Swipe right, swipe right, swipe right… SWIPE LEFT. OMG I’m in love.
If only choosing a sofa was as simple as choosing a date.
I mean, a date is just a date. We might be looking for Mr Perfect, but if it takes a couple of nights out with Mr Smoking Hot to get there well, y'know, so be it.
Sofa shopping is different. There's pressure to make a long term commitment without any of the experimental phase. With sofas, there's no taking it home to meet the kids and then realising, 'lovely as you are, this is never going to work'. Unless there's something seriously wrong, you know you're kind of stuck with each other for at least the next few years.
As big house purchases go, the sofa is up there with beds and flooring - one of those investment buys that you should take time to get right or live with the consequences. Those of us who've been there, bought the sofa and had a love/hate relationship with it ever since, will be pleased to meet a fresh new player to the market.
So hello, The Lounge Co.
Here's a company that gets the emotional impact of buying a sofa. A new face on the furniture scene, yet with impressive 'previous', these guys are all about helping you find the kind of furniture you want to settle down with. They know a thing or two about ticking boxes. In fact, I'd like to think of them as kind of furniture matchmakers. Why? Because within their new and totally gorgeous range of 12 sofas, 6 armchairs and 6 footstools, there's a very good chance you will snare The One.
Here's how I got on finding the forever furniture to fit the new living room layout I'm currently working on. Like so many of you, my standards are high, but my checklist is refreshingly simple:
What? I'm just saying what you are all thinking. Good looks are top priority when it comes to some things in life and the dream sofa is one of them. No problem for The Lounge Co. who has a whole host of honeys on its books, including these head turners:
Great for that Scandinavian phase we're all going through, the Mallory sofa is cool, calm and collected.
Likes: Geometrics, faux flowers, shelfies. Dislikes: Donner Kebabs
Quirky, colourful, always well dressed, Poppy is one of those sofas you dream about spending a Sunday afternoon with.
Likes: Eclectic accessories, crushed velvet, Netflicks and chill. Dislikes: muddy pups.
Florence is all about retro shapes and vintage vibes. She's so hip it hurts.
Likes: Iconic design, travel inspired textiles, collectible art and ceramics. Dislikes: Plastic flamingos.
I'm not totally shallow. Good looks are one thing but I need the personality to match. At The Lounge Co. there are over 100 fabric options, with varying price bands to suit your budget. This means you can mix and match furniture pieces and fabric choices to create a combination that totally matches your individual style and personality.
In my case, I'm looking for a colourful corner sofa fit for family life. Something that looks chic, but not too precious. I want a statement armchair in contrasting fabric - both fashionable and timeless. I could also use a patterned footstool or two to throw in a bit of extra texture
You know when something between you just clicks?
Youth is one thing, but experience is quite another. The Lounge Co. may be a brand new firm, but its founders hail from G Plan and Parker Knoll - two of the most iconic British brands in furniture making history. A passion for traditional British furniture making is therefore at the heart of the business, ensuring each carefully crafted piece feels every bit as good as it looks.
'Love at first sit' is The Lounge Co.'s most excellent strap line. And I am well and truly smitten.
Where shall we meet?
The Lounge Co. furniture range launched on 1st September and is available to drool over at 22 UK galleries throughout the UK. Use the online Store Locator to find your nearest retailer.
That's me happily settled down for the winter, how about you? Let me know if you find The One too. You know how much I love a happy ending.
Happy September all. Remember there's only a few days left to vote in the Interior Blog Awards and it would put actual hearts in my eyes to make the shortlist. I'm in the Best Design Inspiration category, which is a super tough group, so if you have seen anything that inspires you here on My House Candy please, please do take a couple of minutes to click here and register your vote. There are absolutely no strings attached ;)