Tweet. This tweet actually.
I'd spied two key words - 'free' and 'multiyork'. I had a multiyork sofa in my previous house and I loved it. Sadly it wouldn't fit in this house so I had to get rid of it. I still miss it and in a few years time I plan to buy another, but having owned it I knew that multiyork are a: built to last, and b: have removable and replaceable covers. So after a few more tweets I set off to Nicola's (only about 40 mins away) and returned home with the chair.
After a run through the washing machine (yes they said 'dry clean only' but I took a risk) and a few days drying, the chair was given the feline seal of approval before it had even got into the lounge!
It's now in residence in the lounge, covered in a throw whilst I decide what fabric to get new covers in, and looking very 'right' for the room :-)
But this meant that I had to find a home for the other (cheap, temporary) chair that had been there in the lounge for the last 5 years. In my brain a plan was hatching - in the dining room there's a space under the stairs, which had always been home to the stereo (rarely used now thanks to itunes) and the shoe basket etc.
After a little re-arranging of the dining room furniture the oak coffer is now in situ on the other side of the room and this is what the space under the stairs now looks like
Somewhere snuggly to sit and read.
Thanks Nicola for the chair - and good luck with the shop move in the new year.