There’s nothing quite like curling up on a sizeable, squishy sofa in front of the fire after the end of a long day.

This season we’re all about spacious style so clear your house of clutter and embrace space for the ultimate in open plan living.

What we like most about this trend is that it is functional and encourages social activities so you’re not restricted to one particular room for entertaining.

Pick a colour palette depending on your taste – light and bright is better for smaller spaces as it will make the area appear larger or, if you have more room to play with, try sumptuous shades of green, grey and navy.

Start by choosing a comfortable corner sofa for your casual entertainment ‘hub’. Barker and Stonehouse has the stylish Rossi in silver fabric which would look great against a light or dark backdrop.

Designed in a simple shape that will anchor any room, the Rossi pairs contemporary style with meticulous tailoring and has chrome finished legs that enhance its sleek yet relaxed look.

Then it’s time to add some softness and texture with a rug like the Siam Rug in beige. Handtufted in India from 100% wool it features a dynamic, boldly-scaled Ikat motif in stunning shades of navy, beige and ocean blue and provides a look and feel that is chic and cosy.

Next choose a coffee table that works well with the other pieces in your room and place it either in the centre of your floor space or off to the side.

Glass works particularly well because the style will suit all colour schemes and furnishings, but only if your overall look is a contemporary one.

The Noguchi Coffee Table is a reproduction classic of the Isamu Noguchi, originally designed in 1944.  Created with a beautifully shaped glass top and a wooden base made from two pieces of sculptured birch wood, it’s a lovely addition to any home.


Finally tie the look together with accessories that reflect the overall mood of the room.  Choose lighting that is a bit out of the ordinary like the Kartell Bourgie in titanium metallic.  A best seller, this piece skilfully combines classic style and tradition with innovation and irony.

Textured wall art will also look stunning against a plain wall and will act a great conversation starter when you have guests around.

One of my favourites is the Untouched Oil On Canvas, hand-painted in England by Anthony Martin. His heavily textured abstract pieces capture the drama of nature and landscape and each and every piece is unique.

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