I’m back to my visual daydreaming this week and talking about a classic. The tan leather couch.
Leather is one of those materials that has a no nonsense appeal, a quiet confidence that makes you stop and take notice. I love the richness of the material. It’s robust, always looks like it has a story, and instantly makes me think about spicy and deep smoky scents. Think Tom Ford fragrance.
A tan leather couch is a stand-alone piece that needs very little to compliment it, and so requires minimal styling. Leather is all about texture however, so I do like to team it with other contrasting materials like sheepskin. I’ve pulled together some sample looks below.
You can see how it really is all about the couch doing its thing and not overcomplicating the accessories. I’ve gone with some blue tones to achieve this look, and have pulled from some of my LA favourites, Lawson Fenning (1 & 4) and Nickey Kehoe (3).
A great friend of mine sent me this excerpt a few weeks ago. It made me laugh and I felt it was particularly apt to share it with you this week.
“ I always say – a prejudice on my part, I’m sure – you can tell a lot about a person’s character from his choice of sofa. Sofas constitute a realm inviolate unto themselves. This, however, is something that only those who have grown up sitting on good sofas will appreciate. It’s like growing up reading good books or listening to good music. One good sofa breeds another sofa; one bad sofa breeds another bad sofa. That’s how it goes.
There are people who drive luxury cars but have only second or third-rate sofas in their homes. I put little trust in such people. An expensive automobile may be worth its price, but it’s only an expensive automobile. If you have the money, you can buy it. Procuring a good sofa, on the other hand, requires style and experience and philosophy. It takes money, yes, but you also need a vision of the superior sofa. That sofa among sofas.” – Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
I cannot help but think that a tan leather sofa falls into the category of a sofa among sofas.