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:

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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:

 

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With Article’s Sven leather sofa:

 

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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

design + music: hotel california

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Do you ever notice that you gravitate to different kinds of music in different seasons? Every summer I seem to find myself drawn to music that reminds me of the desert. Lately the song I keep coming back to again and again is Hotel California by The Eagles. As I continue to plan out my approach to decorating the new house, I can see the influence of what I’m listening to in my design choices. I’m feeling the camel-colored beat up leather sofas, white walls filled with oversized landscape photos, macrame wall hangings, neutral-colored poufs and/or floor cushions, concrete elements to add more organic texture, and of course greenery everywhere (I’d love a giant saguaro cactus, but I have children whose fingers I value, so apparently that’s not in the cards).

My Hotel California-inspo board:IMG_2881

Article Sven Left Sectional in Charme Tan Leather / West Elm Kasbah Wool Rug / Design Within Reach Sheepskin Throw / Joybird Fran Pillow / DIY Macrame Hanging Planters / Urban Outfitters Michael O’Neal American Bison Print / West Elm Modern Planter / Article Hira Ottoman / Urban Outfitters Fallon Macrame Wall Hanging / Artificial Cactus Plant 

What do you think? What would you add (or take away)?

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:

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  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!