It is actually an expensive couch that my mom bought from a client of hers for pretty cheap years ago. It looks ok here but the feathers are coming out and the slipcover gets all messed up every time you sit on it. (This picture is before the paint redo).
I am really kind of sick of the look in this room. I feel it is kind of a hodge podge of stuff. The chest I actually moved somewhere else when our little man started walking. I am thinking I will keep it under the stairs and look for something less bulky in the den. It is a small room with not a lot of wall space.
Anyway, I have had my eye on the Ektorp sofa from Ikea. It is really inexpensive and you can change out the slipcovers. I would love to do white but I am afraid! The other color choices are a light brown or light beige. I feel with a toddler going cheap is a good way to go. We can always change the slipcovers or wash if needed. I like the lines of the Ektorp sofa, too.
What made me start thinking about this was a post from Pure Style Home. Lauren, a interior designer, talks about having a "kid friendly" home doesn't mean it has to be ugly. You should buy what you like. I love how she talks about having a ugly piece of furniture just because it's ok if the "kids destroy" but is an eyesore in the meantime. She goes on and lists her pet peeves and weighing out pros and cons. It was pretty informative. So basically, what I am taking from it is: we won't spend a lot on the Ikea sofa itself so having a light colored slipcover may work as long as I can wash it or buy a new one.
Here is a picture from one of my favorite blogs Life in the Fun Lane. Read her post about living in all white here. She has a toddler....
I don't want everything white, although her house is beautiful, just maybe a few things. I like color too much. So I may have to make a trip to Ikea to ponder the different color choices but maybe white wouldn't be so bad?