As part of a simplification process we are trying to go through, we are decluttering the house. Clutter isn’t necessarily junk, or even bad stuff, but the stuff that just fills up a room but has no purpose. As a side note, decorations have the purpose of making a room look nice so don’t go thinking I live in empty rooms to keep it simple.
When we got married we went out and bought a nice futon. That may seem like an oxymoron, but it was a nice wooden frame, and the mattress had real springs and all that jazz.
When we moved last July into a much smaller place, we just tossed it in the living room, after all that is where a piece of furniture like that belongs.
While the futon did have the purpose of a place to sit, we thought there must be a way to have seating in the living room, but have it take up less space.(The futon took up 1/3 of the room all by itself. And so the furniture hunt began.
Given that we have 2 young boys, and Duncan, we figured that leather was a good route. It is easy to clean, and comes in all shapes and sizes.
One of my favorite quotes came from Conan O’Brien when talking to his audience. He was going to give them all a gift and then said “I don’t make Oprah scratch” basically meaning the gift wouldn’t be a new car or anything.
Well after deciding to go with leather, I realized, I don’t make Oprah scratch, which apparently you need to to buy leather furniture, So as always when I am looking for something good at less than the standard price I asked my friend Craig if he had anything.
We are an artsy family with a knack for things a little out of the ordinary, but when Craig showed me a matching patchwork leather chair and sofa, I was in awe. At first thinking it was tacky, then realizing in the right setting, it was really cool, AND all real leather.
Not 2 days later I was jamming the new set into my Hyundai Tucson, it fit, kinda…. But I did get it home, and it now sits in our living room, simple, and clutter free!
What became of the futon you ask, well it now lives in the office, and serves as seating in that room which is a larger room and makes more sense. We have rearranged it a few times to make it more practical, but let me say, I am a big fan of our new furniture.