There I was in the U street corridor area of D.C. planning to purchase a sofa from Urban Essentials, a contemporary furniture store I discovered a month ago. On the way there I noticed a store that I recognized from my online hunt, called RCKNDY, pronounced "Rock Candy". I walked in the door and it was love at first sight. There it was, the perfect sofa, the Paramount from Blu Dot in a deep charcoal. I recall eliminating it from the short list because of the fabric color. At some point, I decided to go beige/light khaki so the sofa would go with everything. I was wrong! As soon as I saw the Paramount in person, the ideas flowed. I thought, it will go perfectly with my walnut credenza and add depth to my monochromatic color palette. The design channels the Florence Knoll sofa which I love but can't afford. Speaking of cost, I splurged paying $1700 for the Paramount medium sofa (shown below). The sofa is 80"w, 32"d, and 31"h...perfect size for a studio apartment. Oh and it is comfortable which was an important consideration.
My rules of thumb are to spend more for quality and not to settle for something you don't love. So be patient, the right sofa will find you and consider important elements such as scale and aligning with your style. I realized that in my frustration with not having a place to sit, that I almost invested in a piece that I would soon resent. And no piece of furniture deserves that.
IMAGE CREDITS: Photo 1 by Kibwe Daisy, Photo 2 from Blu Dot