Sitting Pretty

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Thanks to a seemingly endless winter, we’ve spent plenty of quality time with our sofas lately. In addition to sipping countless cups of tea and catching up on our reading list, this has given us the opportunity to reflect on the way this essential piece of furniture fits into our lives. From perfectly situated striped settees like the above example in a project by Richmond’s Janie Molster Designs to luxurious velvet versions that feel oh so inviting to low-slung leather interpretations perfect for lounging, a great sofa doesn’t just make a room, it can envelop you for an entire afternoon.


How fabulous is the antique bench from Baton Rouge-based Fireside Antiques? With its clean look and curved lines, it would feel at home in any space. The 19th-century Louis XVI walnut settee with new pale blue upoholstery and elegant swoop down corners is equally timeless, and we are absolutely smitten with the Louis XV carved and painted canape, which features a beautiful patina and could function as a daybed or deep sofa.


San Francisco-based Kendall Wilkinson Design makes a wonderfully bold statement with this blue velvet number. The richness marries perfectly with both the modern coffee table and ornate woodwork, and the hue gives the room just the right pop of color.


The leather chesterfield sofa by Cisco Brothers, available from Fort Worth’s Simple Things Furniture Company, is beautiful, versatile, and practically beckons you to sit and sip bourbon after a long day. In addition to the classic look and gorgeous finish, Cisco Brothers uses green materials and methods, making the piece all the more enticing. Fireside Antiques’ mid century modern walnut and cane sofa also combines a masculine vibe with a lovely dose of texture that we adore.


Top: A tufted sofa anchors a simply stunning space by Atlanta’s McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors. The cream-and-black palette and juxtaposition of soft curves with clean lines make it feel welcoming, modern, and completely fresh. We’re also taken by the field bench in vintage steel available from Atlanta’s South of Market, which is at once classic and contemporary and could easily be incorporated into any home.