make up my mind before it went back up to $130 from the $90 sales price. Stupid me. So now I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll go on sale again after Christmas!
So anyway, what do you think? Better than the red monstrosity? I should say so.