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Spotlight on Clad Home

Palm Springs A-Frame // Sarah Sherman Samuel I received loads of questions about our sofa in the A-frame since it was a customized version of Clad Home’s Melrose sofa and there are so many choices for modifications. It is my favorite sofa I’ve had, to date, 10 feet of modern beauty and I’m sharing all the details today. I’ve found that some people are intimidated by custom furniture because they can get overwhelmed by too many variables or they associate customization with a huge price tag. Well I’m here to tell you that neither have to be the case!

When I first came across the Melrose sofa online by Clad Home I knew that was the one. The low sleek silhouette had me at hello and with a starting price of around $1,200 it was an affordable option as well. You can go through the ordering process online and over the phone but since the shop is local I was able to pay them a visit and order the sofa in person. Rosa, the owner, was helpful in guiding me towards and away from certain fabrics and it was also great to see all the options in person so I could make a quick decision. I went with the “Ireland Ivory” which is 100% polyester but looks and feels like linen. That fabric has been discontinued but they recommend anyone that is looking for the same fabric to use one called Klein White which is a close match.

Clad Home SSS Tour // Sarah Sherman SamuelClad Home Showroom // Sarah Sherman SamuelClad Home Melrose // Sarah Sherman SamuelBut warning if you go into the shop you might leave with more than just a sofa. That leather woven chair in the bottom right of the photo above was REALLY calling my name.

Sarah Sherman Samuel a-frame In addition to the fabric customization, you have the length and depth of the sofa to choose. I kept the depth the same as the base sofa (40″) but stretched ours out to 120″. The next thing we looked at was the cushion set-up. I loved the look of the two back cushions with one long base cushion but, since our sofa was so long, we went with three back cushions and kept the base cushion to one long one.

One upgrade you can do is in the stitching. I chose to do top-stitched seams and they offer other styles, such as double stitched or welted, but I liked the extra detail in the topstitch.

Another upgrade I did was in the cushions…for a more streamlined or structured look you can go with the standard foam, but I wanted mine to look a little more relaxed and fuller so I upgraded to their “Trillium” cushion fill which is a polyester fill that mimics down but without triggering my husbands allergies.

And probably most importantly for a household with kids Clad Home‘s sofas are all non-toxic. They use sustainably sourced materials, zero-VOC glues, no toxic flame retardant chemicals and all of their furniture is made right here in LA. So if the design wasn’t enough to win you over, that might!

So to recap the sofa that I chose is:

Melrose Sofa
Custom Length 120″ x 40″
Natural Legs
Ask for Klein White fabric
Top-Stitched Seams
Trillium Cushions
Three back cushions/one base cushion

See more of our A-frame here.

l.a. home: sofa update & chairs for sale

living room // smitten studiosmitten studio living roomWe have lived in our Los Angeles home for about 5 years now and other then a few tweaks, and a few additions of collected things here and there, everything has remained basically the same since we first decorated it. Most of the items in our house we bought or made because we loved them and/or the story behind them. Our sofa however, we grew to hate and seeing our home through the lens while shooting it for the Design Sponge feature kinda made me want to update a few things.

The sofa didn’t look terrible (if you don’t mind an obnoxiously large sofa with boxy cushions that never really laid straight) but the worst part was that is was insanely uncomfortable. I mean really, how am I supposed to watch a Bachelor marathon if I can’t get cozy? The dogs seemed to have shared in our disdain and wanted to make that clear by chewing holes in the cushions in attempt to pull out all of the stuffing. You can see the old sofa above (pre canine treatment) and also in our design sponge home tour.

Well, we finally gave that couch the boot and welcomed in this new blue beauty from to H.D. Buttercup.

living room sofa  // smitten studioI am looking forward to updating a few things in our home and now that we have a new sofa, that we love, we are on the hunt for a new chair to compliment its fabulousness.

I now only have room for one chair and I feel bad splitting the two yellow ones up (shown at the top) so I am selling them both. If you are interested and live in the LA area (local pick-up only) shoot me an email. They are from Urban Outfitters (& currently still available there) and in like-new condition. I’m asking $250 a piece or $450 for the pair. Let’s find these guys a good home. :)

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Product guide: Sofa from H.D. Buttercup find similar at West Elm // Cowhide Rug // coffee table from Surfing Cowboys find similar at Artful Home // Gold Pouf // Oversized photograph of Lake Superior by me (sarah sherman samuel) find my fave beach photographer here, Christian Chaize.