couch potato

I’m officially moving into my NYC digs tomorrow and let me tell you, I could not be more excited. The one thing I must, must, MUST get on top of is finding a new couch. The problem is that I’m so picky (to give you some perspective, it’s on my 101 list - not normal).

Couches are a huge investment so I want to find something will hold up AND that I won’t tire of easily.  While the one we had in Miami was oh-so-comfortable, it was coming apart at the seams and always looked disheveled. I mean how sad did it look in my Glitter Guide shoot? Thanks to those of you who were kind enough to phrase it this way, “it looks so mushy!”

So now, I’m looking for something completely different. Tailored, sleek, sophisticated. Below are a few of the options I’m going to visit today and I’d love to get your opinion (seeing as I’ll have to live with this decision for a long time). Which would you select?! I’m leaning towards number 2 (not in white), but I’m totally open to any of the other options too… Help!

1| crate & barrel petrie sofa, 2| mitchell gold + bob williams hunter sofa, 3| dwell studio edward sofa, 4| serena & lilly spruce street sofa with nailheads

p.s. several months ago I was interviewed for a piece in LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine (the South Florida edition). How apropos that it finally came out a few days after I moved back to NYC? I LOVE the watercolor they did to accompany the piece and the little outfit they invented for me! Don’t even get me started on the Aroc Urtu emerald necklace…



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  • MissMary

    Sofa three is my top pick, with sofa one coming in second. Happy Shopping!

  • Sheri Ann @ Sprinkles & Style

    Numbers 2 and 3 are my favorite! I am moving into my NYC apartment on Friday and just picked out my sofa last weekend so I know how difficult of a decision it can be!

  • Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne

    I love the tufted look, just so sleek and modern. It would be 1 or 3 for me. :) Good luck with the move tomorrow. Can’t wait to see your new digs! xo

  • Jess

    I like the last one! I personally prefer couches with a higher back – at least up to shoulder level, so it’s comfortable to lean back and rest your head if you feel so inclined. But of course, that’s just opinion. :)

  • Meghan

    Loooove number 3, looks tailored yet cozy!

  • Comfy Cozy Couture

    I am loving #2 and #3…I like the shape of #2 but loving the tufted look of #3! I agree that couches are so hard! Definitely a big investment! I’m sure whichever you choose will be great! Can’t wait to see :)

  • Elizabeth / Stone Textile

    I love number 2. We just got a MG+BW sofa for my client’s living room and they are very happy with it. Also love number 3 because who doesn’t love the tufted look? Good luck!

  • Jess // Curating Style

    I love #1, and it’s a very comfortable couch as well. We have a different, structured Crate and Barrel couch that we like, but we had wished we’d gone with the Petrie. I would also check out Room and Board!

  • Alex

    my mom has the first one and i love it!

  • Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    Love the sleekness and simplicity of the second one, but white can get dirty! Congratulations on your new home.

    Cheers, Elizabeth of the Corner Apartment

  • Samantha Penner

    Ohhh I LOVE #2 and 4! Definitely check out High Fashion Home- they have so many beautiful choices, too!

    • sarah | chevrons & stripes

      oooh I’ll have to check that out. Any suggestions for affordable brass coffee tables?

  • Gina

    I have to say I’m in LOVE with your blog. Beautiful layout, fonts, and design. And I love couch 2 and 3. I’m so jealous that you’re moving to NYC.

    • sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thank you so much Gina! That made my day ;)

  • Gaby

    My favorite is definitely number 2, then number 3 and I guess that I like 4 because of the nail trim, otherwise is just another regular couch. We got ours from West Elm, and I love them ;)

  • Rachel

    I love 1 + 2- these are both gorgeous! I would recommend going a darker shade though and can attest that if you let your pooch on your couch, its gonna show the dirt! Congrats on the feature- this is such a cute illustration of you! xx

  • Stately Things

    Love couch number 4 — and it looks like it will hold up forever! Can totally sympathize with agonizing over the perfect couch (or area rug, or bedframe, the list goes on . . .). Congrats on your amazing feature!!

  • Teri Roughen

    There’s something to be said about a squishy sofa. I love a tailored look but I want to sink into a sofa too. It’s so difficult to do the right thing, and you’re right huge investment. I’ve been thinking about replacing mine, but I keep adding pillows and hoping that will help it.

    • sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Teri I totally agree with you! In the end, I realize I need to sink into a comfy sofa. The tufted couches I sat on were SO rigid. #2 was the perfect compromise!

  • Alyson

    Good luck with your move + loving these couches. #2 might be my fave, too, but can you add the nail heads from the s+l version?! haha. Doubtful.

  • Amber Presley

    LOVE number 1…the lines are fantastic and I really like the button tufting. I have a recovered vintage sofa with the same lines-it is classic style! Happy shopping!

  • Sacred & Profane Designs

    No1 and no3 have stolen my heart, and though both look amazing I have to admit that no1 seems much more comfortable!

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  • The Zhush

    What?! Congrats on the new apartment AND this amazing article…LOVE Luxe Mag, and adore that watercolor, you have to frame it! xxx

  • twentyonetwo

    I LOVE the Serena & Lily sofa! So perfect!

  • Laura Ford

    I have couch #1 and LOVE it! I’ve had it for several years and it still looks great! I paired mine with the Blu Dot Barbarella Long Coffee table and it looks really sleek.

  • Katherine

    I have the Kara sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and love it. It is top-notch quality, has a touch of elegance, and I know I will love it for years.

  • Nina

    Sarah, which one did you go with? I am considering buying the hunter (no 2). Also like the Hess at room and board.

    • sarah | chevrons & stripes

      YES I bought number 2! So here’s my honest opinion… I love how streamlined it is BUT the back cushions are slightly overstuffed and sometimes feel a little all over the place. I’m toying with the idea of maybe taking out a little stuffing? Or I’m sure they will go down with time and use.

      • tea bag

        I’m thinking of getting the Hunter couch also. Wondering what fabric/color you went with?

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