Over a year ago my husband went away with work and I bought a pink sofa. These two events were inextricably linked.
Upon his return he never once mentioned said pink sofa, indeed it was only a few months ago that on his second gin he exclaimed, during a rather tense episode of Luther, “I HATE THAT PINK SOFA!!!” So sadly after much protestation from me it was relegated to our bedroom where it now lives a tragic double-life as a washing basket/al fresco wardrobe. Cut down in it’s prime.
So when John Lewis & Partners got in touch before Christmas to see if I could find a stylish home for one of their new chairs, and I saw the picture, my first thought was ‘my husband is going to really hate it.’ So I did what any sensible wife/soft furnishing addict would do and said “yes please, when can it be delivered?”
When Meghan arrived I knew it was love. The mid-century inspired feet, the lush curves, the oh so deep seat and of course the COLOUR. John Lewis & Partners refer to the colour as ‘Harriet Rose’ which is rather beautiful, I tend to refer to it as the ‘PINK CHAIR OF DREAMS’.Casual.
But then something really shocking and worrying happened. I don’t mind telling you that this event shook me to the core and made me question everything. My pink-soft-furnishing-denying-spouse told me that he loved it! Something to do with the fact that it made him feel like Don Draper when he sat in it. Love its a chair, not a magic chair. After retrieving my jaw from the floor I set about finding a home for the newest family member before he changed his mind/looked in the mirror.
I had been wanting to redesign the playroom for a while as it had become a sad old dumping ground of a room which I would close the doors to at night and try my very best to forget about, which seemed crazy as its effectively our only other reception room downstairs and is the main room that greets guests when they arrive.
So I adopted my best Betty Draper housewife vigour and had a good clear-out, had a rejig and found the perfect corner for my new chair. And do you know what, suddenly it became a room that all of us actually wanted to hang out in! Maybe it is a magic chair? And there it lived a happy life until I realised that the kids loved the chair as much as me, but for MUCH different reasons…… my poor chum Meghan had become a climbing frame/tee pee. I had to take immediate action as she was, unbeknown to her, in grave danger.
But luckily this little yarn has a happy ending. I swiftly instructed Mr Btw-I-now-love-pink-upholstery-if-it-makes-me-feel-like-an-attractive-but-caddish-advertising-executive to rescue Megs and allow her to live out the rest of her days in relative sanctuary in our open-plan living space. The contrast of the blush velvet with the dark ‘Railings’ feature wall of the living room makes me all kinds of happy. And such is the allure of her I even sat down and started to read my first book since having Hamish, and it gave me all the Hygge feels let me tell you. Totally a magic chair!
Now if one of you could just pop over and make me a martini with a twist the dream would be complete.
The Meghan armchair is one of 64 new shapes and styles of chairs and sofas that have recently been added to John Lewis & Partners’ fabulous own brand upholstery range where you can choose from a host of different fabrics, with the cherry on the top being that they are all available to be delivered within 7 days! This is virtually unheard of when purchasing key pieces for your home. I know how disappointed I have been in the past when ordering furniture, having spent weeks deciding on the shape and colour, only to be told at the check-out that it will take 20 weeks to arrive! Sob. So for me this is a real game changer in making such beautiful furniture more readily available. If you are anything like me when I see something I want for my home, I want it. Like right now.