A Corner of my Living Room with DFS

A Corner of my Living Room with DFS

We’ve only been in our new house for just over two months, but I’ve been so pleased with how the transformation is progressing, and to be honest it’s been even faster than I can have imagined. One of my favourite rooms in our home is the living room, which is a great deal bigger than our old one and is the perfect place for all the family to hang out.

When DFS contacted me asking if I’d like to work with them, I jumped at the chance to incorporate a new sofa in this space, and they also challenged me to create a ‘hotel chic’ look that was stylish-yet-homely. We currently have our older, purple, DFS fabric sofa, and our lovely tan leather DFS chair, both of which we’ve been really chuffed with, and with this living room being bigger we actually needed a new sofa anyway to fill this corner. I couldn’t wait to have more seating, and it was perfect, especially at Christmas time when we had loads of family and friends over. 

DFS sent me for my birthday to stay at top London boutique hotel, CitizenM Bankside, so I could garner some hotel inspiration. CitizenM had a really eclectic mix when it came to how the hotel was kitted out, and I came away with many ideas for this corner. I’m not really a minimalist, and love having lots to look at and pieces with a bit of a story, without it feeling too cluttered. The CitizenM look was perfect for me! I love our real mix of old and new here.

When thinking about how we wanted this room to look, we were keen to try something new and be a bit bold, and by painting it blue (Dulux Wild Water Blue 2 in silk if you’re interested, great for wiping marks off the walls!) I think we’ve definitely achieved this by giving the space a much-needed splash of colour. I must admit that when we first entered the room after it had been painted and when it was still bare, I was a little nervous that it looked TOO blue and was a bit overwhelming. But now we have started adding furniture and accessories I absolutely LOVE it, and we have had lots of compliments from friends and on social media too. 

Sometimes you just have to go for it!

The sofa we chose in the end was the super-stylish French Connection ‘Zinc’ 2 seater sofa (although you can buy this range in a variety of sizes), in the colour silver. So far it’s been really comfy and amazingly we’ve all managed to keep it clean, something that’s so important as a parent when you have mucky hands and the like all over it. Freddie accidentally got some biro pen on the arm within 3 days of receiving it <eye roll> but this came out really easily. 

As for the rest of this corner, the red geometric and pug cushions are c/o Dwell (we swap & mix and match these for two cushions grey/charcoal ones that come with the sofa, both pictured) that we also really like. The copper star is from TK Maxx home, and the white side table is also c/o Dwell. Our butterfly pictures on the wall used to be in our old bathroom but we’ve decided to use them here and they are from an Ebay store and were less than a tenner each! The Rolling Stones print is by an artist/photographer called Michael Joseph as is called ‘Beggars Banquet’.  It’s only recently that we discovered that it’s a limited print so actually worth quite a bit! Shows what I really know about art! The green glass is, as I mentioned before, Victorian glassware owned by my late Nan and her family before her, so it’s pretty special. Our rug is by La Redoute and it’s been a perfect by as it goes with most things and fills the big floor space that we now have. 

This corner of our living room is now complete, and I love the fact it’s a stylish space to be in, whilst still being suitable for the family (although I might have to move the 100 year old green glass bowl that was my Nan’s before the new baby gets moving about the place!). 

So what do you think? Do you like the boutique hotel look? I’d love to know your thoughts on it, the sofa and our crazy blue walls!

Home Etc

*Post in collaboration with DFS, all thoughts and opinions my own


  1. January 8, 2017 / 11:51 am

    I love your lounge. It looks so funky and bright but homely too – LOVE your style x

    • Becky
      January 9, 2017 / 10:17 am

      Thanks Donna- it was a huge gamble but I think it’s paid off and I’m so pleased with it! x

  2. January 8, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Wow. I absolutely love the colour and style of your lounge. That sofa is absolutely gorgeous too….I’ve had my eye on the corner one from the same collection for a while now. Hopefully, when our downstairs is finally completed, we can look at purchasing! Eek! x

    • Becky
      January 9, 2017 / 10:18 am

      Thanks Stacie! The sofa is super-comfy too, which I was pleasantly surprised about as I didn’t know if it was going to be more of a ‘show’ sofa but I can vouch that all of us love slobbing around on it! x

  3. January 8, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    I LOVE that sofa! I’m looking for a new sofa bed for our ‘snug’ (converted play room) so will definitely check out the DFS website πŸ™‚ I often drool over your blue walls when I see them on Instagram – they work so well in that room and don’t look cold like I thought blue might. Really nice. xx

    • Becky
      January 9, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Thanks so much Suzanne- yes I was worried it might look a little cold but I’ve been really happy with it, plus we use warm lighting which helps I think x

  4. January 19, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Well, don’t you have excellent taste … and I’m not just saying that because we have the same sofa πŸ˜‰ The room looks fantastic … I can’t do colour on walls but I love it on other people’s homes. And yes, pack up that green vase!!! You’re going to have to baby proof the house again πŸ™‚

  5. Keira @ Dekko Bird
    January 19, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Love your style Becky! And like Rachel, I’m biased as I have the DFS Zinc too!! It’s so comfy isn’t it? Love the blue colour- I tend to go for darker blues when using them but this looks really zingy especially behind the silver sofa. The red/orange colour in your cushions is perfect with it- well done for being this pulled together only 2 months in – and whilst pregnant too!! #HomeEtc

  6. January 19, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    It’s absolutely GORGEOUS Becky!!!! LOVE the colour β€” and it gives me great faith that colour I’ve chosen for our bedroom is definitely the right one! It’s quite a lot darker than yours but still very blue!! Love your new sofa too β€” so smart!! Ours is on it’s last legs but I’m not going to replace it until after we’ve done our extension. Might still be a couple of years away but hey β€” something to look forward to!! It will do for now. Thanks so linking up chickie xx #HomeEtc

  7. January 19, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I love it! The blue walls look fantastic – so practical to have a darker shade in a family room too, I’m forever touching up our pale walls! The sofa looks great, our kids are just too big now for us all to fit onto one sofa in the lounge so I’m on the lookout for another one. I’m off to check out the DFS range πŸ™‚ #HomeEtc

  8. January 19, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    I love the French Connection DFS sofas, have tested them out in the showroom a few times and they are so comfy as well as looking the part. Your living room is looking so lovely.

  9. Jane Taylor
    January 19, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Oh, that blue is absolutely perfect! Love it. It’s so hard to get blue ‘right’!
    The sofa is super stylish too.. Great picture.s Becky. This is such a great room! #HOMEETC

  10. January 19, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I have had my eye on that very sofa, but a bigger one, for ages now. It looks so fab and it’s great to see you are so pleased with it. xx #HOMEETC

  11. January 21, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Ohhh I l just love that rug, I’ve been trying to find one just like that for ages, we currently have a sheepskin and it’s looking very tired!

    Love the sofa you chose, I’m a big fan of Mid-Century style.



  12. January 21, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Oh wow, DFS have really treated you! I love the blue wall, it’s so bold and vibrant! The whole corner is very hotel chic and I LOVE that copper star! xx

  13. Elena
    January 21, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Wow, what an amazing space! I really love the sofa and the colour in the walls. Sometimes you worry the colour might be too much but it actually looks gorgeous. I must say I am in love with the butterfly prints, they are beautiful!

  14. January 23, 2017 / 11:58 am

    It looks great! The blue is particularly good. My son wants his room done in this exact shade and it’s great to see how it works with white skirting and coving – I was worried it wouldn’t work, but it looks really great! #HomeEtc

  15. Jess
    January 24, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    LOVE it πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t have been brave enough to go with blue but it works so well and looks amazing. Love your styling. Thanks for sharing & linking up. Jess xx


  16. Stephanie Robinson
    January 24, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Love the blue – and yes, sometimes you just have to go for it. Also those butterfly prints are gorgeous. I’ve a feeling I’ve got a butterfly thing coming on… #homeetc

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