Decorating with jewel tones

Decorating with jewel tones

8th May 2017

Join the rich list with home décor straight out of the jewellery box.

Pastels and neutrals will always occupy a space in our decorating hearts – who doesn’t love that pared-back, clean, classic look – but sometimes we just want more. More colour, more vibrancy, more pop! Well, luckily for those of us with colour cravings, one of 2017’s key décor trends is jewel tones. Emeralds, rubies, sapphires and amethysts have vacated the jewellery box and taken up residence in our homes… and we love it! Here’s how to make these rich shades work for you.

Emerald green

Green is MASSIVE in 2017, especially since Pantone declared Greenery their colour of the year (for this and more hot colour trends, check out our recent blog). But for those in the know (which includes you now!) the only shade of green in which to be seen this summer is emerald. Décor aficionados Apartment Therapy call it the ‘new navy’ because, like its dark blue counterpart, it’s a versatile shade, pairing wonderfully with neutrals such as black or white while being strong enough to stand up to other vibrant shades such as yellow and pink.

Top tip Keep the green theme going in your room by piling on the plants – both real and on wallpaper or artworks – botanicals are big news right now, so the more the merrier.

Green with envy

Zinc Velvet in Forest Green from our French Connection collection brings a touch of luxury to your scheme. Wonderfully tactile, with button-back detail and modern, angled arms, this is sophistication-meets-cool in one gorgeous package.

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Ruby red

If you’re looking to add some drama to your room, you can’t go wrong with ruby red. The colour of passion – and best used sparingly – this attention-grabbing jewel shade is perfect for an accent chair or statement sofa. Bold and traditional in equal measure, ruby red works best against a neutral backdrop of pale walls and dark wooden floors and furniture, and is a sure-fire way to transform a room from so-so to stunning.

Top tip Group jewel-coloured glassware – everything from bottle green and topaz yellow to bright pink – then sit back (in your red chair) and watch the light dance around your room as the sun strikes the glass.

Red-dy to play

With such an iconic jewel tone, you need an iconic shape to complement it, and we think the Louvre accent chair in Red Combination is just the ticket. Arty and chic, as its name implies, this ruby-red beauty will take centre stage in both a classic and a contemporary room.

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Sapphire blue

Always a popular colour for home décor, blue in all shades is rich and subtly soothing, but when you zing it up to sapphire level, it’s stellar, adding a luxe vibe to every scheme. For a new take on nautical, pair a stunning sapphire blue jewel-toned sofa with crisp whites and decadent golds, or for a more beachy vibe, match it with pale woods and neutral, tactile rugs for a blissed-out living space with added wow.

Top tip Strong jewel tones such as sapphire love patterns so add in some geometric prints on a feature wall or throw down a stylish checkerboard rug, such as the Pixel from Dwell.

 

Singing the blues

A recent addition to our Capsule Collection, which is specifically styled for smaller spaces, the Lull large sofa in Blue tops the sapphire stakes with its mix of retro and modern.

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Amethyst purple

Long associated with royalty, purple reigns (see what we did there!) when it comes to striking home decorating schemes. Rich amethyst tones paired with luxurious creams and classic dark-wood furniture work together to create an air of opulence without tipping over into bling. Luxe the look up to the max with regal accents of silver and pewter via mirrors or statement vases.

 

Top tip For a touch of the playful with a Moroccan-ny vibe, pair amethyst with another jewel tone, turquoise. It’s eclectic, but it works.

The royal treatment

Made for relaxation, the sumptuous Gloss lounger sofa in Purple Combination is comfort personified with its chaise end and cosy pillow cushions. The contemporary design and elegant curves give it standout appeal that will look stunning in both a traditional or more modern setting.

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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

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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

Pantone primrose yellow

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

Pantone Pale Dogwood

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: Botanical

Room Recipe: Botanicals

19th January 2017

We’re going to be seeing a lot of #greenery this year, so jump on this nature-inspired trend now for an early spring fling.

Green is definitely a go for 2017! Break away from synthetic and embrace the beauty of green. Green has a calming and relaxing effect on an environment and is at the heart of this trend. Plants are layered and paired with woven textures and natural materials creating an oasis of tranquility to escape to.

Sofa

Offset the verdant backdrop with a plain-coloured sofa in a neutral colour, such as the Slouch sofa in silver. This brilliant piece from our Capsule Collection is the perfect place to sit back and reflect. The sofa can be the focal point of a living room and choosing a neutral shade allows you to build up your botanical trend around the sofa.

*Botanical-tip - Feeling totally tropical? Flip the trend inside out by choosing a statement sofa in a floral fabric and keep your accessories simple. If you have a love for colour, choose a rich tone fabric sofa perfect to layer printed cushions on.

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Walls

Keep to the cooler shades of bluer greens such as mint, aqua or pale teal for your painted feature wall. The natural element of this trend can be brought to life with exposed brick painted white to match the rest of the room.

*Botanical-tip - Make a real statement with a botanical print statement wall.

The way you display your botanical inspired art can be just as beautiful as the art itself. We love hanging frames to make a statement wall with a twist.

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Floor

Plank flooring in a bleached or lime-washed finish brings the outdoors in. Keep the flooring light to create an airy feel and add matting or woven rugs in sea grass or coir to keep the natural vibe going. Tap in to the trend using large floor plants to bring a hothouse feel to the room. Large pots or vases can make a real statement, or if you like the rustic look why not add recycled crates filled with your favourite greens.

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Furniture

White coffee tables, sideboards and occasional tables bring a lightness to the scheme, perfectly offsetting the rich greens that abound. Light woods work well with this trend adding to your natural element. We are loving this seasons hot item - the terrarium! Add miniature greens to create a tiny indoor garden for your table. Editor's tip - make use of any old jars or glassware and create a diy terrarium.

*Botanical-tip - add marble pots filled with miniature succulent plants such as cacti for an easy to maintain green finish.

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A striking accent chair in a contrasting colour is a great addition – but stick to the garden theme and choose one in a tropical, vibrant shade of orange, red or yellow. We love the Calm wing chair in mustard velvet to add texture and warmth to the room! 

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Plant life

Unleash your inner gardener and tie the whole look together with living plants as feature pieces in their own right. Plants are an easy way to turn a simple room into a botanical haven. Don't be afraid to mix up your plants. Choose ones with interesting leaves, the bigger, the better or if less is more for you try using single stem greens at different heights to create a botanical backdrop.

Green on Green

Keep the greenhouse look going with coloured glass – bottle green is another key colour for this year. Introduce warmer shades of moss, sage or emerald via accessories. Green on green is a great look for this year, so mix and match to your heart’s content.

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  • Layer cushions in nature-inspired colours – think olives and khaki greens, brown tones, dark blues and citrus hues.
  • Prints work well with this trend. Don't be afraid to mix botanical designs with geometric designs to add texture to the room.
  • Woven baskets are perfect for storage solutions in this trend.
  • Large rattan effect lighting creates warm ambiance in a natural way. 
  • Add lightweight natural textured curtains to your windows.

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Luxe up the look

If space allows, bring in a larger sofa in soothing neutral shades, such as the relaxing Chalk from our French Connection range. The soft textures and generously indulgent proportions of this sofa make it the perfect place to retreat and the wooden Opus table adds a luxurious edge to the trend.

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Shop our luxe botanical look here

Not crazy for botanicals? Why not dive in and discover our other two favourite trends for 2017 – warm up with Terracotta or take a peek into the Modern Scandi, a twist on the traditional look.

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Room Recipe: The Modern Scandi

Room Recipe: The Modern Scandi

19th January 2017

Scandi-style has had a reboot for 2017 – enter soft pastel walls and richly coloured sofas for a totally modern take on a classic.

Modern Scandi style is softer and a touch warmer than previous Nordic incarnations, swapping neutral sofas for statement pieces in 2017’s cool colours of blue and grey. The clean lines and geometric shapes that make this scheme so on trend are retained, but accentuated with pastel pink walls, woods and monochrome accessories in grey, white and black for a pared-back living space that’s all about calm relaxation.

Sofa

For this look, pick a sofa with modern, clean lines… in the shade set to dominate interiors’ trends for 2017 - blue! This Emote sofa is curvy and contemporary in equal measure, and its vibrant shade contrasts beautifully with the cooler tones of the room around it. The key to a scandi-style statement sofa is clean lines and rounded edges.

*Scandi-tip - slightly tapered wooden legs are the perfect finish.

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Walls

2016’s love of the pastel shows no signs of abating through 2017, so rock this trend in your living space with a pale pink feature wall. Keep the other walls nicely neutral in natural shades of taupe, off-white and cream for the calming scandi effect. Not tickled pink? Add a pastel shade of your choice to complement your accessories.

*Scandi-tip - make your pastels pop and your furniture do the talking with pure white walls.

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Floor

Wooden floors are the natural fit for the Modern Scandi style. Keep to the paler end of the spectrum such as ash, oak or even lime-washed boards and top with a classic wool rug in whatever shade of grey takes your fancy. Light floors contribute to expanding the space and inviting in more light. If you can't resist the feel of carpet under foot stick to paler shades of cream and grey.

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Wooden furniture

Scandi style takes its cues from nature so stay natural when it comes to your other furniture. Coffee tables, side tables, even a work desk in wood will add to the look – but keep the lines clean and simple to allow your sofa to shine. Embrace the mid century modern tendencies with smooth rounded edges and natural hues. Scandinavian design prides itself on being functional and innovative when it comes to decorating and storage solutions.

*Scandi-tip - Avoid cluttering! Be space savvy with multi-leveled hanging shelves or a ladder style shelving unit. Practical and easy on the eye! 

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Mix and match scandi palettes of grey and accentuate the monochrome style with wall art. We don't have the Scandinavian darkness through the winter but keep your space light and airy with floor lamps in metals or wood. Add elegant ceramic vases and bowls or add a touch of colour with succulents and tulips!

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Warm up and down through the seasons by layering cushions and throws. Adding different textures will provide a lovely cosiness to the room.

*Scandi-tip - Bring in the pink detail from your feature wall for throws and pictures to tie the whole look together.

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Luxe up the look

For a more dramatic, ‘Nordic Noir’ take on this look, swap out the blue sofa for a 'cooler' statement in grey. The Zinc, from our exclusive French Connection range is the perfect addition with its smooth angled arms, rounded seats and button-back cushions. The ideal sidekick accompaniment for the Zinc is the Mica, a beautiful reclaimed oak table that oozes sophistication.

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Shop the ultimate Scandi look HERE

Still not decided if this is the look for you? Why not check out two of our other favourite trends for 2017.... Go Botanicals and embrace the beauty of green. Or warm up with the rich tones of Terracotta

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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. 

Sofa

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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Room Recipes: Shopping List

Room Recipes: Shopping List

19th January 2017

Now you've discovered our Room Recipe trends and chosen the one for you! Shop the look from your chosen trend with our helpful shopping lists...

Room Recipe: Modern Scandi

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Emote Sofa: DFS

Zinc Sofa: French Connection at DFS

Mica table: French Connection at DFS

Scandi table *similar: DFS

Cushions: DFS

Clock: Dwell

Vase: Dwell

Vase: Next

Cup : Habitat

Bowl: Habitat

Wall art: Habitat

Mr Fox Cushion: John Lewis

Throw: M&S

Curtains: Ikea

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Recipe: Terracotta

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Laze sofa: DFS

Dynasty sofa: DFS

Play footstool: DFS

Rug: Dwell 

Floor Lamp: Dwell

Mirror: Dwell

Cushions: DFS

Side tables: DFS

Coffee table: French Connection at DFS

Glass Vase: Dwell

Shelf: DFS

Curtains: H&M

Throw: H&M

Terracotta vase: Ikea Tableware

Terracotta pot: H&M

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Room Recipe: Botanicals

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Slouch sofa: DFS

Chalk sofa: French Connection at DFS

Calm wing chair: DFS

Opus table: French Connection at DFS

White table: Dwell

Cushions: DFS

Cushions: Dwell

Throw: Ikea

Patterned cushion: H&M

Terrarium: M&S

Curtains: Ikea

Woven basket: Zara

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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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Fun and festive table ideas for Christmas wow!

Fun and festive table ideas for Christmas wow!

2nd December 2016

Just in case Santa didn’t leave quite enough presents, here are some fab Christmas table ideas you can make to surprise and delight your guests when they sit down for the festive feast!

Christmas is certainly the season to be jolly, and there’s nothing jollier than sitting down to a beautifully laid Christmas table and finding an extra little present waiting for you. Usually associated with weddings, where the bride and groom give them out as a thank you/souvenir of the big day, favours are now finding their way on to the Christmas table too. So if you want to be on the nice list this year, here are a few fabulous favours you can try for yourself… wow factor guaranteed!

Candy cane placeholders

Simple yet effective, tie two candy canes together with some sparkly ribbon, hand-write your guest’s name on some matching card and pop one at each seat. Super sweet!

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Homemade crackers

The original table favour, it wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without pulling a cracker or two! All you’ll need are some toilet roll tubes, wrapping paper and matching ribbon – cracking idea, or what? Personalise the gifts inside to match your guests for a special surprise! 

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Citrus scented table centre

For an eye-catching and nose-pleasing centerpiece, simply pile kumquats or clementines in to a glass trifle bow and add a few sprigs of pine. Add a festive candle for some ambience!

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Scandi-style Christmas trees

Simplicity is the essence of Scandi style and Christmas table decorations don’t come much simpler than these. All you need are some pieces of craft card –patterned to match your Christmas scheme or plain for you to decorate yourself – and a pair of scissors (told you they were easy!). Cut out pairs of triangles, and then make a slit from the bottom of one triangle to the middle (make sure to get it central or you’ll end up with a wonky tree) and from the top point of the other triangle to the middle, then slot the two together.

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Christmas tree ‘confetti’

Got a load of paint swatch cards from when you redecorated the lounge that you don’t know what to do with? If not grab some coloured card and get crafty! Grab yourself a Christmas-tree-shaped craft punch (other seasonally shaped punches are also acceptable!) and stamp out a load of Chrimble confetti to scatter over your table. Works with last year’s Christmas cards too.

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Bauble ‘chandelier’

For the full 360° gorgeous Christmas table effect, make sure your guest have something lovely to look up to… literally! Hang a selection of pretty Christmas baubles on lengths of coordinating satin ribbon and drape them from the light fitting over the table. Perfect way to re-purpose old Christmas decorations into something beautiful.

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We'll be sharing our favourite Xmas flavours over the next few weeks, but we also want to see some of your festive touches. 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! You need to upload your images by 22nd December to be entered into the draw. Full T&Cs can be found HERE.

Discover all of our favourite #FlavoursofXmas on our latest Pinterest board!

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#FlavoursofXmas

#FlavoursofXmas

18th November 2016

It may still be November, but we know that some of you are already starting to get in the mood for Christmas. There's only 36 days left until the big day, after all (maybe even less depending on when you read this).

You might just be enjoying a wintery hint of cinnamon, or going all in and starting to get the decorations out. However excited you are, those flavours of Xmas are just irresistible. 

We'll be sharing our favourite Xmas flavours over the next few weeks, but we also want to see some of your festive touches. 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! You need to upload your images by 22nd December to be entered into the draw. Full T&Cs can be found HERE.

Here at HQ we made our very own #FlavoursofXmas with these fun DIY Snow Globes. Learn how to make yours in 5 easy steps!

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Maybe your expecting guests this season?! Beat them to asking for the wi-fi password with our free print out! Simply re-size and pop in a photo frame, perfect for any room: PRINT HERE

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Why not add some Christmas sparkle to the table this year - with our fun Christmas tree napkins! Watch our step by step to discover how to create yours:

Discover all of our favourite #FlavoursofXmas on our latest Pinterest board!

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