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Hi, I’m Nicole.

Having previously worked in an interiors showroom, interiors PR, and even in the re-design of a children’s nursery, I finally took the plunge to become a self-employed interiors stylist, set designer and prop stylist in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. I style editorial and commercial shoots for established interiors brands and magazines, and am also an interiors editor, a job that allows me to quench my thirst for trailblazing interior design on a daily basis.

Close the windows to stop the chill. Watch the sun begin to set earlier. Classic autumn TV begins to return. It’s time to settle in. Yet, you can’t quite get comfy. It’s not you, it’s your sofa. 

You can thank it for the good years, but you’ve fallen out of love. It’s time for a review of the situation, to start thinking about seeing someone new. With that in mind, allow me to introduce you to my favourites from the new Autumn Arrivals range from Sofology.

The ‘Weekend’: The ultimate in stylish lounging

As our homes morph into multi-functional spaces for work, rest and play, practical yet stylish design has never been more integral to reflecting how we live. The Weekend corner sofa ticks all those boxes. The unfussy modernist design and moveable back cushions allow for malleable comfort to suit your desire, while the classic pin-tucked seat design adds a touch of hotel glamour. 

The sleek lines and lack of arms gives the illusion of more space and balance, while the coordinating corner units and footstools provide the perfect place for perching drinks, nibbles, laptops or phones – ideal for both Zoom meetings and family film nights. Turn up the cosiness factor by positioning cushions on the right, left and centre of the corner sofa, so that everyone has ample wiggle room and cushions in which to sink. Think tactile textures such as velvet, embroidery, weave and jersey – you can stick to a similar colour palette to tie the scheme together. 

The modular options of the Weekend range mean the size configurations are endless, so you can still achieve that comfy, squishy feeling we all crave without the room feeling overcrowded. Available in a selection of Corner Sofas, 2 Seater, Chaise, Chair and Large and Small Footstool.

2 Seater Sofa
in Weekend Biba Indigo
£1299.00

Large Footstool
in Weekend Biba Indigo
£599.00

Chair
in Weekend Biba Indigo
£699.00

Chaise
in Weekend Biba Indigo
£1099.00

The Esme: Curves in all the right places

Curved is the new pièce de resistance of sofa shapes. The fluid form has been a staple in designer homes this year thanks to the relaxing aesthetic created when you remove sharper angles. The curves of the Esme collection draw inspiration from the refined opulence of the Art Deco era, with swooping lines that open up the space for extra lounging room, offering a soft contrast to the rigid feel of a traditional sofa shape. 

Pair it with velvet and boucle wool patterned cushions in a jewel colour palette, for an extra dash of Gatsby elegance that works particularly well within a contemporary, minimalist scheme. If you live in an apartment or typically narrow Victorian townhouse, the 2-seater sofa would work really well with its back to the wall and the arms curving slightly away. Or the Accent Chair would give instant allure to a quiet reading nook. Available in a 2, 3 and 4-seater, Snuggler, Accent Chair, Accent Footstool and Footstool.

Accent Chair
in Esme Malham Ivory Mix
£899.00

Loveseat
in Esme Malham Ivory Mix
£1199.00

Designer Footstool
in Esme Malham Ivory Mix
£599.00

3 Seater Sofa
in Esme Malham Ivory Mix
£1699.00

The Enchant: A fresh take on country living

The modern country trend is here to stay for 2020/21, as we turn our attention away from large cities and towards the tantalising touch of the outdoors and cosiness of country life. The Enchant range fuses the best of both worlds, with the welcoming country aesthetic of deep seats that are made for sinking into mixed with neat arms and metallic trim for a contemporary edge. So you don’t need to start planning your move to the Cotswolds just yet.

The real beauty of this sofa’s style lies in its versatility. You can dress it up with vibrant floral cushions, geometric throws and a modern rug to keep the look contemporary, or dress it down with relaxed linens in neutral shades and a shaggy sheepskin to set the scene for a relaxed rural retreat from the busy world outside. Available in a 2, 3, 4 Seater, Selection of Corner Sofas, Chair, Accent Chair, Loveseat, Storage Footstool, Designer Footstool and a selection of Corner Sofas.

3 Seater Sofa
in Chamonix Mix Gold
£1399.00

Accent Chair
in Chamonix Mix Gold
£799.00

Designer Footstool
in Chamonix Mix Gold
£599.00

Loveseat
in Chamonix Mix Gold
£999.00

The Banbury: Classic with a twist

This is a conversation sofa – one for sitting and chatting with friends and family on, rather than just for laid back reading. The Banbury is an affordable version of a Danish classic. The legs are thin and elegant, allowing you to see more floor space, which in turn makes the room look bigger. The thin arms mean you also get more seating space for your money and add to the overall chic, elegant feel of the design. 

If the thought of sticky fingers or paw marks on leather is one that keeps you up at night, it’s worth noting that pigmented leather is a surprisingly hardy, kid-friendly material, as you can wipe it clean and, unlike linens, improve the look of it with age. 

Soften the ensemble with two or three textured cushions and a singular fringed throw to keep the sofa uncluttered, and opt for warm shades of mocha, caramel and tan. Pair with dark woods and linear decorative brass accents throughout the room to complete the scene. Available in a 2 and 3 Seater, Chair, Designer Footstool and Storage Footstool.

2 Seater Sofa
in Caruso Grey
£1199.00

Designer Footstool
in Caruso Grey
£299.00

Chair
in Caruso Grey
£849.00

Storage Footstool
in Caruso Grey
£349.00

Nicole Gray
About Nicole Gray

Nicole Gray is the Interior Design and Lifestyle Editor at YOU Magazine, a stylist and founder of the blog ‘If These Walls Could Talk’. She writes about the myriad of ways to make your house into a home, and has a passion for unexpected bursts of colour and pattern. Find her on Instagram @nicolegraystylist, where she showcases eye-catching interiors to bring to life in your own home.

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