The Sofa Question

Over and over again Doug and I see beautiful homes, beautiful spaces, but very often the sofa is not quite right! The sofa dominates the living room and dictates how it feels, it deserves some careful thought.

‘Dated but comfy’ is a common problem, as is ‘not being able to afford the exact sofa you would really like, so making do with one handed down from Auntie June when she finally moved into a home in 1997’…

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Yes, you can do a cover up job with throws and yes, that can be pretty, but inevitably the result will seem temporary.

All that is required here is a little bit of commitment: scouring eBay and secondhand shops for a bargain is one option, alternatively, saving up and shelling out for one you really want might be what’s needed.

If your home is small, a very neat solution would be a range of small sofa beds that I have come across recently: Nabru’s small sofas offer really stylish options that will fit seamlessly into almost any interior.

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A colourful or textural throw can then be a beautiful ‘accent’ on a small, neutral sofa. You do not need to spend a fortune, but what a relief that you are no longer having to go through that massive throw ‘shake out’ whenever the doorbell rings!

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Use cushions to complement your other soft furnishings such as curtains and rugs. This can really help bring your design together and make your living room feel more cohesive. Don’t go too ‘matchy matchy’, just make sure that you make similar style choices within a room: vaguely coastal, or similarly dark and dramatic… cushions, rugs and curtains do NOT have to be ALL RED or ALL BLUE to work!!

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Like cushions, rugs can act as a vibrant and colourful addition to a room. A cheaper and easier alternative to re-carpeting, a well-designed rug can add character and personality to your living room with minimal outlay.

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Finally, a fireplace is a perfect focal point in a living room, providing a great spot for displaying ornaments, artworks and family photographs, you can utilise your fireplace and mantelpiece to truly personalise your living room.

To conclude, replacing or updating your sofa you can completely resolve the look of your whole home. Some well chosen cushions, a sumptuous throw and a rug that provides the perfect finishing touch – you’ll end up with a fantastic space for you and your family and friends to luxuriate!

Bedroom Makeover

Can’t help feeling a bit shy about this…err…ta da…it’s my bedroom! 

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Or Doug’s bedroom, rather…We did a deal when we re-arranged the house: I have a dressing room and he gets to decorate our bedroom exactly as he wishes…Hang on? Is that fair? Am I missing out on something here…? Oh well, at least I did not have to give it any thought! 

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Very pleased with our ‘Breaking Bad’ style crocheted throw. You will all know by now that Doug and I are completely addicted to this piece of TV genius and are convinced it is going to seriously influence Interior Trends for the next decade – the architecture in Albuquerque is so nice: slightly Mexican with a modern ‘edge’….and EVERYONE seems to have a crocheted throw on their sofa….!

The artwork above the bed is by Douglas

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Doug’s slightly OCD clothes storage

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No curtains, Marcel Breuer chair…

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Our ‘Royal Mail’ laundry bag…

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Loving these wire shelving racks from online home ware shop Out There Interiors – certainly the right shop for Doug – that is for sure!

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What a relief – somewhere to put your books, your alarm clock, a pencil, a notepad, your industrial inspection lamps…

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Here I am – a bit tired, but quite happy with the results in the end!

Ampersand

Many of you will be familiar with the exquisite interior design studio, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, Ampersand. The owners, Jackie and Callum Fisken live nearby in a beautiful Townhouse that is a perfect reflection of their design practice.

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Rich colours, sumptuous textures make this living room a real winter warmer…I am sorry, we can’t just move in. It really is their family home!

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Every detail has been painstakingly considered but the result is soothing and cosy…

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I love the entrance…

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Boutique hotel style bedding and candle sconces in the master bedroom make the perfect finishing touches to this elegant home.

Add a little piece of Edinburgh chic to your own home with Jackie and Callum’s fun range of Curious Cushions

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The ‘Cameo’ is a witty and striking range of cushions featuring iconic images alongside much-loved pets. You can make your own appearance with their unique one-off ‘Cameo Service’. Simply send in a jpeg of yourself, in profile, and they will make up a design which they will email you for approval before incorporating it into a beautiful hand-made cushion. Of course, the portrait needn’t be limited to you: this is a fabulous idea for a loved-one or your own pet – and a twin Cameo makes the perfect wedding present.

Please don’t be tempted to ask them to portray yourself as ‘Santa’ on your children’s stocking…No, no, no…

Hege’s living room

Just preparing a post about our bedroom makeover – so ‘in the mood’ for makeovers!

Was very struck by my friend and fellow blogger, Hege Morris, from Hege In France‘s recent Living Room update that she has completed for the B&Q Unloved Rooms campaign

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So clever – she has painted the bland Magnolia walls white – a bit of trademark for Hege…she does not do accent walls! The carpet was replaced by beautiful oak, Herringbone flooring and the rug with a brighter, cream rug. She added the gorgeous stag cushion and a cosy knit throw. Green plants give rooms a lift. I love the bean bag footstool. Hege’s favourites are the black metal lamp and the round mirror. All so lovely and all from your local B&Q store.

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Hege, being ‘Hege’ had to add a bit of DIY to the room (I definitely DON”T have to do this!) She bought an ornament from a charity shop – a cone shape. Instead of leaving it light pink she decided to spray paint a trendy Copper – Grrr – very clever!!

The “marble box” is simply a cardboard box covered in Sticky back plastic…ok, there’s also an easy ‘book folding project’, Hege calls it Book Origami…go on – you know you want to!

Hege’s work is always brilliant – her blog detailed her life as a Norwegian, married to a Scotsman, with a young son, living in France, absolutely fascinating.

To be closer to extended family they have recently returned to Scotland, so of course I will be following their story with interest.