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The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide

When it comes to buying a new sofa people immediately feel overwhelmed because it’s a huge decision.
It’s probably one of the most expensive pieces of furniture in most people’s home and let’s be honest you just don’t buy a sofa every day. So, you have to make sure that when you do is the right piece for you.

To make the decision easier I’ve created a list of things that you should consider before heading off the stores. This will save you time, money and it will make the whole process less stressful.

To make your life easier, I’ll list the minimum amount of information you should gather about your dream sofa before you start browsing the stores. I call this targeted research. Even if you are only looking for ideas on Pinterest as long as you know that you’re after a green velvet sofa that is minimum of three seater you have a much easier job and you will get results a lot quicker. Plus, it doesn’t shift your focus and you won’t be looking at everything,  just the one thing you actually would love to buy.

Just make sure that you said realistic expectations for yourself so you’re looking for a thing that actually exists :)

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Ok, so here are the main things you need to decide before starting to look for a new sofa:

1. Colour

First, you need to narrow down the colour options to a maximum of three, even though you will find a variety of shades of these colours. This is one of the most important aspects of your new furniture and it will have a major impact on the overall look of your interior. So it is very important that you get the right colour because later on it’s quite likely that you will match everything else to the colour of your sofa.

The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa for your home. All you need to think of, in one downloadable checklist.

2. Texture

Most people don’t even think about this aspect of though it is super important. The look and feel of your entire living room depends heavily on the different textures and combinations of textures that you use. Just think about it, velvet has a very different feel and look to fabric or to leather, right? So make sure you decide beforehand what you’re so fat should be made out of because it’s equally important as what colour does it have or how does it look like.

The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa for your home. All you need to think of, in one downloadable checklist.

3. Style

I know this is a difficult one but it’s the best to decide the style of your sofa before you start looking for one at Lee make a decision whether it’s classic, traditional, modern, rustic, Cottage Style, Scandinavian or maybe something else? When you think about style please go into detail: is you’re so fat standing on the floor or does it have legs, does your sofa have arm rests, does your sofa come with a cushion back or a normal one? Are these little details contribute to the overall style of the furniture and it’s quite important to know what you’re looking for because it might be important to you that you can clean and do your sofa, in this instance you’re definitely want to be looking for something that standing on legs so it is easy to clean underneath. An arm rest could be important for you because you have a habit that requires one. Just think about all the little things that you do, and the things you like and don’t like about your current sofa and make sure that the new one will fit most of your expectations.

The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa for your home. All you need to think of, in one downloadable checklist.

If you’re about to head shopping, grab this sofa buying cheat sheet before you head off to the shops to ensure you make the best possible choice!


The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa

*By downloading this free content you will get access to the Design Like A Pro resource inventory, where you’ll find designer tips & seasonal shopping lists.


4. Size

Most importantly you need to make sure that you buy the right size of sofa for your room. You need to measure the space accurately and also ensure that the sofa with actually fit in your house – you need to measure the door through which you will need to take it through. You can take your measurements to the store and they will be able to tell you whether the new sofa that you’d like to buy will fit in your home or not.
You need to know how many people you’re looking to sit in one go because if you require a very big sofa it limits your choices to a modular design, if you definitely want a sofa bed because you don’t have a guest room, again, this will limit your choices. Whatever your criteria is, just make sure that you filter online accordingly or let your store assistant know about it before you get too excited about a piece that won’t meet your basic expectations.

The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa for your home. All you need to think of, in one downloadable checklist.

5. Comfort

This is something that only you can define comfort means something different to everyone and make sure that whenever you buy a new piece of sofa you actually see it in a store before you buy it and use it and try whether it feels comfortable to you or not. If you enjoy watching telly while lying on the sofa make sure that you try whether Snoopy you’re looking at is comfortable enough for you or not.
The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa for your home. All you need to think of, in one downloadable checklist.

6. Budget

Please please please do have a budget! it is impossible to shop a new sofa without deciding in advance how much are you willing to spend on it. you will visit compeltely different stores and look at totally different ranges depending on your budget. Go over or under if you feel that’s the right thing to do, but decide on a budget before you start your search – don’t just leave it to universe to guide you ;)

The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa for your home. All you need to think of, in one downloadable checklist.

7. Cushions, blankets and decoration.

Some new sofas come with their own set of cushions doesn’t, if you’d like to decorate your sofa with a set of cushions make sure that you collect a fabric sample and take it with you two other stores so you can match it to the cushions that you’ll by. And remember the texture, and matching the textures is just as important as matching colour and pattern.

The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa for your home. All you need to think of, in one downloadable checklist.
To help you make these decisions here are a couple of very generic roles that we often used in interior design:
  • if you’re sofa is a neutral colour you can combine it with a statement rug or use colourful patterned cushions with it
  • if your sofa has a visit colour or a busy pattern then we would usually match it with a simple rug and neutral cushions, of course, you can combine dark rich textures with colourful statement cushions too.
  • if you’ll buy a huge sofa, make sure you balance the look by optically separating the various functions in the room and make the various parts of your room layout look equally interesting.
If you loved these tips, here’s a cheat sheet that you can download and use when you’re buying your new sofa. This will guide you through the process, so you can make your decision easier and confidently tell your store assistant what is it that you want!
* For image credits, please click on the images.

If you found this article useful, grab this cheatsheet so that you remember the decision points later too ;)


The Ultimate Sofa Buying Guide | Erika Interiors | A checklist that guides you through all the important aspects of buying a new sofa

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Xmas Table Setting Ideas

Hosting a get-together for family and friends this Christmas? You’ve come to the right place. A lot of people turn to Pinterest and other social media sites for inspiration and creative ideas. There are a number of ways to style your table for Christmas dinner, but, it can be hard to know where to start.

So, I’ve put together a set of inspirational pictures and product boards to show how you can create the look at home.

Be inspired By these 3 festive table ideas. Shop the look with the downloadable shopping lists. Enjoy!

1. Traditional Christmas

Think green and red hues, pretty napkins and festive candles. This look is probably the easiest to create as there are many suitable products available on the high street at the moment.

Use a combination of different patterns and textures to create a layered look. Christmas motifs, such as snowflakes, candy canes and christmas trees can be incorporated within the table cloth, napkins and ornaments. This trend can be very bold, but, to add a Scandi touch you can include rustic wooden objects and greenery.

Be inspired By these 3 festive table ideas. Shop the look with the downloadable shopping lists. Enjoy!

If you love this look than I have some really good news – you can get it for your own festive table right now!

To download the shopping list, please fill out the details here and you’ll be able to access it straight away!

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Be inspired By these 3 festive table ideas. Shop the look with the downloadable shopping lists. Enjoy!

2. Natural Scandi Christmas

Create the perfect ‘hygge’ festive home to dine in. Embrace Nordic neutrals, wood textures and faux fur layers to create a cosy dining space. A combination of crisp whites and natural elements make it all about you and your family, and nothing else.

A good tip to create a Scandi feel is to add natural objects, such as plants, pine cones or even cinnamon sticks.

Be inspired By these 3 festive table ideas. Shop the look with the downloadable shopping lists. Enjoy!

This is my kinda look, the closest to my own taste. Do I even have to mention this is my favourite one? :)

If you’d love a Scandi look this Christmas, go ahead, download the product list I put together for you and shop the look for your festive table.

After filling out your details, you’ll be redirected to the Shopping List straight away.

*By downloading this free content you will get access to the Design Like A Pro resource inventory, where you’ll find designer tips & seasonal shopping lists.

Be inspired By these 3 festive table ideas. Shop the look with the downloadable shopping lists. Enjoy!

3. Gold Christmas

Gold has always been a colour that symbolises Christmas, however, this year it is even more important. You’ll be seeing gold accents all over the high street on the run-up to the Christmas period.

As gold isn’t for everyone, you can have as much or little as you like. You can add gold elements in cutlery, crockery, candles, place settings and ornaments. Or, if you are very brave, you can combine them all to make a bold statement.

Warm your home with a dusting of sparkle to mark this special occasion.

Be inspired By these 3 festive table ideas. Shop the look with the downloadable shopping lists. Enjoy!

If you fell in love with the golden shine, go ahead and get the look.

Just fill out your details and you’ll get the full Shopping List right ahead.

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Be inspired By these 3 festive table ideas. Shop the look with the downloadable shopping lists. Enjoy!

I hope this post has inspired you and given you ideas to style your table this Christmas.

Which style is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.

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Be inspired By these 3 festive table ideas. Shop the look with the downloadable shopping lists. Enjoy!
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5 Steps to Design Your Dream Nursery



I love designing nurseries, I think it’s a wonderful time. It’s nice to start early so you have plenty of time to daydream whilst working on your beautiful baby room, but I know that sometimes the process can be overwhelming. Most mums to be would start on Pinterest for inspiration and get immediately overwhelmed by the millions of options they are presented with.

This 5 steps below will help you to make some basic decisions about what you want. Use this to narrow down your search and look for inspiration and options that are fit for your ideas. I suggest to stick with your decisions – think them well through but then try not to change your mind every time you see something you like or it’s cute – be strong and stick with YOUR vision instead of copying someone else’s.

I’m here to help – go through these steps, write down your decisions and go from there. Read more

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How To Style A Dressing Table

Dressing table??? – you say?! OMG – who has space for that? Well, just take a look at mine, it’s so skinny (and gorgeous) that it hardly takes up any space in the room. A tiny corner is perfect to fit it in, just make sure your face will get some natural light as well, otherwise, you might end up with those super cool makeup light bulbs around the mirror HAHA :)

How to style a dressing table? Click through to read my 4 tips to an always stylish must have bedroom piece.

So a have a couple of tips, that I believe always work when it comes to decorating girly spaces. I haven’t gone mad tho, as I live with a husband, who doesn’t appreciate too much faux fur, pink and velvet around himself :) you know what I mean.

1. Display the brushes

Brushes are sooooo pretty, and if you’re ready to spend a fortune on them then they are even prettier :) this is something that you use every day, so why not put them out on the spot? Get a pretty brush holder jar from Etsy, or make one for yourself and display your brushes on your dressing table. Make sure that the jar matches your brush’s style tho ;)

How to style a dressing table? Click through to read my 4 tips to an always stylish must have bedroom piece.

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2. Gorgeous makeup can be left out!

There is always at least 2 or 3 things that have a special edition packaging or are just crazy pretty by default. I recently bought this YSL Xmas gift for myself (do you also find yourself buying stuff for yourself when looking for gifts??? or is it jut me?).  So, the bundle had 3 products in it. The mascara and the touch eclat are just so pretty that I never put them away from my dressing table, I like looking at them there.

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3. Decorate with your accessories

Bracelets, rings and a watch can all look very stylish when displayed nicely and organised. I don’t wear too much jewellery, but I always wear a watch. My Jord watch is made of wood, so is its beautiful box, so it’s a great decorative item to display, and makes the morning easier, as everything is in one place.

How to style a dressing table? Click through to read my 4 tips to an always stylish must have bedroom piece.
How to style a dressing table? Click through to read my 4 tips to an always stylish must have bedroom piece.

If you fancy a watch that’s a bit more special, take a look at these Jord watches here or if you fancy my watch from the images, you can find that here. It’s a relatively big watch, however, as it’s made of wood it feels really light on the wrist (compared to other watches of the same size). I like wearing this with my knitted winter jumpers and knee-high boots :)

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4. Show off your feminine fragrance

We buy the perfume because we like the scent & because the bottle looks lovely too, don’t we? Beautiful packaging sells the product and the best thing about it, is that you can display this on your dressing table. The fancier, the better :)

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I hope you found some inspiration and you’ll work on your very own personal heaven in one of your home’s corners. If you get something together, please share it on Instagram and tag me so I can see how it turned out @erikainteriors.

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How To Cheer Up Your Single Flat This Summer

Summer is all about accessories, isn’t it? I love redecorating the house with summary design pieces from my favourite accessory shops, and the best thing is, that you can get most of these essentials for a bargain, hence I don’t even bother looking too much around, I just get my favourite collection each season.

To be honest, my very favourites are the beach house style rustic décors with ropes, sails, tiny boats and fish shaped plates :) I know, it might sound lame, but some of these can look really stylish. However, as I don’t have a beach house (yet) I wouldn’t necessarily stick to this theme, but anything scandi or contemporary with a little twist will do the trick.

I mostly choose pastels and geometric patterns as they team up greatly with the design of my home. But, most of the shops offer a huge range of products within the same collection so you can apply the same theme over all your rooms, which is pretty cool.

So, let’s get started and have a look to the Top 3 of my favourite places to go to for home accessories. (if you scroll down to the very end, you can download my freebie – a cheat sheet that tells you what to buy from where if you wish to redecorate a bit now, as the great British summer has finally arrived :)


Where to get your summer design essentials from - accessories, decoration, tableware for indoors and outdoors with a free shopping cheat sheet included to kick off this summer with a stylist interior

NR 1 – NEXT HOME

Offering a wide range of furniture for living-, dining-, and bedroom as well as accessories for indoor and outdoor.

Next Home is my very favourite place to go to when I want something new (and fairly cheap) to decorate my house with. They usually offer multiple collections of different styles at the same time, so I’m pretty sure that you will find something you like. Whether you looking for contemporary, rustic, classic British floral, industrial, or shabby chic there are plenty of pieces to choose from.

NR 2 – H&M HOME

Offering accessories mainly for living rooms, but kitchen, bathroom & bedroom decoration also comes in a great variety.

Well, they became my favourite not long ago, when came out with brilliant tableware design – something between scandi, industrial and rustic, sometimes with a smooth touch of shabby and a little hint of hippie modernism.

In one word H&M Home is cool and different. Makes a statement with all of their collections (especially with the Conscious one, which is my favourite as I am a huge recycling fan) and it is very affordable. You can choose décor for your dining-, living-, bedroom and bathroom, out of which the tableware designs and bathroom accessories are far my favourites on the market, within this price range, at the moment.

If you like their products, watch out for Home Sale in store, as they drop the prices incredibly for selected products, for example they’ll have duvet cover sets for £5, even king size ones (yep, no kidding)!

Nr 3 – ZARA HOME

Offering a big range of products for all the main areas of your home including small furniture, bedding, tableware, decorating accessories and more.

We all love Zara, don’t we? :) It’s not just fashion they’re great at, but interior styling too. They structured the products the same way they do with clothing – there is a basic collection, seasonal collections and premium products too.

My impression was that Zara mainly design around the contemporary concept with inspiration from all over the world – right now you could check out their new oriental range – it is absolutely fantastic! They call it a ‘Bohemian Touch’ as the look it still pretty minimalist and modern, but the colours and patterns are vivid.

Download my summer decor shopping checklist now!

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Where to get your summer design essentials from - accessories, decoration, tableware for indoors and outdoors with a free shopping cheat sheet included to kick off this summer with a stylist interior

Enjoy! See you next week! :)