No really a Giant tree crashed down on our house yesterday evening during a gnarly Seattle Storm. Check it…


Have a dozen or so holes in our roof and two busted skylights, but otherwise things seem to be in decent shape.

Now I get to go through the process of learning how a homeowners claim is handled.


Last week, in a moment of zeal, I decided to post our relatively new sofa on Craigslist. We bought this pretty piece of furniture Summer 2014…


We liked it a lot, but I had two issues with it. It was a little too big for our relatively small living room; As you can see we had to shove the couch all the way up against the left wall just to get it to fit.

Second, we live on a wooded street and don’t get a ton of direct sunlight. The dark charcoal fabric didn’t help our dark living room.

We paid $1,700 (after tax) for it last summer. I posted it on Craigslist for $1,500 thinking no one would be pay me close to that since they could go buy the sofa brand new for just $200 more.

I was wrong.

Not only did our sofa sell in a couple days. I sold it for $1,600. That’s right $100 more than I posted it for. If you didn’t already know… I LOVE CRAIGSLIST!!!

There was only one problem, I wasn’t expecting our sofa to actually sell. So when it did, we had a big empty living room.


We spent the weekend doing a good bit of couch shopping visiting the local modern stores and sitting on nearly 50 different sofas. We found a lot that we liked. But there was only one that we LOVED.


The Hess leather sofa at Room and Board was absolutely dreamy. Clean lines. Super supple leather. And extremely comfortable. But $3,800 for a sofa…before tax and a delivery charge…


I now had a mission. Get a sofa very similar to the hess without breaking the bank.

Enter the Interwebz….

After doing a good bit of research on a handful of online furniture vendors (All Modern, JoyBird, YLiving), a random Google search brought me to Bryght Furniture.

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I clicked through the furniture they offer and just about pooped my pants when I stumbled upon this beauty…


I mean look at this ghetto side-by-side photoshop I did comparing the Room and Board Sofa to the Bryght Sven sofa…

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Pretty similar right?! 

So my thought process was something like “Holy Crap, I found the perfect sofa. But what if it sucks?”

I mean, I can’t sit on the thing. I can’t call their customer service department and ask them about it. They’ll just lie and tell me it’s dreamy.

So what do I do?

First, I try and Google “Bryght Furniture Reviews” but there aren’t many. So naturally, I decide to instagram stalk people that have hastagged this specific Bryght sofa. I click to their instagram profiles and find that two of them have a blog. I click to their blog and go to their “About Me” page. I find their email address and send them an email asking for a review of their sofa after owning it a couple months.

Creepy? Whatever. 

In the emails I ask them things like…

…Does it look as nice in real life as the photos?

…Is it comfortable?

…Does it look nice, but feel cheap?

…How has it held up?

…Anything you wished you knew before you bought it?

Fortunately, they emailed me back and both had glowing reviews and said they would absolutely recommend the sofa.


I bought the sofa online last Wednesday, knowing that if we hated it, I’d take advantage of the 30 day, no-hassle, return policy and be only be out the delivery fees ($98 total). It was worth the gamble.

So today (Monday), I’m sitting in my living room and I get a call from a truck driver that says he is 5 minutes from my house and has my couch. I never got a call asking to schedule the delivery so I find it odd that they were just randomly showing up to my house, virtually unannounced. But whatever, I was home so it didn’t matter too much.

Look at how absolutely monstrous the cardboard box is the sofa was shipped in…

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It was kind of a headache breaking that giant box down in to a manageable size, but it was definitely well protected so I can’t really complain.

To get the couch ready for use, all I had to do was screw on the five legs (there is a center support leg) and we were rocking and rolling.


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It looked just as good as it did in the photos and felt even better than I was expecting. Our last sofa had a firm seat cushion, which I loved because it helps keep it from looking saggy and lumpy. Our Bryght sofa was right on par. A nice firm, yet comfortable cushion. The back cushions are poly filled so I imagine they will start to look a little frumpy in a couple years, but since they are zippered, I should be able to throw in some extra fill as needed down the road.

My favorite thing about this sofa is that it is full aniline leather. It has a ton of variation and a nice patina (that’s the fancy word for leather that ages prettily). I don’t have to worry about scuffing or scratching the leather, because the scuffs and the scratches are part of the charm. BOOYA! What’s more, it will be much more wipeable than our old tweed fabric sofa. I’ll condition it a couple times a year to protect from stains and to prevent the leather from cracking, but that isn’t that big of a headache.

Overall, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised with my first significant online furniture purchase. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be, and nothing like I feared it might be. Win, win.

Is it as nice as the $4,200 Room and Board sofa? No. But at $2,400 cheaper, it’s definitely the better value.

And in case you are wondering. NO. I was not paid or compensated in any way for this Bryght Furniture review. In fact, I tried to get the hook up from Bryght in exchange for a review and they, politely, declined. Darn.

Have you ever bought a substantial piece of furniture online, without seeing it in person?

Was it what you expected, better, or worse?

Any other gem of a websites y’all know about that I need to be filled in on?  

So a Forbes journalist reached out to me a couple weeks back and we did a phone interview about my life and financials. The article is live on Forbes today and if you want to read it you can click here. I wouldn’t say everything in there is exactly how I would have portrayed our situation, but nonetheless, it’s a still a decent piece.

And if you want to get a real kick out of it, click over to the same article on Yahoo and read the comments. Man, some people are brutal :)

I’ve always wanted to be the type of person that sets goals for themselves. Let me pat myself on the back as, today, I’ve reached a new goal.


I know. I know. You’re so proud of me right?! Thanks for your encouragement.

For realsy though, I’m at a weird crossroad. This blog is literally titled Punch Debt In The Face, and as such, feel like the voice of the blog should be about debt, or at the very least, personal finance. That said, after 1,170 blog posts, I just don’t have much left to say about money. 

That’s not to say that I’ve stopped caring about money. My Roth IRA, 401k, and taxable investment accounts are still very much a part of my life and I love them dearly. But I just don’t have any interest in writing about them anymore. At least not often enough to warrant posting here.

I’ve flirted with the idea of selling off my blog for a couple thousand bucks. Letting some spammer take it over and blast you with a million posts about “10 ways to get out of debt” or “Best credit card offers”. I’d want to punch myself in the face for doing it, but money is money.

The other part of me wants to just let it lay dormant and post as desired (kind of like I am right now). Maybe sometimes I post a couple times a month. Maybe I go six months without any new content.

Part of me wants to just rename my blog Punch Life In The Face and just write about whatever the hell I want without feeling like I need to cater to a specific audience, but unfortunately, website SEO hates new domains.

And so here we are. Only problem is, I’m not quite sure where “here” is.

I can tell you that I’ve been continuing my latest money making hobby of flipping a ton of furniture on craigslist. Here are my most recent deals..

Original Z Chair. Paid $250. Sold for $850.


Stanley Credenza. Paid $250. Sold for $600.


Lane Credenza. Paid $50. Sold for $500.

Arnt Sorheim Credenza. Paid $450. Sold for $1,050.


Lane Credenza. Paid $250. Sold for $650.


Norwegian Teak Credenza. Paid $500. Sold for $1,500.


BoConcept Leather Chairs. Paid $1,000. Sold for $1,900.


Walnut Credenza. Paid $350. Sold for $800.


I know after my last post about flipping furniture I got a few emails from readers saying they gave it a shot and were able to make a quick profit. So far my furniture investing is absolutely destroying actual stock market investing. Can’t beat a 100% to 200% return on investment.

Go flip some furniture already. Unless you live in Seattle, then back off… I call dibs :)

Oh, and I’m 99% sure Girl Ninja and I are having a piece about us go up on Forbes this week. I’ll link to the post when I see it… assuming I’m happy with how it portrays us, haha.

Edit: the forbes article is up. Found here.

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