Mid-Century Modern(ization)

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The Sectional Sofa Saga


So, I know we talked about not getting a couch until the new year, but that was before we realized that we were inviting 16 people to Thanksgiving dinner and giving them no place to comfortably unbelt their waistbands and take in the football game post tryptophan.

Did you know that the average lead time on a new couch is 8-12 weeks?  And that around the holidays that time is increased to 16 weeks?  You probably did.  Thanks for telling me.  I see how it is.

But here we are, T-minus three weeks to Turkey Day and our living room looks like this.


We moved the club chair and ottoman in from the den last week after my mom donated her leather recliner to our furniture acquisition efforts.  She’s remodeling, we’re curating.  It works.   This chairs fits much better in the den and I like that it has a smaller footprint (since the footrest folds into the chair rather than permanently taking up space as a stationary ottoman).


Oh, and there’s a poor “After” shot of the midcentury desk makeover I promised you.  Remember my thrift store find?  In actuality it only has a coat of primer on it, but it looks done enough that I never really bothered putting a top coat on.  Another rainy day project to add to the list…


It was cute before but the veneer on the edges and sides was in rough shape and couldn’t be salvaged.  I like the way the white pops against the darker wood tones.  It will look even better once we paint that wall (and reinstall those baseboards and hide those cords).

Anyway, I digress…

I’ve been spending my lunch hours hitting as many furniture stores as I can squeeze in.  I’m frantically looking for a floor model that I love enough to drop a grand or two on without regrets — because with only two weeks to go a floor model is our only option.

This week I’ve been to Gardiners, Basset, Value City, Macy’s, and Stebbins Anderson — a local hardware/housewares family-owned shop.

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The all started to look the same …. especially in the crappy department store lighting.  What, do they think if they dim the light customers won’t be able to spot shoddy construction and materials?

I got REALLY excited about this guy (the Elan at Value City) when I saw it online, but sadly, the fabric was just awful when I saw it in person.  I hated it so much I didn’t even take a photo to send to Kirk (isn’t it nice that he’s entrusted me to make this huge decision/purchase entirely on my own?! Love that guy!). So I was bummed — I really loved the Elan’s atypical shape.  And its price was the lowest of the bunch — obviously for good reason.

Elan Sectional

Sadly, the accent chair had the same poor quality fabric on it which is such a shame — it’s adorable!!  Needless to say, I was beginning to get a bit discouraged.

My last stop  was at Macy’s where I was actually given a glimmer of hope.  They had a few sectionals on the floor that I thought might work for us and the sales rep said they could get them delivered in about a week!  He suggested I visit their warehouse in White Marsh which has a larger stock for us to test out.  Since their lead time is so much lower than any other store in the area and their sofas seemed both on trend and reasonably priced, I’m pretty certain that we’ll be making our purchase through Macy’s.  And they have 12 months interest free financing. Whoop whoop!

So Krik and I are going to go check the Warehouse out on Saturday together.  Fingers crossed!  I have my favorites all picked out, I’m just hoping they have the colors that I want in stock.  These are all available in various tones of gray, although some look more taupey than others when pictured side by side.

Elliot Harper Kenton Milo

Upper Left:  The Elliot.  I like the size and shape and the flexibility of this piece (you can order in a dozen configurations) but its form is pretty soft and I worry it will start to look sloppy over time.

Upper Right:  The Harper.  This definitely needs some accent pillows to soften those uber-masculine lines, but the high arms mimic those on our club chair which is great.  And I loooove the color.  I haven’t sat on this one yet so I’m hoping they have it in stock at the warehouse.

Lowe Left: The Kenton.  This one is probably my favorite.  Clean lines, super comfy yet structured enough to keep its shape over the years.  Unfortunately I think this color is only available as a special order (aka 6-8 weeks).

Lower Right: The Milo.  This one is probably the most modern, but I’m just not sure it’s enough couch for us.  We’re loungers.  This almost looks too … prissy.

So that’s where we stand on the Sectional Saga.  Hopefully by my next update I will show you the section in the room!


Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

4 thoughts on “The Sectional Sofa Saga

  1. So what did you go with and are you pleased with your purchase? I’m thinking of going with the Elliot, but I’m scared. LoL.

  2. None of them! Actually it’s very close to the Harper, but it has shorter legs and tufted seats. It’s called Roxanne. You can check it out here: https://mcmodern.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/1535/

    We’ve had it for just shy of a year now and we love it!!

    • I just bought this sectional and I was told it connected or had the ability to be locked in–upon delivery this was discovered not to be true. Crappy salesperson lead me to believe otherwise. While I like the couch, we have wood floors and it ‘floats’ around too much. Just wondering how you found it?

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