The Pink Sofa

February 8, 2017
The Pink Sofa

In an early episode of Sex and the City, Miranda talks about re-building her bed karma. “I figure if I can make my bed a place I really want to be, others will feel the same” she says. “If you build it, he will come”.

I used to feel the same about my own interior design choices. I went from throwing all kinds of fairy lights and flowery decor around when I initially started living without a man, to being a bit more masculine with my decorating decisions. My thought was that, at some point it would be nice to live with a man again, and so I wanted to create a home environment a man would feel happy in.

It made sense at the time, and Sex and the City can’t be wrong.

The Pink Sofa
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But four years into solo living, and with no male of the species anywhere near the house (excluding my four year old, obviously), my field of dreams-esque way of thinking was waning. Having spent this period of time developing my own style without the pants on the floor and dodgy bachelor artwork,  I settled into an aesthetic that I was really happy with: cosy, colourful and, with two kids, always practical.

Moving house has meant I’ve been able to indulge this aesthetic again, all over the place. And choosing a new sofa from DFS last month was one of the most enjoyable parts of the move. I wanted to keep my wonderful workhorse of a Habitat sofa, but with a bigger living space I knew I’d want the additional seating that a new 3 seater sofa would bring, one that would really make a statement. The Pink Sofa The Pink Sofa

Initially, I erred on the practical side of my interiors ethos. I decided to go for a warm brown leather sofa, and the Reign seemed perfect for what I was after. I put my order in and happily awaited its arrival, only to be distraught a week later when I was told it was going to be discontinued (the Dynasty is very similar, though).

And so I went back to the drawing board.

I can’t remember how it happened, but as I was browsing the DFS website for the eightieth time one evening the Sofa Workshop Bailey jumped out at me. It was everything I hadn’t known I was looking for in a sofa: classic, quality, stylish… and pink velvet. I mean, hello. PINK FREAKING VELVET. I knew then it was going to be mine, and I didn’t even visit the showroom to confirm it. I just knew.

Three weeks later, it indeed was mine!

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The Pink Sofa has been the final piece of the puzzle in our living space jigsaw. As soon as I knew we’d be the proud owners of the Bailey I started planning the rest of the lounge interiors around it: I picked out the pinks in the photo above the fireplace, purchased a couple of cushions to tie the colour scheme together and introduced textures into the mix. I picked up a couple of extra plants – the green goes brilliant with the dusky pink – and added some warming throws. I love it.

Although it wasn’t what I initially wanted, this sofa has been the perfect one for us. It’s girly, but this is tempered with the dark blue Habitat three-seater and Made wing chair. The velvet means it’s warm and it’s so beautifully made and comfy to sit on (though don’t tell the kids, they’re not allowed ;). I’m so much more thrilled with it than if it was a brown leather sofa.

I love how it adds classic styling to my otherwise fairly mid-century/Scandi style. And it makes a wonderful statement when you enter the room, whether you’re a man or not.

Cushions: the white ones came with the Bailey, and the others were M&S and The blankets are IKEA (light grey) and (dark). The lamps are both IKEA, and artwork is a poster I had printed with and displayed in a John Lewis frame (I love this so much I’ve just bought another for the bedroom). The rug is La Redoute and is just as soft as it looks. 

Huge thank-yous to DFS for sending us the Bailey: it has made me happier in one short month than Tinder has in an entire year. 

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  • Reply Kate Jones February 8, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I love it so much Alice! Would NEVER consider myself a pink sofa girl but am now considering whether it would fit into a snug space on the other side of our fireplace… seriously tempted! X

  • Reply Mel Wiggins February 8, 2017 at 10:36 am

    It’s so perfect! I seriously love it and am so glad you went for it. x

  • Reply Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper February 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Looks ace, really suits the space! x

  • Reply Jessica February 8, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Adore velvet for a sofa, but i prefer more a teal or deep blue (the light pink looks amazing though!) but i still can’t justify one with the one living space and after seeing how my beige linen sofa has fared with a somewhat responsible 5 year old? Nope. It’s gonna have to wait.

    I think you’ve made a great choice though, it looks fab!

  • Reply Polly Davies February 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Alice! That sofa is lush!! And I’ve been loving making my house more feminine recently!

  • Reply Eleanor (TheBristolParent) February 8, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    That’s a superfly sofa. I can’t wait to hear about the things it sees and the bums it feels (so to speak!)

  • Reply Slummy single mummy February 9, 2017 at 10:21 am

    It’s GORGEOUS. I really love velvet fabrics and although my sofa isn’t velvet *sob* I have lots of velvet cushions because I love the feel of it – it feels so decadent!

  • Reply Carie @ Space for the Butterflies February 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Oh that is gorgeous! I love the pink and a velvet sofa is a thing of wonder – my parents had a light green velvet chesterfield that was the perfect place to curl up with a book on a wet afternoon.

  • Reply Lori February 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    OK I’m not even joking! I have been crushing on this sofa ever since I saw it on your Instagram!! It’s is all sorts of ace x

  • Reply Laura February 13, 2017 at 9:46 am

    This is such a beautiful sofoa and is a perfect fit for your room – I totally agree, Sex and City can never be wrong (loooove that show)

    Laura x

  • Reply Chloe (Sorry About The Mess) February 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I really really love your sofa choice. I’m not even a fan of pink, but I think maybe that’s why I love it so much – as it’s a bit different to anything I’d normally opt for….that, and it looks AMAZING. I love your cushion choices too. Your styling of this sofa is just 100% on point all round. DFS have some great designs at the moment, definitely going to be the first place I look when we FINALLY get to purchase a new sofa!

  • Reply Mel April 26, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. It is so gorgeous! I had no idea DFS made sofas like this. It is so pretty. I would absolutely love a sofa like yours, but my 4 kids would probably destroy it within a week hahaha! I’d have to go for a neutral colour unfortunately… If I could, I’d have a mustard coloured one just like yours!

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  • Reply Lindsey Louden August 11, 2017 at 8:32 am

    IVE GOT IT AND HAD IT SINCE MARCH 2016 hahaha but guess what and please don’t cry I’ve got the chair and pouffe too.Like you I had to have it as I was moving into a new house and the start of a new single life, but wait I got beaten to the post with the new house so I’m still in the old one hopefully not for two long now so naturally my babies have been covered up until I move then will come the unavailing party which only I will attend as I don’t want anyone else sitting on it hahaha hahaha.

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