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My new DFS Zinc Cuddler Sofa

Pink velvet cuddler sofa cosy corner living room You may head read my post a short while ago about my trip to Salone Del Mobile in Milan with DFS where we viewed all interesting the upcoming trends. I mentioned that much of this leading inspiration hits us I’m the UK and all over the world in fact, not long after it starts there in Italy.

pink sofa cuddler dfs living room cosy love sofa

Well, it didn’t end there because DFS very kindly sent me the gift of a cuddler sofa a few weeks ago as part of my collaboration with them for my reading slash music corner. It’s a little area of the house that I have created to chill out without tv or phones. Just books and some background tunes.

which I was able to choose from their range so after lots of deliberating with so much choice ( and I mean hours ) I used the opportunity to reminisce and go for something with one of the palettes I liked the most which was a muted pink and in velvet. This is called the Zinc – it’s a collaboration between DFS and French Connection and it actually comes in various different sizes from a 4 seater right down to a footstool.

french connection dfs pink sofa cuddler comfy cosy love seat

I didn’t realise that they collaborate closely with lots of beautiful brands including Joules, G Plan and House Beautiful.

What I especially like about the Zinc Cuddler is that it’s just the right size to curl up and read but it can easily fit two grown ups although it has been hoodwinked by my two young ladies here the most so far. It gives me so much pleasure watching them reading books together.

Just like some of the pieces of furniture I talked about in that last Salone Del Mobile post, it has the wood elements and a cool retro design. The muted shade reminds me very much of some of the hues spotted there in Milan – so I think they must be ahead of the game.

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Both myself and Stacey from The Design Sheppard who also came out to Milan (she’s lovely , check out her blog ) had a good chat with some of the DFS team about the processes behind each design, which makes now owning one of their sofas a bit more personal, knowing all the work and inspiration that has gone in to it. I feel very lucky indeed.

Mid Century Style Pink Sofa Retro Legs Wooden Living Room Cosy Cuddler DFS French Connection

I chose this colour and the velvet but it does come in lots of options. As I have mentioned on here before  – I love pink and green together so it’s a good spot with all the plants.

What do you think of the pink ? Which colour would you go for ?

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with DFS. All opinions as always are my own. 

 

Choosing the right bed for your kids room

Kids Bedroom furniture wooden day bed grey room Just recently I’ve talked about finding the right furniture for a child’s bedroom. From experience, before you know it, they’ve outgrown what you thought might see them through so it’s made me realise how essential it is to think ahead in to their near teenage years. I mean, I love a bit of DIY and altering colours but changing all the furniture can be costly and unnecessary.

A mistake that we have made and have ended up getting through several up to this point hence me really wanting to invest in their long term beds now and buy something that’ll hold it’s value as much as possible.

White Kids Day Bed Wooden Trundle Grey Room Calm Childrens Space

So, we went for the Nikki Day Bed from Cuckooland for both the girls’ rooms that allows friends to stay over with it’s trundle drawer underneath that you can pop an extra mattress in so it creates a really sociable aspect to the room as it can be used in the day as a sofa with lots of cushions and then a cosy bed at night. It also ensures lots of space as it doesn’t dominate the centre of the room. It’s wooden which was what we wanted. It’s well painted and sturdy. Pure white in colour was important so that we could make small changes over time  – white works with everything doesn’t it ? I do like it with this light grey wall.

It’s a room to hang out in. How long will we keep it tidy for ? :)

Gallery Wall Grey Room Kids Good Vibes Only Print Blue Cushions Calm Relaxing Space

You can also have some fun with the wall behind and coordinate some cushions ( these ones were made by Mae and the fabric is from Scion Fabrics at Style Library ) to make a really cosy little hub.

Teenager Beds ideas Cuckooland bedrooms
1. 4You Canopy Bed 2. Pino 3. New York Metal 4. Aurora 5. Lifetime Cool Semi Bunk

This was all perfect for our needs but I appreciate that every bedroom is different in one way or another so have chosen 5 more beds here from Cuckooland that will suit various sized and shaped spaces and of course different price points. I love with the four poster, the idea of fairy lights but you could also drape sheer fabric around it.It’s a single but comes as a double also. Classic metal beds look so good in most rooms with white cotton bedding or a bight and fun duvet cover.

With limited space like in Mae’s old room a high bed like the Lifetime one here is great as you can fit everything needed for studying during those longer high school nights.

I think all of these beds can be passed on to other family members afterwards and that’s what appeals to me.

Trundle Bed Cuckooland Wooden Bed Grey Room Inspiration Cosy calm

It took us a lot longer than planned ( and two skips later but that’s another story … ) to organise their new rooms but they are really happy with the new sleeping arrangements and we have already had the thumbs up from visiting friends.

I wish I’d had a trundle bed when I was school age – but did they even exist then or did we miss a trick ?

What are your thoughts on the new look ?

Lucy x

I received a discount when purchasing the beds. No payment other than that. As always – all opinions are my own. 

Creating a Functional Study Area with Teebooks

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If you’ve had any peeks at my instagram stories recently then you’ll know that we’ve been doing up a few bedrooms. It was really important to us that we created a functional and quiet space for Mae to study now that she is getting a bit older. Well, we found the perfect desk for her but I am even more happy with her new bookcase shelves from TEE books.

Mae has always been a bit of a book worm and loves loads of different genres. before we had a bookcase that wasn’t visible so it was sometimes a case of out of sight out of mind, but now they’re up and you can’t fail to see every single title. I don’t think books should ever be hidden away.

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What attracted me to TEEbooks initially were the clean minimalist lines of the shelving and how they make the books and their colours stand out so well. To be able to access them while you’re sitting at the desk or in bed is now much easier for her.

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They’re super sturdy but light weigh at the same time which is pretty clever. They arrived extremely promptly from France in a compact package  – they were the first thing I wanted to sort out and put up after the desk went in. Mae loves them.

I tell you what is also fabulous – no more toe stubbing on floor bookcases and more room for everything else accumulated over the years.

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We received 6 in total from TEEbooks so we put the other 2 up in another room where we needed some extra space being a smaller room. They’ve brightened up the corner no end.

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You can also use them for plants  – well, I will anyway.

But TEEbooks have a vast selection of products including cd, vinyl, bathroom, kitchen, dvd shelving and some very cool wine racks. I really like their Tee light lamps too and wall wine racks. Very clever. They come in different sizes and you can buy single or multiples.

My mission is to cover my walls with them. Any excuse for more reading material and old records.

What do you think of the bookcase shelves ? Also – any recommendations for new authors ?

Lucy x

All images are my own.

I was sent these bookcase shelves by TEEbooks  – all opinions as always are my own.

Bathroom Trends at Salone Del Mobile 2018

Even though I went to Salone Del Mobile essentially to look at the upcoming sofa and chair trends with DFS. I thought it would be crazy not to share some of the bathrooms that I saw and liked. Some because of the pure colour aesthetics and others because I could see how practical they will be for homes.

When we think of bathrooms generally, we generally tend to think of white as the predominant colour. But many of these palettes couldn’t be further from that vision  – you only have to see these ceramics by Cedit In fact the contrasting walls and features seemed to take centre stage quite a bit – and why not ?

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Olympia Ceramic

We’ve all chuckled at old  ‘avocado ‘ bathroom suites in the past but you know there were loads of not un-similar shades at Salone Del Mobile. Just with a much fresher and luxurious look. I’m saving the brightest bathroom I saw until last – you won’t be disappointed :)

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Arlex Italia

I found the accents quite interesting. Lots of circular shapes and smooth curves. Lots of gold and brass too which gives a sense of luxury and warmth. I did note plenty of black units which is big at the moment here in the UK already.

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Brem.

These radiatiors made me abnormally happy. Honestly, you know you’ve really grown up when a good looking heating device does it for you. But how cool are they ? Such a great way to add some fun and extra style to your bathroom. I’d love to see if they will take off over here in England. I hope so.

Stylish bathroom Salone Del Mobile
Ex – T & Scavolini

Of course there were more neutral and muted tones with a more classic design but they were really beautiful and inviting. Spaces to switch off and relax. I do love a leg on a bath especially when it’s gold.

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Scarabeo

I think if my daughters had been with me these sinks would’ve won the day hands down. They sure caught my eye. Ceramic Buckets. Absolutely perfect for a kids ensuite or just for fun. Who doesn’t need more fun ?

Bathroom inspiration
Scavoloni

This design really stuck out for me not only because it’s very good looking but also for it’s practicality. It’s space saving and could you could pretty much add all you need on the racks and even a few succulents. I can really see this in bathrooms across the country. I just love it.

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TDA

As promised, I saved the boldest until last. I showed it to my sister and she adores it. Of course, it’s not for the faint hearted but it could be muted or just used in accessories. If you want something to wake you up in the mornings then maybe this is it ?

Do you have a favourite here ? I think mine is the the second from bottom but I like elements of all of them.

Leave me a comment if you’d like to. I always enjoy hearing from you.

Lucy x

Once again – thank you DFS for taking me to Milan and for all the inspiration :)

All images are my own.

Salone Del Mobile 2018 inspiration trip with DFS

DFS Hoxton sofa wooden 70s 2018 trends milan design week

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Salone Del Mobile during Milan Design Week as a guest of DFS.

It was incredibly useful for interior design inspiration, not only to view so many future trends but also to spend some time with DFS product designers Rob and Ashley who had already sought out some of the looks that will soon be in our living rooms here in the UK.

But actually, DFS already offer some pieces such as the Hoxton Sofa above that already capture many of the aspects so there’s no need for us to wait.

Hoxton Sofa DFS greys

Through this post I will show you how we can easily add elements of these upcoming trends to our home with some images of the current DFS designs.

Sophia Swivel chair and sofa DFS blueblue swivel chair

We were really interested to see that there were many more muted colour tones coming through this year. For instance more calming pastels rather than bold brights with some gentler blues and sage greens but also grey greens and blue greys that the Sophia sofa and swivel chairs offers in ‘ Sky ‘ Combination ‘ at DFS.

Neutral tones like mink, stone and off whites worked aside these light colours beautifully.  I saw lighter shades of turquoise too although I was really pleased to see some deep teals still playing a strong game being my favourite colour.

Viera Sofa DFSVelvet Foot Stool DFS

The stronger pops of colour seemed to be mainly on the warmer end of the colour chart generally, deep and brick reds,  burnt oranges and various yellows. Very much like the Viera Sofa in ‘ Bordeaux ‘ here and the Play Hexagon Footstool in ‘ Mustard ‘. On the whole – I felt it was a nod to the cool and relaxed era of the 70s.

Hackney DFS armchair leather

In terms of textiles – layering is big with different types of textures working alongside each other all within one design – you will find buttery leathers, velvets, suedes, open piles wools and wood. I really enjoyed the legs featuring metal – some with with industrial type wheels. I love the DFS Hackney Chair as it has very slick ski style legs with a very vintage vibe – it’s a great example of what’s to come.

This all took centre stage more than prints this year and I also loved the soft organic linens –  I had a field day looking at these combinations together !

Melody Sofa DFS

It seems that intricate detail is prevailing too with outside seams, pleats and large weaves. I noticed some top stitching ( once a dressmaker always a dressmaker ) and strong emphasis on craftsmanship which is fantastic news.

Shapes and forms are organic with curves and L Shapes like the ‘ Cream Combination ‘ Melody Corner Sofa or the Etienne Sofa in the ‘ Duck Egg ‘ colourway below. There still also seems to be quite a boxy theme running throughout.

Duck egg sofa dfs

So, that’s what we discovered and it looks like it’s going to be quite an exciting time for furniture design. It’ll be interesting to see what DFS come up with in the near future although I am already enjoying their current ranges here.

Did you know that DFS handmade every order own their UK factories ? I honestly didn’t know that. Or that they have been established for over 50 years and now have 110 stores across Europe … I found out quite a lot about them while we all had a delicious meal together in Milan. It was pretty reassuring to hear that they offer a 15 year guarantee on all sofas.

You learn something new every day don’t you ?

Are there any looks that you currently like or trends that you’re looking forward to ? Do leave me a comment  – always love to hear from you.

Lucy x

This post is written in collaboration with DFS but as ever all opinions are completely my own.

All images copyright of DFS 2018.