Saturday, June 27, 2009

Let's go furniture shopping!!

Things are moving along with the sale of the house. I haven't posted much about it because you never know what's going to happen. The buyers did an appraisal on Friday and my agent called saying things are going forward. But I always think to myself, it's not over until the...

I've decided that if everything goes according to plan, I will just rent an apartment until I decide what and where I want to buy. It will actually be a relief to rent for awhile and not have to worry about a lawn from hell and home improvement. I am very tired of being Ms. Bob least for now. I'm sure I will get to the point where I will want to put my stamp on something again. So, in the meantime, there are lots of apartment complexes in San Marcos and I thought it would be nice to get one with a pool and a gym so I can do some relaxing for a change.

I am giving most of my furniture to my sons and am getting rid of the rest of it because I am tired of moving it around the country. I have moved over 30 times in my life and it's getting old. But now I will need to get a few new items when I move. So I went furniture shopping today, just to get an idea of what's out there and how much everything costs. I know that I want to keep things contemporary and low key...clean lines and no frills. I took my camera with me and took some shots of what I saw today.

I started out with neutral colors. I liked this one but wasn't too sure about the padded covering over the arms. I think I'd like a cleaner look.

Like this one. Put some colorful throw pillows on there to liven it up a bit.

Here's another one. Kind of a corduroy fabric...and I like the fact that there are no big pillows for the back which can get messy looking.

This one has the big separate pillows along the back, but I like the look.

What do you think about this one?

An elk futon. Hahahahaha! I was showing my son, Jared, these pictures and he said, "You're kidding me, right?" Yes, was a joke. (He was very relieved.)

What about this one?? A couch playground. I love the thought of young children throwing those ball pillows all over the house. And I think you could probably end up losing a couple of those children in those cracks between the sections.

"Honey, have you seen Timmy lately??"

"No, dear, I thought you were watching him."

"Well, I thought I heard some muffled screams earlier...oh, my God...the couch!"

Parents with young children should probably think twice about this choice.

So then we get into different sofa colors. What do you think about the red family? I think it looks nice, but is it something you could get tired of?

I've never had a red couch before.

This one is WAY too fancy for me...don't like all the scroll work in the wood.

And leather. Hmmm...kind of looks like it belongs in a bus or train depot...or a doctor's office.

And here we have some in green. I actually thought they were very nice. And they were very comfortable. I showed them to Jared. He said, "It's a nice couch...but it's green."

"What about this one?" I asked.

"It's nice too. But it's green," he said.

Growing frustrated, I asked, "And this one??"

" looks like baby shit."


So let's go on to chairs.

AAAAHHHHHH!!!! The wretched RECLINER!!!! I freaking HATE recliners! It's definitely a GUY thing.

Why can't a guy lounge in something that's more this, for cryin' out Pete's sake?? Why is it that he has to be in something that's either overstuffed leather/vinyl or overstuffed tacky which kicks out enabling him to put his feet up and snore so that he can be heard down the street??

Now this, on the other hand, would be a nice alternative. Doesn't this look comfortable? When I first took the picture, I thought, "No way, Jose." But then when I looked at the photo later, I didn't think it was so bad. Even Jared thought it looked pretty comfortable. I'm not so sure about the color, but that's a chair where you sit down to watch TV and 5 minutes later, you've forgotten all about TV. (And I still think it looks better than an ugly recliner...yuck.)

A Route 66 alternative. I love traveling down Route 66 myself, but don't want to put it on my furniture...

And I found this one in three out of the five stores I visited today. Must be a new trend. I sat in it and didn't feel comfortable. You lean way back and your legs just kind of stick out in front. Jared said he thinks you should curl up on it...but either way, the back isn't high enough to give you any support, so it's just kind of a waste of furniture...and waste of space.

Then there are the animal fabrics...

And another waste of space. Makes you want to tell someone to bring you grapes and palm fronds to fan you with. You gotta have some major space to put these items in your home.

Here's my new dining room set...

Hahaha! I kid. I generally don't entertain a dozen people formally.

But it would have gone along well with the bed I chose...

Hahahaha! I kid again.

My bedroom choices were more along the lines of these (not including the bed linens)...

But, then again, when I saw this chair at the last place I checked out, I thought...maybe the castle look would actually work out. I could put these in the entry way after you cross over the moat.

Oh, darn...they had "sold" signs on them. I'll have to keep looking.

And I've left this for last. The ultimate wine bottle holder. Now I ask anyone who appreciates a good bottle of wine going to want that bottle holder? And is anyone who appreciates that bottle holder (especially at $29.00) going to want a good bottle of wine? I think not.

But you just never know...


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Life's a Beach! said...

Deb, I like the clean line sofas, in either the neutral beiges or the green. I think that color of green is a neutral! And I like the black bedroom set with the sleigh style bed. And yes, I hate recliners! Craig and I just saw a bunch of those wine holders in a shop and he said, "Who the hell would buy that crap in this economy!" I think we have a bear somewhere that one of his salespeople gave us for Christmas (but it may have gone in the garage sale before we moved!).

And my son's idea of furniture is a Love Sak -- a huge bean bag style thing that costs a fortune! HA!

Paul said...

...getting sort of presumptuous on the 'guy' deal with the recliners, aren't we? We don't all snore. Besides it's the 'work all day to feed the gremlins at home, crack open a cold one, hit the recliner for a little NASCAR, american way'! I actually have a sofa and love seat, both equipped with recliners. Kewl! ...and a Border Collie that will fetch beers from the fridge. Actually, you're more of the leopard print type w/chrome appointments on the arms and legs. ha ha. Happy shopping! Tell #3 son I agree with the 'green' deal. Nix.

Isla Deb said...

Beck - I agree with you about the green, but there's just this gnawing feeling that I might get tired of it down the road. Best stay with a more taupy kind of color I think. Then you can always colorize around it.

Paul - Ha! You're right about being presumptuous about the recliner deal. Maybe from some past history that I'm not going to go into detail about on this blog. I need to find a dog (or cat) who will fetch a bottle of wine and open it with a corkscrew for me. I think I have my work cut out for me on that one. And about the green couch...FINE!

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Islagringo said...

Loved this post! I'm hardly a NASCAR kind of guy but I sure loved my old recliner! I admit, I may have snored in it a time or two! I'm sure with your good taste you will find just the perfect piece for your new place.

As for the wine holder, the type of person who buy it would probably put a bottle of beer in it anyway!