When Nick and I were first married we went through some very hard times. We were so young. We had a baby, Nick started a career that is completely commission based, and we bought our first house all within about 8 months. After buying the house we obviously didn't have much money to furnish it. For the first few months we used plastic lawn chairs as our living room furniture. No, Im not kidding. Soon after we moved in we had some sweet friends of the family giving away a set of couches they no longer used. They were orange velvet from the 70s. We slipcovered those bad boys and used them for a while, but not long after that the same friends were giving away a nicer set of couches. They were Burgundy red and covered in fruit.
As much as I appreciated the furniture, both sets were clearly better than sitting on plastic lawn chairs, they weren't exactly my taste. Eventually my mom gave away her IKEA furniture to upgrade to a nicer sectional and then eventually gave us that sectional which we had until we moved out of our townhouse.
Then we bought our current home and I was thrilled we would finally be able to pick out and purchase our own furniture. We found a great deal on a sectional and sofa that I really loved and was in our price range. I still remember the day we went to buy them. I was so excited about our first big furniture purchase! But it didn't take long after we moved into our new home that I realized the couches we thought were so great were not going to last. They immediately started pilling all over and they could not stand up to the boys! They broke the arms and the frame of the couch within the first year. There were staples coming out of it that would stab you if you sat the wrong way. I seriously regretted not just getting some IKEA couches! I have been dreaming of a replacement sectional from about 3 months into owning these. Its been 5 years.
Over the past 5 years I have been saving to buy something new. Something that I know can hold up to my crazy children and something I absolutely love. There was always something more pressing that would pop up. Medical bills, paying for preschool, more pressing improvements, house emergencies, flooding basements. But we did it, and my new sectional is coming next week. It is absolutely perfect for our space (I was able to customize the length!) and I got the toughest fabric they offer. I can't even tell you how many emails I sent to the company asking questions about how this thing is going to stand up to three little boys!
I am so excited, but also, just a little bit teary. I feel like we have come full circle and it is a beautiful thing. We gave away our old sectional, our first furniture purchase, to another young couple starting out in their first apartment. They were so excited, just as excited as we were when we got those orange velvet couches. Its a beautiful thing to be able to pass that on to someone else and finally get a couch we love. Its not just a couch. Its a symbol of how far we have come, and how hard we have worked, to not be sitting in plastic lawn chairs right now.