Home has been in a state of mess for me lately. Earlier this fall, family priorities pulled me in a few directions, followed by (more) family priorities, followed by to our trip to Peru and upon returning we entered the swing of the holidays. It’s been a hectic few months, which is why a much promised post with pictures of my West Elm Tillary Modular Sofa fell to the back burner. But, finally (FINALLY!) I’m getting around to it. Phew! But, gratuitously, it’s coming with a picture or two of how Brad and I decorated our living space for the holidays.
While the condo was still being built, Brad and I traveled around to stores trying to find a simple, modern couch that would be perfect for a small space that would hold many roles: living room, dining area, and entertainment space. Enter: West Elm’s Tillary Sofa. Also enter: My crazy stalking of the Tillary Sofa. Why? Because at the time, as much as I searched, I couldn’t find a single review, especially one that answered a very important question: Do those moveable cushions become an issue over time?
Since I had a few months before the condo was ready, I continuously pulled Brad over to West Elm (for us, there is one about 15 minutes away in Princeton), where we would be “those weirdos” who just sat, lounged, and laid on store couches for endless amount of time. Yes, the cushions would fall off, but I always chalked it up to them being in the wrong spot when we sat on it.
So in February, West Elm magically had a 1-day, 30% off sale and I decided it was a sign that we needed it. In talking to an associate, he said the Tillary goes on sale once or twice a year at that price, so if you’re interested, I’d wait and snag it then (there was just a sale a few weeks ago, so it might be a little bit of time until you’ll get the same deal again).
That’s the story of how it came to be, but really, what you want to know is, after sitting, laying, and sleeping on it for seven months (it sat in my parents’ basement until move-in in May), what do I think.
- It’s versatile! This two couch configuration is the third way we’ve positioned it, deciding it is a better configuration when we have friends over. Prior to that, we had one long sectional with an ottoman, great for cuddling, and also took a corner piece and turned the ottoman into a chair for additional seating.
- Comfort. I fall asleep on the guy against the wall at least three nights a week, and have had quite a few guests use it as a bed without complaints. Though we’ve never done it, each sofa fits a twin size fitted sheet, so it’s perfect for company.
- Heavy-duty fabric…I have the Grey Herringbone. We know I love my George, but regardless of the scratching post we’ve bought for him, he often decides to use the couch to help him stretch, running his sharp claws down the side, much to my chagrin. He’s made a pull or two, but a quick snip with scissors and the problem spot is gone! For that, this fabric gets all my love.
- It’s so deep. That’s what she said. But seriously, I can curl into the corner with a book and a cup of coffee and just be so comfortable. Brad and I can cuddle and lay side by side and neither of us is teetering on the edge and about to fall off. The extra space is amazing.
The (sort of) Bad:
- Yes, those cushions really do fall. A lot. The couch along the wall is perfect (which is why I’ve claimed it as my spot) but any straight cushion that isn’t supported by a wall (or possibly table, though we’ve never tried it) WILL fall. The cushion isn’t heavy enough that it won’t slide against your weight, and if you just let it go, it will hit the ground with a thud. It probably happens once a week in this house. Brad and I have gotten used to it and know when to pull the cushion forward before it goes over the edge, but it does seem to happen more when I have guests over . I contacted West Elm about it a while back (to see if they had any sort of fix/work-around) and between the Associate and I we were doing a test to see if it was one cushion or all cushions (it’s all). I haven’t followed up with them, but will let you know if I do.
- Having only been using it for about 7 months, I can’t speak for the long-term durability of my Tillary, but it’s held up well so far. I’m going to guess that it’s not a couch that is going to last us forever, but it’s perfect for now.
- Despite the cushions falling, which is the only negative I have with it, I love the Tillary couch and have gotten so many compliments on it. It’s great for a small area, since it can be configured in quite a few different ways and double as a guest bed. The corner pieces are great and are heavy enough that they barely move. On the the fence between a straight piece and the corner? I’d splurge and go for the corner, it’s more comfortable anyway.
- Would I buy again? Yes. Definitely.
…Oh, and because I showed you our Christmas tree above, and am so in love with my faux-fireplace and faux-fire, thought I’d share that with you even though it’s pretty off topic. Any interest in learning how we did made it all?