Thank you, New York Times! Expensive vs. cheap sofas

Last Thursday, on February 27, the ever entertaining Steven Kurutz was kind enough to include me in his New York Times article, “Analyzing the Couch.”

The online version doesn’t really do it justice; you have to click through to the terrific graphics.

Sofa graphic Analyzing the Couch Steven Kurutz NYT 2/27/13


Among other things, Mr. Kurutz asked me whether people should hold off on an expensive sofa because a future spouse might disapprove.

How do YOU think I’d respond, Gentle Readers?

Couches. Demystified. Check it out.

Quoted in publications from The New York Times to The Washington Post to Real Simple magazine, Annie Elliott is considered an expert in color, residential space planning, and telling people what to do in the nicest way possible. Her interior design firm, bossy color, has been serving residents in the greater Washington, D.C. area since 2004.


  1. says

    Appreciated your comments in the NY Times article. Read the blog and noticed the Glens Falls history. As I am sure you are aware, we are a NYS company. Please advise a mailing address and we’ll put you on the list. If you’re in High Point next month please stop by to see us at 200 Steele Street, 1st floor.

    Greg Harden

  2. Lisa R says

    Seriously? This guy is asking about choosing furniture with a “future spouse” in mind? Sorry. I don’t get that.

    How do I think YOU would respond? I’m betting, dear Annie, that you’d tell him the couch is for those living with it here and now. Theoretical, future spouses need not be accounted for.

  3. Exhausted sofa seacher says

    I am in love with the tufted blue velvet sofa in the picture of the room with the green wallpaper project. It seems to be a lovely very french color of royal blue. I’ve been searching for this exact sofa for over a year! Could you give me a lead on where to buy it and let me know if the client had to have it specially upholstered? I am exhausted with sofa seaching. This one is perfection!!!! Any advice would be appreciated. Many thanks, Devie

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