It’s that time of year, when we are looking to create a cosy environment to spend the winter at home. We were challenged by DFS to bring hygge into our lounge, using one of their lovely sofas. Challenge accepted! Although at the time I didn’t realise it meant a full on diy challenge too!
Let’s rewind to last week, when Dan thought it would be a great idea to remove part of the stud wall and create an inset shelving unit. Yes! How exciting I thought, little did I realise the time and upheaval of the room.
Dan started by cutting out the plasterboard, removing a square to reveal the ‘bones’ of the wall. Then in his workshop, he made a wooden frame and shelf that fitted snuggly inside the hole. Fixed it to the wooden battens inside the stud wall so it was secure. Then he plaster around the edge of the frame so it looked neat and gave it all a lick of paint. Ta dah!
Looks amazing doesn’t it? Only problem was, the rest of the room looked a mess after the work, so Dan quickly painted the walls in the same colour as the shelf – using Farrow & Ball Strong White. A soft slightly ‘greige’ white, perfect backdrop for all of our curios and creates a soft glow when the candles are lit.
Next it was my turn to give the room a juz. DFS asked us to choose a sofa from their range, we chose the Zinc 3 seater sofa in grey – a collaboration with French Connection. I love the mid-century styling, button back cushions and the hard wearing textured wool.
To create a cosy ‘hygge’ in the corner, I layered a Welsh wool blanket over the back and sheepskin rugs. Adding fairy lights and candles to the shelves, plus a small clip on spot light for lighting up your reading whilst you relax.
Underneath the sofa is soft shag pile beni ourain rug, which is cosy under foot and adds a feeling of comfort every time we enter the room.
Elsewhere, there are piles of books, our log burning stove is constantly lit and candles add a welcoming glow.
We love our new living space, the kids and the cats do too! Thank you to DFS for giving us the opportunity to create this new space. This sofa is our family ‘island’.
- Sofa – DFS zinc model in grey
- Wool Welsh Blanket – Cold at night
- Sheepskin rug – B&Q
- Black stars – Rose & Grey
- Cushions – H&M and Jo Waterhouse
- Spot light – Ikea
Collaboration Note: Thank you to DFS who kindly gave us the sofa for the purpose of this challenge. All words, thoughts and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.