8 ways to cosy up your home for winter

8 ways to cosy up your home for winter

19th October 2016

Pretty and practical tips to make your home a winter haven

With wintry weather on its way, now’s the perfect time to think about turning your home in to a warm, snuggly haven of comfort and joy.

We bet you’ve already bought your winter coat, gloves and boots to cope with whatever Mother Nature throws at you this winter… but what about getting your home ready to face the colder, darker days ahead? Here are 8 seasonal style tips that will add the snug to your cosy winter home.  

1 Rug up

The fashionistas’ winter watchword is ‘layering’ and this goes for your home too. Stone or wood floors that looked (and felt) über cool in summer will benefit from a soft rug or two being thrown over them in winter. Try a sheepskin rug by your bed, a dhurrie-style rug over wooden boards, or spice up your lounge with a large, fluffy number like the Spirit rug from Dwell in a gorgeous jewel-tone.

Rugs add instant cosy winter home style

Rugs add instant cosy winter home style

2 Bump up the cushions

For max snuggle, you need lots of cushions in a variety of tones, textures and sizes. Go for a combo of velvet, faux fur and chunky knits – gorgeous, tactile fabrics that really come in to their own in winter.

You can never have too many cushions

You can never have too many cushions

3 Throw on a throw

Throws are the winter homemaker’s BFF. They’re warm, cosy and, from a style perspective, a speedy way to transform a room when draped over sofas, chairs and beds. The colour? Whites and greys keep it Scandi-stylish, while earth tones of olive green and rich terracotta (like the Turin throw) are bang on trend for this season. We ❤ the warmth and texture of fur throws!

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4 Add some winter fragrance

Wood fires evoke an instant sense of winter, but if you don’t have a fireplace, there are lots of smoky scented candles that work their aroma-therapy (we love Diptyque’s Feu de Bois). Other classic winter-scented candles include pine, sandalwood and clove. This Moroccan-inspired Circles candle holder from Dwell casts beautiful shadows, enhancing the feelings of winter cosy.

Candles are a quick way to add the cosy to your winter home style

Candles are a quick way to add the cosy to your winter home style

5 Rearrange the furniture

Up the cosy factor in your living room by having a seasonal switch-around and rearranging the furniture. Move sofas and chairs away from the walls – try grouping them around a central rug, maybe, or turn them to face the fireplace (if you have one). Immediately the room will feel snugger, warmer and more nest-like. The Country Living Gower is the perfect seat for snuggling on this season!

Group furniture around the fireplace for instant cosy

Group furniture around the fireplace for instant cosy

6 Come dine with me

Even dining rooms can do with a bit of a winter home style makeover. Pop coloured slipcovers over dining chairs for added wow and warmth. Slip a textured rug under the dining table for guests’ feet to sink into (as we’ve done with the Canova extending dining table), and swap electric lights for flickering candles – a feast for your eyes indeed.

Create a modern dining space with high gloss

Create a modern dining space with high gloss

7 lighting

When it’s dark outside, getting the interior lighting is mega important. Ditch the central ceiling fixture (too harsh) and plump for pools of warmer light instead – uplighters in dim corners, floor lamps placed behind sofas and chairs to cast an ambient glow (we love this Peso light, from Dwell), table lamps strategically situated for reading or working, and bundles of fairy lights in unused fireplaces or in vases to add twinkle where it’s needed – will all make your rooms feel cosy and comforting.

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8 Mirror image

Make the most of what natural light there is in winter by reflecting it around the room with a large mirror. It’ll brighten up any space and make the room look bigger too.

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For more autumn/winter style inspiration, including more on fireside living and getting cosy for winter, check out our new Style Sourcebook, online now

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Luxe: a brief history of velvet

Luxe: a brief history of velvet

7th October 2016

Favoured by the rich, renowned and, of course, royal, velvet has the luxe factor we’re all looking for this winter. Here’s a quick romp through the heritage of this most luxurious fabric

We’ve said it before – and we’ll no doubt say it again – if you want to keep ahead of the Joneses in the home style stakes, look no further than what’s trending on the catwalks of the major fashion shows. This year’s ‘it’ fabric – as showcased by Prada, Christopher Kane and Giorgio Armani among many (many!) others – is soft, tactile, luscious and luxe velvet. But what is velvet and why is it so darn gorgeous and covetable?

From left: Prada, Christopher Kane and Giorgio Armani for autumn-winter 2016

From left: Prada, Christopher Kane and Giorgio Armani for autumn-winter 2016

Velvet 101

A few fast facts about this fab fabric…

1 You might be surprised to learn that velvet isn’t actually a material, it’s a weaving technique creating a soft, dense pile that covers the base cloth, forming the sumptuous plush surface we all know and love.

2 Velvet can be made from any type of material – traditionally, silk was used but with pure silk velvet costing hundreds of pounds a metre, it’s more usual nowadays to find it woven from silk blend, cotton, linen, wool, mohair or synthetic fibres such as viscose.

3 There are many types of velvet, including:

  • Crushed – produced by twisting the fabric while it’s wet so the nap is pressed in different directions
  • Pile-on-pile – ultra-luxe version of velvet, where piles of differing lengths are used to create pattern
  • Nacre – a pearlescent, shimmery velvet
  • Devoré aka burnout velvet, where areas of the pile are dissolved to leave a raised pattern

Divine devoré

Divine devoré

4 Many people think velvet and velour are the same thing… but they’d be wrong! Velvet is woven (see fact 1, above!) while velour is knitted.

The royal treatment

Velvet has been a favourite of the rich and famous since it first burst upon the clothing scene. Because of its high price point, it was an easy way to display wealth and power to the common people. The fabric quickly gained the royal seal of approval and was the material of choice for robes of state – Good Queen Bess was particularly fond of the fabric (especially when embellished with lots and lots of gold!).

Elizabeth I as portrayed by Nicholas Hilliard in 1585

Elizabeth I as portrayed by Nicholas Hilliard in 1585

A fabric as old as time

Examples of velvet have been found dating back to the Ancient Egyptians, with Cairo being a production hotspot around 2000BCE. The technique then travelled along the Silk Road (appropriate as silk was the core material for velvet back then) to Europe from the 12th to the 18th centuries – it was around this time that velvet started being used for upholstery, curtains and wallpaper in addition to clothing. Once the Industrial Revolution dawned, the fabric became much cheaper to produce and more widely available. The link to wealth and status continued, though, with velvet being the go-to material for glamorous garments (just ask the Dowager Countess of Grantham!).

Dame Maggie Smith rocking the velvet look, Downton Abbey, ITV.com

Dame Maggie Smith rocking the velvet look, Downton Abbey, ITV.com

Bring a touch of velvet to your home

If you fancy jumping on the velvet underground, then a statement sofa in this luxury finish certainly ticks all the style boxes. Here are just three of our DFS faves…

Catherine the great

Feminine and elegant, the Catherine sofa has classic lines and comes in five perfectly pretty colours

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Make mine a Bailey

With its beautiful button back, the Bailey sofa will make its presence felt in any room

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Shine like the star you are

Plush, squishy and velvet soft, the Shine sofa definitely has the wow factor

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For more autumn/winter style inspiration, including more on sensuous velvet, check out our new Style Sourcebook, online now.

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Tartan? Check!

Tartan? Check!

22nd September 2016

Trend alert! This season’s love affair with tartan and plaid checks every home stylist’s box.

Tartan, plaid, checks… call it what you will, this instantly recognisable fabric is set to be taking centre stage in our homes this autumn and winter. As with many interiors trends, it began on the catwalks of the autumn/winter 2016/17 fashion shows, with designers such as Isabel Marant, Dolce & Gabbana, Victoria Beckham and the British grande dame of tartan Vivienne Westwood sending their models on their plaid-clad way in super-stylish belted coats, sharply tailored dresses and vibrant trouser suits.

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Why go mad for plaid?

If you fancy a home-style highland fling with this on-trend fabric, now’s the perfect time to get started. Whether you’re after a heritage-led look or something more contemporary, tartan ticks all the boxes.

Firstly, there’s a vast range of colours and patterns to choose from, ranging from the more traditional blue, green and red weaves (try our Clan Quiz, below, to see how many classic patterns you can recognise) right through to modern interpretations of the design in subtle pastels and dynamic brights.

And secondly, plaid taps in to our enduring love affair with all things artisan and handcrafted. With a history dating back hundreds of years (the oldest recorded tartan – the Falkirk – is third century), tartan is a wonderfully tactile fabric, ideal for autumn and winter homes style, as it’s comforting and nostalgic in equal measures.

5 ways to get checks appeal

From carpets to wallpaper, sofas to ceilings, here are five stylish ways to tart-an up your home.

1 Scene-stealing ceilings

A tartan-wallpapered ceiling certainly makes a statement, You probably won’t want to go as far (or as blue) as this checktastic room we found on interior designer Scot Meacham Wood’s Tartan Scot blog, but you can’t deny it’s perfect for this Scottish Lodge look.

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2 Fab floors

A plaid carpet adds instant warmth and colour to a room, while tartan on the stairs creates a real wow hall – we love the autumnal berry tones in this image from tartancarpets.co.uk. If you don’t want to go full-on flooring, then a checked rug over a plain carpet will work wonders.

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3 Wow walls

Tartan wallpaper is ideal for a feature wall in an otherwise pared-back setting, or for max impact, try decorating a smaller room in your home (the hallway, a downstairs loo, or a box room) in floor-to-ceiling checks in rich tones, such as this bathroom beauty we found at vignettedesign.net.

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4 Super seating

Tartan furnishings used to conjure up images of stuffy hotels or old-fashioned gentlemen’s clubs… but not any more. Pick your palette well and a plaid sofa or statement chair can instantly catapult a room from frumpy to fab. Just remember to pair busy fabrics with calmer backdrops – neutrals work wonderfully – or pick a rich, deep shade, such as blue or green, for delicious contrast. Choose sofas and chairs in tactile wool or tweed fabrics to really up the luxe stakes. Here are three of our autumn faves…

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A comfy statement the Gower Plaid large sofa lochleven_wc_gowerplaid_grey_view1

A statement chair Loch Leven wing chair 

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The cuddler Moray check sofa 

5 Add some accessories

You don’t have to stick to just one check so feel free to mix plaids with herringbones, houndstooths and other tartan-inclined fabrics (just keep with similar tones and shades). Add interest to your sofa with woodland-themed cushions and cosy woollen throws, and don’t forget the footstool – essential for those winter nights in front of the fire while you’re sipping a wee dram!

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Do you know your tartan?

Tartan has a long and ‘checkered’ history, so why not take our fun quiz to see how many of these plaid patterns you can recognise? We’ve given you a little clue to help with each…  the answers are at the end of the quiz, so no peeking or we’ll send Braveheart to take your freedom!

1 Brand of soup made famous by Andy Warhol

Campbell

2 He was old… and he had a farm

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3 His brother Patrick was on the Starship Enterprise

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4 Did awfully well in the tennis at Wimbledon this year

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5 Braveheart’s real name… no, not Mel Gibson!

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Answers

1 Campbell 2 Macdonald 3 Stewart 4 Murray 5 Wallace

For more autumn/winter style inspiration, including lots more on how to get cosy with tartan, check out our new Style Sourcebook, online now

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What to look for in a statement chair

What to look for in a statement chair

22nd September 2016

Practical, versatile and superbly stylish, an accent chair adds wow to any space in your home.

Any space, small or large, upstairs or down, can benefit from the addition of an accent – or statement – chair. They’re the most versatile pieces of furniture in your home, looking great wherever you place them, and ready to leap (well, be pulled) into action when you need additional seating, at Christmas, say, when you’ve got lots of friends and family visiting.

The great thing about statement chairs is that they work literally anywhere, so if you’re short of space in the living room and can’t see how you can squeeze one in, why not pop one in the kitchen, or the hall, your bedroom, or the kids’ room (perfect for story time)… even the bathroom makes a perfect home for the perfect chair.

And don’t be afraid to mix things up when choosing your accent chair – it’s meant to be a statement piece, so the bolder the better, we say. It’s all about creating a centrepiece that sets off the rest of your décor, so if you’ve got a traditionally styled room, jazz it up with an ultra-modern chair in a bright shade or loud pattern to bring your home style bang up to date. If you veer more towards the contemporary in your decorating style, then a classic wing-back leather chair or a velvet button-back will add a corner of nostalgic calm, perfect for curling up with a good book and a glass of something delicious!

Choosing your accent chair

Statement chairs come in all shapes and sizes, and in a variety of fabrics, colours and patterns – giving you a world of style to choose from. So here’s our guide to the different types of accent chair out there, so you can find the perfect fit for you and your lifestyle…

Armchair

The dictionary definition of armchair is ‘a large, comfortable chair with side supports for a person’s arms’ hence the name, arm-chair! With these statement pieces, more is definitely more so go for one in a bright colour or unforgettable pattern for a real show-stopper. This Voyage chair ticks all the boxes (comfy, well padded, stylish and functional), and it would be fab in the corner of a kitchen or in the bay window of a bedroom.

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Club chair

These chairs used to grace the rooms of gentlemen’s clubs in the 19th century. As you might expect from a seat that housed posher bottoms, they are supremely comfortable, well-cushioned, with a low back, and wide arms just made for resting on while holding a snifter of brandy! Wonderful in any fabric, but best served in rich brown leather, the Liberty club chair is a classic example that would look stunning in an entrance hallway or a corner of a living room.

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Chaise longue

The chaise longue – or daybed, in the vernacular – dates back to Ancient Rome (yes, Cleopatra probably did recline on one, eating grapes fed to her by Mark Anthony!). In these modern times, we don’t tend to lie around quite so much, but there’s no denying that a chaise in a vibrant print makes a wow statement in any room – and they don’t come more statement-y or vibrant than this beauty. You can see why we named it Shout! For max impact, place your chaise in an unusual setting, such as the bathroom or an upstairs hallway.

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Slipper chair

Originally the chair of choice for ladies’ bedrooms back in the 18th century (the lack of arms and the low legs made it easy for them to sit down in their voluminous dresses), slipper chairs are the perfect solution when you’re short on space as their narrow shape takes up much less room than a normal armchair. The sleek lines of the slipper means it can take bold prints and patterns without overpowering the rest of your room, so go for bold with something like the bright butterflies of this Gloss accent chair. Its compact size means it’s the perfect seat for a nook or alcove.

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Wing chair

The wing chair is the archetypal fireside chair. Dating back hundreds of years, this is a deep, well-upholstered chair with classic protruding wings that were designed to keep draughts off your neck and back. Like many traditional chairs, wing chairs have developed over the years and, as well as the signature leather finish, they now come in an array of modern patterns and luxe fabrics, such as the Quant, with its striking patchwork finish and classic turned, low legs. A grand chair likes this demands a grand setting, so place it prominently in a hall or at the foot of the stairs.

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For more autumn/winter style inspiration, including lots more on how to be individual with your choice of accent chair, check out our new Style Sourcebook, online now.

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6 ways to get your cosy on

6 ways to get your cosy on

12th September 2016
Baby it’s (getting) cold outside, so pop on the fire, get comfy on the sofa and test-drive some of our winter-proofed ways to have fun as the nights draw in. Sofa-loafing just got serious…

When it’s cold and dark outside, there’s nowhere better to be than in your own home in front of a roaring fire. To help you make the most of the long nights ahead, we’ve come up with six top ideas guaranteed to get your cosy on – all you’ll need is a comfy sofa or two, and some willing family and friends. Get ready for some fireside living…

1 Settle in for a TV marathon

Get the wine or beer cooling, pop your snacks in a bowl and crash back on the sofa to indulge your TV habit, big time. According to Netflix (and they should know) the shows for autumn/winter 2016 that no TV should be without include:

  • The Get Down Baz Lurhmann’s hip-hop masterpiece set in 1970s New York
  • The Crown Yup, a series about the early years on the throne of our very own QE2
  • Stranger Things What do you mean, you haven’t seen it yet?? Winona Ryder stars in this horror-sci-fi crossover – a must-watch for those cold, dark nights (axe optional!)

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Stranger Things - Netflix

2 Bored? Get out the board games

From classics like Cluedo and Monopoly to the new games on the block such as Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, a games night is always a winner with adults and kids alike.

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3 Home-style happy hour

Working on the principle that’s it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, whip up a jug of something deliciously boozy (non-alcoholic versions acceptable too) and invite the girls round for some classy cocktails. Check out liquor.com for inspiration – we particularly fancy this pretty-as-a-picture strawberry daiquiri made from rum, lime juice, sugar syrup and strawberries. 

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Or maybe you fancy something deliciously sweet? There is nothing better than a mug of hot chocolate on a wintery evening. We love the idea of setting up a 'Hot Chocolate Bar' in your living room - complete with the family favourite toppers to make it a super sweet treat! Pen & Paper Flowers have created the perfect step by step guide to everything chocolate and we LOVE it!

Pen & Paper Flowers - Hot Chocolate Bar

Pen & Paper Flowers - Hot Chocolate Bar

4 Set up a slideshow of your holiday pics

Tired of squinting to see your holiday pics on your smartphone or tablet? Then why not hook up your device to your TV (check out techlicious.com for how to do this) then settle back on the sofa and bore your friends in glorious 50-inch technicolour! 

5 Family movie night

Grab the popcorn, the kids and the remote (cos it’s a long way to the TV, right?), snuggle together under a blanket or throw and press play on their favourite film… they’ll love it, and you’ll have earned your parent-of-the-year stripes!

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6 Host a sofa slipper supper

The ultimate casual dinner party, it’s called a slipper supper because your friends or neighbours come round for dinner in their, wait for it… slippers, and each bring a dish with them. So no dressing for dinner, and only one course to prepare as the host. Win-win, we say.

Sofa-loving grub

Here are a few of our favourite ‘one-pot wonder’ recipes, perfect for eating on your lap while curled up on the sofa…

  • Spectacular Spanish chicken with chorizo – courtesy of the ever-tasty Nigella Lawson
  • Cowboy-style chilli con carne – with thanks to the king of the kitchen Jamie Oliver
  • Ridiculously good roasted veg risotto – from the bake-off queen herself, Mary Berry

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Head to our Autumn/Winter e-zine for the latest living room inspiration guaranteed to warm up your season: click here.

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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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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.

Pink perfection
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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Nice n stripy
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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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!