2.13.2020

Our cream colored sectional - a small space sized sectional from Serta


I thought I'd take a second to explain why this photo looks a little off and grainy (?).  Funny actually.
I had a long list of things I needed to get done, and writing a review on this sofa wasn't one of them.  However, the local power company was outside the front of the house, on the main road, trimming trees around the power lines.  And they knicked something or other, and all the homes in the neighborhood lost power. 

Not a big deal, I stopped what I was working on online and decided to make something for dinner later that evening.  Um, nope. Don't open the freezer or refrigerator; not sure how long power will be out.  Lunch?  Nope. No power, so no stove or microwave.  Laundry!  Uh, power.

I looked at my list and everything I felt like doing involved electricity; but the things that didn't involve electricity were not things I wanted to do (like start prepping the basement level or bathroom or laundry room for painting!)

So, I took my cell phone, went upstairs to the (dark) loft area; and took a photo of the new sectional I had just put together.  The room is dark as it's in the center of the house, so I used the flash on my phone to snap a quick photo.

That's why this photo is such awesome quality!  Ha ha.

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Another furniture post!  Yes.  Because we again gave some of our furniture to another one of our kids!  Ha ha.

When we moved into our current home, there was an open area at the top of the stairs that we called "the loft" and decided to put a tv up there along with some simple bookshelves to hold movies and games.  This room wasn't going to be used much and we didn't want to spend any time or money on it so one of my daughter's and I went out shopping, saw a nice black leather futon and bought that for the room.  I added a simple gray and white, some black and white throw pillows and some cheap black bookcases; and there it was for the next few years.

Pretty much forgotten and used actually as most everyone went upstairs to grab a movie but then watched it downstairs in the family room on the big screen tv.

Recently another child of ours was married and moved into their first home.  We donated to cause - gladly!  And it worked out fabulous that the basement of the new home had recently been refinished with neutral gray walls, dark wood floors and best yet?  Black ceiling tiles instead of the typical (and boring white).  Our black leather futon, the bookshelves, coffee table and rugs would go perfectly in their basement 'man cave' which gave me the chance to finally update this area for the first time in over 8 years!

LIGHT AND NEUTRAL, HERE I COME!  Ha ha.

And that is why I went online last week and searched for a simple, small, affordable sectional in a light color for this space.

What I found was a sectional with the dimensions of 57.5 x 80 x 36 inches which was perfect for the small space I had to work with!   I opted for this one: Serta Harmon Sectional,  in cream


Product Description from Amazon (where I purchased it)
  • 100% Polyester
  • Ideal for comfortable seating in small spaces
  • Contemporary design to suit any decor
  • Upholstered in soft microfiber fabric
  • Sturdy design supported with quality hardwood materials
  • Easy assembly required; tools included

It was SO FAST to put together.  It comes in one box and all I needed to do was attach the legs by simply screwing them into the already drilled holes, fold up the back piece of the sofa (you can see in the photo) and decide which side I wanted the 'L' of the sectional to be on and put the cushions in place accordingly.


This sectional has pros and cons.

I love the size.
I love the firm cushions.
I love the color.
I love how easy it was to set up.
I love how light it is for ease of moving, lifting to straighten the rug, etc.

Now the cons...

It's not really durable if you expect it to have really heavy use. Kids jumping on it would probably break the frame.  I lifted one end to move it onto the newly laid rug and felt like it was 'twisting' so the frame is very, very 'simple'.
The frame doesn't feel as durable to me as most heavier furniture I would use in a living room but seems fine as long as you aren't jumping on it and moving it all the time.
The fabric is 'magnetic' when it comes to attracting strings, fuzz and other little do-dads.




My overall thought on this purchase is that it's perfect for the space I need it for.  I don't anticipate many people using it since it's in an upstairs loft area that that is 'walked through' more than used.

It DOES come in other colors, which would be much easier to keep clean if that is a concern of yours!  The darker colors are beautiful and there are many, many colors to choose from.

I love this sectional for a college dorm room, a first apartment or a small area or living room of a single person, a young couple, a man living on his own or an older person.  Basically, just not for a big family with a lot of rambunctious kids as I really just don't see how it would last long with a lot of really heavy everyday use that kids bring to a home.  :)





 The exact one I bought - from Amazon
 



Serta Harmon Sectional, Cream









I Own This And Love It: Ashley Furniture Signature Design - Larkinhurst Brown Rolled Arm and Nailhead Sofa/Couch and Loveseat


Spur of the moment photo this morning - it's 3 1/2 years old and holding up great


This is one of the many, many posts that I have in old draft files that never saw the light of day.  As a matter of fact I think this post idea is about 3 1/2 years old now.  Yes... over 3 years!  And even funnier is that the photos I took at the time are probably in a draft file somewhere, but it would take too long to find them so instead I just literally walked into the family room and took 'new' pictures - but that works out better for my readers.

Why?

Because these are legit Larkinhurst furniture photos that are now over 3 years old and have seen a lot of 'life' and you can see how nice they are holding up.

About 3 1/2 years ago we gave our much-loved real brown leather furniture to our oldest daughter, who was moving into a home of her own.  We didn't really intend to do this, but things fell into place that we did and I was left looking for some new furniture!  However, we did not have a budget for it so the really nice, expensive, real leather furniture we had, was replaced with a fake leather but still nice looking set.  My thought process was that it was going in a family room anyway; not the formal living room; and if it didn't hold up well after a few years, it was affordable enough that we needed to be ok with that.

But when it arrived (because I had ordered it online and didn't get to see it in person) it was really nice looking!  And it looked real. And it held up really, really well!





Here is a close up of the rolled arms - we own both the sofa and the loveseat


Unfortunately, if you have pets, you probably know the 'smooshed back cushion' syndrome.  Cats like to lay on the top of the cushions and dogs like to jump up on the couch to bark out the window if they hear someone walking or driving by.....

This couch and loveseat have something I love to remedy this.


A hidden zipper!

This was a selling point for me on this set of furniture before I bought it.  I loved the hidden zipper because you can insert your hand and arm, and fluff up the stuffing!  Seriously!  Just reach in, push the stuffing back up and into place and your smooshed cushion is now fluffy again.
 

Here is a close up of the cleaning instruction sticker under the cushions.


Have I cleaned ours?  YES.  As a matter of fact, in the top photo above, the rolled arm you see as well as the cushion have been cleaned after little toddlers enjoyed sticky... something (?) on it.  I've cleaned juice spills, sticky food something-or-other and milk spills from a bottle and sippee cups. 

I've taken so long to get around to posting this Ashley Furniture post that I don't know if they even sell this set yet, but if they do, you can see that after 3 1/2 years, I'm still quite happy with our set and wouldn't hesitate to say yes, I like it.   Not as well as my expensive 'real' leather furniture, but for an affordable faux leather set, it's worked out pretty well!




Larkinhurst Collection



Signature Design by Ashley - Larkinhurst Contemporary Sofa, Earth

Signature Design by Ashley - Larkinhurst Loveseat, Earth


   Larkinhurst Traditional Earth Rocker Recliner with Nailhead Trim


1.01.2020

I bought the "Sunrise Coast Amadora Faux-Leather Sofa, Burnt Caramel" from Amazon....


Just recently I purchased the Sunrise Coast Amadora Faux Leather Sofa, which I found on Amazon after a LOT of searching!  

I wasn't looking for that particular brand or furniture name, I was simply trying desperately to find a couch that matched as close as possible to a real leather sofa, chair and loveseat set we had purchased in 2002 from Ashley.

The real leather furniture set was great quality, expensive, and absolutely wonderful!  So wonderful that 15 years later we gave it to our oldest daughter and her new husband for their home and they used it for a few years... and it was STILL so wonderful that when they sold their home to relocate with his job, the buyer made it part of the purchase agreement that she absolutely had to have the couch (sofa) and chair that was still in the house as it was being shown.  (Our daughter and her husband needed something to sit on in their 'new' home so they had taken the loveseat with them - leaving the chair and sofa along with an ottoman, in the house for showing and marketing.)  

They wanted to say NO!  As it was not only part of a SET and they already had the loveseat at their new home, but also because it was furniture that had been in our family for 20 years.  Our daughter had grown up with this furniture and everyone anticipated having it in our family for at least another 20 more!  

Our 'old' real leather chair they had to sell with the house to appease the buyer
But our daughter and her husband had already relocated with his job, they had double house payments, and really, really wanted to just sell the home and be done with it.  So they agreed (through clenched teeth) and gave up the sofa and chair.  

During the discussion process I told her that I would 'gift' them a replacement couch to match their set as close as possible... and so for Christmas/Birthday this year, I was on a search for the closest, yet affordable, sofa I could find to match the real leather Ashley furniture we had purchased new in 2002.

I wanted to show the "OLD" (real leather) furniture I was trying to match... it took me forever to find a photo of it in our old photo files!  But I finally did.  The chair (above) and the loveseat and sofa/couch is in the background of the photo below.  But you can see the fat rolled arms, the style of leather, the style of cushion as well as the little bun feet.

Our real leather furniture in the background of this old photo

After a week long search I found one that closely resembled the real leather Ashley Furniture set... and was totally affordable.


(These photos are from the Amazon listing where I purchased it)

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The throw pillows are pretty horrendous... but you can easily buy slipcovers for those to match your own house decor and colors.
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Details


 
  • 3-person couch
  • Weathered faux-leather upholstery
  • Wide, padded, rolled arms
  • Removable seat and back cushions
  • Elegant nailhead trim
  • Sturdy bun-style feet
  • 2 decorative pillows included
  • Arrives fully assembled




MY THOUGHTS....

  • The first thing to note is this is one of the only versions that had the 'shiny' leather look, which we needed!  We own a very similar style but in a softer, brushed leather look - which would not have matched as well.  
  • Second, the bun feet, the fatter/wider arm rolls and the nailheads were perfect.
  • Third, it's cleanable.  Since we own a similar style made from the same microfiber blend to resemble leather, I know from experience that I can use a damp cloth or a bit of mild soap to get out a spill that had dried.

MY CONCERNS....

Amazon offered 3 styles of delivery.  They offer full white-glove where they bring it into the room you need it.  They also offer 'inside the door' service or the basic delivery that said they would deliver to the first 'safe, dry, covered' area. It specifically stated that a covered porch or open garage was a good example.

Since I was shipping this to my daughter and they live where they get snow, ice and rain, I asked her if I should do the 'inside the door' and she said no, on the front, covered porch would be fine.  This was free and also the fastest option.

I placed the order...

And when I got my order confirmation it listed the delivery company Amazon was using.
I then googled the delivery company... and my heart fell into my stomach. I knew we would probably have issues.

There were hundreds (thousands?) of reviews on all different forums and websites and review sites... but I had a hard time finding any good reviews.  Damaged items, missing deliveries, deliveries to the wrong address, deliveries marked "DELIVERED" with NO PRODUCT anywhere to be seen.  No customer service, poor customer services, lies about where the furniture was, when it would be delivered, lies about attempted deliveries when the customer was home waiting and watching... the list went on.

Nothing I could do about it so we just had to wait.

Surprisingly, the couch was delivered FAST.  Thanks in part to the state and city it was being delivered to.  Had it in been other parts of the country I suspect we would have had more issues.

However, there were a couple issues.  The first is that neither she nor I got a delivery notice.

Because Amazon uses a 3rd party delivery service instead of the typical UPS or FEDEX, I never received notification it had been delivered (until about 1 1/2 days LATER when Amazon marked it delivered on my order history).

My daughter found out it had been delivered when her neighbors came to her to ask her if she was waiting on a couch delivery?  Ummm, yes?

Apparently the wife was going to leave the house, and as she backed into their driveway, she saw a couch had been delivered to their house, and left.  No one had rang the doorbell or let them know a delivery had been made.  It was also a few houses down from our daughters... not even 'close' to the correct house.

THANK GOODNESS FOR HONEST PEOPLE!  They could have had a free couch.




The couch didn't weigh as much as anyone anticipated.  My daughter was able to 'push' it across the wet grass and slippery leaves to get it down to her house.  Later, her husband helped get it into the house when got home from work.

Although the box had holes in it, the only damage to the actual couch was underneath, where there was a hole in the fabric lining the underside, where the bun feet are stored for delivery.

YAY!  It looked great!

The color is a brown, burnt caramel color, just as stated.
The faux leather is a more shiny style, not the brushed soft leather that is typical of this fabric.
It is sturdy and pretty and the cushions are very, very firm - which is good because once it gets some use by her little family (children!) it will be broke in just fine... but still be firm enough for comfortable sitting.

We are THRILLED with it.  Sorry I don't have a good photo of it in her home... this was snapped from a video she was sending me. But you can see the back of the couch as well, which wasn't featured in the Amazon listing.

This was taken as soon as the couch had been unpacked.....



I give this sofa a thumbs UP.

I do have concerns about the third party shipping they use, which might be hit or miss - mostly depending on where you live I think.  But it worked out well for us.

And even if their 'buyer' demanded the furniture with the house and we had to give up beloved furniture in order to make the sale, at least we found a great replacement.





10.30.2019

Amazon Promo Codes!


Life in 2019 got a little crazy with a lot going on, and some things had to give... which included keeping the Budget Blog busy.

A post here and there is about all I could fit in with everything else going on.  Because I've not been keeping an eye out for deals, budget friendly projects and more, I've completely been in a cave when it comes to offering my readers something anyone that orders from Amazon needs and wants;  discount codes.  I honestly never really paid attention (oops!).

So this morning, I typing quickly and posting a few offers I saw that I think might interest readers... everything from $10 off Amazon Pantry to candy, Keto items, and more.  I don't have time to organize this or add as many as I'd like this morning BUT I do have hope that I can make this a regular feature....  




(AND... when I posted the code/links there were images!!!  BUT now that I posted them, I didn't see the photos.  If you have an ad blocker, it might be blocking the images...  Mine is.  I really wish I had time to fix all these right now.  I hope to get back this afternoon to work on it. For those of you who CAN see the images... yay!  Enjoy shopping!)








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