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[Jan. 1st, 2016|05:55 pm]
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Our living spaces have become overrun with projects in the past year, and i'm not sure we're motivated to change that. I can't imagine how the space hits someone who has never seen it: i suspect they would be hard pressed to make sense of it.

One gap that may make it hard to make sense of the space is that we did not have the standard living room seating: we were making do with some very comfy desk chairs and hassocks. We had two couch disasters in a row, and I felt dread at the thought of finding something. There's also the sense that we may move across the country in eighteen months or even next March (if we get hit with the 50% rent increase that is becoming common in town). Why not wait to buy in the east?

We now have a recliner and a comfy chair -- and a fourth hassock. A neighbor is making way for a new child and listed them as available. They're worn, but apparently the slip covers for the arms have never been used so the most worn parts are covered. Christine has dozed off in the recliner, with Greycie Loo happily in her lap, so that works.

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[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2016-01-02 02:37 am (UTC)
Hey, as long as you're both comfy, who cares? And yes, I agree...with an impending move, buying things seems ill-advised.

And of course, if either Trump or Cruz gets elected, we'll all be going off as refugees to Canada :). (I will, anyway. My friend there has a spare room!)
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-01-02 02:48 am (UTC)
Trump presidency? I suspect Berkeley and Oakland would secede. Then we can use the new chairs for barricades.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-01-02 02:51 am (UTC)
Anywhere that successfully secedes, I'm moving too.

We have two wicker settees in place of a couch, because couches seem to catch fire. So do wicker settees, but who cares?
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-01-02 03:10 am (UTC)
Wicker settees also sound light. The two nightmare couches were also heavy.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-01-02 03:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, they're pick-up-with-one-hand light. They're also not durable at all. In theory, that's what couches have going for them.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-01-02 03:53 am (UTC)
This is where i start cussing about the first of the two couches, for which i thought i was paying for durability and quality and i got crap. (Then we got a cheap IKEA couch which was durable but very uncomfortable.)
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-01-02 06:35 am (UTC)
Huh. what made it uncomfy? As we're somewhat considering replacing ours, I'm curious about opinions on what makes a good couch.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-01-02 04:32 pm (UTC)
I think part of the challenge is the seat depth. The IKEA couch was pretty shallow and up-right. I think i was probably thinking of a number of my friends with hip and knee issues, they would have found it easy to sit on and get out of. I think as seating for having people over for an hour or so of conversation it would have been OK: it encouraged sitting up straight. It did have a reclining back, but i found the reclining angle a bit far. As a lounging place to watch movies, though, the short seat left one's legs uncomfortably unsupported, if that makes sense.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-01-02 04:47 pm (UTC)
I find myself frustrated by sofas with super long seats, because they're hard to get out of. Hm. Interesting. Have to go sit on more sofas.

I think I want a sofa intended for outdoors: weatherproof body, replaceable cushions. As such, I'm probably going to make it and buy cushions. That means a ton of trying to figure out what makes a good sofa, and part of that, which I hadn't thought about until just now, is as you point out how long people are going to sit on it, given its location and usage.
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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2016-01-02 03:33 pm (UTC)
I am also in the couch-needing stage. The only really comfortable place to sit is my Ekornes recliner. They make other furniture, but very pricey. My roomandboard.com couch is worn out and uncomfortable, is used as a cat-scratcher, and the fabric very difficult to remove pet hair from. I have it covered with blankets that get washed, but it's basically a place for the pets at this point. Waste of money. I would love an expensive designery couch, maybe leather, but with dog and cats, is it even worth bothering? Would any couch-like thing hurt my back anyway from sprawling out on it? (when my back gets hurty from overdoing bending/lifting, I end up moving my good desk chair and footrest into the living room to watch tv.)

I am also overrun with projects all over the house. Since it looks like I am likely living alone for the duration, why do I need a traditional furniture arrangement? I do sometimes have guests, so as long as I have some additional comfortable seating, do I even need a sofa? I'm rambling in your comments :P

If/when you go get out this way, there are the furniture places out in the High Point area, but I've never looked into that.
also: 50% rent increases?? oy, bay area :(
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-01-02 04:04 pm (UTC)
And that 50% is on top of Oy!, already. That's Mountain View: we are too close to google and facebook - the epicenter of the real estate crazy. Not that it's sane within driving distance in any direction.

I am acknowledging that a traditional furniture arrangement just isn't for us, either. Your "is it even worth bothering" is encouraging to me. I'm not sure it's worth getting a couch just to have a "normal" seating area.

And given that we have cat scratcher furniture all over, why must Greycie scratch the newest hassock in the house?
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