We really like our new sofa — which is a relief since we purchased it online, sight-unseen, from Bryght.com (which is now Article.com). So today I want to talk about it because I couldn’t find many objective online reviews when we were looking to buy.
FYI, Bryght/Article is an online retailer, and if you’ve never heard of them, I’d put it this way: They’re the Warby Parker of furniture…
(Moving from NYC to Savannah, this was the size of our moving truck — a tiny 10-footer.)
In Brooklyn, Manny and I lived in a studio apartment together. If you think two adult humans and a basset hound sharing a mere 400 square feet sounds like a stretch, then note that it’s actually sort of doable (depending on your closet space). But after a few years we were ready to enjoy amenities we didn’t have room for — like a couch. Seriously, when we moved to Savannah we only needed a 10-ft moving truck because we had pretty much no furniture.
We wanted a real leather couch because… basset hound (i.e., fabric couches and Tilly don’t go together super well). We kept holding out hope that we’d find something cool at an auction or an estate sale, or perhaps on Craigslist.
But time ticked by. We still had nowhere to sit.
Meanwhile, Manny was eyeing the brown leather chesterfield sofa my parents have had for ages. I was more or less on board the tufted-sofa train but was interested in finding something also a little bit sleek and mid-century.
If you commit to buying a couch brand new, there are extraordinary options, of course, especially if you’re willing to buy online. We looked at Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Dot & Bo, all the standards. Consistently, we encountered two things: [a] not real leather, or [b] too pricey.
Then I stumbled on Bryght. The little beauty that wooed me is known as the Alcott Oxford Black Sofa. It only comes in black, btw, and in all honesty I wasn’t looking for a black sofa. But that’s because I didn’t know I wanted one until I found this.
Shipping was a low flat rate — $49. The purchase order said it would arrive in 3-4 weeks, I think, but we had it in two. It was well-packed — super well-packed actually — and came out of the box with no damage.
And it was lovely.
I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s even nicer than it looks in the pictures (and that’s saying something because… TILLY IS IN THESE PICTURES and she makes everything look super great). The leather is soft and supple and the whole thing feels sturdy and well-made. It is a couch of glory.
Part of my initial impression may have been colored by the fact that we had been sitting on the floor for six weeks while we searched high and low for a decent sofa at a good price.
That being said: At $1699, this Bryght sofa ain’t cheap. But we considered the splurge worth it since other couches on the market made of real leather were all considerably more.
Take home point? In our opinion(s), the Alcott Oxford Black Sofa is definitely worth the price for the quality. Now we get to watch Netflix in style and comfort!
(This post is not an endorsement. All photos taken about two weeks after arrival at the bungalow. See updated pictures here.)