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Here’s what makes her bouclé-clad couch life changing.
Updated Jun 19, 2023 2:29 PM
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Welcome to Sofa Week, our seven-day stretch of, you guessed it, sofas. After years spent styling, sitting on, and searching for the best of the best—from bespoke designs to rare under-$500 gems—we’re compiling our couch knowledge in one comfy spot.
Finding the perfect sofa is easier said than done. So many elements come into play: style, comfort, size, price, quality—it’s rare to find one that checks every box. But after two years of sitting, napping, hosting, and everything else that life entails, our very own Kate Berry knows she’s found her sofa soul mate—the kind you read about in books—and she’s spilled all the details on what made it the one.
Like all great love stories, it was one of first sight—the seed was initially planted while Berry was styling Domino contributing editor Jordan Ferney’s home tour. Having been fluffed to perfection for the shots, Ferney’s Hay Mags sofa was photo-ready thanks to its taut fabric. Really, you could jump up and down on it and there still wouldn’t be a wrinkle. But don’t be fooled by the structured design—the cushion was plenty comfortable for lounging.
At the time, Berry and her husband were living in what she describes as a “shoebox-size apartment” and making it work with their two-seater roll-arm sofa from Suite NY. It was just the two of them when they first acquired the petite sofa, and it was perfect at the time. But as their family grew, their needs changed. When they moved into a larger apartment with their 8-year-old daughter (plus their newest feline addition), it was time for a bigger sofa.
While Ferney owned the original model, Berry opted for the Mags soft low sofa—she favored something with rounded edges to blend with her more classic style. There are 28 fabric options to choose from, but she knew right away that she wanted the cream bouclé (officially called Flambier A5 Cream). “Because the sofa is so large, I wanted something a little more nubby and substantial to support its scale, without bringing in a print,” she explains.
The textured fabric also mixes well with Berry’s enviable throw pillow collection, which, similar to her wardrobe, she switches out seasonally. While she’s all about whimsical florals and graphic ginghams in the summer, metallic brocades and striped velvets take over in winter. And bouclé is the perfect backdrop for it all.
While the sofa is made for relaxing, Berry actually spends the majority of her workday there. Long enough to really spread out (it’s nearly 10 feet), she’ll use trays to organize paperwork and then prop her laptop on the armrests—they’re conveniently wide enough to hold a computer. And just like that, working from home is again novel.