My style is… Choosing a New Sofa With*

At the end of last year, 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 one 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 were living two separate lives and it was time to turf it out and get a new one!

an old dfs sofa
One side of the sofa, cleverly disguised with throws and cushions
And the other side of the corner sofa, note that it has no armrest on the right-hand side!

Visiting the store

I was like a kid in a sweet shop when asked me to take a look at their online 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 color to it.

It was then just a case of finding the right style for our living room. I also love the button-backed style, 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
A deep blue Patrick – with a classic chesterfield design
The Oscar , a modern twist on a traditional classic sofa
Super comfy and modern looking Mabel

Choosing the size

When we had a look at the sizes online, I got my trusty tape measure out as we knew we wanted the biggest one 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 in and still be able to get in the door!

My new Mabel sofa sits perfectly under our gallery wall
Plenty of cushions!
Casually having a cuppa on my Mabel sofa
Trying out different color schemes in the living room. This Jade Mabel sofa pretty much goes with everything!

Choosing a new sofa 

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 one in the living room that now looked a little old and battered compared to our new sofa. kindly came to the rescue and was looking for people to work with to showcase their new Spring/Summer range and the fabulous new collaboration with the very talented Lucy Tiffney, whose 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 recognizable murals
Beautiful patterns and colors of the Lucy Tiffney collaboration with

Fabric Samples

The new range includes the Dahlia which draws on the traditional but is 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 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 colors that would easily compliment the Jade and put it to the vote on my stories on Instagram.

I was looking at colors to compliment the Mabel Sofa
Asking my followers on Instagram, most people said go for dark blue velvet!

Visiting the Store

Thankfully, this time asked me to visit their showroom in Guildford as I was really struggling to find the perfect color 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

I popped along to the showroom 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 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.

The showroom in Guildford
Loved the color scheme of the bar area. So much inspiration everywhere
Biscuit anyone?
This stunning purple sofa was nestled in next to the bar – Snowdrop sofa in Plum velvet
And this Snowdrop armchair in the new fabric – Periwinkle – complimented the plum sofa perfectly. So much so, I started questioning my whole color 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 color in this little corner, showcasing their sofas with removable covers!

Loved the colors 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

Looking at all the fabrics in the showroom

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 showroom 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 color, 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 colored fabrics to see what worked. Starting with the butterscotch…

All of the fabrics on display in the showroom
Arianna picking out fabric samples for us to compare
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

Mixing the different fabrics to get the perfect combination

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 its 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 realized, 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 favorite. It looked fabulous with the Lucy Tiffney cushions and is a perfectly quieter partner for my Jade sofa.

Trying out the Bubblegum color on the chair – too pink for me! Although, it does go
I knew this was the color for me as soon as Arianna brought it out!
Matching it all up together with their new Lucy Tiffney fabric – perfect
I had a monochrome rug at the time and even has samples of different rugs so you can really get a feel for all the colors and patterns together.
I just love this pattern by Lucy Tiffney

Like a kid in a sweet shop

With my decision made, I then had a quick wander around the rest of the showroom 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 color scheme in my living room altogether!

Adored this Saturday Sofa in Olive. Little did I know I would be the proud owner of an olive sofa not much longer after this!
Floral, purple, and olive fabrics work perfectly together
The beautiful Cleo bed in Claret velvet
Stunning skylight with the Bluebell corner sofa in Atlantic velvet in the foreground

Our new Orchid Izzy

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 color is a wonderful contrast to the green velvet and it is extremely comfortable. I really enjoyed my visit to the showroom and would highly recommend for finding your dream sofa!

Our new pink sofa – Orchid Izzy – right at home
She looks fabulous next to our green wall!
And fabulous against our botanical wall hanging!
Pink and green should always be seen!
The perfect match, the Jade Mabel sofa and the Orchid Izzy with Lucy Tiffney cushions

All written, styled, and photographed (apart from the stock sofa photos) by Melanie Boyden. *This is a gifted collaboration with 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.

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