CHI Good Questions: What Goes with "The Monster"?

CHI Good Questions: What Goes with "The Monster"?

Janel Laban
Jul 15, 2008

Ann sent us a good question: Dear AT Chicago, I have a question about putting a living room together around my vintage sofa. This sofa walks a very delicate line between ugly and gorgeous. It's old, incredibly well-made, and is covered in slightly nubby green fabric. My fiance loves it but still calls it the "green monster."

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The photo above is of the sofa in my old apartment. We want to keep it in our new house, and reupholstering is not in the budget right now. But our taste runs to the more clean- lined and modern, and so we're curious what kind of furniture pieces you would pair with our big, comfy monster to keep the vintage yet modern vibe from getting too crazy.

We have classic Lane Acclaim sofa, coffee, and end tables, and we want to buy a loveseat and chair or chaise for the living room. What colors and styles would you recommend? We're keeping the green and gold palette, with some grey and lavender (sounds weird, but I know it will work!).

We like the monster! We think the addition of some lavender and grey into the green and gold palette sounds beautiful. We'd recommend going with a pair of chairs to round out the seating area, perhaps something like the Room & Board Bianco (shown here), which has a similar vintage feel, curvy lines and a warm wood accent (the legs). It injects just a bit of a more clean updated feel without battling against the sofa...and it comes in a gorgeous plum (called Night) or deep grey (called Charcoal) velour both of which would be a nice complement to the green and gold. Finally, it has the added fun of being swivel-y and a reasonable price tag of $599.

AT Readers, what suggestions do you have for Ann for some pieces to accompany her vintage sofa?

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