Dec 052012

An exceptional example of a 20th century couch (not my grandparents!) (Photo by Jean-Paul Villere for

Jean-Paul Villere

Ah the holidays are upon us again!  A time for eating and drinking way too much, taking stock in another year’s life events, and lazing about the house catching the game or festive film on the couch.  Unless, like our family, you made 2012 the year you went couchless?  

It’s true, and we’re not alone, though we are in the minority.  Friends and neighbors have announced this decision as a “bold move,” with added statements such as “better you than me” or “never catch me doing that”and the like.  Really?  We didn’t reinvent the wheel here people.  Our living room gets crowded fast with six of us, so stray pillows, blankets and a chair or three are all we really need.

I do love a good couch though.  However, I have vowed no new purchase until all my children are finished peeing, pooing, and puking all over our possessions.  We could be awhile with the youngest still in diapers; I think we have a few years to go yet before that happens.  In the meantime, I have a lovely smattering of coverings that compose perfect forts, provide ample cushion, and can be tossed in with the next load of laundry should they run afoul via the family.  Say that about your favorite futon!  You can’t.

Full disclosure: We do own two couches, but neither are near the TV.  One was recently tossed aside by a client so we’ve incorporated it into our guest room, and the other I inherited from my dad’s folks.  The former is perfect for visitors that can’t do without, and the latter is truly a piece of yesteryear I cannot bear to allow the children access to.  So I have it locked away deep in the house, and one day I’ll let it see daily use again.  It really is a work of art I truly treasure.  And it falls in queue with every other sofa ever in my sphere; with the exception of my college futon, all the couches through the years have been currency-free either as curb finds or hand me downs.  Not too shabby, eh?

Jean-Paul Villere is the owner of Villere Realty and Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street and a married father of four girls. In addition to his Wednesday column at, he also shares his family’s adventures sometimes via pedicab or bicycle on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

  3 Responses to “Jean-Paul Villere: The couch-less life”

  1. From the headline I thought this was going to be about the possible dangers of toxins in couches, which has been getting a lot of attention lately, including here:

  2. Jean-Paul I have a suggestion to your couch-less space, you could choose a sofa that has a slipcover and is easy to wash. I’ve had one for several years ( and it’s white!) and with a kid, a dog and a cat- it’s so easy to take off and wash. Ikea’s has some affordable choices and bluebag can deliver it to your house.

  3. two words for curb finds : bed bugs

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