Find Your New Sofa Online- 39 Of My Favorite Picks

Meranda's Favorite Sofa's For HersiteFrasier Modern Classic Charcoal Linen Black Walnut Sofa $3,612.00 & FREE Shipping

When my husband and I were first married, I dragged him from store to store trying to find the perfect sofa. We didn’t even think about ordering off of Amazon, but rather just settled for what we could find in our local area. We did manage to find a nice sofa which we have had for about 9 years now.

There are a couple things to consider before investing in a sofa.

1- Make Sure It Is Comfortable. A sofa is supposed to look good, and feel comfortable. If it just looks good, chances are, you will never use it if it is just stiff and uptight.

2. Don’t Go Armless- Yes, we made that mistake. When you sit down, you naturally want somewhere to rest your arms and head. Could your head rest on the sides without feeling awkward? Could you put your feet up? Do you think you could read your favorite book in it? Throw pillows never stay on the ends of a armless sofa. Just avoid these.

3. Consider The Fabric – For the most part our sofas were kept in fantastic condition, that is…..until we got cats. If the material is a loose weave, it just might be used as a scratching pad. Loose woven materials are irresistible to your fur friends, so consider asking for a swatch before buying online.

4. Go For Something Plain- You will thank yourself when you decide to redecorate with a different pattern down the road. It is less expensive to exchange out throw pillows than it is to buy a new sofa.

5. Look For A Lengthy Sofa- There is nothing like a long couch where you can really stretch out on. If you can snuggle up on the couch with your spouse, it might be one of those rituals that just keeps you close. For those Saturday night movies, you want something you can lay on, because who sits up for an entire movie?

Below are a few top designer tips for picking out the best sofa. In addition, enjoy what I think are the best 39 picks for sofa’s online.

“No sofa is worth its salt if you can’t lie flat on it and take a nap. My perfect length is eight feet. For a less mushy look, I like tight backs with loose seat cushions. But do you go for two cushions, or three? If you only have two cushions, you’ll only ever get two people to sit on it at once—no one wants to sit on the seam. You can also go for a single cushion,which might look more inviting’ but you’ll have to keep fluffing it up” ALEXA HAMPTON

“Change your pillow story. Nothing is about matching and everything is about layering. I just bought a gorgeous needlepoint pillow of the British flag and threw it on my white linen sofa, in a blue-and-white room that also has tangerine and purple velvet in it. Everyone thinks I redid the room.” BARCLAY BUTERA

A sofa should look good from the back, in case you want to liberate it from the wall and float it in a room somewhere down the line.” MALCOLM JAMES KUTNER

Get a classic shape: It will fit anywhere. And don’t skimp. A sofa with a well-made frame and eight-way hand-tied springs in the seat deck can last 30 years. Re-covering usually costs less than half the price of a new sofa, and a good upholsterer can create a whole new look. I remember those old Clarence House ads that ran for years. They always showed just the end of a traditional scroll-armed sofa, but each time it looked completely different because of the fabrics and trimmings.” GARY HUTTON

“Seat height is the most overlooked comfort measurement when people buy a sofa. You don’t want it to be so low that your knees fly up when you sit down, or so high that your feet barely touch the floor. Go for any length you want, but go for a seat height of 18 to 19 inches. Your body will thank you.” WHITNEY STEWART

“The back should be 50/50 or 75/25 down and feather fill, but the seat shouldn’t be that soft. A foam core wrapped in down or a down-and- feather combination gives you a little more support for your bottom.” ERIKA BRUNSON


Row 1

1. Leon Jute Back Sofa- $3,632.48 & FREE Shipping

2. Maison Sofa $3,507.48 + Free Shipping

3. Jute Adele J Sofa By Zentique – $2,875.00 +Free Shipping

4. Louis Sofa, Natural Oak/Linen $2737 + Free Shipping

5. Oxford Linen Sofa, Beige $1,203.21 & FREE Shipping

6. James Mid-Century Modern Linen Sofa $926.25 & FREE Shipping

Row 2

7. Sussex Sofa, Light Grey $908.88 & FREE Shipping

8. Travette Tufted Sofa $599.00 & FREE Shipping

9. Mayfair Sofa And Chaise Slipcover $649.00 & FREE Shipping

10. Watkins Sofa $899.00 & FREE Shipping

11. Brandon Settee $638.99 & FREE Shipping

12. Jessica Sofa $999.00 & FREE Shipping

Row 3

13. Pace Sofa, Walnut White $637.99 & FREE Shipping

14. Henrietta French Country Solid Walnut Natural Linen Sofa $3,763.00 & FREE Shipping

15. Saville Modern Classic Tufted Grey Fabric Upholstered Sofa $1,590.00 & FREE Shipping

16. Palma Hollywood Regency Straight Back Grey Linen Sofa $4,759.00 & FREE Shipping

17. Merrimac Modern Classic English Rolled Arm Light Tan Sofa $1,889.00 & FREE Shipping

18. Matisse French Country Grey Distressed Upholstered Bench Sofa $3,670.00 & FREE Shipping

19. Matisse French Country Grey Distressed Upholstered Bench Sofa $3,670.00 & FREE Shipping

My Favorite Sofas 2


Row 1

1. Gavin Linen Sofa, Blue $869.09 & FREE Shipping

2. Oxford Linen Right Arm Sectional Furniture, Grey $1,624.14 & FREE Shipping

3. Bryn Velvet Sofa, Grey $1,235.85 & FREE Shipping

4. Double Reclining Sofa, Black Bonded Leather $661.96 & FREE Shipping

5. Glider Reclining Sofa Genuine Leather Brown $1,229.00 & FREE Shipping

6. Convertible/Adjustable Sofa Bed $579.99 & FREE Shipping

7. Florence Style Sofa Set Wool $949.00 & FREE Shipping

Row 2

8. Gordon Tufted Sofa $999.00 & FREE Shipping

9. Beckett Slipcovered Sofa $1,099.00 & FREE Shipping

10. Fulham Sofa $999.00 & FREE Shipping

12. Maison Sofa in Limed Grey Oak/Aubergine Linen $2,987.50 & FREE Shipping

13. Jute Bastille Sofa, Jute $4,987.50 & FREE Shipping

14. Kardiel Jackie Mid-Century Modern Classic Sofa, Cadet Grey Cashmere Wool $1095 & Free Shipping

15. Candice Hollywood Regency Charcoal Grey Wool Daybed Sofa $1,917.00 & FREE Shipping

Row 3

16. Response Fabric Sofa, Azure $957.75 & FREE Shipping

17. Sectional Sofa, Brown $904.74 & FREE Shipping.

18. Rockford Leather Sofa $999.00 & FREE Shipping

19. Aubert Sofa $3,487.50 & FREE Shipping

21. Futon Montrose Espresso Frame w/ Premium Viva Storm 8″ Mattress Sofa Bed $519.99 & FREE Shipping

22. Benson Moroccan Style Global Bazaar Linen Black Sofa $2,985.00 & FREE Shipping

23. Frasier Modern Classic Charcoal Linen Black Walnut Sofa $3,612.00 & FREE Shipping

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An 18th-Century Estate Restoration Near Fredericksburg, Virginia

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. HandeganJohn Cay stands beside an antique plaster bust of Napoléon.

Architectural Digest covered a breathtaking restoration of an 18th-century house situated about 20 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Cay and his wife, Billings, bought Rose Hill and it’s 300 acres in 2008, with the thought that some day it could be restored to something great.  John Cay, didn’t step into the estate as you see in the pictures, but rather purchased the property when it was at it’s worst. The  T-shaped house had been destroyed in a 1959 fire and poorly rebuilt, so it certainly was a challenge so to say. Cay put together an exceptional team that included Frederick Ecker II, whose firm, Tidewater Preservation, has revived dozens of National Historic Landmarks, and Amelia T. Handegan, a South Carolina decorator who had previously worked with the Cays on their 1730s cottage in Charleston to carry out their vision.

The restoration was anything but easy.  In order to install new floor joists on the second story, the house’s entire upper section had to be temporarily removed.  The workers had to carefully dance around the dining room’s rickety plaster walls, in order that they didn’t crack.  In addition, the dining room’s Dufour wallpaper was ruined in the 1959 fire, so it had to be replaced with an identical example.

The history behind the property is rather interesting.  Politician John Hipkins Bernard inherited the plantation in the early 1800s, and upon his 1816 marriage to Jane Gay Robertson—a descendant of Pocahontas—he christened the property Gay Mont. The home started out as a simple two-story structure.  Bernard added a library wing, an office wing, and an octagonal music room. Being a seasoned traveler, Bernard brought back from Europe noble busts, spectacular a Dufour et Leroy wallpaper, and seeds and trees to enrich his gardens and orchards.

When John Cay and his wife The Cays bought Rose Hill through the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, a descendant of the Bernard family gave up the various furnishings that were originally found in the estate.  The harp, music stand, and rosewood spinet piano were returned to the music room, for which Designer Amelia T Handegan created a custom geometric painted floor. Handegan paid close attention to restoring the history behind this home, than recreating something all-together new.  The desire to continue one family’s passions that began back in the 18th century  into this modern era is heart touching and meaningful for the Cay’s.

This article was published in the June 2013 issue of Architectural Digest

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. Handegan2

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. Handegan3

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. Handegan

An antique tole chandelier from Parc Monceau is suspended above an English breakfast table

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. HandeganPainted in a Benjamin Moore tan, the entrance hall features a Regency gilt-wood mirror and circa-1830 side chairs from Handegan’s shop

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. HandeganAntique Baltimore fancy chairs sit proudly in the center hall

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. Handegan

The master bedroom, painted in a Benjamin Moore beige, features a grand 1822 four-poster bed. 

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. Handegan

Shelves designed by Handegan to hold books that have belonged to Rose Hill for nearly two centuries

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. Handegan

The floor was painted by Kristen Bunting according to a design by Amelia T Handegan

The music room’s harp and piano date back to the original owners

Tidewater Preservation and decorated by Amelia T. Handegan

Dufour et Leroy’s wallpaper circa-1822 depicts Vesuvius smoking in the distance;

A Regency sideboard from O’Sullivan Antiques, and the dining chairs were custom made by Handegan.  The  dining table once hosted Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart.

Classical Style At Osterley Park House

Chippendale furniture, Etruscan Style, Neoclassical Style, Osterley Park House, Robert Adam

Osterley Park is a mansion located in the western suburbs of London.  To this day, it is regarded as one of the most finest examples of prominent neoclassical style in England.

This mansion was close to London, and served as a country retreat for very wealthy families. Some of the other well known retreats of this type near London include Syon House and Chiswick House.

The origins of this property trace back to banker Sir Thomas Gresham, who owned the property and had a house built in the 1570s. The stately brick house was completed in 1576. Gresham also bought the neighboring Manor of Boston in 1572. Fast forward two hundred years, the manor house fell into disrepair, and became the ownership of Sir Francis Child, the head of Child’s Bank, after a mortgage default. In 1761 he employed Robert Adam, an emerging fashionable architect in England, to remodel the house. The rooms were personalized by elaborate plasterwork, rich color schemes, and furnished in the English neoclassical style.

Today the house has been preserved as it would have been in the 1780s thanks to the National Trust.  The formal gardens also have been transformed from an overgrown wilderness, back to their 18th century grandeur.  The gardens today smell smell like roses, and contain ornamental vegetables beds. After walking through the great white portico, you would then cross the courtyard and enter into the magnificent hall.

The Entrance Hall To Osterley Park House

The entrance hall to Osterley Park House was created in 1767. Constructed as an all-purpose room, the Hall was used as a saloon, reception room and occasional dining room. The play between the different shapes makes this space breathtaking. Its rectangular space is enhanced by semicircular alcoves at each end, both with a fireplace flanked by large semi-circular alcoves filled with statues.

Stucco panels of military trophies adorn the walls, which were originally inspired by Augustus on the Campidoglio in Rome. Adam created similar stucco trophies for Syon Park. The color scheme is neutral, greys and whites with the floor in a black pattern on white marble.  The floor was designed around white Portland stone and red sandstone.

The State Bed Room

In the State bedroom stands a spectacular bed, made according to Adam’s design in 1776.  Adam also designs the hangings and interior of the dome.  In this room can be seen another exquisite ceiling by Kauffman.

The Breakfast Room

This room has a terrific view of the park and was used as a sitting room.  This room was re-designed in the 19th century, but the colors and some of the furniture are original to Adam’s design. The drawing for this design can be seen at Sir John Soane’s museum in London.

The Etruscan Room

The Etruscan room was inspired by ancient designs discovered in Italy. This room particularly was designed around Sir William Hamilton’s collection of Etruscan, Grecian and Roman vases. A set of 8 chairs were created to match the design featured on the ceilings and walls of this room. The furniture is attributed to Chippendale.

The Tapestry Room

The Tapestry Room was designed to hold a set of magnificent tapestries designed by Francois Boucher.  Many of Adam’s other clients also had similar rooms, with tapestries ordered from the Gobelins factory in Paris.  A sofa and eight matching armchairs were specially created and upholstered to match the tapestries.

Osterley Park House is available to the public, and also contains the original furniture which Adam designed.

Note-able Links:

-The Genius of Robert Adam – Classical Addiction

– The Brimstone Butterfly Blog Series on Osterley Paark Part 1, 2, 3, 4

-Take a tour of Osterley Park House on Youtube- here

-Beautiful Pictures of Osterley Park Seen at Trip Advisor –here

-Collection Highlights Of Osterley Park At National Trust- here

-Heston and Isleworth – Osterley Park –British History Online

Entrance Hall of Osterley Park House by d0gwalker on Flickr, Keywords Chippendale furniture, Etruscan Style, Neoclassical Style, Osterley Park House, Robert Adam

Entrance Hall of Osterley Park House by d0gwalker on Flickr

Library, Keywords -Chippendale furniture, Etruscan Style, Neoclassical Style, Osterley Park House, Robert Adam

Library – Picture Credit-

Osterley Park House- Neoclassical Style Seen At The Regency Furniture Blog

Library Picture Credit

Bed Chamber- Osterley Park House- Neoclassical Style Seen At The Regency Furniture Blog

Osterley Park and House, London – The State Bed designed by Robert Adam in 1776 in the State Bedchamber at Osterley Park. The architectural features of the bed resemble a canopied box that Adam had designed for George III at the Italian Theatre in the Haymarket

The Breakfast Room Or Music Room Osterley Park House- Neoclassical Style Seen At The Regency Furniture Blog The Breakfast Room- Picture Credit The Brimstone Butterfly Blog

Etruscan Room' at Osterley HouseEtruscan Room’ at Osterley House –

Thomas Chippendale's Furniture Created For Osterley Park Seen at London Connection 2

Thomas Chippendale’s Furniture Created For Osterley Park Seen at The Anglophile

Thomas Chippendale's Furniture Created For Osterley Park Seen at London Connection

Thomas Chippendale’s Furniture Created For Osterley Park Seen at The Anglophile

Etruscan Room' at Osterley House

Osterlery Park

The Etruscan Dressing Room: Osterley Etruscan’ Room at Osterley- Picture Credit  by curry15 on Flickr

Thomas Chippendale Furniture

Etruscan’ room at OsterleyEtruscan’ Room Furniture at Osterley- National Trust

Osterley Park - Photograph Seen in Judith Millers ColorsOsterley Park – Photograph Seen in Judith Millers Colors

A painted roundel within a stucco panel on the walls of The Eating Room at Osterley Park, MiddlesexA painted roundel within a stucco panel on the walls of The Eating Room at Osterley Park, Middlesex


Osterley Park - Photograph Seen in Judith Millers Colors

Osterley Park – Photograph Seen in Judith Millers Colors

Classical Style At Osterley Park

Long Gallery, Brimstone Butterfly Blog

The Long Gallery, which overlook the gardens at the back of the house- According to The Brimstone Butterfly Blog, this room was not decorated by Adam, but rather by Matthew Hillyard.

View their series “Osterley Park and House: Part Three” which goes into further detail about this house.

Farrow & Ball Pea 'Green' at Osterley Park, Hounslow, London.Farrow & Ball Pea ‘Green’ at Osterley Park, Hounslow, London.