owner put up. The contrasts give the space
personality. “You can take pieces of what’s
already there and blend it with what you love,
and it all lives together,” Beth says.
SAD SOFA CONTEST
DOES YOUR SOFA SAG?
Have the couch cushions collapsed?
Does your divan declare “I was new in ’72”?
Rule to break: All furniture
has to match the scale of the room.
“It’s a misconception that a small room
needs only small furniture and a large room
needs all large furniture,” Koplovitz says. An
oversize piece of furniture can work in a
small room, while a dainty chair in a corner
of a large room can help to bring it down to
a more human scale. Koplovitz is also a big
fan of including surprising elements and
pieces of furniture, such as running stripes
horizontally (instead of vertically) on an
upholstered piece or on draperies, or doing a
classic Louis XIV chair in a nontraditional
fabric, such as a zebra print. “When you break
the rules, you get unexpected, fun changes,”
she says. C
Send us a photo of your sad sofa along with
a short description of your sofa’s life. The photo
must be in a room setting (not at the curb).
Send your photo to
(with “sad sofa” in the subject line) or by regular
mail to Sad Sofa Contest, PO Box 34088, Seattle,
WA 98124-1088. Please include your contact
information and membership number.
First prize winner will receive a $500 Costco
Cash card. Other prizes will be awarded at
judges’ discretion. Photos of the saddest sofas
will run in a future issue of The Connection.
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS
NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES.
Judi Ketteler writes about home, garden and
craft topics for a wide variety of magazines.
Her book, Sew Retro: 25 Vintage-Inspired
Projects for the Modern Girl, hits the shelves
in May 2010.
Purchase will not improve an individual’s chance of
winning. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the
U.S. (except Puerto Rico) who are age 18 or older and Costco
members. One entry per household. Entries must be received
or postmarked by September 1, 2009.
Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries
received. Winners are responsible for applicable federal, state
and local taxes. Employees of Costco Wholesale and their
families are not eligible to win.