All posts tagged: Living room

DFS Capsule Collection for small space living - compact sofa

DFS Capsule Collection – compact sofas for small space living

Homes across the country are undergoing a squeeze – the UK has some of the smallest properties in Europe; a shortage of new homes and soaring property prices means we’re living in increasingly smaller spaces, from city flat shares to multi-functional studios. But when it comes to furniture, we can all dream about those great, big, L-shaped sofas to relax and recline on, yet there’s not a great many options for compact living that’s also low in price. DFS has just launched Capsule Collection, a new range of contemporary and customisable sofas, armchairs, and foot-stools that’s space-saving and stylish. I went to the press launch the other week to check out the designs myself and was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The dimensions have been shrunk down to create compact sofas and armchairs that are clean and simple in style, from the mid-century style Laze to the Scandi-inspired Lull. The range comes in 55 fabric options, with feet in chrome, copper, light or dark wood, meaning there are hundreds of options to create a sofa that suits …

Tips for choosing a sofa to suit your home - Galloway Corner Sofa by Darlings of Chelsea

Tips for choosing a sofa to suit your home

A beautiful, well-suited, well-proportioned sofa can make or break a living room scheme. It’s the focal point and centrepiece of a space, around which everything else is evolved. It’s also an investment buy that’s used and enjoyed day in day out, so it’s important to get it right from the beginning and ensure it suits both the style of your home and your lifestyle. Choose well and you’ll end up with a sofa that can endure as well as adapt with you. My current sofa looks the part, but it isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world. I wish I had spent more time researching sofa designs and a little more money, so I’ve teamed up with Darlings of Chelsea to share some tips for choosing a sofa. 1. Measure up Make sure you measure both the size of your living room and the size of your doorways (including your front door!) to ensure your new sofa is right for your space and goes with the rest of your furniture. ‘This is so important, both to make …

Camerich leather chair

Camerich leather lounge chair

A well-designed armchair, or you might call it a lounge chair, can last a lifetime; passed down to your children so they too can sit in its comfortable folds and while away a moment or two. And there’s something very grown-up and classic about a leather lounge chair in particular, conjuring up images of gentleman’s studies, dark wood-panelled rooms and cocktail hour in a quiet corner. But it’s somewhat harder to find a modern take on a leather lounge chair for more contemporary tastes, without spending an arm and a leg (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). That’s where Camerich come in; their new designer furniture collection has been designed to offer quality pieces for modern lifestyles and comprises beautifully crafted contemporary shapes and a sleek, minimal aesthetic. I’ve fallen for their Leman chair, a simple modern leather chair in brushed chrome. Comprised of two square frames, held together by a padded seat and back, it’s sharp lines have a modernist vibe that brings to mind Eileen Gray designs and early Twentieth century classics. Dark brown is the classic choice; less …

Home is better with U, making a house a home with Urbanara

Home is better with U, with Urbanara

What makes a house a home? I’ve often found myself wondering over this question during the course of writing my blog. For me, an interior is more than just a statement or pretty display frozen in time, they’re places that should be designed around how we live not just how we want it to look. In my mind, to make a house a home you need to concentrate on how a space feels to be in. A home is a space full of life in all its mess, full of things that tell your story and people to share it with. I recently saw an exhibition on the American designer Alexander Girard at the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, he designed interiors as stage sets for everyday living; he saw them as constantly changing works in progress that could adapt and grow over time. Unusually for a designer, he would keep in touch with clients for 10, 20, 30 years after a project, advising them on small changes and even helping to swap round the colour of the cushions every season. …

Finding the perfect rug

Finding the perfect rug

I’ve talked about my new found love of dark colours and moving away from my safe space of white walls (here and here) but we’re moving house soon, so as much as I’d like to get my hands on a new decorating project, I’ll just have to wait. That hasn’t stopped me putting a little TLC into our home and ‘nesting’ as I like to call it; creating a warm, cosy space until we find a new place to live and I can get out the paint brushes. I’m also making small, little changes to tidy up our home and make it more inviting to potential buyers. So welcome to my new addition, this dreamy, deep, dark grey and navy blue rug by Esprit from Modern Rugs. It’s my nod to the trend at the moment for dark walls and moody colours. It somehow grounds the sofa area, picking up on the dark shades of the cushions and the dusky blue of the art print, to create a cosy nook of thick textures. From the soft linen of the …

Styling the Seasons: June

It seems like ages since I’ve done a Styling the Seasons post, I sadly missed out May’s – something about getting a book finished and then going on holiday made May breeze past in a blink of an eye (!) – but I’m back with these beauteous peonies for one of my favourite months! So, what does June mean for me? Well, I’m still desperately trying to cling onto the calm and tranquility from my holiday in Malaysia – we spent two weeks relaxing and recharging after a stressful few months, and as work and city life begins to pick up again, I’m trying to keep in mind those moments of peace, when the hardest decision we had to make was where to lay our towels, and where the sound of the sea could gently lull us to sleep. Hence the calm and lightness in the images here, I’ve simply styled my dining table with a lovely soft French linen table cloth to give it a summery feel. Alongside is a soothing cup of tea, because there’s nothing …

Lane Twin Tone Lampshade + discount code

The other day I was talking about how I wanted to inject a bit of pale pink into my home (see the post here). I haven’t got the time just yet to get the paint brushes out but when Nottingham-based interior accessories brand Lane contacted me about their collaboration with British paint brand Little Greene, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to test that perfect shade of pink out in my living room. The two have teamed up to create the concertina-shaped Twin Tone lampshade, each shade bringing together two colours that have been carefully matched from the Little Greene collection. Made entirely out of thick paper from one of the oldest mills in the country, they come in six gorgeous colour ways, ranging from the light and bright Loft White and Orange Aurora, through the moodier Balsalt (dark blue) and Brighton (pale blue) and my personal favourite, Light Peachblossom and Carmine (dusky pink). Don’t you just love the names? Mine fits in perfectly above our small, round, white table in the living room, casting a soft haze over our meals …

Bringing the outdoors in with rattan chairs

Living in the centre of London, like a lot of other city-dwellers, I don’t have a garden. But boy do I wish I had one – in my dreams I would have deck chairs in the summer, overgrowing herbaceous borders and a sunny patio for alfresco dinners. Instead I have a small balcony jam-packed with herbs and at the moment, spring blooms – it’s my little urban oasis – but there’s no where to sit. We have two large doors that open onto the balcony from the living room and when the sun is shining through it is almost like we’re not in a city at all and there’s a sprawling garden just beyond the soft linen curtains. I’m constantly trying to find ways to bring the outdoors in, from plants to translucent blinds and curtains, but when Out There Interiors offered me the chance to review their Finleigh chair, part of their vast collection of garden and conservatory furniture, I jumped at the chance. Suitable for both inside and out, here the saucer-shaped Finleigh slots in perfectly next to an alcove …

I wish I lived here: a pastel Scandinavian home

How pretty is this fresh, airy, pastel-shaded Scandinavian home in Sweden’s Gothenburg with its tall ceiling and large windows? It has just a hint of Spring –I love how there are little vases of blooms, tulips and crocuses dotted around the place. The gallery wall with that pale pink ‘un, deus, trois’ print and the cosy, inviting bed with the Alvar Aalto stool for a bedside table are perfect too. It’s styled by Emma Fisher, who has a lovely Instagram account. I would love to live here, wouldn’t you? Styling: Emma Fisher, Images: Stadshem

Interiors inspiration

I’m in the process of redecorating my flat so I’ve been scouring the internet and Pinterest for some inspiration. I’ve been stripping the wallpaper in my living room all week and have a picked out ‘French Grey Pale’ from Little Greene’s catalogue (similar to Farrow & Ball and in association with English Heritage) for the walls. The living room will feature a grey Ikea sofa and hopefully a vintage Ercol table from eBay. I found these gorgeous Swedish cushions made in Cornwall on there too. I’ve been very inspired by Scandinavian style: white walls, classic modernist furniture and colourful patterned ceramics to finish the look off. Here’s what I’ve been looking at recently: I’ll start with this ethereal Ferm Living lookbook from Spring/Summer 2013. I love the diamond patterns.           This is the sofa we’re getting from Ikea (its called Karlstad in Isunda Grey). The image is Deborah’s (apieceofcake82 on instagram) bright and airy family home in Scotland from Emma’s Designblogg. Set by Stephanie Hornig found here. Beautiful ceramics by Studio PS found here. …