It is no secret that I am crazy about all things vintage. Do you wanna know what makes me REALLY excited in particular? It's an excellent specimen of a vintage couch. I'm a little (a lot) obsessed with them. Especially couches of the vintage, mid-century, velvet in a delightful shade genre.
For some reason I have been finding them everywhere on my thrifting and bargain hunting trips lately. It takes every bit of my restraint to not buy them. I mean, I recently saw one in shimmering champagne velvet with a gorgeously modern/slim profile- in perfect condition. It was freaking fantastic and might as well been free, it was such a good deal ($25). I honestly cannot stop thinking about it.
Thrifting remorse. It's when you don't buy something superb and then regret it for months/years afterward. That couch is on the list now. Along with a giant Turkish rug (FOR $35)- What was I thinking!? And a '70s green glass geometric terrarium (FOR $3.99). They will all forever haunt me in my dreams.
I suppose it is a good thing that I don't have the space to hoard vintage couches and furniture because I most certainly would. I want to own them all. Though I'm not ready to trade out my precious red velvet couch (above) quite yet. My entire decor scheme depends on it and I'm more than a little attached. Sure, I must accept, that the day will soon come when it will need to be replaced. It's only about 40 years old, has been through 5 moves, and my 2 cats and dog unfortunately adore it as much as I do. But not yet.
Oh how I would love to have a proper brick and mortar shop so I could feed my addiction and foster all the vintage furniture, if only for a while.
Ahhhh, the vintage couch. So much fabulous. So little space. They were awesome then. And they are even more awesome now.
Then there are vintage sofas in modern rooms. They just work. No bohemian/eclectic space is complete without one. Every time I see a living room I love, it always boils down to the sofa. (That icy blue mini sofa on that spicy orange wall though!) Maybe I could fit a teeny one like that in somewhere. I would try.
They just make a room don't they? You really don't need much else when you have a vintage couch with great lines as your foundation. Here's a couple of beauties I manged to snap a photo of recently. They are so often in amazing condition! I guess that's because of the now mostly lost tradition of the "formal living room" with furniture no one was ever really allowed to sit on. Thank goodness for that. These couches may not have survived until now otherwise...
I know this nearly neon plaid one is a stretch but hear me out. If I had a beach cottage/surf shack situation like the one on the right I would furnish it with this type of thing for sure. You know- macrame, crochet blankets, old quilts, rag rugs, and plants. Funky technicolor '70s surfer granny chic all the way. Oh yeah I'd do it. Did I mention it was $25 and it's a hideaway bed? Double whammy right there. This couch suits my other hidden design personality that is longing for a beach cottage so I can release the beast. Someday...
What do ya'll think?
To vintage couch or not to vintage couch?