|Restoration Hardware version|
Yes, I'm still shopping for a sofa, couch, settee, Chesterfield or whatever you call it. I've learned more than I want to know about how they're made - what's good and what's bad. As a budget item, they are really not a major consideration. You can get a decent couch today for less than they were 15 years ago, the last time I went shopping. It's not money holding me back, but a lack of vision about what to use that will please both Richard and me and look good in our small space.
I have a piece of material that I'm carrying around and trying to match. Today at a custom couch maker the girl who was helping me said "Do yourself a favor and throw that scrap away. You'll drive yourself crazy trying to match it." Good advice. She was wise beyond her 25 years.
After the couch agony, I stopped at the huge Consignment store in Encinitas. They have lots of things there - tons of framed prints and art - I couldn't see anything much that I liked though. It takes a special eye to see the possibilities in these stores - they invariably smell like mothballs, dust, mildew, dento-fix and mustiness. Stuff is piled up without rhyme or reason. Not my kind of place - I don't have the sufficient imagination.