I love a good styling challenge. Maybe it's because I grew up watching Changing Rooms and was desperate to be let loose on my parents' house. Request denied, obviously. There's nothing like spending an hour or two moving things around, trying new arrangements, and then moving it all back again when you realise that you preferred your room as it was.
Having recently made the decision to change the colour of the living room walls from grey to white (although they're still grey in these photographs) and wanting an alternative way to add some colour in to the space, I was over the moon when DFS asked if I'd like to select one of their gorgeous sofas for the ultimate style off ... my way versus the boys'.
We opted for the French Connection Zinc Express 4 seater sofa in teal. It arrived two weeks ago and we love it! It's bright, beautiful and incredibly comfortable. And I know it's going to look even more amazing against the white walls when the decorating is finally complete.
But back to the style off ... who would do it better?
STYLED BY ME
I opted for 'less is more' styling. Because we use the living room mostly for relaxing, I don't like it to be overly cluttered ... although I don't mind it being colourful. The cushions are from Happy + Co and such a bold design deserves to take centre stage, I think. The blanket draped over the side of the sofa was knitted by my mother and is perfect to have to hand when I'm reading and want a little bit of extra warmth and comfort. The yellow knitted knot was retrieved from my littlest's room - you might remember it from my fakeovers post. He has a real thing for it.
The coffee table was made in Austria, sold to us in Germany, transported to our apartment in Zurich, and then shipped back to the UK with us a couple of years ago. It's so well travelled. And remarkably still in amazing condition. The mugs were a gift from a friend (we have the matching artwork in our dining room) and the teal DAB radio is the Hepburn Mk II from VQ.
I'd say that my style is simple, functional and colourful. Not too cluttered but with everything needed to hand. It's probably not surprising that I rather enjoyed working in the automotive industry with its housekeeping processes requiring, 'a place for everything and everything in its place'. I probably shouldn't be quite so insistent on duplicating that at home though, right?
STYLED BY THE BOYS
The boys, on the other hand, are firm advocates of the 'more is more' philosophy. And just when you think you can't add any more, that's the point when you add even more. More cushions, more books, more toys, more frames. A knitted knot, a stool, a basket, a plant, ice creams, and don't forget the stuffed toys. They only stopped when I asked them where exactly they were planning on sitting on the sofa. It would seem that perfectly a perfectly styled sofa is only to be admired and never to be sat on.
Truth be told, I really, really like their efforts. It's a touch too much for me but it has made me realise that I can be a bit too clinical and 'just so' about interior design. I love the multitude of cushions and I also think that the little stool they brought down from their bedroom is a genius addition. I'd agree that the sofa styled their way is probably a touch more inviting than my way ... even I'd have to share my spot with a plethora of Lego.
I'll share some more photos when the room is fully finished, but in the meantime, which look do you prefer?
Huge thanks to DFS for setting us this fun style challenge and for providing the gorgeous sofa.