Friday, June 6, 2014

Do you remember your first ....


...  cOucH????

My friend and fellow blogger, Sarah,
emailed me this week 
about last week's houndstooth post.
She said her very first sofa 
was a black and white
houndstooth.

She even found a photo of it
to share with us circa 1974!




How cool is that?







Which got me to thinking 
about how memorable
that rite of passage 
is for all of us 
decorating types.






Your very first couch




Do you remember it?

Where were you living 
when you purchased it?



Share these memories with all of us!

Come on.
Tell us about your first!












20 comments:

Art @ Home said...

My first sofa? An apartment-sized white leather (yep, real leather) bought in the French Quarter. My first apartment was in the warehouse district of New Orleans in the late eighties. It would have looked equally at home on the set of Miami Vice.

Sarah said...

Alison, love the houndstooth sofa you show here. The one I had was boxy, much prefer the curves on this beauty! You had me digging through old photos to see if I could find a photo of it. I actually did! Oh, the memories! It was my first apartment without a room mate and totally furnished on my own. What fun it was add pieces as I could afford on my meager teacher salary. I still have the faux bamboo writing desk and bentwood arm chair that was my major purchase at the time.
Fun post. I'll keep checking back to read what others share. Ricki Jill's white leather sounds elegant. ;-)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Sarah,
Email me the photo you found and I will post it here!
xox
A

MarmePurl said...

First of all, I'll take the herringbone sofa in blue or red for the farmhouse. Please.
My first sofa. My MIL picked it out for us as a wedding gift SURPRISE. What was then called 'early American' style in a country scenes print of oranges green and browns. Hideous. Just hideous. Kind of her...but..

Donna said...

Green velvet tufted sofa. It was very big and comfortable. We bought it when we bought our first house. I still like that style but would definitely not get velvet now.

Lynne said...

Fun memory post . . . I remember not much money, first year of teaching, husband in college and we needed a place for the family to sit and sleep for a first Thanksgiving visit. A bargain purchase, fake like leather, flipped over into a bed, wooden arms, matching chair and tables. Served us well for a few years! Awwww . . . the memories!

Karena Albert said...

Alison I think I have made myself forget about that first couch; however I do remember when I was able to order my first custom sofa with the fabric I wanted!!

xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Ron said...

Oh my! I love the houndstooth. My first sofa I purchased was from Rooms to Go! Can you believe that? I even got the matching chairs and ottoman. I would NEVER do that today. Dixie Delights even bought it for her basement when I sold it. It was so big and comfy though. I'll have to send you a pic if I can find one:) It was when I lived in my Atlanta condo! xo

My Notting Hill said...

Creative title. Mine was a cream colored Haitian silk roll armed with a pull-out queen bed in it in Cambridge MA (yes, it was the 80's)- where I lived, much to my mother's dismay, with my fiancé. Just celebrated our 26th anniversary this week :)

My Notting Hill said...

oops - I meant Haitian cotton. Just remembering how badly everything and anything stained it!

laura Madalene said...

What great looking sofa! They look both stylish and comfortable, both of which are things that I guess most people are looking for in a chair purchase. The overall space looks really good, too!-expectable-chair

Sarah said...

Alison, I sent the photo, though not the best quality.

This is such a fun post. Honestly I haven't thought about that sofa in many long years. It was my first big purchase for my first solo apartment as a single working girl. It was a sleeper sofa for guest because my tiny apartment only had 1 bedroom. Would love to have another houndstooth sofa in a different style. Love the one you show!

Richard Cottrell said...

Ha Sweet Pea, I have a English Mahogany Antique boot rack that I thought you might be interested in. It is for English riding high top boots like you got from me. You can see it on my blog. my old historic house what's new. I want to sell it. They have a lot of them on ebay, none as nice as mine. email me your email address and I will send a picture.

Richard Cottrell said...

Ha Sweet Pea, I have a English Mahogany Antique boot rack that I thought you might be interested in. It is for English riding high top boots like you got from me. You can see it on my blog. my old historic house what's new. I want to sell it. They have a lot of them on ebay, none as nice as mine. email me your email address and I will send a picture.

Angie said...

My first sofa was a traditional three cushion white rolled arm sofa and I loved it. I even had the matching loveseat! They barely fit in my little apartment and it took me a year to pay them off. I mixed them with pine wood, wicker and folk art. I loved that little apartment.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Ha! My first sofa was a contemporary white silk, with mauve and light blue swirls...very 80's. I bought it for my first apartment because I loved Paige on Knots Landing. I thought her tv apartment was everything!

Karen said...

Alison,
At the very real risk of revealing my age, it was the early seventies and I saved to buy my first club style sofa in a chocolate brown and white strip. Chocolate brown was very big during that time. It served me well and came with me to my husband and my first apartment. It was covered in indestructible herculon. I don't even know what that fabric was but you couldn't damage it if you tried. Ha!
Karen

Katie Clooney said...

My first couch was purchased at Wickes Furniture store in Northbrook. I think they went out of business. I think it took me 3 years to pay it off. That was the apt I shared with Patty T.

GRC_Ltd said...

My first sofa was upholstered in custom fabric I had worked and saved for. A month after I received it, my champion show dog ate (and I mean ATE) a hole in the center cushion and I came home to find her quite happily ensconced in a pile of down feathers. When I boo-hoo'd to my favorite Aunt, she told me "Honey, in 20 years you won't even remember what that couch looked like, but you'll still be crying over that dog." And she was so right...

Nancy Roberts said...

My first sofa purchase was right alongside my husband and it is one that brings back fond memories because we were so young (me 18, he 20) and this was our first piece of furniture we ever purchased. His Mom and Dad gave us $500 as a wedding gift and we bought a sofa that had a deep mauve with slate blue flowers fabric! It was so stylin' at the time! lol Our entire apt. was mauve and slate blue. Thanks for this fun trip down memory lane!

I actually popped over here looking for some pics of your house as I saw one on Pinterest and wanted to see the rest of the room. I'm now going to finish my mission and find that particular post so I can drool over that room! Love your style~

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish