Truth: I pushed to get you some pictures of the living room for the sake of documenting it in its new-floor-no-furniture state, so that today I could share with you this:
It’s here, our Tillary 8-piece sectional, our first ever totally mammoth piece of furniture for our totally mammoth living room! And it just arrived from West Elm yesterday morning after months of months of waiting. You could say we’re excited.
The Heather Gray color that we chose is exactly what I had hoped for in the space, not too dark, not too light, promises to hide lots of dog hair and sneaker dirt for years to come. The fabric is a very low nap, almost reminiscent of a terrycloth texture but without any obvious loops. The cushions, very firm, good for working with our feet up on the coffee table (which is really just the trio of ottomans that I made and continue to make use of until we find a real coffee table), and very deep, good for sitting indian style with a board game or for future snuggles in front of the still-to-be-repaired fireplace. We’ve known that the furniture and decor scale was going to be a big obstacle in this house, particularly in the living room and master bedroom, rooms that just seem to go on forever and ever, so Tillary is merely Step 1 at beginning to figure out how to decorate and furnish our new house accordingly.
Never mind the boxes and underlayment still displaced everywhere, when it’s positioned as we envision it against the wall, it’ll look great.
I was more than a bit nervous about placing the order for this couch, mostly because I kind of felt in the dark about what the product was like in real life. There aren’t tons of user reviews for it online, which is surprising considering how long it has been sold. West Elm doesn’t post reviews on its site, and my second resource, The World Of Bloggers, weren’t out there in droves praising or dismissing its features. I found approximately 1 negative review from a sassy customer on the company’s Facebook page, and approximately 1 positive review on a blogger’s site, dated several years back. This is why I sent my husband into a West Elm while he was traveling, and friend Cait who lives near enough to a store to conveniently drop in to investigate for me on separate occasions: I needed the real-life review. We don’t have a West Elm in Rochester.
Sending my squads out into the field even before ordering cleared up a few things that I’m sure I would have been surprised to find upon delivery, the biggest learning being that it’s so modular that none of the pieces connect to each other. The various seats don’t hook together in any way, like other sectionals I’ve seen. The back supports sit on top of the bases, but are simply weighted with a rubbery underside, not connecting at all.
The mobility of the back supports is something I was most concerned about – would they shift when we leaned against them? But both Pete and Cait reported back that the weight of the supports seemed enough to prevent it from sliding readily. I’m happy to say, now that its here, that I concur. It’s downright comfortable for casual lounging… on extra blankets in case the baby spits up. And again, it’s huge.
We weren’t taking any chances with the Tillary on our new floors though, immediately noting that the feet have a little tack to help prevent scratches. In my experience, these little knobbies cause more damage to floors than a simple flat wooden leg surface – in our last house, it wasn’t until we moved that we noticed dozens of little indentations in the oak floors, the aftermath of the couch shifting and us plopping down on it heavily, over and over again.
This time, we immediately removed the tacks with a small prybar, bought some double-sided mounting tape, and cut scrap pieces of utility-weight rug (the kind we used when finishing off Pete’s workbench). FYI – we opted for the tape over glue, considering that glue might bleed through the rug and become scratchy against the floor. And considering that we’re not going to be lifting and shifting the couches repeatedly, we expect that the taped cushion will stay in place just fine.
I’ll make myself a note to post again in several months to let you know how it’s holding up as a functional piece.
If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to drop me a note or leave a comment.