I’ve just been looking at The Country Living Collection of Sofa’s which are in store at DFS and I’m really impressed by the range of lovely fabric’s available for The Gower sofa, which is my favourite in the collection.

As you would expect, from the Country Living team, the designs are very traditional, which is personally what I look for. Who wants to be changing their sofa every couple of years? The choice of fabrics though,is vast, giving the sofa’s a more contemporary feel which would fit most style of interiors. From plain linens in deep grey, pale duck egg and deep raspberry, to pin stripes and large plaid checks, very on trend.

There are also a range of velvets and loose covers available for The Chiltern, The St Ives and The Loch Leven, ensuring there is something for every taste.

What has really appealed to me is the price for such quality. Although the frames are hand made using beech, coming with a 10 year guarantee, The Gower comes in at £1200 and with four years interest free finance if you choose, makes it an easily affordable £24.00 per month. What’s not to love?

Interiors are nearly always influenced by what’s happening in the fashion world and the trend for big checks that we’ve seen in all the A/W collections, is no exception.

Tartans and plaids continue to be a big home trend. From the softer plaids we’ve seen on upholstery for quite a while now, we are starting to see lots of traditional red tartans coming through. Tartan and plaid is perfect for cosying up your home for winter. The look is classically British and synonymous with country clubs and lodges, log fires, worn leather and cable knit yarns, all very prominent in interiors.

I’ve put together a design board with some of the High Street buys available, which will add a touch of Highland fling to your home.

  1. Plaid wool shade~Not on The High Street
  2. Kelso Bedding~Very
  3. Galerie Marine Wallpaper~John Lewis
  4. Lomond Plaid cushion~Very
  5. Bronte Check Throw~John Lewis
  6. Iggy sofa in Robin Plaid~Sofa.com
  7. Lennox Pouffe~Dunelm

Below are a couple of DIY ideas that you can make using blankets found at car boot sales and charity shops.

This cushion is from Not On The High Street but could be easily made from a blanket.

This stool is easily achievable using a piece of tartan and a staple gun.

If you want to bring some laundry bag checks into your home, straight from the runway, and you have the budget, what better way than with these chairs by design power house Paulo Navone. These chairs have been around for quite some time now, which begs the question do interiors follow fashion or is it the other way round?