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Petrie sofa from Crate and Barrel, sob

Please allow me to be dramatic for a moment. I just found out that the Petrie sofa from Crate & Barrel is no longer available (sort of) and I’m upset. It was perfect, soft fabric, just firm enough, deep enough. Scott and I sat in a lot of sofas and it was clearly the winner for us both. People, I love this sofa and we’ve been saving up to buy one for two years. Just last week we talked about finally getting to place the order for it. We were excited, a milestone! We would finally ditch our futon and sit on actual furniture like real adults! (We can pretend to be real adults.)

Today I was cutting through the store and decided to visit the couch (I do this a lot, I’m embarrassed to admit that) and found a “Limited Stock” sign hanging on it. I asked about this and was told that the company that makes the fabric (the nice, soft, not scratchy at all fabric) is no longer manufacturing it, I think they might be going out of business. So now the Petrie is only being sold in the natural and brown fabric, and only what they have left in stock (we only really wanted gray, with my clumsiness white would last about ten minutes in our house, oh look I just dropped pizza sauce on the futon* and I just don’t get excited over brown). They are looking for a replacement fabric, so there is a faint glimmer of hope, but with my luck the replacement fabric will be something durable but scratchy. It looks like I’m stuck sitting on this futon (which I bought in 1998 (!!!) when I had my very first solo apartment in Cleveland, that’s like two thousand internet years ago) until I find new couch love.

Kena non-flip flop, sob

While I’m wallowing let me also mention how sad I was to discover that Teva is no longer making the Kena style flip flops. These had the squishy rubber flip flop sole but didn’t have straps that went between the toes and were the answer to my prayers. I showed restraint in not buying dozens of pairs and now I wish I hadn’t shown said restraint. I have one pair and I’ll have to make sure I use them well. In the mean time EileenSideways on Twitter has encouraged me to try the Olowahu style. As a fellow nothing-between-the-toes person she says she can tolerate them. I trust you Eileen.

Ok, my pointless pity party is over.

* Not kidding about the pizza sauce. Ok, so maybe I should be eating in the dining room instead.

· comments [56] · 02-7-2010 · categories:mumbling ·

56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Caitlin // Feb 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    but no really, the olowahu tevas are the best sandals i’ve ever owned. i’m on my third pair, and regular flip flops are just awful. old navy? jokes.

  • 2 kate // Feb 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Okay, it might be a long-shot, but if you go to Craigslist frequently and type in “Petrie sofa,” you might come across one that someone is trying to sell. I know it’s not ideal, but it might work out: my husband and I got the sofa we were saving up for for half the price and in pristine condition by stalking it on Craigslist for about 3 months.

    Since you’re waiting to see how the fabric thing turns out, it can’t hurt, right? I just checked CL for Seattle and there’s a white one for sale, used only for staging so it’s in mint condition. It’s not your color this time, but you never know…

  • 3 megan // Feb 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Caitlin – Thanks, I will give them a try. But watch out, if I like them they are sure to be immediately and irrevocably discontinued. I am bad luck that way.

  • 4 megan // Feb 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Kate – I will, but we really had our hearts set on a gray Petrie with matching ottoman. And, I realize, the sadness is more over the loss of what that object represented to me (adulthood!) moreso than not having a couch. We could have ordered it three months ago, or two years ago, and put it on a credit card but we were being responsible so I’m also feeling bitter that all that time spent being responsible doesn’t have a pay off.

  • 5 Margot // Feb 7, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Sorry about the couch – that sucks. Is grey not available at all or just not at your location?

    Also, for your sandal issue, you could try Chaco Wrapsody

    Patagonia also has the Jemison

    I can’t remember all your criteria for your shoe search, but if leather is ok, then Born has a couple as well

    Not sure if any of those would work for you. Good luck.

  • 6 Rebecca // Feb 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    You might like the sofa I bought recently, which has soft chenille-like fabric and the same modern lines. It’s made by Young (?), I believe, and might be available somewhere near you.

  • 7 megan // Feb 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Margot – Sadly the sofa is unavailable everywhere, the mill that makes the fabric seems to be closing. As for sandals the thing I liked about the Kenas was more about soft foamy rubber soles and all the wearability (water, sand, mud) that is related to that. However, all the shoes you linked to are ones I will check out, thank you!

    Rebecca – I’ll see if I can find one to sit on, I do like the single-cushion seating!

  • 8 V // Feb 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I was actually eyeing that couch too and since I felt the same way as you about the color options, I did some more searching and found a pretty good alternative in the Dania Paramount Sofa:
    The legs aren’t as inset as the C&B one and so it isn’t as retro-tastic cute, but it’s still one sharp looking couch and it’s what I ended up getting instead. The color on the website isn’t exciting, but they have a lot more to choose from in the store and you can choose the color of the legs as well. Mine is going to be delivered next week (it took about a month for them to make it) and I can’t wait to have my first “grown up” furniture. :)

  • 9 Heather // Feb 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    That’s terrible about the Petrie. It’s my first adult sofa, in grey, and I think it’s my sofa soulmate. I’m so so glad I didn’t put off buying it, and also kind of bummed I can’t go back for the ottoman or the chair. It’s soft, the color is perfect, the dog’s hair doesn’t stick to it. There is a little issue with the buttons on the seat cushion, but Crate & Barrel sent an apholsterer out to fix it for free.

  • 10 tiffany // Feb 7, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I have multiple pairs of the Teva mush flip flops and they are my ultimate favorite! The do have a band between the toes though, but they might be worth a shot. If you get them at REI and don’t like them, they’ll take them back.

  • 11 Rachel // Feb 7, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I totally understand your woe. Trader Joes discontinues EVERY THING I LOVE! At least 15 items in the last 2 years were discontinued and once I find something I like to eat it’s hard to just find a replacement!

  • 12 Azucar // Feb 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    The same thing happened to me. I’m still dealing with the loss of my sofa. In case the worst happens, Room and Board has several sofas that resemble the Petrie.

  • 13 V // Feb 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Oh and I forgot to mention, they have a matching chair and ottoman that isn’t on the website. Actually, the ottoman wasn’t even on the sales floor at the Lynnwood store, I just happened to ask about it when placing my order for the couch and chair. Hope that helps!

  • 14 megan // Feb 7, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Heather – Thanks for the commiseration, sorry you didn’t get the ottoman. We were going to get one too, it was nice and comfy with it.

    Tiffany – Thanks so much for the tip, it might get me to sign up for an REI membership!

    Rachel – TJs seems to break so many hearts! I was almost afraid to write about my favorite chicken dish last week :)

    Azucar – Thanks, I’ll take a look. I wonder if there is a way to sit on them? After the years of trying out sofas (just to make sure the Petrie was still my favorite) I’m afraid of ordering sight-unsat.

    V – Perfect, thank you. We’ll go look. Last time I was in Dania (years ago?) they didn’t have anything close. And thank you so, so much for adding the bit about the ottoman, I really want one!

  • 15 Tina // Feb 8, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I know how you feel about the sandals. For me, it’s lipstick. Every time I find a lipstick I like, it’s discontinued. Every. Time.

  • 16 Gayla // Feb 8, 2010 at 7:23 am

    As a fellow, nothing between the toes sandal person I feel your pain. Literally. And it’s tricky when buying nothing between the toes sandals because if they are too wide, they slide. I have very narrow feet to boot.

    That is a nice sofa. I would have gone for the brown. We buy everything in brown. I’d hate to see what my sofa would look like were it white and not dark brown. A HORROR show, that’s what.

  • 17 tara // Feb 8, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Macy’s Corona is similar sofa, but about 1/2the price.

    I was debating between the Petrie and the Corona but then fell in love with something entirely different.

    I understand the disappointment of things going out of stock. I was saving to buy an Ikea TV cabinet to match my bookshelves. It went out of stock the month before I went in to buy it. After being in the stores for a million years…

  • 18 ana // Feb 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I sympathise with your flip flop problem but do try Ebay. You may find that some sellers have a stash of Kenas so you can stock up before it’s too late.
    Good luck!

  • 19 rakka // Feb 8, 2010 at 8:47 am

    i second the corona, megan. jessie and i both have one . (it’s a coincidence. we didn’t know each other when we bought them.)

    the fabric is a bit stiff at first but it wears pretty well and gets softer with use.

    (if you decide to go that way, the corona goes on sale approx twice a year. it’s worth waiting for the $800ish price tag.)

  • 20 Michelle // Feb 8, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Have you checked out Couch (on Western)? They custom-make couches to your specifications, using green materials, and they can usually undercut name-brand prices. I don’t have personal experience with them, but I’ve bookmarked a few positive reviews for the day when we can finally upgrade from our overstuffed vinyl monstrosity.

  • 21 Emmakat // Feb 8, 2010 at 9:09 am

    We have the petrie in gray, got it back in 2008. And it’s also my 1st adult sofa after having a futon for 6 years. We do really like it…but we also have a cat and it’s very easy for her to get her claws stuck while she’s walking across the fabric. We’ve been careful though and usually keep a throw or something over it. I do kind of want the ottoman…but it’s still so expensive…

  • 22 Emmakat // Feb 8, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Re other options, we looked at the Corona and the fabric seemed too scratchy to me, it’s a polyester, I think I recall. I like the Dania V posted above. One thing that is a little difficult is the buttons on the bottom cushions of the petrie, we’ve had them be uncomfortable, pop off…but I like that Dania couch because it looks like the bottom cushions do not have buttons!

  • 23 Rebekah // Feb 8, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I know someone who has the Petrie couch and just a couple of months after buying it the buttons started popping off. They like to get hung up on pants pockets.

  • 24 Seanna Lea // Feb 8, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I really don’t like eating in the dining room, but our dog just looks at you beseechingly if you eat in front of him. I’ve taken to eating in the dining room as a result. There is just something so much homier about eating in the living room, especially when you get home late and only have a couple of hours to relax before bed.

  • 25 megan // Feb 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Thanks for all the suggestions to look at the Corona sofa at Macy’s but I dislike sofas with three bottom cushions, they always make me feel like I have to balance myself in a certain spot, and I like to drape across sofas. But it really is cute, and so inexpensive!

    Michelle – I have but they boast that their Petrie clone has squisher seats, and one of the things I really liked about the Petrie was the firmness of the cushions. The price is Couch isn’t so much less that I would be willing to compromise that.

    Ana – Yes, the only ones I see on Ebay are yellow, I have alerts set up so I’ll keep an eye on it.

  • 26 Niki Turner // Feb 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Wow! I had no idea there were other people out there who can’t wear things between their toes. Everyone always thinks I’m weird! I even bought “yoga toes” last year to try and correct the problem. To no avail. I feel better today, just knowing all of you are out there. : P

  • 27 megan // Feb 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Niki – You certainly aren’t alone! About once I year I’ve been doing a non-thong flip flop post and I always get lots of people saying they have the same thing. There are lots of option for flip flop like summer shoes, but the Teva’s were just perfection and I’m so disappointed they aren’t made anymore.

  • 28 megan // Feb 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I phoned Crate & Barrel and they said they honestly couldn’t tell me if the couch would be reissued in new fabrics. But, the designers will be presenting new things coming out in July so it was suggested I hold on to see what might be made available.

  • 29 Heidi // Feb 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Couch Seattle can do latex cushions which are firmer and don’t have icky flame retardants in them. It’s more $$ though. Their customer service isn’t great either – my Couch couch arrived in December with the wrong (squishy) cushions, and I’m still waiting for the latex ones I originally ordered to arrive…

  • 30 Stef Noble // Feb 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I, too, hate things between my toes, yet I somehow own two pairs of the Olowahu style Tevas. I don’t know what makes them different, other than perhaps the extra straps create more leverage on the foot to take the pressure off the between-toe part.

  • 31 Gwen // Feb 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I bought the Petrie in Hydra last year, and admittedly I moved it from Philadelphia to Seattle, but I’m not really very impressed with how it’s held up. Most of the buttons are popping off, and the the padding feels a bit squishy in places. Maybe I’m unlucky though.

  • 32 Phyrbyrd // Feb 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I know how you feel. For me, it was Doc Marten Dana boots. They were perfect, comfortable, wearable with anything, and then when I walked through the sole I found out that DM didn’t make them anymore. So sad…

  • 33 redmenace // Feb 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I remember you mentioning the sofa. I’m so sorry! I totally know how it feels when the furniture you love falls through your fingers. You will find another, I’m sure. In the meantime, however, it’s ok to mourn :)

  • 34 jennifer in sf // Feb 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    The Petrie turned out to be my dream couch after extensive searching, and since I (and the black cat) can’t be trusted with that much white I went for the brown. While I don’t usually get all that excited about brown it’s actually a really, really nice color in person. I’m totally 100% happy with it still.

  • 35 megan // Feb 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Gwen – Sniff, that makes me feel a little better. Sorry to hear your couch isn’t holding up so well.

  • 36 Tamiko // Feb 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I have to echo the Dania recommendation; when we lived in Seattle, we fell in love with a CB sofa, but found a very similarly-built one at Dania for much less $. We were able to pick out the fabric and leg colors AND it came with 2 throw pillows (we picked out that fabric too). And they delivered for a fraction of the CB price!

  • 37 brodie // Feb 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I know what it is like to “visit” your sofa. I have visited a similar one to yours
    I’m still in the “one day you’ll be mine” phase. Good luck in finding a new love

  • 38 barrie // Feb 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    i second room and board. and it looks like they have a few stores in cali, in case you ever make a visit. otherwise, design within reach may be super pricey, but it’s probably worth a look if that’s the look you’re going for.

    and i’m sure you’ve sat on some west elm couches if you’ve been to pdx. if you haven’t, it’s worth a shot – especially for the tax free factor.

  • 39 liz stanley // Feb 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I have this sofa and love it. in a light blue. although the buttons on the seat do get kind of annoying esp if you fall asleep with your cheek pressed up against them as often as i do. oh, also, it took four months. FOUR MONTHS for ours to come after we ordered it. it is a great couch though, good luck finding one in that color you want :)

  • 40 Kate C // Feb 9, 2010 at 7:18 am

    i hate between the toes sandals, but i LOVE my olowahu tevas. very comfortable to bang around in, and the price is right for having a couple of pairs in stock.

  • 41 rebecca // Feb 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I have a Macy’s Corona sofa and wish I didn’t. Yes, it’s ridiculously cheap, but it’s nowhere near as comfortable or sturdy as our other sofa, a 10 year old Mitchell Gold. The sofa we almost bought (and should have) was MG’s Dexter, which has similar styling.

  • 42 ameer // Feb 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Chris Stone fabrics went out of business early January. It was a badly managed company that was abandoned by more and more manufacturers as they developed a reputation for NEVER having anything in stock. Shame, because they had some beautiful, domestically milled, cottons. On that note though, as a retailer, I sell a very limited amount of cottons so the market was trending against them. Most people come in looking for something “family friendly” and the answer usually isn’t cotton– even with Chris Stone’s “patented” stoneguard system that was supposedly woven into every strand. Heidi– sorry for how long your latex has taken to arrive. As discussed yesterday Mike will be out this week to install them. And in closing, Chris Stone is still having a closeout sale as they liquidate- and I think I can get the Oasis color which CB referred to as Hydra.

  • 43 megan // Feb 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Ameer – Thanks so much for the update.

  • 44 Marcie // Feb 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Look on amazon for the tevas. Sometimes they have them!

  • 45 dixie // Feb 11, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I have that couch, too, in gray. It was my first adult couch, as well. My dream couch! I’m going to be one of those old ladies who has the same couch forever just recovered and restuffed. And no eating food on the couch ever!

    I love it but I do have some of the same complaints as other people. My buttons haven’t come off but I they do get caught sometimes in clothes or blankets. Also my boyfriend’s fat butt has made one cushion flatter than the other but I just flip them or switch them around. That and his arm rest looks dingier than the other one. Hmm… looks like it’s time for a cleaning.

    Because of that last part I think if I could do it again I’d get the brown one. Probably wouldn’t show stains and discoloration as much. Maybe your C&B still have a few brown in stock?

  • 46 Sandra // Feb 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    There’s a Seattle LJ post about that couch. Or something like it. Sounds like it’s quite broken in, but it’s the same picture.


  • 47 megan // Feb 11, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Sandra – Hee hee! Thanks so much for alerting me towards it, you were the second person! However, in the description he mentions that the couch he has isn’t actually the Petrie, just a couch that looks similar.

  • 48 Laura // Feb 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Hey Megan,
    There’s a place on Western in Seattle that can probably help you out with a replica that would be worth a look. It’s called “Couch”–locally owned and carries furniture made in the USA.

  • 49 Brandon // Feb 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I fully understand your woe at the loss of a future piece of furniture. My wife and I do the same thing, hoping, saving, wishing for our “adult” furniture. But if in need of a replacement, check out the benny sofa at zgallerie. It’s not the same, but it’s similar.

  • 50 Dianne // Feb 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I have searched everywhere for Chris Stone Pixie in lime green to just discover that they are going out of business. Do you have any way to locate that fabric?
    Charleston, SC

  • 51 aloe // Feb 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Guardsman makes fabric spray– it’s about $15 and one can will do a whole sofa. Unlike scotsguard it sinks into the fabiic fibers & doesn’t flake or wash off, and *everything* beads up or wipes off.

  • 52 Amanda // Feb 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Unless you wear a size 5 or a size 11 ( has a few pairs left), consider the Kena a distant on-line shopping memory. :-( I bought 4 pairs 2 years ago and 1 black pair is still in the box (thank goodness!). I think the others have one more summer left in them. If anyone in Seattle hits a size 10 Kena goldmine, please let me know!

  • 53 Mymsie // Feb 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I’ve been couch shopping too and Urban Outfitters has some great mid-century mod style couches like this that you guys might like:

  • 54 Amanda // Apr 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Hi, I stumbled on your site searching for Petrie reviews. I just wanted to let you know that I talked to a salesperson in Portland and she said that they will be getting new fabrics in and the new styles should be available sometime in April. I am also from Seattle, so hopefully it’s the same way in the CB stores here!

  • 55 megan // Apr 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Amanda – Yay, thanks so much for the update! I’ll wait and see what they offer. I fear the fabric will be scratchy like their Camden sofa, here is to hoping it’s not.

  • 56 lois // Apr 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

    if you really really really love the sofa, get one and have it covered. IT would be not so hard to do because of the shape. It is a gorgeous piece and the “lost sofa lament” might haunt you for years

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