Nap Tested, Husband Approved: Why I Love My Sven Sofa

Why I Love My Sven Sofa | Mid Century Modern Homes | Article Furniture | Sectional Sofa | Modern Living Room | Best Living Room Colors | Jessica Brigham BlogIt all started with a pretty girl’s velvet dream. One day, before my interior world went wild and turned upside down, my girlfriend showed me a modern haven of delicious velvet (and leather) wonders in all sorts of contemporary colors. Unbeknownst to me, that compelling image of the Sven sectional sofa was imprinted in mind for a future time.

I’ve received numerous inquiries about my Cascadia Blue Sven Sofa (a.k.a. The Blue Wonder) via Instagram. Today, I’m addressing all of your questions as my love for TBW couldn’t be stronger. She’s so luxe there’s even an emoji that emulates her sheer awesomeness.

Here it is, in all it’s virtually-tufted glory: 🛋.

Buying Online (It’s not so scary!)

Let’s talk about the big elephant in the room: buying a couch online. 😟 It seems the thought makes the proverbial music cut out in a room and the old timey disco box explodes. I lovingly coveted Sven for months with my inappropriately lustful eyes. Was I little nervous to buy a sofa online? Sure; but those images were everything I longed for, and the price was right. Ya also get 30 days to decide. For me, that was a shoo-in. Sign meee up.

A photographer by trade, I can firmly attest Article does an amazing job highlighting their “Articles.” The product photos and the real thing are one in the same – color, detail, etc – which I also noted in my review. Not to mention, the visual specs of the couch put me at ease, which can be found at the end of each product gallery.

Nap Tested, Husband Approved

It was important for this couch to be deep enough for my hunky hubster to be comfortable (and nap often) leading me to my next major point: this sofa is c-o-m-f-y: comfy!!! This is the most common query and the answer is a resounding YES! A husband, two cats, a very “well-trained” dog and myself would agree. I work here, he naps here, we chat here (I’m am currently here). Needless to say, there’s lots of cush for this here tush.

Luxury for Less

Once my heart was set on velvet, there was no turning back. The living room’s future statement piece, it had to be sleek, bold and luxe (a.k.a. hot to trot). Sounds expensive, right? Well, it can be! I’d never bought an adult sofa before, so I did my research. Like a good adult.

Buying a brand spankin’ new, decadently designed, lavishly velvet, mid century style sofa can come at a price (upwards of $2800-5000 before shipping). All in at $2300 (including delivery and in-home installation) was an investment I’ll never regret. I wasn’t in town to relish in the delivery (#onlyregrat 😭), but my hubby FaceTimed me for a partial experience. Now that’s true love.

Simplicity of Choice

You might know that feeling … when you go to a restaurant, you’re freakin’ starving, you get the menu, and you’re overwhelmed by too many goddamn choices?! What I love about Article’s color selection is what I love about a really, really good restaurant: limited choices. One page, single, uno. The velvet Sven sofa comes with five color options – and that’s it! It’s a beautiful thing. Quality over quantity takes the cake for me every single time.

With simple choices comes efficiency. Unless otherwise noted, they’re stocked and ready to ship within the week. I ordered mine on a Monday and it arrived on Friday. Yeap, that’s how they do, boo.

Durability: Pets, Cleanliness & Sunlight

Let me be frank, this girl gets used. She’s no showpiece; she’s our well-loved, and well-lived on, sofa. It’s been nine months and she’s holding up fine to the test of time. Trust me, she’s seen alotta derrières.

A lot of people have asked: velvet and pets?!! *cue dramatic music* I had the same concern and Article kindly addresses this on their FAQ page (also an adorable answer). Leather is recommended to avoid any unwanted attention, but with our felines I’ve made due with the beautiful invention of hot pink Soft Claws for Cats. Works like a chaaaarrrm.


As for our very cooperative 60-lb. lap dog, Murphy helps himself to napping, mailman greeting and pillow smushing (ya bastard) 😐 while we’re out, accompanied by the gracious slobber mark on occasion. The website states the fabric is dry clean only, but I’m happy to report a cold, moist paper towel and a quick rub down with a soft bristle brush per tufted square blends that precious gift into oblivion.

This method also works when your beautiful husband comes home from an especially sweaty Crossfit workout and takes a load off on TBW before changing his gym shorts. 🙄

And let’s be real: with pets comes pet hair, people. Expect to see your beautiful, brand new velvet sofa attracting what feels like millions of precious furry family reminders. Cleaning is a form of meditation to me; I highly recommend the practice.

Regarding sun-faded fabric, I have not been negatively impacted at all. Since its arrival, my Sven sofa lives underneath a window with at least six hours of direct Southern exposure. I’m regularly flipping my cushions to keep them lookin’ oh-so-fresh and poufy (I even keep the zipper side up once in a blue to keep’m balanced). Not sure if this helps, but I can report nothing but good things in this department.

That Cascadia Blue, baby. That’s where it’s at. 🛋 (oh, there she is again).

The Particles: Customer Service

I love when I find a business with an expressive sense of humor and a good, moral company feel. Article hit this nail right on the head. The self-proclaimed “Particles,” you get the good vibes on the site and via email (if you’re anything like me, you feel like you can intuitively read people via email. Crazy? Probably. 😂).

Originally, I was torn between two colors: Grass Green and Cascadia Blue. One of those super sweet Particles swiftly responded to my inquiry and snail-mailed two fabric samples right away for nada. In fact, it’s one of my very first Instagram posts: 💚 or 💙?! To which they also replied. I love you, Particles.

In Summation

So, buying online? Truthfully, I like a little risk. The Blue Wonder was everything my modern living room dreams were founded on. It was completely out of the box from what I was accustomed to (shout out to granny’s hand-me-down couch) and so rewarding when reaping the benefit of taking that chance. It was worth every single penny, she looks damn good, and she’d holding up to regular use just fine. Thanks for kickin’ some serious tush, Article.

This is NOT a sponsored post. I just love my Article Sven sofa and that’s that. Respek. 👊🏻


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  1. I found a Grass Green Sven Sofa (72″) at a Savers near my house and immediately bought it. I do wish it was a little longer, for napping, but it fits my living room perfectly in the smaller size. My cat has taken a few swipes at the velvet, so there are some tiny missing sections, but overall, I have been very impressed with how well it’s holding up! I also loooooove the Pacific Blue color. and really all of them. yum

    Here’s my lil green Sven: http://andthenwetried.com/2017/05/colorful-living-room-green-couch-and-pink-rug/

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that you found your Sven sofa at a Savers!!! That seriously is the gift of thriftin’ right there. I totally hear you, 72″ sounds big, but it’s a hight squeeze for a nap!! So glad to hear your sofa is holding up to a solid standard even with those dastardly feline frays (friggen’ fur babies!!). If I could have one in every color, I would be just fine with that. Thank you so, so much for sharing! xoxo

  2. We purchased two of the Sven sofas in Oxford Blue leather and love it! Couldn’t be happier and will definitely purchase from them again. I decided to go for it when I saw other great reviews, like yours, for Article products. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      That’s so awesome, Christy!!! Thank you for your kind words. The Sven is just a dream come. 🛋

  3. I’m also torn between the green and the blue. Would the blue go well with gray walls being set against a dark charcoal wall? Living room is otherwise very neutral

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      It’s a tough decision!! Blue on charcoal sounds moodilicious … I’d do it! The green is more of a medium hue and would have more contrast. You got this!! 🙌🏻

  4. Brandi Morgan says:

    Love your room! 🙂 so pretty. I am a big fan of article and have a dining set that I absolutely adore. I am looking at this sofa online, I am tall 5’9″ and prefer a structured sit but still soft and with a little depth to be able to relax. How do both of you like the depth of the sofa? Once again, beautiful space you put together!

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Thank you! Love the depth—one of the selling points prior to purchase! My husband is 5’11” and loves it too!

  5. Is the Sven sofa also available for the Netherlands?

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Pretty sure standard shipping is only to US and Canada, but I’d contact Article to see if it’s a possibility!

  6. Angelina Martinez says:

    Who is the artist of the painting on your wall?

  7. Thanks for your post.
    I am torn between my two loves; leather and velvet!
    I too have lusted over a Sven couch but have fought against buying online.
    Now I’m ready but can’t decide!!!
    I have NOTHING in my small living room (14×11) right now except for my Xmas tree (we have a tradition of keeping it up until 1 day after my daughter’s bday, which is January 12 🙂
    Any decorating ideas are welcome!
    We just moved and I’m having so much trouble decorating!!!

    My dilemma…I’m loving the tan leather Sven & the cascadia blue velvet Sven but also torn between a regular sofa & a sectional! Ugh!

    I have 3 kids (11, 12 & 15) & 2 tiny toy poodles (minimal shedding).
    I LOVE the smell of leather & the feel of velvet!


    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Hey Mariana! Thanks so much for reaching out. It really is a tough decision!! I can’t recommend Article enough. My Cascadia Blue velvet sectional has held up great to everyday use. Lots of human tushes, plus a slew of cats and dogs. I’d imagine the leather would be even stronger! In this case, it’s truly a matter of what will fit the space best. If you can fit a sectional comfortably, I’d say go for it! Gracious thanks for following along xox

  8. Thank you! We’re buying a new house and contemplating the blue or green velvet. Still have decided but so glad I found your review!

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      I had the very same debate, Tamara! Stylistically, it came down to pairing the sofa with another statement piece in the room—––my two-tier marble and brass console table. The green sofa would have leaned more boho, which clearly I love, but I also love interjecting glam in my home whenever I can. The green is a slightly lighter hue, and with my own personal petting zoo, the darker fabric also won. Good luck with your decision!!

  9. Julie Noland says:

    Do you still love your sofa? Considering green Sven sectional. Thanks

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Hell yeah, I do!!! 🛋✨

  10. Heather Block says:

    Just curious how the pillow back is holding up. I have two dogs that sometimes like to take their place on the back of the sofa when we are out of the house. Grrrrr. So I’ve only been looking at sofas with a solid back but loooove the Sven!

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      My pets seldom lay on the back pillows, but what I’d recommend for puppy pillow sleepers is a regular turning and/or fluffing to keep them as firm as possible. Sometimes I’ll leave the zipper side up just so they have an even amount of use over time. There’s also a back support about 4-5 inches lower than the pillow height, which will help.

  11. I’ve been eyeing the Sven but can’t decide between the velvet blues! Is the Cascadia as dark as it looks in your photo?

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      It is a darker hue, which I love as it helps hide rogue animal furs and everyday wear-and-tear. Highly recommend Cascadia Blue! 🛋

  12. Hi. Beautiful room! I would love to know if you still love and recommend this particular couch? Ive been seriously thinking about purchasing this same exact couch and color (because I love the way it looks) but have read some negative reviews from people who have owned this couch for a year or more. The complaints seem to be the same: the back cushions sag despite how much fluffing and rotating, the velvety fabric piles and gets ruined easily, and the bottom cushion becomes flat and will sag/hang off the edge over time. Have you had any of these issues – especially with the bottom cushion becoming lumpy or flat?

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      Hi Karen! My husband and I this sofa every single day (two cats and 72 lb. dog, too). The bottom cushions are still delightfully comfortable, not lumpy at all. I regularly rotate the back cushions and they’ve maintained a solid fluffiness. I lose feathers from time-to-time, but it hasn’t caused a problem. The velvet has more drool marks from our dog than anything, and the pile exhibits normal wear-and-tear from regular use (we don’t consider this sofa a museum showpiece). You can see current images of of my blue wonder 🛋 on Instagram for reference!

      1. Thank you Jessica for responding. Shortly after, I found this couch (the regular size in Cascadia Blue) on the Offer Up app. The couch was initially purchased for staging homes but was never used and still in its original packaging. After receiving your feedback and input (which was very helpful), I purchased the couch from the seller – saving me $500. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. I love my new Sven couch and would not have purchased it without your input and positive review on it. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And have a great week!

        1. Jessica Brigham says:

          What a steal!! Great find, so happy you’re pleased with your thrifted Sven! 🛋

  13. leslie lu says:

    Hi Jessica,

    How do you clean pet hair from your couch? I have dog that sheds like crazy. Shes trained to know not to jump on the couch but she loves to rub her body against it and get her lovely hair everywhere. 🙂

    1. Jessica Brigham says:

      My thrifted Kirby vacuum! Works like a charm

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