Double Parlor The Victorian House

Teal for the Win

We went out last week as a family to check out the two sofas I was considering. Brandon liked the shape of the blue one considerably more, so that’s the winner. It still hasn’t shown up on Anthropologie’s site, but it’s the Winifred Sofa in teal. The upholstery color is nearly identical to the fabric on this sofa, but with more slubs and variation. Here it is in crazy-town fabric, and in an even longer length.

Anthropologie Winifred Sofa

That photo above is an excellent example of a double parlor, by the way. That furniture layout is actually pretty similar to what I’ve been considering for the new house, but picture windows behind the sofa instead of a doorway.

I was still thinking about taking the gamble and waiting to score a floor model, especially with there being two stores with the sofa in the area. There was candle wax on the one at Oakbrook though, so that brought the odds of success for scoring one in like-new condition down by half. The store was still having its furniture sale through last Sunday, so I went ahead and bought it. It will be our biggest furniture purchase.

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  • Erica
    July 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    As a fellow owner of a blue sofa, I congratulate you on your decision!

  • Taylor
    July 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Yay teal! Can’t wait to see it in the new house!

  • Jessica @ Sunday Loves
    July 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Really looking forward to seeing it in the room (and the new house)!

  • Kathryn
    July 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    woot woot! Also, I’m now referring to our living room as a double parlour. Tea set going out as well :)

    • Making it Lovely
      July 9, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Look at you, so fancy. Used the ‘u’ spelling and everything.

  • beth
    July 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    how bad is the wax? i bet you could get it out (and maybe get an even better deal of the sofa because of the wax). here’s a how-to on getting wax up:

    i can’t wait to see your new house!

    • Making it Lovely
      July 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      Ah, I figured it was a permanent problem once wax was involved. I feel OK about getting a new one on sale, but this is good info to keep tucked away in case of future mishaps.

  • francie
    July 9, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    wow I got to the end of your post and bam-you bought it! is it sticker shock? this is how i tell the story of a purchase when I have rationalised and planned and analysed and go ahead with a purchase, but am still dazed from making the decision.

    • Making it Lovely
      July 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      There’s a little sticker shock involved. Even on sale, and even after planning and thinking it over, it was a hefty purchase.

  • Catherine
    July 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Yay, congratulations! Your post on floor models inspired me when we shopped for mattresses recently. We needed a new queen and our oldest son needed a full for his big boy bed, and we decided to buy the display mattress for ourselves, since it was on sale. The savings from that basically paid for our son’s mattress.

  • Little Gray Pixel
    July 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Ohhh! I will live vicariously through you until I can afford one of my own.

  • ronda
    July 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    When saw the multi plaid sofa I thought, Well, her tastes are changing! lol :) I bet the Teal will be very pretty!

  • Sarah van Loon
    July 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Yes!! I totally wasn’t expecting the end of the post to say that you bought it. Nicely done. It’s going to look sublime in your new place – I can’t wait to see! Congrats on getting your dream couch. :)

  • Xenia
    July 10, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I love the sofa. The picture of the double parlor rooms is so lovely. I am lucky to have double parlors too. Did you already find a house and I missed the post on that?

  • Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet
    July 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I love a blue sofa. Also, I am obsessed with the idea of double parlors. So many possibilities!

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  • Jill
    August 10, 2013 at 11:02 pm


    I just learned of your blog, love it! I bumped into it because I’m trying to do research on that teal couch. I saw it today at the Anthrolpogie store and almost bought it! Have you had the opportunity to situate into it yet? I was wondering if the wheels make the sofa move around? I would loooove to see how you decorate with the teal sofa!!! We have a brown a couch now that I would love to get rid of..too dark!