It’s time again for another edition of Cool Retro Stuff My Mom Gave Me…though my Nana actually gave me this, but my Mom and Dad rescued it for me and drove it all the way to Wisconsin…but more on that later…
This might be one of my all time favorite cool retro things my Mom (and Nana) gave to me. Affectionately called “the Little Yellow Couch” for most of my life, this was always my favorite place to sit, take a nap, watch TV or have someone read me a book when I went to visit my Grandparents (I called them Nana and Bob) in Mississippi.
Yep, that’s me at about age one beginning my life-long love affair with the Little Yellow Couch.
What is it about this couch that makes it so great? Well for one thing, it is yellow. How could you not love a yellow couch? It is also one of those couches that you just sink into. In fact, sometimes it is hard to get out of, which makes it great for impromptu naps. It is about the closest thing to sleeping on a cloud that I’ve ever encountered. To this day it is my hands down favorite place for a 20 minute power nap (between projects of course!). Maybe it is the squishyness of it, or maybe it is because when I curl up on this couch, it is like I am back at Nana and Bob’s house…safe and comfortable, without a care in the world. Since both Nana and Bob have passed away, curling up on the Little Yellow Couch is the closest thing I have to getting a hug from them.
Here’s the Little Yellow Couch when it was much newer…at Nana’s house…
This couch has been through quite a lot in its life. Remember when I said my Parents rescued this couch for me? They really did! Nana was living in Mississippi about a mile from the ocean when Hurricane Katrina hit back in August of 2005. Since she had lived in Mississippi for 30+ years, Nana both weathered and evacuated for many a hurricane. We were all really worried when she decided to stay home to weather Hurricane Katrina. Well, we all know how bad Katrina’s wrath was. It took days before we even knew anything about whether Nana was alive or not. Luckily, she made it through the storm unharmed and one of her neighbors found her when they came back to check on their house. They were able to call my Parents and within hours, my Parents were on the way to go and save Nana. To make a long story short, Mom and Dad drove straight through from Pennsylvania to Mississippi to rescue Nana and do the best they could fixing up Nana’s house (fixing loose shingles on the roof, ripping out soaked carpet since 4 inches of water washed through the house during the storm, and packing up what they could salvage into a Uhaul) before driving Nana up to Pennsylvania to stay with them. Much of Nana’s furniture was water damaged, and the Little Yellow Couch does have some slight stains on the back of it from the water, but my Parents knew how much the Little Yellow Couch meant to me through the years and they did their best to save it for me.
That’s my Nana sitting in the matching chair that didn’t survive the storm. Isn’t my Nana glamorous?
On a one of their trips out to Wisconsin, Mom and Dad brought the Little Yellow Couch to come live with me.
I don’t know much about Horizons Home Furnishings, but their slogan is dead on. I have enjoyed this couch for as long as I can remember.
My Mom says that Nana spotted this couch (and matching chair, RIP) at a model home she toured back in the day. Apparently when she saw it she just had to have it (yellow was her favorite color) and a few weeks later it was in her living room. The fabric is a high quality designer fabric that was very pricey according to Mom.
I know someday I will have to recover this couch (the fabric is starting to really show wear and there are some stains on the bottom from the water that washed through Nana’s house during Hurricane Katrina) but until I find the perfect fabric (Probably has to be yellow!) I will still enjoy every moment I spent sitting, snoozing and looking at the Little Yellow Couch.