When it comes to interiors, I would describe my taste as modern mid-century crossed with a bit of teenage girl chic and pops of bright colour added to the mix. Eclectic, I think you’ll agree. We moved into our house seven years ago and panic-bought furniture and accessories that I very quickly grew tired of, so in the last 18 months, we’ve been on a slow mission to gradually update our living room. A year ago, our living room looked like this but the main thing I’ve been keen to change is our sofa and chair – our black velvet sofa had served us well, but it was too dark and bulky in our living room, which doesn’t get loads of natural light and needs all the help it can get to look light and bright.
Last year, I spied my dream sofa in a friend’s house – she had it in grey in her play room, but after looking it up online on the DFS website and seeing it came in teal, I knew that was the colour for us. As is the case for most of us, we haven’t had a spare £879 for a new sofa all year, so it remained on my ‘Dream home’ shopping list and every time I went over to my friend’s house, I’d admire her sofas and think how nice one would look in our house.
So I consider it fate that DFS got in touch with me and asked me to take part in a challenge! Using the sofa of my choice (Me: “I know which one to choose! I know which one to choose!”) they wanted me to style it up, using some accessories of my choice from Dwell, and then ask the six-year-old to do the same. Who would make the sofa look better: me or the six-year-old? Here’s how we got on…
How The Six-Year-Old Thinks The Sofa Should Look
The six-year-old chose these decorative WOW letters in primary colours (“If you turn them upside down, they say MOM” she said, and I realised she watches too many American shows on Netflix. True story: she said “My bad!” the other day…). She also chose this fab throw which has red, blue, purple, green – basically every colour you can think of – through it. Lastly, she popped a red postcard that says “Totes Amazeballs” on the shelf and moved the cushions around until she was happy with a mustard colour, our ampersand cushion and a turquoise one.
How do you think she got on? I was impressed by her use of colour! And the throw is super snuggly for watching TV on the sofa.
How I Think The Sofa Should Look
OK, so it’s my turn and I chose a mustard rug – which I think contrasts nicely with the teal sofa and brightens the room a little bit. I also went for a gold magazine rack. My job means I have endless magazines coming into the house, so being able to organise the ones I’m currently reading appealed to me.
I moved our gold pineapple candle onto the coffee table to compliment the magazine rack and placed one of the cushions that comes with the French Connection Zinc 3-seater sofa onto my new chair, which sits by the window.
I actually love both looks, and could happily live with either. But what do you think? Whose look do you prefer?
Big thanks to DFS for asking me to work with them on this post and for providing the sofa. All views are my own and please see my Work With Me page for details on how I work with brands.