Today I got a new sofa…the maiden “new sofa”of my life!

“Lounging” features strongly in our home. I’m not embarrassed to tell you that its easy to find T and I, flat on our backs, on parallel sofas at all hours of the weekend or scattered around work. If we’ve been mucking around in the garden, or even returning home from jobs in town, its become a bit of a shared tradition that we will “take 5” with a quick lie down in the living room with phone/book/tv remote in hand. We actually mostly eat our meals from our sofa seats too (shock horror)! Friday nights in, the sofas plays grandstand to massive YouTube music battles or provide me a delicious lunchtime spot in the sun for a magazine read or instagram scroll.

Next to our bed, the sofas are easily THE most valued piece of furniture in the house.
I know I know – this screams the life of a childless, pretty stress free adult couple, but hey! lap it up while you can right?!

So our new, welcoming living room mate is called ‘Aria’, a member of the super cool sofa family on offer from Nood. This Christchurch based store provides terrific, casual furniture with a welcome masculine vibe. After a meeting of minds (not just our awesome location!) and some fun joint projects on the boil, I am thrilled to say that Nood and Studio Home are now partners in life and home. More on this later!

I found Aria while trawling around online (from my phone on sofa of course), feeling a tad disheartened that I couldn’t find many styles (within the realms of a 30 somethings budget) that didn’t involve 4 cushions and 2 square arms. Don’t get me wrong, that is of course a clean, functional classic – it’s just that I was ready to dip a toe outside the box. Our living/dining/kitchen area is very much a work in progress, which means I am trying to both crystal ball gaze the end result AND marry our existing furniture with a potential new comer.
Aria immediately jumped out as a modern but soft option in a tough textured fabric, with rounded corners, no loose cushions, and once tried, completely accommodating to T and I in our lounging mode. It is true LOVE!

 

However, the hunt did throw up some pretty desirable alternatives + sofa inspiration which I have pulled together to share with you below.

This EDIT isn’t quite the same as normal, with some sofa’s available direct from brands and some that are already owned by others
but ALL might give you some inspiration for colour, form and concept.
Lets get a little braver with our choices.

Enjoy x

** Note the FANTASTIC Wilfred Sofa above by Jardan**

 

Urban Outfitters 

If you NZ’s/Aus’s haven’t already explored the ‘Apartment’ section of the UO website … you need to. Great shipping rates for smaller stuff, although sofa’s are likely a different story. Enjoy these roundy designs for a bit of fresh inspiration!

A modern tufted sofa that folds down into a full-size guest bed! 👌 #UOHome

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{as seen at} For Good Luck Store

This won’t be the first time I share the world of this Swedish store….I am THAT close to dying my hair blonde and begging to be a soul sister obsessed with blue!
In the meantime, sumptuous, deep, velvety, indigo goodness is hard to beat..

and a little something similar from Early Settler!

Same same but different – the colour, the slightly traditional form and those sinky cushions look like they’d do the trick!

….and while we are here, Bob and Friends …..!!

This gorgeous Auckland based store brings in some of the UK’s TOP design talent…including Matthew Hilton’s Oscar Sofa below.
Right..moving on…

The Oscar Sofa by Matthew Hilton 🛋

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Something Beginning With

SBW is one helluva dynamic design company out of Melbourne. To come up with this peppermint masterpiece is genius in my books!

Indie Home Collective

With the help of cushions and sheepskin, this could be the ultimate lounger….and have you reaching for our coconut based cocktail, naturally.

Jardan

The products of this iconic Australian brand, are what I envisage my grown up self lounging on in my grown up house.
One day…one dayyyyy….

Our Tide floor cushion and Andy modular sofa

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Mr Bigglesworthy

Auckland based purveyors of vintage and mid century modern design. They offer a wondrous world of furniture and brands that are otherwise impossible to find on these islands.

Lazy summer Saturday mornings perfectly complemented by the Nest sofa by well known Italian designer Paola Navone – it’s what dreams are made of.⠀ .⠀ Italian designer’s Paola Navone’s ‘Nest’ series includes a large and small sofa, with a chair to accompany the family at a later date. The ‘Nest’ sofas reference Ercol’s style of producing traditional steam bent furniture as seen by the sturdy beech wood bench framework; combined with Paola Navone’s signature use of bold colors and textures, as referenced in the loose upholstery and cushioning of the set.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #welovesofas #ercol #paolanavone #nestsofa #goodformdesign #interior #productdesign #interiorstyle #styling #design

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Douglas and Bec

Handmade in New Zealand and available on both sides of the Tasman, this father/daughter team put craftsmanship right up at the top where it should be.

RD Sofa – full. Chestnut linen and solid white oak.

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Pop and Scott

Homegrown, Australian design darlings; Pop and Scott have perfected the ‘lounging’ sofa with the plush, deep seated options.

Nood

Lastly – my personal stop of late, is with the cool collection from Nood. 

This is a peep at Aria below at home (in the light grey we have chosen) and the incredible lush, leather, sumptuous Danbert.

The stunning Danbert Sofa, it really just speaks for itself #wintersale #noodnz

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Can’t wait to share the re-covering mission we are have going on with our mid century 2 seater and armchair to go with  Aria….all in time for a certain wedding in 2.5 weeks!
Ju xo
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