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

weekend link fest – 08.26.17

weekend link fest – 08.26.17

Here’s what I’ve been loving around the internet this week:

Target Project 62 Midcentury Modern Collection

Domino had a great write-up about Target’s upcoming mid-century modern collection, Project 62. Have you heard about this?? If not, hold onto your wallets babies. Target is aiming to bring mid-century modern to the masses. The collection will hit the internet September 16th, and stores September 19th. Jesus take the wheel.

ikea catalog 2018

In further retail news: The design-loving part of the internet has been abuzz this month over Ikea’s 2018 catalog, which is said to be the best yet. Check it out for yourself here.

Paige Jones Bohemian Nursery

Yesterday I came across this nursery from Paige Jones, and I can’t. stop. looking. I mean, how perfect is that? And I don’t even mean just for a nursery, I mean for any room. I love literally every element of this room’s design. Now I’m setting out to DIY myself a hanging shelf, looking for a white chair like the one above, and trying to find the perfect vintage rug to go with all this boho love. Click through to see all the photos — seriously, the entire room is this good. This one’s getting bookmarked at the top of my list for design inspiration. Job well done Paige.

Kate La Vie Salted Passionfruit Margarita Cocktail

Well, as you no doubt know if you live on Earth, tonight is the season finale of Game of Thrones, the (objectively) best television show ever made. Dry your tears, it will be back next year for the (now you may cry) final four episodes. Tonight the husband and I will have a babysitter for the kiddos so we can join friends for a GoT finale party. We’ll be bringing these Salted Passionfruit Margaritas with us to win friends and influence people. Head over to Kate La Vie for the cocktail recipe.

Have a good one everybody, and don’t forget to turn off your curling iron before you leave the house.

Napkin Soup // Weekend Link Fest

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!