Shine on – how to decorate with metallics

Shine on – how to decorate with metallics

22nd August 2016

Missing the Olympics and all those Team GB medals? Here’s how to bring a touch of gold, silver and bronze to your home this season (podium optional!)

Here at DFS hq, we’re already missing the sound of the national anthem striking up as yet another successful Team GB athlete steps up accept a gong from Rio 2016. So to help us all keep that Olympic flag flying just a little bit longer, we’d thought we’d swap medals for metals and give you our top tips for home style that’s polished, not pretentious…

Metallic magic

Decorating with metallics of any hue is all about balance – too little and the shimmer fades into insignificance, and too much and you’re straying into casino territory. Here’s how to get it right first time…

Mix and match

Golds and silvers work wonderfully together so don’t be afraid to mix your metals. Pair a chrome and glass side table with a gold or bronze-toned lamp, or go for a selection of the same metal in a variety of finishes or textures – brushed, polished and beaten, for instance – to ring the changes within the same colour palette. For the ultimate in luxe living, pair gold with white or neutral-based room (walls, sofa and floor) – a classic combination that never goes out of style. 

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Tryka coffee table and Copper table lamp from Dwell

Start small

You don’t have to go all Kardashian from the off – a subtle introduction of metallics to your decorating scheme is plenty bling enough if you’re new to the shine stakes. We’d recommend a statement chair in a luxe fabric, or a shimmery rug to work as a simple yet stunning centrepiece.

Jewel statement chair from dfs

Jewel statement chair from dfs

Dwell metallic rug

Pick the perfect palette

Warm metallics – gold, bronze, brass and copper – love rich, earthy colours so keep it in the family and pair them with a base palette of reds and browns. Cooler metals – pewter, silver and chrome – have a natural affinity with blue and green hues. Think a deep red chair with a copper-coloured throw or a midnight blue sofa with a pile of silver cushions and you’re in metal heaven.

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Dwell silver cushion

Light it up

Lighting – whether that’s ceiling, wall, table or floor – is one of the easiest and most effective ways of introducing metallic décor into your scheme. Think of your lamp or pendant as a piece of modern art and go to town with it from a design point of view.

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Tripod spotlight giant floor lamp, Cappa triple pendant light, both from Dwell

Mirror images

Mirrors are the stylist’s secret weapon – they reflect light into the darkest of corners, they make every space look bigger and they’re a natural focal point to a room (who can resist checking themselves out in a handily hung looking glass?). They come in all shapes and sizes and work wonderfully either on their own or in a run of three of more. Add a dash of metallic into the mix and it’s a win-win.

Oblique copper mirror from Dwell

Oblique copper mirror from Dwell

For more autumn style inspiration, check out our new Style Sourcebook ezine, online now

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Laura Trott: The golden girl

Laura Trott: The golden girl

17th August 2016

We’re so proud to be sponsoring this superstar cyclist! Laura’s stunning track performances really are something spectacular, and her performance in Rio has been extra-ordinary. The Golden girl has become Britain's most successful female Olympian by winning four Olympic gold medals and retaining her omnium title.

"I can't believe it. I didn't expect that at all," said a tearful Trott, who matched her team pursuit and omnium victories from London 2012 in Rio.

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Laura burst onto the cycling scene in 2010 when she became the junior world champion in the omnium.  By the time the 2012 London Olympics arrived she had added more world championship gold medals in the team pursuit and omnium. Sure enough, at the Olympics she won two gold meals for – you’ve guessed it – team pursuit and omnium.  But that was just for starters! Then she powered through the European and world cycling events to become the most successful rider (male or female) in the history of the European Track Championships.

At the World Championships in London earlier this year Laura was so dominant in the omnium – a mixture of six riding disciplines – that the crowd rose in an ovation as she finished her final lap to win a gold medal!

But Laura’s path to being an Olympian had difficult beginnings. She was born one month prematurely with a collapsed lung and was later diagnosed with asthma. She took up cycling with her mother to help her health and then discovered she had rather an aptitude for the sport!

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Laura has been described as having ‘an iron resolve’ and it’s clear that at 24 she is just at the beginning of an awesome career. So far she has won 22 gold medals in different competitions but her ambitions continue as she hopes to achieve and even beat Sir Chris Hoy’s haul of six Olympic golds in cycling which her fiance Jason Kenny has just equaled by winning the dramatic keirin. These two are a 'power couple' at it's best - the golden pair are unstoppable! 

Looking good, Laura, and there is further success to come. But one of the things we love most about you is your down-to-earth personality – here’s how Laura describes herself on Instagram: ‘I ride round in circles for fun…’.

Now that’s our kind of Olympic champion!

We joined Laura at her home to see how she trains – and relaxes!

Five things you may not know about Laura

  • Laura has a leisure centre named after her – the Grundy Park Leisure Centre was renamed the Laura Trott Leisure Centre in her honour in after it was redeveloped in 2014.
  • Laura is an OBE. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.
  • Her dogs are sproodles – a cross between a poodle and an English springer spaniel – and are called Sprolo and Pringle. And she is going to miss them most when out in Rio.
  • She is engaged to Jason Kenny, another Olympic cyclist who won gold medals in the team sprint and individual sprint at the 2012 Olympics.
  • Laura is entitled to wear the Rainbow Jersey in competitions for a year as she is a World Champion in the team pursuit.

Laura swaps Lycra for a Stella McCartney gown on our Britannia shoot.

Laura ditches the Lycra for a Stella McCartney gown on our Britannia shoot.

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Adam Peaty: ‘He’s a warrior, a gladiator’

Adam Peaty: ‘He’s a warrior, a gladiator’

8th August 2016

Here at DFS we are so proud to be sponsoring Adam – he doesn’t just break world records, he smashes them! His fear of water is nowhere to be seen as his first Olympic appearance is one to go down in history. Adam is the first British man to win Olympic swimming gold since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988.

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Last year he beat the World Breaststroke Record by a massive 0.54 seconds, the biggest margin for 42 years. Since then he has been knocking out the fast times and now has six of the ten quickest times in history. He began the Games as the world record holder with a time of 57.92 and has lowered it by 0.79, having also set a mark of 57.55 in his opening heat.

‘The pool is his arena,’ says his trainer Mel Marshall. ‘He comes alive in the competitive arena. He’s a warrior, he’s a gladiator. The bigger the arena, the bigger the fight, the stronger he stands.’ Mel knows what she is talking about, having won six medals herself at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Now she guides his training at the team’s Derby base.

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We aren't the only ones that our proud of Adam - his family keep him on track and pushing him through the toughest times. His number one fan Nan Mavis loves to wash his Team GB kit and we know she cannot wait to watch him bring home the GOLD and congratulate him! #OlympicNan

We joined Adam for a day and you can see how he trains, and the family that’s backing him all the way, here:

Five facts about Adam:

  • Adam has been nominated twice as BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.
  • When swimming 50m breaststroke, Adam glides for 40% of the time.
  • If he weren’t a swimmer, Adam says that he would join the Navy or Army.
  • When training he gets up at 4.00am, swims from 5.00-7.00am and then visits the gym until 8.30am with further fitness sessions later in the day.
  • Adam was the first male swimmer to win three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships.

And a new one to add to the list:

  • Wins the first gold medal for Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympics and smashed his own world records out of the water! (pun intended)

CONGRATULATIONS ADAM!!!

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Summer’s here – time for a little sun, sea and sand!

Summer’s here – time for a little sun, sea and sand!

2nd August 2016

Whether you’re turned on by turquoise, sold on sandy shades or tickled pink by coral colours, there’s a way to bring a little bit of beach magic into your home this summer.

If you’re thinking of redecorating your home this summer, you can’t go wrong with a beach-inspired scheme as it’s just so versatile. You can choose to stick to nicely nautical, with a palette of sea blues and crisp whites (more on that look here), or you can roll out the colour carpet a bit more and embrace all the seaside shades, from tropical blue and ocean green right through to soft sand and delicate shell pink.

1 Beach days

Think about your favourite beach during the day – bright yellow sun (hopefully, if you’re thinking grey and overcast, you’re reading the wrong blog!), warm golden sand, and sparkling blue sea. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it? So how about bringing that sunny feeling into your home with a relaxed, neutral sofa in a light sandy shade, a beautiful blue rug and maybe a yellow, sunshine-y wall? Summer all year round!

The Posy 3-seater Pillow Back Sofa from DFS

The Tunis rug from Dwell

2 Sunset style

When the sun goes down, the beach takes on a whole new look, with oranges, reds and coppers taking centre stage. If you’re more of a night owl, then this look can be easily replicated with a textural sofa in a deep, rich shade, offset with bang-on-trend metallic accents such as a statement pendant light.

The Hardy 3-seater Sofa from DFS

Campana Medium Pendant Light in Copper from Dwell

Add copper lighting to set the scene

3 She sells sea shells

Shell pink, that delicate and beautiful pink shade you find inside conch shells, is way too much for a room all on its own, but boy does it work well with other beachy pastel shades. Work from a neutral base of cream or ivory walls, sheer curtains for an airy feel. Why not play around with metallic textures and accessories for a beautiful mermaid feel.

The Betsy Armchair from DFS

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4 Let’s talk turquoise (or teal)

Turquoise and teal are neighbours on the colour spectrum, both bluish-green in composition – turquoise being the bluer, lighter shade and teal showing a little more green. Both work well in a beach-inspired room, and both mix surprisingly well with other blues and greens, creating a serene palette for an ultra-relaxing space.

The Maya 4-seater Lounger from DFS

Turquoise Band Vase from Dwell

Accessorise with gold metallics and tonal statement pieces such as eye-catching vases and bowls

5 Coral calling

Coral is the colour-wheel opposite turquoise/teal and its winning combination of orange, red and pink sums up summer. Ranging in shade from salmon to rust, it’s warm and welcoming, perfect as both accent or statement. It’s best friends with tan and taupe but also gets along famously with blues and greens, making it really easy to work with in any room.

The Finlay 2-seater Sofa Bed from DFS

 Sea Shore Rug from DFS

For more summer style inspiration, check out our new Style Sourcebook ezine, online now.

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Magical nooks in the house

Magical nooks in the house

2nd August 2016

With the newest Harry Potter book (well, script) hitting the stores this week, we thought we’d sprinkle a bit of our style sorcery around and show you how to create some magical nooks in your home and garden.

It’s been a long time coming (nine years, to be exact) but Harry Potter mania is once again descending. That’s right, on 31 July, at the stroke of midnight (the witching hour, or what?), the ‘Special Rehearsal Edition’ of JK Rowling’s new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two, will be released, a day after the play premieres at the Palace Theatre in London.

It’s already the most preordered book of the year, with Harry’s myriad fans desperate to find out how the Hogwarts’ hero has fared with a job at the Ministry of Magic, marriage to Ginny Weasley and three kids to boot… and no, we’re not going to tell you what happens (because we haven’t read it yet either!).

JK Rowling’s new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two

Make some magic of your own!

But once you’ve got the new Harry Potter book in your hands, where are you going to settle down to read it, we hear you ask? It’s not as if you can just wave a wand and conjure up a perfect little magical nook, is it? Well, yes, actually – because we’ve cast a style spell and come up with some top tips on how to create a magical space in your home or garden. Altogether now… abracadabra, alakazam!

Fairytale reading nook for kids
The dictionary definition of nook is ‘a small space or corner that is inside something’, which is great because it means you can have one absolutely anywhere you like. If you’ve got kids who like to read – or be read to – why not create one in their bedroom so they’ve got somewhere magical to curl up with good book.

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We love this ethereal, floaty, indoor-tent idea on lifestyle site stylemepretty.com – and it’s so easy to recreate with some draped fabric, a few gold or silver stars and lots of comfy cushions.

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For boys, we were wowed by the clever use of an alcove we found on nelliebellie.com… that’s what we call making the most of a small space!

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Cuddle up
And it’s all very well for the kids to have somewhere comfy to read, but what about mums and dads when it’s story time? Worry not, as DFS has a huge selection of  comfy cuddler chairs and sofas to choose from, just like this sherbet-coloured beauty.

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The enchanted forest… indoors

No, we’re not talking elves and tree sprites! But we are talking about getting creative with natural, forest-inspired materials, such as wood, leather and wool – it’s a fast-track way to create some earth magic in your living room. We were felled (sorry!) by this idea from Dutch inspiration site zelfmaakideetjes.nl that turns a simple corner of the living room into a self-styled sanctuary where you can escape and let go.

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A mystical garden glade

Magical nooks don’t have to just be inside… you can create a beautiful secluded space in your garden that really comes into its own once the sun goes down, like this charming one we discovered on wedding planning site itakeyou.co.uk. The simple garden furniture (DFS has a superb selection to suit all gardens and budgets) is transformed into something extra special by all the twinkly lights, candles and lanterns – we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be on a hot summer night.

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Looking for more inspiration?

Check out our newest Style Sourcebook ezine, online now. It’s packed with style advice and ideas on the latest looks for your home

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Great Brits: Game On #FlipIt

Great Brits: Game On #flipit

Great Brits: Game On #FlipIt

2nd August 2016

It’s nearly time. The athletes have landed, and if you’ve been following our blog post series, your living room is sorted, your sofa celebrations are nailed, and you’ve got a range of culinary treats that will keep you and your guests satisfied.

It’s time we got into the spirit of the action. It’s time to get competitive. Team GB’s athletes are driven forward by their insatiable desire to win. That’s why they train so hard and push themselves to such limits.

We’re not suggesting you go to such lengths. But we can help you add a bit of friendly competition to your sofa while you’re enjoying this epic summer of sport.

Introducing: the DFS Great Brits: Game On #flipit challenge.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Get hold of a coaster. Any coaster will do, but probably best that it’s not too thick or too fragile. 
  2. Position your coaster on the edge of a table, with your fingers under the coaster
  3. Flick the coaster upwards with one action, allowing (TECHNICAL PART ALERT) at least 180o of turn
  4. Catch it!
  5. Do it again, and see how many you can successfully flip and catch in 60 seconds

Great Brits: Game On #flipit

We had lots of fun when we took our #FlipIt game to the Team GB Kitting Out and here is a flavour for you:

Think your flipping skills are flipping brilliant? We want you to show us. Upload your video of yourself in action (or an image from your flips) along with your score and the hashtag #FlipIt.

1st place will win a huge £1,000 to spend at dfs! Not forgetting Silver and Bronze places who will win a fantastic £50 dwell voucher! Full Terms and Conditions here.

Make sure you stay tuned to our social channels, as we are taking the #flipit challenge all the way to Rio: Twitter, Instagram & YouTube.

Watch this space!