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Posted by maricki   @   14 April 2010

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Apr 26, 2010
#1 Helen :

Hi, I’m looking for a new sofa.
In particular, I would like a brown corner sofa but there are so many out there that I don’t
know what options and features I should consider when choosing my sofa besides
design. Any advice on how to pick a good sofa?

Apr 26, 2010

Hi Helen,

Buying a new sofa can be a struggle. I’m happy to give you some advice that may help you finding the right sofa that fulfills your needs:

1. Go to the store and try them out. You have to sit on them because they can look great but then they are too soft or too firm. Take your significant other with you and sit both on the sofa too make sure it has enough space and feels comfortable for the both of you. Check out the arm rests, are they too high? What about the back cushions? Do you have to sit straight or do you get lost because they’re too soft?
2. Don’t forget the measuring tape, the sofa can look small in the store but would take too much space in your apartment.
3. When it comes to style it is a question of personal taste. You have to decide if you would your sofa in a contemporary, mid century or traditional style. You mentioned that you’re looking for a corner sofa. In that case I would buy it in a contemporary style that makes it look slim and not bulky.
3. You wrote that you already picked a colour. Make sure that you get a neutral colour. You can still add pillows in brighter colours and they are easier to exchange when you’re tired of them.
4. Another major decision is the choice between fabric and leather. Leather lasts longer and looks good. If you choose fabric think about what your sofa has to go through on a daily base. Tweed would be ideal for a sofa in a high traffic area.
5. After you tried all the sofas in the stores, don’t forget to take pictures because after the shopping weekend you won’t remember every sofa you saw and liked. At home go online and compare prices. Especially with furniture you can find great deals online and sometimes shipping is already included!

I hope I could help you and enjoy shopping for the perfect sofa. I’m sure you will find the right one.

The Shopaholic Team

May 19, 2010
#3 Melanie :

Hi, I want to surprise my boyfriend for our anniversary with a nice romantic dinner. But I’m not a very creative person. Do you have some suggestions how to create an romantic atmosphere in our dining room for this special night? Thanks.

May 19, 2010

Hi Melanie,
Generally, I would spend more money on food than the decoration. However, that doesn't mean you can't decorate. In other words, let's keep it simple.
Serviettes are very effective tools to add colour to your dining table. Since it is a romantic dinner you could buy red serviettes and arrange them nicely in your red wine glasses, or you can cut the serviettes in a heart shape and arrange the thin layers on the table. On your way home, break some leaves of a bush or tree (don't do that too frequently) and arrange them in the middle of the table or on each place. If you want to spend more money you can also place a red rose on your loved once plate. This way you are mixing red and green, which is a very powerful colour combination. Otherwise you can do a lot with lighting, smells and music. The smell will be taken care of, since you will cock a great meal. For the lighting I suggest candle light the ultimate romantic accessory and your favourite music. Voila, hope you have a great evening.

May 25, 2010
#5 Gina :


I really want a shaggy rug for my flat, but I'm concerned as to how to properly clean it. Are there any kinds of shaggy rugs that are easier to clean than others? If so, how would you go about cleaning them? Thanks for the help.


May 26, 2010
#6 The Shopaholic Team :

Hi Gina,
Thanks for your great question. Shaggy rugs look beautiful in any room. There are very cozy and can be an eye catcher in the right colour.

But you are right, they need to be cleaned to keep looking nicely. Vacuum your shag regularly twice a week. For a deeper cleaning sweep the rug with a bristle broom, it gets down into the pile and pushes the dirt out. You can also try to shake them outdoors and use a paddle to knock the dirt out of them.

Now there could be a bigger problem with stains. How do you get them out of the rug? I suggest to first scoop up as much of the spill as possible. Then absorb as much of the liquid with a paper towel or a cloth by blotting. And in the last step you should try to apply some warm water and blot well to extract the residue. You have to repeat this step until there is no detergent on the rug. After that you have to wait until the rug is completely dry and vacuum the area.

I hope this helps you a little bit. If you are not sure what kind of rug to get check out one of our blog posts about shaggy rugs, I am sure you will find some helpful information.
The Shopaholic Team

Jun 3, 2010
#7 Joe :

Hi, I´ve just moved to a one bedroom apartment in London. Do you have any ideas on how to make to most out of it? Thanks, Joe

Jun 9, 2010

Hey Joe,

Great question. You can view your answer here:

Jun 28, 2010
#9 Jim :

Hi Shopaholic Team, it is finally summer but I am living near a lake and the mosquitoes are eating me at night time. Do you have any recommendations what I can do about it without much hassle?
Thanks, Jim

Jun 29, 2010
#10 The Shopaholic Team :

Hello Jim,

thank you for your great question! Mosquitoes can be really annoying at night. Our team thought about the most effective ways to deal with mosquitoes. This short blog post is for you: 3 effective Ways to fight Mosquitoes in your Bedroom

We hope this will help you!
The Shopaholic Team

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