My Sofa.com style is... Choosing a New Sofa With Sofa.com*

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At the end of last year, Sofa.com got in touch with me to see if I would like a new sofa for our living room and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We bought our old corner sofa when we lived in a house with a much larger living room and a huge open brick fireplace, so it was very large, brown and beige (but also very comfortable). We’d been on a long journey with this sofa, it had moved 5 times with us in 3 years and had all sorts of stains on it, mainly from having babies and toddlers throughout its time with us. It didn’t fit in our current living room, so was living two separate lives and it was time to turf it out and get a new one!

One side of the sofa, cleverly disguised with throws and cushions

One side of the sofa, cleverly disguised with throws and cushions

And the other side of the corner sofa, note that it has no arm rest on the right hand side!

And the other side of the corner sofa, note that it has no arm rest on the right hand side!

I was like a kid in a sweet shop when Sofa.com asked me to take a look at their online sofa store and choose a new one for the living room. Ever since I’d joined Instagram, I had totally lusted over the fabulous green velvet sofas that were always so popular. I sent away for a couple of green velvet samples, including Jade, Cedar, Deep Turquoise, Evergreen and Neptune and settled on the Jade as it had a beautiful dark forest green colour to it. It was then just a case of finding the right style for our living room. I also love button backed sofas, they have a wonderful vintage feel about them, so I managed to narrow it down to the Humphrey, Patrick, Oscar and Mabel.

The beautifully regal  Humphrey  sofa

The beautifully regal Humphrey sofa

A deep blue  Patrick  - with a classic chesterfield design

A deep blue Patrick - with a classic chesterfield design

The  Oscar , a modern twist on a traditional classic sofa

The Oscar, a modern twist on a traditional classic sofa

Super comfy and modern looking  Mabel

Super comfy and modern looking Mabel

When we had a look at the sizes online, I got my trusty tape measure out as we knew we wanted the biggest sofa to fit in the smallest living room known to man (aka our living room). In the end, we decided to go with the Mabel as this gave us enough room to fit a 3-seater sofa in and still be able to get in the door!

My new  Mabel sofa  sits perfectly under our gallery wall

My new Mabel sofa sits perfectly under our gallery wall

Plenty of cushions!

Plenty of cushions!

Casually having a cuppa on my  Mabel sofa

Casually having a cuppa on my Mabel sofa

Trying out different colour schemes in the living room. This  Jade Mabel sofa  pretty much goes with everything!

Trying out different colour schemes in the living room. This Jade Mabel sofa pretty much goes with everything!

With our Jade Mabel sofa in place and no one allowed to sit on it apart from me, we then started to think about replacing the other sofa in the living room that now looked a little old and battered compared to our new sofa. Sofa.com kindly came to the rescue and were looking for people to work with to show case their new Spring/Summer range and the fabulous new collaboration with the very talented Lucy Tiffney, who’s work I have admired for a long time! It was very important I got my hands on some of her cushions :)

The fabulously talented  Lucy Tiffney  creating one of her easily recognisable murals

The fabulously talented Lucy Tiffney creating one of her easily recognisable murals

Beautiful patterns and colours of the  Lucy Tiffney collaboration  with sofa.com

Beautiful patterns and colours of the Lucy Tiffney collaboration with sofa.com

The new range includes the Dahlia which draws on the traditional sofa, but extremely comfy for family use and the Rupert with its deep seats and removable slip covers with matching cushions, which is perfect for families with pets or small children.

Again, I sent off for fabric samples, but this time it wasn’t so easy. I thought getting another green velvet sofa would be a bit much, as we also had a green wall in the living room. I started thinking about other colours that would easily compliment the Jade sofa and put it to the vote on my stories on Instagram.

I was looking at colours to compliment the Mabel Sofa

I was looking at colours to compliment the Mabel Sofa

Asking my followers on Instagram, most people said go for dark blue velvet!

Asking my followers on Instagram, most people said go for dark blue velvet!

Thankfully, this time sofa.com asked me to visit their showroom in Guildford as I was really struggling to find the perfect colour to match the Mabel sofa. After running a poll on my stories and receiving all the fabric samples in the post, I was veering towards the Butterscotch Cotton Matt Velvet fabric. We have sunflower tiles on our fireplace hearth and I thought this fabric would compliment them beautifully. I also liked the idea of having green and yellow statement sofas in the living room.

The stunningly vibrant  Butterscotch Dahlia  sofa

The stunningly vibrant Butterscotch Dahlia sofa

I popped along to the Show Room a couple of weeks later, not knowing what to expect. I was greeted warmly by Arianna, one of the personal shopping assistants to help me with my sofa decision. Before we started, they asked if I wanted a hot drink or water and took me to their bar to make me a latte and offer me a biscuit! Exceptional service already and that was even before I started looking at sofas.

The sofa.com  show room in Guildford
Loved the colour scheme of the sofa.com bar area. So much inspiration everywhere

Loved the colour scheme of the sofa.com bar area. So much inspiration everywhere

Biscuit anyone?

Biscuit anyone?

This stunning purple sofa was nestled in next to the bar -  Snowdrop sofa in Plum velvet

This stunning purple sofa was nestled in next to the bar - Snowdrop sofa in Plum velvet

And this  Snowdrop armchair  in the new sofa.com fabric - Periwinkle - complimented the plum sofa perfectly. So much so, I started questioning my whole colour scheme in the living room!

And this Snowdrop armchair in the new sofa.com fabric - Periwinkle - complimented the plum sofa perfectly. So much so, I started questioning my whole colour scheme in the living room!

They also have a fabulous little area just for children, so if you take them along, you needn’t worry. They can put a DVD on for the kids and I loved the use of colour in this little corner, showcasing their sofas with removable covers!

Loved the colours and patterns in this corner, complete with removable covers.  Isaac sofa in Strawberry Lace

Loved the colours and patterns in this corner, complete with removable covers. Isaac sofa in Strawberry Lace

Such a cute little corner and the kids get to watch movies! Sounds like the perfect day out. The  Alfie Sofa in Tutti Frutti Caterpillar  and  Isaac footstool in Chocolate Lime

Such a cute little corner and the kids get to watch movies! Sounds like the perfect day out. The Alfie Sofa in Tutti Frutti Caterpillar and Isaac footstool in Chocolate Lime

Whilst I sat drinking my coffee, we chatted about what I was looking for and the ideas I already had for our next sofa. They have all their fabrics available in the show room for you to look at and what I thought was a genius idea, they had extra large fabric samples which meant you could drape the fabric over a sofa and really get a feel for the colour, texture and how it looks in different lights. As I already had a sofa in Jade, Arianna found the Jade fabric so that she could throw it over a sofa and then we could start adding different coloured fabrics and sofas to see what worked. Starting with the butterscotch…

All of the sofa.com fabrics on display in the show room

All of the sofa.com fabrics on display in the show room

Arianna picking out fabric samples for us to compare

Arianna picking out fabric samples for us to compare

Taking the Jade fabric and adding a  Lucy Tiffney Palm Tree  and  Butterscotch  scatter cushion

Taking the Jade fabric and adding a Lucy Tiffney Palm Tree and Butterscotch scatter cushion

Arianna then draped Butterscotch material over another chair to see how it worked with the Jade fabric

Arianna then draped Butterscotch material over another chair to see how it worked with the Jade fabric

Once Arianna draped the butterscotch material over another chair next to the Jade fabric, I knew it wouldn’t work. I love my Jade velvet sofa and it is quite a statement piece in our living room, but I felt the butterscotch stole it’s thunder a little and I needed something that complimented it. I absolutely fell in love with the Lucy Tiffney material and cushions and that’s when I realised, I needed pink in my life! We added a few different pink materials to the chair, including Orchid, Bubblegum and Lychee and the Orchid was by far my favourite. It looked fabulous with the Lucy Tiffney cushions and is a perfectly quieter partner for my Jade sofa.

Trying out the Bubblegum colour on the chair - to pink for me! Although, it does go

Trying out the Bubblegum colour on the chair - to pink for me! Although, it does go

I knew this was the colour for me as soon as Arianna brought it out!

I knew this was the colour for me as soon as Arianna brought it out!

Matching it all up together with their new Lucy Tiffney fabric - perfect

Matching it all up together with their new Lucy Tiffney fabric - perfect

I had a monochrome rug at the time and  sofa.com  even have samples of different rugs so you can really get a feel for all the colours and patterns together.

I had a monochrome rug at the time and sofa.com even have samples of different rugs so you can really get a feel for all the colours and patterns together.

I just love this pattern by Lucy Tiffney

I just love this pattern by Lucy Tiffney

With my decision made, I then had a quick wonder around the rest of the show room and loved looking at all their different ranges, including their beds upstairs. They had put together so many wonderful combinations of their fabrics and it gave me so much inspiration, to the point where I was considering changing the colour scheme in my living room altogether!

Floral, purple and olive fabrics working perfectly together

Floral, purple and olive fabrics working perfectly together

Stunning skylight with the  Bluebell corner sofa in Atlantic  velvet in the foreground

Stunning skylight with the Bluebell corner sofa in Atlantic velvet in the foreground

With the order placed, it took 6 weeks for our new sofa to be delivered and to say I’m extremely pleased with it is an understatement. It fits perfectly into our small living room, the colour is a wonderful contrast to our green velvet sofa and it is extremely comfortable. I really enjoyed my visit to the show room and would highly recommend sofa.com for finding your dream sofa!

Our new pink sofa -  Orchid Izzy  - right at home

Our new pink sofa - Orchid Izzy - right at home

She looks fabulous next to our green wall!

She looks fabulous next to our green wall!

And fabulous against our botanical wall hanging!

And fabulous against our botanical wall hanging!

Pink and green should always be seen!

Pink and green should always be seen!

The perfect match, the  Jade Mabel sofa  and the  Orchid Izzy  with Lucy Tiffney cushions

The perfect match, the Jade Mabel sofa and the Orchid Izzy with Lucy Tiffney cushions

Mel x

All written, styled and photographed (apart from the sofa.com stock sofa photos) by Melanie Boyden. *This is a gifted collaboration with sofa.com and all views are my own. I will only work with brands that I know will fit with my style and that I trust and love.