My name is Jen. I have a contagiously funny husband, three awesomely gorgeous daughters, a knack for design, a love for writing, an obsession with kids fashion, a secret desire to be a photographer and a curfew of 10 pm. WHO'S WITH ME?
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How to Shop Like a Grown-Up with La-Z-Boy: Part 2
Back in December, I shared my experience with La-Z-Boy, when we were shopping for our new custom living room furniture. Well, it arrived a couple of weeks ago and has replaced my earplugs as THE BEST THING EVER MADE. (Earplugs are now in 2nd place.)
When the La-Z-Boy delivery truck pulled up to our house, I think I may have jumped up and down a few times. After almost 10 years, our stale, ridiculously oversized living room set was finally being put to rest. I could already feel new life entering the room as the delivery guys moved out the old pieces. Also entering the room was Jake, manager of Warwick La-Z-Boy (where we ordered). He came along with the delivery to be sure we were 100% satisfied. He also came bearing gifts– a beautiful crystal centerpiece (because we participated in the in-home design consultation) and a full bag of La-Z-Boy slippers for my husband, after I admitted that he hadn’t taken his pair off that we received at the store when placing our order.
Did I mention the STORE MANAGER CAME TO OUR HOUSE?
If you remember, we opted for the Metro sofa with two accompanying chairs and ottoman, and we chose a beautiful bold Merlot color for the sofa, trimmed in the tan that we chose for the chairs. And embellished them with gorgeous patterned flower pillows.
And here is the beauty that resulted:
The furniture is gorgeous. And it’s beyond comfortable– soft and supportive where it needs to be, while also serving as a cushiony oasis that you quite literally don’t want to get out of once you sit down. The back cushions can’t be removed, which, if you have children, you’ll understand to be a key feature. I’m not sure I could have handled another day of our entire cushion-filled living room serving as a trampoline park.
I’ve taken a personal haven in the chair with the ottoman. It’s my go-to spot. If anyone else gets in it, I start to growl, much like a person who hasn’t carbs in 3 months.
Every now and then, one of my kids sneak into my personal haven. And this is what happens.
What kind of mom would I be if I made her move when she looks like this? In these cases, I just sit right on top of her. She’s a good napper.
Some of the other features I love about our new La-Z-Boy furniture:
- The chairs are easily moveable so that I can vacuum under them. Have you ever looked under your living room furniture? It’s right up there in Things You Never Want to See, along with the local news. I love that I can keep it clean.
- The performance fabrics really hold up to, well, performance. Here’s a little secret. Not even three days of having our furniture, my youngest daughter drew all over one of the chairs with crayons, when I wasn’t in the room. Aside from the fact that I lost a few years of my life when I noticed it, I attempted to remain calm and grabbed a damp facecloth. Like magic, it came right off. I was shocked, surprised and looked for the nearest lock box (for the crayons, not the child).
- My legs can reach the floor while sitting on the sofa. I’m only 5’4″ and one of my biggest issues with our old sofa was that, because of its width, I couldn’t reach the floor. It was a constant fumbling of positions to get comfortable. Our new sofa does what it’s supposed to and that is to give a comfortable seating the moment you lower onto it. My dad is especially appreciative of this feature.
- It has inspired us. The new bright beauty has finally sparked, after 5 years of living here, a desire to update our end tables, lamps, wall decor, window dressing and rug in the room. Our living room has never been a room we’ve focused on before, because it didn’t inspire us, but now, it’s our home’s happy place. (With no food allowed in, of course.)
While I am beyond satisfied and thrilled with our overall La-Z-Boy experience, perhaps the most inspiring thing to come of it all was the relationship that has formed with the store itself. A friend in our community recently received the news that her 2 1/2 year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. For the next three years, Belle, her daughter, will receive chemo treatments in hopes of maintaining remission. When Jake, from La-Z-Boy, read about it through one of my business Facebook pages, he immediately reached out to me and said, “We’d like to help.” Since then, a group of local blogging women and I have teamed up to create an amazing family-fun weekend “sit-a-thon” fundraiser with La-Z-Boy, in which all funds raised will go to Belle’s family.
I can’t put into words sufficiently enough how much it means when you cross paths with a good person in this world. There is no greater quality in a person than that of benevolence and generosity, and the fact that I’ve been able to work with not only a person who carries these qualities, but a company that backs it up, is an experience I am beyond grateful for.
La-Z-Boy has won me for life.
(She won’t get out of my chair.)
If you’d like more information about our upcoming April sit-a-thon fundraiser with La-Z-Boy, check out Rhody Bloggers For Good.
** Disclosure: I am working with La-Z-Boy in their social media outreach program and received a credit toward the store. However, this is one of the best things to happen to me since I started blogging and I am a grateful LZB fan for life. It goes without saying that all opinions are entirely my own.