On a side note... if I had bought one of those flimsy chair/ottoman chairs from IKEA, would have saved a lot
of money over the EKORNES Stressless chair that I bought... but I would never want to sit in the IKEA version, so I guess I can live with the trade-off.
Yeah, the chaise I have isn't the most comfortable thing in the world, but it's ok and it serves it's purpose. For comfort I have a chair and 1/2 from crate and barrel that has big fluffy down pillows. heaven. Funny story about expensive furniture:
Just after I purchase my chair from C&B I moved into a group house because I wanted to cut back on expenses and get out from under some debt. The place where I moved was full of people mostly younger than me and my salary was probably twice what any of theirs was (they were all non-profit and I was a consultant for the govt). As such we had a *bit* of a difference in idea on how you get things and how much they cost. I think 99% of the furniture in the house were things that had been picked up off the sidewalk after others had tossed them (This included couches, tables, shelves, etc.) while everything of mine was new or antique.
So I move into this house and about 3 weeks later my chair is delivered. Since we were re-carpeting, the chair was left, fully wrapped, in the dining room instead of going directly to my room. When my housemate Chris came home he was so impressed. He sat on the chair, saw how comfey it was, saw how clean it was and turned to me and said "this was a great find! I can't believe the wrapped it in plastic before they chucked it!" I just stared at him for a second and started to laugh. Then said "Chris, this is what furniture looks like when you BUY it."
Probably is less funny in writing but it was pretty funny at the time and I think says a lot about the different frames of mind. Chris and my other housemates were incredibly frugal. I became much more so while I lived there but I'll never get to their level. I have no problem dumpster diving for some things but they'd take it all.
That said, a few months ago I broke the wheel on my small carry-on suitcase. I was so POd at myself since I'd have to buy a new one (still haven't replaced it - I'm too cheap!). Then I reminded myself that I'd picked that one up off the sidewalk for free so I really couldn't complain that it broke after 3 years of use.