The Long, Long Sofa

You might recall that I ended my last post with a cliff hanger—just what was that amazing yellow print thing behind the passenger seat? Well, it was this:

FrontAn amazing bright yellow damask print custom sofa from the 1960s. I found this at the same tag sale where I gathered most of my other finds from last weekend. It wasn’t a “gotta have it, grab the tag!” moment, to be honest. I walked by this many, many times and each time I was amazed that, in spite of its awesomeness, its price tag had not yet been snatched up. Finally, as Tammy and I sought refuge near it as a calm place to look over our finds one last time before purchasing, I sat down on it and felt my willpower disintegrating. It was super comfortable and in perfect condition. I looked at Tammy and asked, “Should I buy this?” Before she had finished saying “Yes” I had the tag in my hand. Of course, then we had to figure out how to get this 96 inch monster home…

If you're looking for  reason to buy a minivan, this is it.

If you’re looking for a reason to buy a minivan, this is it.

Friends with vans are your best friends. Neither Tammy nor I thought this would fit in her van at all, much less with the door closed. The nice gentleman who helped me carry it out to the parking lot didn’t believe it either. But in it went, and the door even shut. Of course we may have ended up a little closer to the dashboard than we would have liked on the drive home, but believe me, this thing is so worth it.


The style and quality of this couch are rare finds on the vintage market. Normally I’d go for something with mid-century modern flair, but the luxury of this just won me over. The bright yellow damask print fabric is real linen and flawless. The loose cushions are goose down wrapped foam and the foundation is made of eight-way hand-tied springs. These aren’t things you find in a typical sofa of this era (or any other era for that matter), these are the hallmarks of an extremely high-end, heirloom quality piece of furniture.

Real linen with a bright sophisticated print

Real linen with a bright sophisticated print

Although vintage, the traditional design and playful take on a classic print give this a very modern feel. You could probably go out to a furniture store today and order something similar—but then, to get anything close to the quality, you’re going to have to shell out a few thousand dollars. This one was considerably less. That makes the decision to buy vintage an easy one to defend.

The custom upholstery has the gigantic pattern matched from every angle—including the cushions

The custom upholstery has the gigantic pattern matched from every angle—including the cushions

Walnut trim runs behind the back cushions

Walnut trim runs behind the back cushions

The future home of this couch is unknown at the moment, so it is currently parked in my garage. But that isn’t going to stop me from stretching out on it for a posh nap from time to time. If you need me, I’ll be down in the garage.


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  1. Leigh
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    That is absolutely gorgeous. The pattern looks so modern! Beautiful lines, and I bet it’s absurdly comfortable. So jealous!

  2. Susie
    Posted March 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Wow, stunning! Happy to see you didn’t let this one get away.

  3. Posted March 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    AHHH! LOVE this sofa so much! What a great score.

  4. Austin
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad everyone loves this as much as I do. And yes, Leigh, it’s crazy comfortable! Like sitting on a cloud.

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