6 easy ways to get the minimalist look

6 easy ways to get the minimalist look

20th April 2017

Minimalism in home décor doesn’t have to mean bland. For many of us, less really is more when it comes to home decorating – here’s how to rock the minimalist look in your home in 6 easy steps:

1 Cut the clutter

There’s no getting away from it – if you want to be minimalist, you’re going to have to pare back some of that clutter. Follow the queen of tidying Marie Kondo’s advice and junk anything that isn’t 100% necessary or that doesn’t make you happy. You’ll feel better for it, we promise, and you’ll have a great blank canvas to start with.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Amazon, from £6.99

2 Sort out your storage

OK, so you didn’t clear as much stuff as you hoped in step 1 (we’ll let you into a secret, nor did we!). Solution? Storage! Look for clever ideas such as underbed boxes, window seats, shelves over doors… and of course, furniture. At DFS we have everything from beds to footstools with built-in space for loads of stuff, but we really love the Lydia chaise, not only because it’s a great hidey-hole but its clean lines tick all our modern minimalist boxes too.

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3 Go back to basics, colourwise

Now you’re clean and clear, you can start to think about colours. A paler palette is minimalist nirvana – but that doesn’t mean simply white. Raid the spectrum between off-white to mid-grey for walls – add some texture if you can with wallpaper or painted brick. Embrace your inner Scandi and replace heavy curtains with voile panels to diffuse the light, as in this gorgeous shot from interiors stylist and blogger Amy Kim at homeyohmy.com.

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4 Get the lights right

As you might expect with this pared-back look, lighting is minimalist too, meaning goodbye shades and hello bare bulbs! Think industrial chic meets Turner Prize-winning works of art and you’re on the right lines, like this fabulous yet functional Giza pendant light from Dwell.

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5 Make room for monochrome

For accessories, an essentially black-and-white palette taps into the minimalist mantra, as you can see from this beautiful room we found on home renovation site mykukun.com. The quirky mix of patterns on the cushions adds interest to the scheme, and the striking wooden table gives the look an enviable natural element.

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6 Really live the ‘less is more’ life

Minimalism takes a bit of work. To keep on top of things, there are a few ‘rules’ to maintaining optimum minimalism:

  1. Think before you buy – do you really need it?
  2. Appreciate what you already have – after all, you’ve only hung on to things that make you happy, haven’t you!?
  3. Always go for quality over quantity – it’ll be worth it in the long run
  4. Declutter regularly – especially on a season by season basis
  5. Adopt the ‘one in, one out’ method – you buy a book, you give one away – that way you never accumulate too much stuff

It’s this element of mindfulness – really considering every purchase and style decision you make – that turns minimalism into more than just a trend, making it a way of life… and a beautiful one at that.

 

Three DFS sofas for minimalist lovers

Now you know the rules of the minimalist life, here are three sofas that we know you’ll love…

 

1 The statement piece

A cool, calm and uncluttered background means you can really go to town on a standout sofa without offending your minimalist sensibilities… as long as it’s the only ‘wow’ piece in the room, that is.

We love: Zinc in blush velvet

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2 The Scandi 2.0

Minimalism owes a lot to Scandi with its clean lines, neutral colours and pared-back, natural style, so tap into that Nordic cool with a sleek sofa in chic charcoal.

We love: Hardy in Charcoal

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3 The ‘is it really there’ sofa

Only for the brave (or those without cats) a pale sofa is the epitome of minimalist style, especially when it’s a Scandi-inspired luxe leather centrepiece.

We love: Axel in Stardust

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Help us raise money for the British Heart Foundation

Did you know that when you buy a new sofa from DFS, you can have your old one taken away and help raise money for the British Heart Foundation too? How’s that for applying minimalist principles! You can find out more about this brilliant partnership here.

 

Get fresh with spring’s exciting new colours

Get fresh with spring’s exciting new colours

4th April 2017

With so many fabulous new decorating colours, designs and styles to choose from, now is the perfect time to update your home. Get set to say ‘Bye-bye, winter’ and ‘Hello there, spring!’

There’s just something about spring that makes us want to lighten up and brighten up – whether that’s in the clothes we wear, the food we eat or in the way we style our homes. So this season, we took inspiration from colour experts Pantone and their Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report to bring you a few of the shades that your home simply can’t be without this spring.

1 Fall for Niagara

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This denim delight is a key colour for spring 2017, and you’ll see it popping up everywhere from frocks to furniture. Earthy in tone and ultimately soothing and tranquil, it’s the perfect relaxing shade for living rooms. Creating a fresh, modern vibe for your scheme, this true blue pairs beautifully with neutrals and is a dream date for this season’s hot metals, brass and bronze.

Shop the trend

Take a look at this gorgeous teal/blue Clay curved corner sofa from our stylish French Connection collection. And at 1.85m tall, this Giant Ribbon floor lamp with a brassy-gold metallic base from Dwell is a real talking point.

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2 Hello yellow

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Primroses are some of spring’s first flowers, so it’s no surprise this sunny shade features highly this season. It might be the colour of happiness and optimism, but full-on yellow can be a bit much (although it does look amazing teamed with dark wood and metal for a new take on industrial chic), so go easy and inject just a few rays of sunshine with a single statement sofa or some carefully chosen accessories to add oomph to your current furnishings.

Shop the trend

The mellow-yellow Spritz sofa is a real eye catcher and would look stunning in an otherwise neutral room. And we love this New York City cushion from Dwell with its primrose flashes and iconic imagery.

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3 Pale and very interesting

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Pink can be pretty polarising but we defy anyone to dislike this subtle pastel shade that’s bursting into bloom this spring. Its almost peachy undertones make it a shoo-in for pairing with a wide range of other colours – try it with darkly dramatic greys, pure whites or even brighter pinks (such as Pantone’s other key spring shade, Pink Yarrow). And, like many of the new spring colours, it’s simply gorgeous with gleaming brass accessories that bring out its underlying warmth.

Shop the trend

Searching for the perfect pastel pink sofa? We think the Slate 4 Seater from our French Connection collection ticks those boxes, especially when offset with quirky accessories such as these metallic cactuses from Dwell.

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4 The green light

Pantone Greenery

And, keeping the best to last, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 is… Greenery! Fresh and fashionably fabulous, it’s the perfect spring shade to add some zing to your scheme. Its vibrant yellow-green hue reflects the foliage and the lushness of the garden, so it’s an easy way to bring the outside in until the weather gets warm enough to take the inside out! Greenery works brilliantly with cooler blues and is a match made in heaven with crisp whites, plus it’s a strong enough colour to stand up to this season’s on-trend geometric prints.

Shop the trend

The zesty lime colour of the Crosby sofa makes it the perfect Greenery-inspired statement piece for both contemporary and traditional homes. Pair it with this striking patterned Chevron rug from Dwell to bring your living room bang up to date.

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Room Recipe: Terracotta

Room Recipe: Terracotta

19th January 2017

The spice is right this year – time to add warmth to your scheme with rich shades of 2017’s hottest colour, Terracotta!

When it comes to colour schemes that just work, they don’t come much more livable than the current hot trend for all things Terracotta. Instantly warming, it’s a look that will take your home through every season.

If you’re worried that bringing in such a definite colour will make your lounge look boringly brown, don’t be. The ‘Modern’ Terracotta is light and bright, with touches of spice shades; saffron, nutmeg and paprika. Matched with natural woods, metals and textiles inspired by dramatic landscapes. 

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As the focal point of your living room, the sofa is key to this look so go bold.  The Laze sofa from our Capsule Collection in striking deep rust-orange will bring your room to life. The spicy tones of the beautiful Laze kick off the palette in this modern living room. 

*Terracotta-tip - Too much spice? Muted browns and tans introduces a sense of calm to the trend. Take a browse through our fabric sofas.

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Walls

Two-tone walls are a must do for 2017. Choose tonal shades to complement the spiciness of the trend – mink for the baseline and a softer shade verging on peach for the upper wall. Placing the lighter shade on top makes the room look bigger, adding a feeling of space and height, especially if you continue this shade across the ceiling.

*Terracotta-tip - Half and half feature walls are an easy way to add as little or as much colour to your room as desired. Don't worry about finding the mathematical centre of the wall - the beauty of this painting trick is that the dividing line can be placed anywhere on the wall, even vertically! 

To create yours you will need:

  • A spirit level to ensure your divide is a straight line
  • Painter's tape to separate out the section
  • Your 2 favourite paint shades. Editor's tip - paint the lighter base colour first to ensure a crisp clean line and leave enough drying time in-between taping and painting the darker shade.

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Floor

Rustic terracotta tiles may be a step to far into this trend, we recommend keeping the warm tones going with mid-shade wooden floors, such as oak or aged pine. This creates a perfect natural base to the room. Stay on trend with a woven or chunky knit textured rug in a neutral shade.

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Accessories

Footstool: add another layer with a statement footstool. This Play footstool is the perfect mutli-purpose piece that can double up as a side table or a comfy rest for your feet. We're in love with the copper legs!

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Cushions: follow the natural theme of the woven rug through to your soft furnishings with stacks of tactile cushions in the same neutral family to bring the whole look together. Mix and match plain and patterned (this look can take strong prints), in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Metallics: pile on the earthy metals, such as copper, pewter and bronze, to add a dash of sparkle and lift the look from rustic to glam. Think mirrors to open up the space, lamps to brighten up corners and even occasional tables that will glint and gleam wonderfully.

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Finishing touches: Go back to basics with authentic terracotta vases and pots – gorgeous when filled with cacti for a hint of greenery to cut through the warmth. Swerve the florals and instead opt for structural arrangements of foliage, using elegant, sweeping twigs of pussy willow to add drama.

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Luxe up the look

Tan leather sofas are classic investment pieces… and the great news is that they are the perfect fit for this trend. We’re loving the Dynasty sofa with its contemporary angled arms and super-comfy seat cushions that will only get better with age.

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Shop the ultimate terracotta look HERE

If this hasn't warmed you up enough why not check out two of our other favourite trends for 2017.... Go Botanicals and embrace the beauty of green. Or take a twist on the Modern Scandi. 

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#MyHappyPlace

#MyHappyPlace

28th December 2016

Has all the fun (and excess!) of Christmas left you feeling blue?

Don't worry we have the perfect idea to help you through your January blues.......

As Christmas joys become another memory for 2016, we remember that it isn't all about the presents under the tree and that it's the little things that really matter! Why don't you take some time out and spend it doing the small things in life that mean the most to you? We call these places our 'Happy Places'!

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What is your 'happy place'? Is it....

  • Sofa snuggles with the family
  • Getting cosy after winter walks
  • Sitting down with a cup of tea ☕
  • Hiding under the duvet (away from any jobs that need doing)

It doesn't matter where your #MyHappyPlace may be, we want to see it! We will be sharing some of our favourite #MyHappyPlace ideas over the next couple of week to help you to think about the moments that make you the happiest!

Why not be part of the conversation and enter our competition! Share yours on #MyHappyPlace on Twitter or Instagram for your chance to win a fantastic £500 to spend at dfs and Sky Q with Sky Cinema for a year. This could be the set up to your new happy place - it sounds perfect to us! Full T&Cs can be found HERE.

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Have yourself a cosy little Christmas

Have yourself a cosy little Christmas

14th December 2016

Christmas means full-on family and friends time, so we’re here to help you make the most of it with some hilarious games, must-watch DVDs and boredom-busting activities. So snuggle up on the sofa and prepare to get your Christmas cosy on, fun style.

Christmas. The chestnuts are roasting, the fire is roaring… and we’re all looking forward to a couple of days of festive family fun. So here are just a few ideas for the best new games, DVDs and activities to keep you entertained through to New Year and beyond. What are you waiting for? Grab a comfy seat on the sofa and let the festivities begin…

1 The best new family board games

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a brilliant board game or two. We’ve picked out three Christmas crackers of games for you, all guaranteed to get everyone (yes, even your grumpy granddad) in the holiday spirit.

  • Obaba Llama Charades for the 21st century, you win this game by finding the rhyme in time. It might be Piglet eating a Twiglet, Angelina Jolie making ravioli or soon-to-be-ex-president Obama riding that llama – go on, you know you want it!
  • Say it, Don’t Spray It Admit it, you’ve always wanted to shut your sister up on Christmas Day. Now you can. Everyone pops in a mouth guard (yup, like at the dentist) then your teammates have to decipher the phrase you’re mangling. As much fun as Pie Face but a lot less mess.
  • Simon Swipe The 1980s classic Simon game (link here for those too young to remember!) updated for the tablet generation with touch screen technology. Keep up with the flashing lights and noise combos if you can.

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The best seat in the house?

Team board games mean players sitting together, so we’d recommend a couple of extra-large sofas around a coffee table for maximum comfort while thrashing your opponents! The Louvre, with its button back and wide cushions, would be ideal.

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2 The best new family-friendly DVDs

You’re all podged out from your Christmas lunch – so now’s the perfect time to pop on a DVD and relax on the sofa with a big box of Quality Street (save the purple ones for us please!).

  • The BFG Voiced by über-actor Mark Rylance, the BFG is another Roald Dahl triumph in film form. Follow Sophie’s adventures in Giant Country as she battles to stop nasty child-eating giants (it’s not as scary as it sounds, honest). PG rating
  • The Jungle Book Live-action version of the classic animated movie that retains all the charm of the original while ladling on the adventure, excitement and fun of Mowgli’s jungle adventures. PG rating
  • The Best of Strictly Come Dancing – Len’s Grand Finale Celebrate the end of Len Goodman’s reign as king of the Strictly studio with this feature-length DVD of his best (and worst) bits of the top dance show. Definitely one to watch when Nana starts demanding another sherry! U rating

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The best seat in the house?

Family movie time means everyone cosied up together with a big bowl of popcorn, so corner or modular sofas are the film fan’s way forward. Choose one with a chaise or, better still, a recliner like the Carmelo, and you’ll never want to get up again. Thank goodness for remotes, eh?

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3 The best family fun activities

So you’ve watched a film and played a game but you still want more? Here are three Christmas-tastic activities to keep the whole family amused (and that won’t break the bank).

  • Pin the nose… on the reindeer How lucky that Rudolph has a nose just perfect for pinning. Channel your inner Picasso and create a picture of Rudy (without his snout, natch), then cut out a few circles from card and paint them red. Add some Blue Peter style double-sided sticky tape to the back of each ‘nose’, pop a blindfold on the first player, give ‘em a spin and away you go. The kids will love this version of the classic party game.
  • Christmas quiz Everyone loves a festive quiz and challengethebrain.com has lots of Christmassy ones you can print out, including Christmas movie trivia (don’t worry, you can download the answers too!).
  • Christmas karaoke Give your lungs a workout with the Christmas-inspired song list from YouTube channel Sing King Karaoke. Yell along to classics such as Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Wham’s Last Christmas or Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe (sorry, we said classics, didn’t we!), as the words bounce over your screen in true karaoke fashion.

The best seat in the house?

If you’re going to be singing about mistletoe (and wine, don’t forget the wine!) then you’re going to want to be cosy with your loved one… so a cuddler chair or sofa could be just what Santa ordered. And for singing superstars, the Starlet (apt name or what?) ticks all the boxes.

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#FlavoursofXmas

We've been sharing our favourite Christmas flavours over the last few weeks, but we want to see some of your festive touches that you love to add to the home this time of year. It could be:

  • Your favourite candles 
  • Your snuggly blankets 
  • Your Xmas tips 'n' tricks 
  • Your DIY Christmas decorations

However you're getting festive at home, we want to hear from you. To get involved, share your image using #FlavoursofXmas on Instagram or Twitter. Our favourite festive image will win a HUGE £1,000 to spend at dfs. Now that would be a nice Christmas present! But be quick you will need to upload your ideas and #FlavoursofXmas on social by 22nd December to be entered into the draw. Full T&Cs can be found HERE.

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DIY: Homemade Snow Globe

DIY: Homemade Snow Globe

14th November 2016

Christmas is just around the corner and one of our favourite things to do in the run up to the big day is some DIY festive crafting! We wanted to share with you one of our cutest Christmas hacks from our latest shoots... the snow globe!

We all love the festive sparkle a snow globe brings! We couldn't believe how easy these beautiful keepsakes were to make until we had a go here at HQ! It really is simple - follow our 5 step instructions to create your very own snow globe.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Mason jar - or any jar with a lid (even a jam jar... just make sure you wash it first)
  • Plastic animal, trees, snowman... in fact anything you want to put inside your snow globe
  • Waterproof glue
  • Glitter
  • Glycerin
  • Ribbon and string of bells to finish the jar (optional)

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Instructions:

  1. Using waterproof glue, glue your snowman (or chosen accessory) to the inside of the Mason jar lid. Leave to dry completely. Depending on the glue this could take up to 24 hours - please check! TIP: try glue-ing your accessory to a small block or platform if there is small details you may not be able to see them when the lid is secured!
  2. Fill your Mason jar with water, glitter of your choice and a few drops of glycerin. TIP: the glycerin will help to create a slow swirling effect when the snow globe is shaken.
  3. Assemble your snow globe by placing the lid on the jar and then screwing the cap on. TIP: always make sure the lid is secure before turning the snow globe upside down! Glue-ing the lid on is always an option to avoid any possible leaks!
  4. Add a string of bells to the lid of the jar to create a festive sound when the jar is shaken! TIP: add a ribbon and bow and give your homemade snow globe to a friend or relative as a gift.
  5. Turn your Mason jar over... shake and enjoy!

Our favourite uses for the snow globe:

  • Give them to friends and family as a homemade gift - you could even add your snow globe to a hamper filled with their favourite treats!
  • Add to the mantlepiece for a super cute festive decoration
  • Make mini snow globes and place one in each guests table place setting on Christmas day - personalise to each guests favourite colour or character
  • Personalise your snow globe with names and initials for an extra special surprise

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For more Christmas inspiration check out our #FlavoursofXmas Pinterest board.

Follow us on #FlavoursofChristmas on Twitter & Instagram for competitions and more festive fun!

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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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Welcome to the inspirational new blog from DFS

Welcome to the inspirational new blog from DFS

16th February 2016

There are blogs, and then there’s our new DFS blog, The Edit. We’ve called it The Edit for a reason, because we want to inspire you with tailored (or edited, if you will!) ideas, help and advice on how to make the most of your home. The Edit is your go-to place for stylish home design, creative solutions and practical suggestions that really deliver for every space, from urban flat to country cottage.

Trend setters  

Over the next weeks and months, we’ll be revealing the hottest decorating trends, key furniture shapes, must-have fabrics and wow colours to bring your home bang up to date. We’ll be asking interior design experts and the UK’s top homes stylists how to glam up your space Hollywood style or add a dash of colour to your garden in time for the summer. We’ll also be talking to the designers and craftsmen who actually make your DFS sofas about their inspiration, and why classic British style never goes out of fashion.

Problems solved 

In our practical living section, we’ll be sharing down-to-earth, achievable solutions to all your queries, from how to choose the perfect statement chair to a few tips on how to tap into the ‘upcycling’ trend. We’ll also take you behind the scenes of some exciting and upcoming projects.

Talk to us 

We’d love to know what you think of this blog, and for you to share your style stories with us. You can find us on Twitter, Pinterest and, later this month, Instagram.

And, of course, we’re always here at The Edit. Until next time…

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