Saturday, May 21, 2011

[ sofa shopping ]

ONE OF the most important (and exciting) items we'll need to buy when we finally move into our place is a sofa and so we've been looking around to see what might be available around Dubai. We've had a few ideas of what style we'd like - the tricky part is finding it! Dubai is filled with all kinds of stores from all over the world but everywhere we turn, it's either Italian modern or Arab traditional (neither of which we had in mind).

I've always loved William Birch style sofas and have hoped to one day own one. And so the hunt began.

[style at home]

[ann mashburn]

After looking and looking, we ended up stopping in the new Laura Ashley store that just opened in Dubai Mall and while there was nothing like it on the floor, we flipped through their catalogue. And what did I find? MY SOFA! And it was love at first sight. :)

We chose it exactly as shown - in a beautiful natural linen with sexy dark legs. Sure, it's going to take up to 16 WEEKS (!) to arrive, and we'll have to sit on the floor or on fold up lawn chairs in the meantime, but heck, she's a beauty! 

My plan is to sew up a slipcover for it so that we'll have 2 looks in one. And after seeing this slipcovered one, I can't wait to work on it. It will feel so cool and fresh in this hot climate. I'm so excited!


[canadian house & home]


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

LOVE this sofa!! The rolled arms, the legs, the's perfect! I hope the 16 weeks passes quickly for you. :)

dreams on 34th street said...

I am in love with that sofa! It is beautiful! Lisa, it has to be fun starting with an empty canvas!
Paint on! dear! I'll be visiting your gallery often!

Meeling said...

Great choice!!!

It's wonderful to find that piece that starts you off from turning you blank canvas into something wonderful!!

Have a blast decorating your new place...can't wait to see what you come up with.

Formerly known as Frau said...

That is some sexy legs all right! 16 weeks thats a blink of an eye...your container and sofa should come at same time!! It will feel like Christmas!! Great pick!

Have a wonderful weekend!

flowers on my table said...

I am green with envy, that's just the kind of sofa I love. Well done finding it so quickly! Love Linda x

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love that sofa - worth the wait. Love the legs!

Robynne's Nest said...

Lisa, beautiful will be well worth the wait. Thank god something was available other than the other two options!! Robx

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ooh, I love it when the planets align! XOL

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

That's so completely my idea of a perfect sofa too. I love it!!!

We'll be getting new sofas too in the next couple of years. I can't wait for the hunt to begin!!


La Dolfina said...

Hi Lisa,

Your new sofa is exquisite!!
And don't give another thought to mine, other than to remind you that next on the list is to find the thrift and consignment stores in Dubai!! I can't imagine what they must get rid of with their obscene amounts of money!!!
I think of you often. It sounds like you are adjusting well.
Have a wonderful week.
Lots of Love,


J'Anns Boutique said...

Love the Ann Mashburn sofa :-)

A Girl's Next Best Friend

flowers on my table said...

Thanks for the visit Lisa, yes I can just see one or two of those cushions on your fabarooney sofa! Love Linda x

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I'm a huge fan of that style of sofa. You're going to sew a slpcover? I'm mightily impressed.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Great choice for a sofa! O also love the pink one... swoon.
have a pretty day!

Seaside Style said...

Super choice of sofa, it is super versatile. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you now, would love if you would follow back. Have a great day.


Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Not only is it stylish, but it looks oh-so-comfy...I think I'm crushing big time on that adorable pink it! You have such a fun blog here, my dear, and what a crazy/cool life in a foreign country! Dubai is so amazing, I can't wait to hear about more of your adventures here, so glad you came to visit so I could find you! (c:

Pinecone Camp said...

Very pretty sofa, but what caught me was that you were going to sew up a slip cover. You can sew slip covers? I've only accomplished napkins and a couple of pillow slips. You're a talented girl!

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

That is going to be lovely!!!


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