We drove all around yesterday looking for the perfect sofa for Casa Nana. I had already done some reconnaissance work from back at home, separating the wheat from the chaff before we even arrived. Still, it was a busy day.
We first went to Nasstrom, which appealed to me because their furniture is made in nearby Umán. They supply Ikea with furniture built to their specifications, but I don’t think this is “Ikea furniture,” other than the Scandinavian lines. For one thing, no assembly required!
I came for the Linnea sofa, but stayed for the Tokyo. Our sala isn’t overly large, just enough room for some seating between the terrace and interior courtyard pond, so we have to beware overstuffed cushions or chunky arms that eat up space. Nasstrom’s Tokyo line was slim and sleek, but at 10 feet wide, just too much sofa when you put together a two-seat-sofa with a day bed. And I’m holding firm for a sectional, so we can both sit comfortably together, and for entertaining groups.
We then went to Sears, which if you’ve only been to U.S. Sears stores, you’re probably scoffing. But the Mexico Sears is more like a Macy’s, and there were lots of good options there, but all too chunky and some unfortunately overdesigned.
Our friend Joanna then suggested we go to Liverpool. Another department store, I thought, with all these new standalone furniture stores around? But almost immediately, I found something that I really liked. I didn’t like it as much as Nasstrom’s, but at 8.25 feet along the back, it’s a more comfortable fit, and it comes in a nice white leather, which is perfect for Merida, or the worst thing ever, depending on who you talk to. Our guest room at Villa Verde, where we’re staying this week, has a white leather sofa. It’s been there for a year-and-a-half, and it’s doing just fine. We just have to keep it wiped down. And the white perks up our chukum walls and gray tile floors, even before we bring in art and decoration.
I already bought a washer-and-dryer and a range hood at Liverpool. They installed the washer incorrectly, causing me about a month of headaches. Then when they finally consented to send a new washer, they scuffed my walls and chipped some tile when they dropped it. So I have mixed experience with Liverpool.
Oh, and one other problem. They’re both over budget. The saga continues.