When moving into our new home, the most important thing to us was having a space downstairs that was going to work for us as a family. This meant knocking down a couple of walls, gutting the place and adding some french doors to the back of the house, to create an open plan living, kitchen and diner. Here’s what the 3 separate rooms looked like before………….
Decision Making Made Easy
The seamless flow of the space was key, so choosing the right sofas, felt like a key decision for us, to ensure we could create this sense of coherence in the space. I’m sure choosing sofas is just as overwhelming for other home owners too! Choosing the perfect fabric, colour and style can feel like an absolute minefield and in our experience previously, we have become lost in the decision making process. The DFS and So Simple Range however really does help to guide you effortlessly through the decisions required, making it, simple, straight forward and stress free. So when we were approached to work with DFS and style some of their gifted beautiful So Simple Sofas in our home, we literally jumped at the opportunity.
The website directs you through a 3 step decision making process, which doesn’t allow you to get bogged down in endless options and choice, but offers a refined selection of sophisticated sofas for everyone’s style and taste. So here’s how it works………..
Step 1. Choosing your style. There are 8 beautiful styles to choose from and they range from contemporary to traditional and everything in between. I ordered 2 Viv Sofas because of their timeless and classic shape. I also visited my local DFS store, where I was able to collect my favourite samples and try a range of styles out for comfort. I wasn’t disappointed and could picture myself kicking back in front of the wood burner in this stylish option.
Step 2. Choosing the size for you. You can expect to find a range of footstools, armchairs, 2 and 3 seater sofas and 3 seater Loungers, in all of the 8 styles. Obviously this will be a very personal decision based on the space you have in your home. Two 3 seater sofas fit nicely in our living area. They are super spacious and seat 3 adults comfortably, when entertaining company.
Step 3. Choosing your fabric. All the 8 styles and variation of sizes are available in 4 versatile fabrics, including Leather Look, Velvet, Linen Look and my preference and choice which was the Wool Look. Colour choices are varied and range from your more neutral shades of grey and blush, through to striking colours such as Vintage Mustard and Teal.
The beauty of the website is that it configures a personalised image of your chosen sofa, no matter the style, size, fabric or colour. This way you can fully visualise how the sofa is going to look in your home, when its delivered to your door. This was priceless to us and meant we were able to make a decision pretty simply and quickly, ensuring they tied in with our colour scheme, decor and styling. So, through this simple 3 step process we made the decision to opt for 2 Viv 3 Seater Wool Look, Sofas one in Steel Grey and the other in Quartz Blush Pink both with black feet.
The short video below guides you through the clear and easy to use website and simple 3 steps to choosing your dream sofa.
Blending Traditional and Trends
I appreciate traditional original features and styling as well as current and emerging trends. Incorporating the two into our downstairs living space was my vision from the off set. I had already made some big decisions throughout the dining room, such as up-cycling the old traditional fireplace and fire surround and painting this in Sulking Room Pink By Farrow and Ball. Another key decision made was opting for a industrial graphite kitchen, with fresh white ‘on trend’ Scandi style panelling and open shelving with brass accents. Naturally, I followed these themes, colours and styling decisions throughout the 3 open plan zones.
I kept all walls in the rooms fresh, and bright using Wevet By Farrow and Ball but carried through the graphite from the traditional shaker style kitchen cupboards onto the woodwork and open shelving. We opted for a more traditional cast iron radiator from Stelrad and decided to make a statement placing this centrally in the room, framed by two prints and our brass and glass wall lighting from Iconic Lights, which feature around the room.
I continued to inject more modern industrial accents throughout the open plan space, with my lighting in the kitchen and dining area. Two grey Lennon Concrete Pendants were selected for over the breakfast bar and a statement Rustic Jama Pendant for over the dining table, with its striking wooden detail both from Vaunt Design.
Anyone who knows me, will know I am a big fan of dried flowers and have rather a collection around my home. This followed through to the lovely prints, which I arranged behind the sofa. The side tables in the room were a great find from Wayfair and are the perfect size to move around the room as and when we need them. We installed a traditional wood burner into the living space, which tied in with our more classic choice of Viv Style sofas.
Blush and grey cushions, although lovely, seemed like predictable options considering our sofa colours. I selected cushions incorporating mink too, to add depth and something a little unique. Mixing large block coloured cushions and a handful of boho and scandi statement cushions to the front of the arrangement created balance and interest. These have been teamed with contrasting throws, which I drape over the backs, arms and seat of the sofa dependent on how I’m feeling. We completed the space with a large statement Loscal Rug from La Redoute, which ties in with the cushions and throws drawing the space together integrating the traditional elements and trends.
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Sofa – DFS So Simple, Wool Look 3 Seater Sofa, Quartz Blush
Sofa – DFS So Simple, Wool Look 3 Seater Sofa, Dove Grey
Rug – La Redoute
Iconic Lights -Wall Lights
Cushions –H&M, Homesense and Ikea
Throws – Ikea and Homesense
Kitchen – Inspirational Kitchens
Side Table – Ursula Wayfair