Sofa Showdown: Article Sven (and Tan Leather) vs. Ikea Vimle (and Beige Polyester)

Friends, I’m calling on you. The husband and I are at a standstill over which sofa to buy for our family room. If you would, scroll through our thoughts on each of the contenders, check out the mood boards we put together, and weigh in with a comment about which choice you would vote for.

In his corner, Vimle by Ikea: Ikea Beige Vimle Sofa with Chaise

The Lowdown on Vimle:

  • Cost (in the configuration shown): $799
    • At this price, if it gets destroyed (by boys or dog or act of God) in the next couple of years, it’s not as big of a deal.
  • Material: machine washable slipcovered polyester.
    • I’m gonna be honest with you, I am absolutely NOT on top of getting dirty slipcovers (or anything else…) in the wash in a timely manner. This is a negative for the Vimle.
  • At around $200, a back-up cover is super affordable.
  • It could be hacked with some new legs to make it sleeker.
  • A color this neutral really would go with anything.
  • My husband: “It’s not very expensive. We have three small boys (a.k.a. Destroyers of Furniture, The Three Reasons Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, The Mess-Bringers) and are soon (apparently??) getting a puppy (!), who maybe will shred everything we own. And it’s cheap. Also you can store stuff in the chaise! Also, it doesn’t cost much.”


In my corner, Sven by Article:

article sven sofa.jpg


Arguments for Sven:

  • Cost: $2999
    • While this may not be a lot for a leather sofa of this quality, it’s still more than double anything we’ve paid for a sofa before. And certainly a lot if it gets ruined in the next couple of years and we have to replace it sooner than we’d like.
  • Material: Full grain Italian leather
    • Beautiful, soft, buttery, WIPEABLE leather.
  • Reviews say it’s dreamy and comfortable.
  • Me: “It’s so pretty. I just really like it. And in case you missed it when I mentioned it before, YOU CAN WIPE SPILLS (or whatever) OFF OF LEATHER. It makes me happy to look at it. It’s the correct choice for our family — wait, for my heart.”


So with that said, here are the mood boards I created as mock-ups of our family room.


With Ikea’s Vimle sofa:




With Article’s Sven leather sofa:


family room leather sven sofa


So what do you think?? I promise not to try to get (too) upset if you don’t side with me. Give me your best thoughts and opinions — we’re moving in 10 days and I need to get this settled ASAP!

Sofa Showdown: Article vs. Ikea // Napkin Soup

5 Target Face Masks Under $5

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5 Target Face Masks Under Five Dollars

Who doesn’t love a good face mask? I like to use them on weekend evenings, after the kids are asleep, while I’m chilling on the couch with the husband. They’re a great way to pamper yourself and take care of your skin at the same time. Dermatologists agree that face masks benefit your skin.

While I’d love to try out some higher end products like this:

Glamglow Supermud Face Mask
Supermud by Glamglow

or this:

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Face Mask
Blue Tansy by Herbivore Botanicals

the fact of it is that spending money on face masks just isn’t my greatest priority, budget-wise (I know, shocking, right?).

So in cases like these, I turn back to the one who will never let me down — of course you know I mean…Target.

Target Bullseye Logo
Majestic, right?

I picked up these 5 face masks on a recent Target trip, and spent the last week trying one every evening, just to deliver these reviews to you (you’re so welcome, the pleasure was all mine!).


Clockwise from top left, the line-up:

Miss Spa Hydrate Facial Sheet Mask

Pretty Animalz Panda Calming Facials Sheet Mask

Miss Spa 24k Gold Radiance Mask

nügg Hydrating Face Mask 

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask

First up: the Hydrate mask from Miss Spa.

This one’s pretty straightforward. It’s easy to use, it smells nice, kind of floral. My skin felt happy and soft afterwards. At less than $2 a pop, this is one to go in your regular skincare rotation. 5/5

Next: the Panda Calming Sheet Mask from Pretty Animalz.

animalz panda face mask

It’s cute, right? I’ll be honest it’s a little less cute once you’re wearing it. Some husbands (mine) may have done a double-take, and offered helpful comments like “What the actual hell,” and “That’s terrifying.” Sweet, right? I took pictures but…I decided you don’t want to see them. Also, this one didn’t smell that great. It did soften my skin some, but not enough to save my opinion otherwise. 2/5

Next up: the 24k Gold Radiance Mask from Miss Spa.

Miss Spa Gold Radiance Face Sheet Mask

I enjoyed this one. The gold was novel and pretty. It smelled lovely, it was easy to apply and pleasant to wear. My skin was moisturized and had a luminous glow afterwards. The only downside was that the gold gel stuff got on my bathroom sink and hasn’t come off yet, so I’d be careful not to get it on anything. All said, I’d use this one again. 4/5

Next up: the Hydrating Face Mask with Camellia Seed Oil from nügg.

Nugg Hydrating Face Mask with Camellia Seed Oil

I had never used a face mask that wasn’t a sheet mask before trying this one out. I was surprised how much I liked it — I enjoyed it more than the sheet masks really, because it didn’t shift around like the sheets do and I felt like I could get it into more places on my skin. There was a surprising amount in the little container — I had extra leftover. This one smelled the best of any of the masks I tried, and I think my skin was the softest after this. I’ll be using it again, and looking to try other masks by nügg. 5/5

And finally: the Detoxifying Charcoal DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask by Yes to Tomatoes.

Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask

This one was the most fun of the five. It comes with a little paper bowl, a packet of charcoal powder, and a spoon for mixing. The back of the package has suggestions for different food items to mix with the mask to supposedly achieve different benefits — yogurt for moisturizing, honey for smoothing, lemon for brightening, etc. I added a bit of honey and stirred my mask up. This one definitely took the longest to apply — I spent between five and ten minutes pasting the mixture onto my face. I let it sit for the longer suggested time of 20 minutes before rinsing. I really couldn’t tell any difference at all in my skin afterwards — it didn’t even feel particularly moisturized. But I did enjoy wearing it, so that counts for something maybe? 3/5

That’s the roundup for today! Have you tried any of these? Share your favorite face masks below in the comments.

roundup: 5 dreamy blue velvet sofas (and 2 bonus selections)

I have sofas on the mind these days. In my head, our living room sofa is the axis around which the rest of our home decor spins. I feel like once we decide on a sofa, the rest will fall into place — and, alternatively, I feel like I can’t commit to other design decisions until that one is made.

Our current couch is a strange orange color that has faded into a scary salmon shade. The shape it is in might be described as “awful,” or, “horrifying.” It’s been something we have overlooked for several years now, while trying to decide whether we were moving or not. Needless to say, it’s time for a new sofa.

When I started the search I was sure I wanted something extremely different from our previous pumpkin-colored number. I was thinking gray, or possibly blue…thoughts which eventually introduced me to the beautiful world of the blue velvet sofa.

That was a couple of months ago. Since then I’ve decided velvet (of any color) is probably not in our immediate future, given the young ages of our children and our (possibly insane) decision to add a dog to the mix later this year. In the meantime, I’ll keep admiring. Here are seven different options I would consider any day of the week (for my fantasy clean house that is):


From the top:

Joybird Theo in Bella Navy

Interior Define Caitlin in Oxford Blue

Article Sven in Cascadia Blue

West Elm Monroe in Celestial Blue

West Elm Antwerp in Ink Blue


Honorable mentions go to:


  • the Samara Sofa in Blue Ink from World Market for being budget-friendly:


Got a favorite blue velvet sofa of your own? Chime in below in the comments!


the great sofa search: 2017

Here are the facts:

  • We’re moving into a brand new house in the next two months
  • We’re taking almost no furniture with us
  • We have three small children
  • We are getting a dog before the year is up

Essentially? We need some seriously durable furniture. *But*…it also needs to look good, right??

Here are the sofas we’re currently crushing on:


  1. Article Worthington Oxford Brown
  2. Article Sven Left Sectional Cascadia Blue
  3. Article Sven Left Sectional Charme Tan
  4. Ikea Vimle with Chaise in Gunnared Beige
  5. Joybird Eliot Sectional in Bella Navy


I need to do more research (because I can’t help myself), and take some time to check fabric swatches against the floor of the home.

What do you think? Is velvet too bold for a house with kids and a dog? Is the leather too much of a financial investment given that the couch will probably take a serious beating in the next few years? Give me your thoughts!