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Convertible Sofa Options – Your Thoughts?

Sorry for the late post, blogger is acting up again…

I’m searching for a convertible sofa for my new studio space, something that guests can use when they stay with us, but also a place for clients to hang out when they stop by. My goal is to stay under $1,000.00, althought I’m finding this to be quite the challenge! I found a few sofas online, but I’m having a tough time making a decision, especially since I’m concerned about purchasing a sofa without having ‘tested’ it first. If you can provide me with some feedback regarding some of the futons below, I’d really appreciate it (positive and negative welcome). Funny how designing for others is a snap, but designing my own space is a bit of a challenge – I bet it’s because I’m dropping *my* cash this time!

Since you guys are quite the savvy shoppers, if you know of some modern sleep sofa resources, please clue me in (p.s. DWR is out of my budget, although I lust for their logo sofa for $1598). I’ve never shopped for a convertible sofa/futon in my life so I’m turning to you for fresh finds this time.

P.S. Just say no to microsuede, leather, pleather (eek!), vinyl, suede, pattern, or two-tone.

Basic Futon (above) from West Elm. $600 + $100 shipping. pros: color, removable cover. blends with anything. armless. basic. inexpensive. cons: doesn’t lend an airy feel since it sits directly on floor (no legs to give it a lift), chocolate finish in a room with teak, pine and birch hmmmm…, a little too basic for my taste. looks a little too futon-y.

From DWR, the Logo which I can’t really justify the expense, so I won’t go into listing the pros and the cons. boo hoo. Chiasso, the aero convertible sofa $798 + $110. pros: good color. clean lines. nice legs. not boxy. cons: one glass of red wine and my world ends.

Look Luxe Comby 1 sofa. $899.95 $199.95 shipping. pros: well made, from italy. nice color. clean ergonomic lines. easily slides into sleep position. cons: price. not 100% sure about color. not into the double chrome trim. Comcore21 Bermuda sofa bed $609 + $100 shipping. pros: price. color. legs are nice and simple. tufted back. arm rests are cute. sleeps two. cons: unsure of quality. thoughts? Urban Outfitters Tufted Top sofa. $580 + $130 shipping. pros: color looks red online but in person, it’s more orange than red. great design. quite comfortable (I sat on it). nice legs. budget option. cons: color may annoy me after awhile, especially if it is really more red than it appeared in the store. unsure of quality since I’ve heard negative reviews about urbans furniture.

Target Futon with CD Storage $399.99 + $92.99. pros: amazingly inexpensive. good color. compact. nice style. cons: price could also mean it’s horrible to sleep on. not sure about the whole CD storage… tacky maybe? does it sleep one or two? maybe a bit boxy. Futon Creations Minimum Sharp Futon by Innovation. $779.26 after 6% promotional discount, free shipping. pros: great design. one of the best companies for futons from denmark. comfortable. cons: color a little too kermit-the-frog for me. would prefer a different color, but it seems as though I’m stuck with green.

some distant maybes…

New from IKEA, the Tylosand sofa bed with storage compartment. $849.00, in sand. pro: good color. storage. cons: color – blah. all that chrome. boxy. may be over $1000 with shipping.
IKEA Allerum for $399.00. pros: budget find. like the birch accent. no arms. modern. can most likely fit into my passat. cons: stains easily. does it sleep more than one? does it fold flat? a little too fluffy. don’t like the throw pillows along the back. so basic, everyone has seen this a thousand times… Tweed Storage Sofa from Urban Outfitters for $580 + $130 shipping. pros: storage. tweed. good color for when I opt to change the color scheme in the room. looks nice. cheap. cons: unsure of how comfortable it is to sleep on. slightly uncomfortable with edging, it almost looks dirty.

Another option not shown: CB2 Flip Flop convertible sofa, Orange, $999.00 + $69 shipping. pros: armless. color pops. cb2 is a decent name. clean lines. good fabric. basic legs – off the ground.

Comments? :)

Posted in uncategorized on April 24, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 24 06]

This photo, taken on Santa Monica beach by photographer S. Wedelich, is mesmerizing. The lighting, shadows, location – melancholy, dreamlike… I like the movement in this photo, the birds, the coats, somehow telling a story that is up to the eye of the beholder to create.

We had a lot of rain this past weekend. Staying indoors as the rain rhythmically tapped on the windows helped ground me. I sorted out my kitchen, reorganizing pots and pans. Deep cleaned my kitchen and living room. Painted the kitchen and living room walls to refreshen things a bit. Lingered at the book store. Enjoyed a few DVDs with my husband sipping Guayak? Yerba Mate tea and cuddling. Chatted it up with my friend in Miami for nearly two hours. Prioritized goals. Enjoyed the luxury of an afternoon cat nap. All things that I wouldn’t have necessarily done had the weather been gorgeous.

What about you? What activities did you enjoy?

p.s. lots of posting errors with blogger today, so check back throughout the day as I’m not sure how long it will take before blogger repairs some of their issues.

(copyright S. Wedelich 2006)

Posted in uncategorized on April 24, 2006

Heavy Petal: Gardening Blog from the West Coast

I got word about this blog from Delightful Blogs called Heavy Petal (such a cute name!). Here’s some information, fresh from the blogger herself:

“Heavy Petal is the blog of Andrea Bellamy, a garden writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Zone 8B). Andrea has written for Gardens West and Garden Wise magazines. She enjoys growing unusual edibles and performing acts of guerilla gardening. She is a community gardening activist and aspiring garden designer. She gardens because it feels good.

Heavy Petal?s mission is to demonstrate that gardening isn’t just for the suburban, the aged, or the hopelessly unfashionable. Rejecting horticultural snobbery along with plastic swan garden planters, Heavy Petal is gardening ? from an urban, organic perspective.”


(image from heavy petal)

Posted in uncategorized on April 22, 2006

Fab Fashion Event: Boston – Part 1

With an special invitation from Lisa Pool, organizer of the Fab Fashion Event, decor8 was on the VIP list to attend and cover this exciting event. It started last night in the South End and lasts until today at 6pm, so if you’re in Boston, come on down!

Written by: Christine Liu, Contributor, decor8

Holly sent me on assignment to scope out new, exciting, and creative designs at the Fab Fashion Event benefit for Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women. Designers and vendors from Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, and Europe set up shop for a colorful weekend sample sale, from apparel to accessories to cosmetics, in the heart of Boston’s South End at the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but with my notepad and camera, I was ready to take in whatever was thrown at me!

Last night was the VIP opening, with promises of a fashion show and open bar, and and my friend Andrea and I ambled downtown to take in the spectacle of this:

Miles and miles of designer jean’d, pointy-toe shoe’d, handbag’d women! Ok, maybe not miles, but there was a definite queue in the unseasonably chilly evening air. You could feel the anticipation in the small talk, everyone nervously stamping their feet and subtly eyeing the leather jacket of the woman next in line. Was the atmosphere instigated by the waiting in the cold, or because they all were plotting a bee-line strategy to get first picks at the True Religion denim? You weren’t quite sure…

Before long, we entered the cathedral-like building, and quickly observed that the ratio of women to goods, and goods to space, would make for a very dense (and exhilarating) shopping experience! I was warmly welcomed by Lisa Pool, coordinator of this impressively scaled event, and set to work. Which meant, navigate through the intense amount of goodies that
lie waiting inside.

There were many vendors, and the full list can be found here. I’ll just highlight a few designers that I found particularly worth notice. I must also confess that the quality of light in the beautiful space was quite poor (understandable, since it’s mostly a church, not a boutique), so it was a bit tricky trying to take good photographs. I did my best under the circumstances!

Walking through the interior, racks and racks of clothing claimed your attention. Jeans (natch), dresses, shirts, and skirts were ripe for the pawing. However, I quickly took notice of the subdued simplicity and surprising details of the work by Nirva, an independent designer and couturier based in Lexington, MA. Her skirts, infused with minimalist geometric panels, or lined with lace and sequins and a girlish bow, were impressive. My favourite was this be-ribboned skirt with intersecting lines, and Nirva confirmed my considerations that her designs are very vintage-inspired.

Here’s Nirva herself, holding up a tank that was the first to catch my eye. She hand-embroiders the sequins, shinys, and other adornments to her beautiful garments.

I meandered over to another table, which I naturally gravitated to because it had an abundance of cashmere knits! (Yes, I can definitely sniff it out.) I spoke to the designer, Jennifer, who issues her line of Jennifer T. Knit Couture in a boutique in Bal Harbour. She said she started out as a handknitter, and then eventually got into designing and now manufactures and sells her own couture knitwear. These were not sweaters to be reckoned with, in luscious fibers and stitch patterns, a price point around $500, but undeniably sumptuous and soft.

Jennifer is proud of her garments with intricate stitch patterns, holding up a red sweater with teeny tiny rows of strawberry-esque stitches all across the body (cute!), but confessed that her favorite sweater is a soft dark grey medium-weight ribbed button cardigan, because it “looks good on everyone, yet is distinctive enough that the sweater has its own personality.” I fondled the cashmere one more time and continued before I did any serious damage to my wallet. (whew, close one!)

Next: Wendy Culpepper of W.Culpepper Designs!

Here she is, the most friendly, enthusiastic, chipper soul I met all evening. You could definitely feel the passion she had for her jewelry designs, and I oohed over her silver fiore collection, with its evocatively curved motif, inspired by her time studying in Florence, Italy. When I told her I studied at MIT, she laughed because she actually started her studies as an engineer! She then changed her focus to design, completing her intensive jewelry program at FIT in New York and working at Me & Ro Jewelry before launching her own eponymous line. We chatted a bit about how most people don’t realize how much science and art are hand-in-hand; she mentioned all the technicalities to consider, like working with certain materials, dealing
with weights and balance, and just testing to see what works. (yay for the scientific method!) Along with her Fiore and Alligator lines, her newest Tribute collection is constructed of wood.

And can I say that her website is one of the best I’ve seen in a while? Straightforward, descriptive, and presentable, and very professionally put-together.


A breather and a Stoli. A lot of stuff. A lot of shopping. Much poking, pawing, pink-ing, and purchasing. And I haven’t even yet gotten to the accessories gallery! Stay tuned for the next installment and more coverage of the Fab Fashion Event, and you still have time to make it this Saturday afternoon! The lighting should be much more favorable, too. :)

(all images Copyright Christine Liu 2006. If you would like to use these photos, please email Christine for permission.)


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