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Guest Post Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper: My first adult furniture – My Green Antoinette Fainting Sofa

Today’s guest post comes from one of our favorite Austin friends and blogger extraordinaire, Tolly Moseley of Austin Eavesdropper.  According to her bio, Tolly is a blogger, freelance writer, and book publicist in Austin, TX. She is a fan of the Alamo Drafthouse, Jane Austen, and cheese. Her hands-down favorite interview was with the late Rue McClanahan, aka Blanche on The Golden Girls. On her blog, she writes about events, artists, and organizations in Austin, as well as stories from her own life. We first mentioned Tolly on the F123 blog when we gave a little “shout out”  about  her awesome bohemian inspired space that was featured in the Austin American-Statesman.

Tolly and her husband recently purchased their first home. First homes also mean first furniture purchases, so we thought it made perfect sense for Tolly to share her thoughts on the subject. So, today, instead of writing about food, events and artists, she’s writing about her first experience:


Courtesy of Jessica Giesey

I was 25 when I found it. My apple green Antoinette Fainting Sofa from Urban Outfitters.

For three years, I lusted after this couch online. I talked about it to friends and family, saved a picture of it on my phone. “Wow,” everyone said. “You must really want that couch.”

Because it was deeper than materialism. I had developed a relationship with this couch.

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I finally bought it in December 2010, a little Merry Christmas present to me. “You finally did it!” friends said, sending me congratulatory notes on Facebook. My mom called the day it arrived. I threw a Couch Warming Party for it. When the Austin American-Statesman came to do a story on me and my house earlier this year, I insisted we take a picture of the couch, resting proudly and stylishly in our living room.

Courtesy of Austin American-Statesman

It was my first adult furniture purchase, and it hadn’t come from someone’s yard. Or Craigslist. No, this came directly from a manufacturer, and even though my husband says it’s impractical (because it lacks a … back), I think it’s impracticality only enhances its beauty. It’s swooping and luxurious, and it’s the first thing people notice when they walk into our house. Everyone, everyone, loves this couch.

Especially me.


Add us to the list of people who love this couch!

Now we want to hear about your first BIG furniture purchase! How old were you? Were you nervous to spend so much money? Do you still own the furniture piece? And if you haven’t bought a big furniture piece yet, just tell us what want your first big furniture purchase to be!

Here’s how you can win:

  1. To enter to win, you can swing by the Furnish 123 store (6601 Burnet Road) and share a story or photo of your first (or worst) furniture purchase on our “Conquest Wall” or “Wall of Shame.” Haven’t bought any furniture yet? That’s okay – just share what you would buy your first time! We know there’s something you have your eye on. When you share your first or worst in the store, you’ll receive a FREE throw blanket from us.2. Guests attending the F123 Back to School Party on Tuesday, August 30, will vote for their fave entry, and the winner will be hooked up with a brag-worthy sofa, a dinette set with chairs and a table, or a dresser drawer chest.

Facebook posts of your firsts and worsts are welcome but only in-store entries will count

8 responses »

  1. Please photo credit
    ©jessicagiesey for the portrait of Tolly on the bed.
    Thanks, Jessica

    • Hi, Jessica! That’s a beautiful picture. We’ll make certain to give you credit for it.
      Thanks for letting us know that you’re the one that snapped that beauty ( i.e.Tolly)

      Sincere and Warm Regards,


  2. Hi! I heard about this party / contest on Austin Eavesdropper. What time is the party on August 30? And can we come by at any time during the day to post our pictures on the Wall of Shame or Conquest Wall?

    • Hi, Katie! Thanks for your comment. Yes, you can come by anytime of day during this month to post on the Wall of Shame and the Conquest Wall.
      You can post on our Facebook wall, but if you post it at the store, you’ll get a free throw blanket in the color of your choice.

      The time of the party on August 30th is from 6 pm to 9 pm. We look forward to seeing you!

      Sincere Regards,


  3. Thanks for your guest post on the Furnish 123 blog, Tolly.
    I’m loving that fainting couch, lady! Its hot enough here in the ATX to actually be practical AND gorgeous!

    – Jette Momant

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  6. Love this loveseat! Did anyone happen to notice in this weeks “Million Dollar Decorators” episode entitled ‘Explosive Reveals’ that it appears actress Stacey Dash has this same sofa at the foot of her bed in her master bedroom?!


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