Originally Posted by horton
a top leather couch (e.g., Hancock and Moore -- like Baker but HM known for leather) should set you back 7-8K or more, depending on size. This assumes you want something to last, that can be re-tied etc.
My own recommendation would be to find a fee-based interior designer. They'll pay for themselves by avoiding mistakes and by knowing where to spend your budget (i.e., what pieces deserve more $$) and knowing product line better. Just analogize to your clothing knowledge ie being able to identify quality in lesser known brands. Unless you have commensurate knowledge in interior design and furniture, I'd strongly urge hiring a pro if possible
Thank you for taking the time to write this. I think my family is in a place where a $7-8K piece of furniture would not be an appropriate choice. Nor do I believe where we live in the midwest has a competitive enough retail environment to justify hiring a professional interior designer. There's one store in town that deals the sort of furniture iammatt has in his place, but given that the salesperson was on tenterhooks while watching our son test out the samples in the store, I concluded I would feel the same if some of it were in my house.
What we have settled on is something right down the middle: a contemporary sofa covered in top grain leather with a kiln dried hardwood frame at a reasonable price. If it lasts 10 years, it will have done its job. My main concern with this purchase was to avoid a synthetic product, such as bicast, which is reconstituted leather covered with plastic. Top grain leather costs a fraction of full grain that Hancock & Moore uses. I appreciate the craftsmanship of their work. I just can't justify the cost of my appreciation at this time.