The following is the "before" shot of my great room with my gaggy old couch and loveseat. We bought them used for $75 back in 1998 or so. Note the sagging cushions on the sofa. When my visiting teachers come I've had to help pull Savannah out of the couch when it was time for them to head home.
This morning my husband and I went to U&I Furniture's big warehouse sale. We arrived there at 7 A.M. and by 7:30 A.M. had paid for a new leather couch and loveseat and an additional loveseat. We were back with our truck and trailer at 8 o'clock to load them up and take them home. (I squealed, did Toyota leaps, and sang the whole way home. I've never had new couches before. This is a red-letter day!)
Once the furniture was home, the problem became how to get it moved into the house and set up. Hubby thought I'd need MAN power to get it all moved in, but he had to go to work. Instead, I called my girlfriends. Raquel, Linda and Jeanette came right over. My husband showed up as we were moving the leather loveseat in from the garage and wanted to help. I said, "No! Then we can claim that we did it all ourselves. We don't need a man to help move furniture. We're tough women!" After some heavy lifting, sweating, and light-hearted laughter, the furniture is all set up. Behold!
We put this loveseat in the frontroom. I will probably sit on it when giving the kids piano lessons.
This loveseat is part of my dining furniture. I've discovered that having a sofa near the kitchen really encourages the kids to hang out and talk with me while I'm in the kitchen. I also like to read on it when the guys are watching sports on the greatroom TV. Note: Those white things under the legs are rags. They were protecting the wood until I could put protective pads on instead.