|cheap table and chairs - great for crafts but not very stylish|
|sofa is boring and too big|
|bat stays :) -- chair goes|
I don't really like the sofa or the chair. My living room furniture shopping experience was a reminder that every time I do something because it's what I'm "supposed" to do, I regret it. I bought a sofa and a chair because that's what a living room is supposed to have. And I bought them new from a "big box" chain store, like everyone does.
The Denver area boasts two enormous furniture chains - Furniture Row and American Furniture Warehouse. They have thousands of square feet and hundreds of options. You're guaranteed to find what you're looking for... as long as you're looking for an overstuffed sofa in a color named after a food or beverage - truffle, chocolate, fudge, wheat, oyster, caramel, espresso, cocoa, mocha, malt. :P
Shopping options have improved a bit. AFW seem to have added a few grey sofas, and Denver's IKEA is now open (the closest one had been Salt Lake City, 500+ miles away). Better yet, I've lived here long enough to search out the used furniture stores.
Today I drove to Wheat Ridge, a Denver suburb which has several antiques/used furniture stores along a three-mile stretch of road.
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Definitely worth the trip. I saw several promising pieces, such as a pair of Victorian style chairs similar to this
And a loveseat similar to this but somewhat larger ;)
Alas, the sun was blazing and the temperature was 95 degrees, and I was wilted and irritable by the third store. I will make another trip when the weather is more tolerable. Of course, I'll have to figure out a way to get the furniture home...