The sofa. It’s been a source of contention in my household for the past four years, which is simply too long to be squabbling over something so basic. Here’s the issue: The sectional, a Florence Knoll–inspired number in caramel-tone leather, possesses the sleek lines of a showroom staple and has proven fairly resistant to everyday indignities of the spilled sippy-cup and jumping-toddler variety. It is also, undeniably, the least comfortable seat known to humankind, second only perhaps to an actual slab of stone.
So it’s high time to rethink my central seating scenario, which means of course that the entire living room will probably need to evolve with it. And in my business, this should be second nature, right? But surrounded as I am by design resources and visually arresting objects, it’s never easy to embark on a redo of one’s own—even a relatively minor one, as mine promises to be. For those of you out there daunted by the time, energy, and budget that transforming a home entails, I say: Guys, I get it.
Still, there’s nothing like a little solidarity to start things off on the right foot. So in the spirit of this issue and the season of transition, let’s commit to those fall makeovers we’ve all been quietly stewing about. Need inspiration? Find it in the story of interior designer Elizabeth Mollen, who infused her brand of high-gloss city chic into a tired two-bedroom home. Or Chris Fisher, owner of a historic New Orleans pied-à-terre, who went to great lengths to unearth his apartment’s unconventional charm. Or our irrepressible cover girl, actress Katie Lowes, whose big break—a lead role on ABC’s Scandal—means a house in the Hollywood Hills big enough to host all those nearest to her heart.
Granted, redecorating isn’t going to solve any of the world’s more pressing problems. But a bit of domestic bliss isn’t such a small matter, either, even if it starts with a mere sofa. The only question I have is: Why didn’t I do this sooner?