Remember the mid-to-late 90’s?
Awwww, wasn’t that fun? Swing dancing came back and was all the rage. We wore our pants baggier and Doc Martens were the shoes of choice.
(side note: Bloomingdale’s is now selling the shoes to the right as “vintage.” REALLY?!)
What were the colors we all loved then?
NAVY BLUE! CRANBERRY RED! HUNTER GREEN!
So 90’s fashion and the popularity of LL Bean in my native New England merged into a perfect storm and led to my purchase of the following furniture:
Hello, preppy newlywed Kelly who knows nothing about home decor. Nice to see you. Have you ever heard the words, “Stick to neutrals with the big purchases”? Apparently not.
These pieces — there’s a chair, too, see below — looked good for about 12 months into our marriage. For our first year of marriage, we lived in an adorable two-bedroom apartment in an old school building. It had shiny hardwoods and huge windows and our furniture basically filled our little living room. But it was CUTE. Preppy and cute. Just like newlywed Kelly.
Then these crazy people started arriving:
Furniture? Who has time to think about furniture?
So here I sit on the hunter green, navy blue, and cranberry red chair with frayed cording in my living room, pining away for something that looks like this:
“WHITE?!” you are all gasping. Yes, or off-white. Here’s why: I can use bleach on it. My Clorox bleach pen is my best friend. I use it all the time. It is the reason why I buy mostly white bath towels now. It’s why I have flour sack towels in my kitchen. BLEACH is a mother-of-boys’ go-to housekeeping help.
And thus ends my entry in Pink and Polka Dot’s Ugly Sofa Contest. Oh sure, there may be other contestants who have big floral prints from the 70’s, but you know what we call that? We call that “vintage.”