June 11, 2017

The EJP Abode | Living Room Reveal

It’s finally time. Time to show you the new abode in all its glorious mess. Sorry it’s been a while coming, the last month has been a little hectic and not in a good way, so I’ve taken a tiny bit of time for myself and have actually just been enjoying the new pad as much as possible. But hey, we’re here now, I hope you enjoy being nosy around my little bohemian paradise as much as I’ve enjoyed getting it ready!

The Sofa.


Probably my most dreaded item to get a hold of was the sofa. I’m unbelievably fussy when it comes to them and after years of rented accommodation complete with that classic battered brown PVC leather-look, I was dying to get my hands on something a little more me. You may have seen my living room edit a while back, it gives an idea of exactly what I was after and some of the furniture I had my eye on.

I’ve dreamt of a velvet sofa for such a long time and after browsing the DFS site I couldn’t quite believe my luck when I came across this perfectly sized number in a ‘Graphite’ shade, at such a reasonable cost. Obviously, I’ve ended up collaborating with the guys at DFS on this post but we did purchase our dining table and benches from them due to the 0% finance options and I would have 100% bought this sofa regardless of them getting in touch. Moving house is expensive and the option of paying monthly for furniture is ideal – just don’t ever sign up to schemes that charge you interest.

The classic vintage shape of the Laze fits perfectly into our eclectic living room and size wise we were right on the money too. With only two of us, I didn’t see the need for a huge sofa dominating the living room so the compact 2-seater (or 3 people willing to get intimate) works wonders for letting us cosy up together in front of a good film. The Laze is also part of the capsule collection, meaning it’s perfect for small spaces and for getting through those awkward London flat corridors – no removed windows here!


It’s pretty apparent that velvet is also ‘in’ majorly in the interiors world. If you haven’t yet read my post on the top trends from Salone del Mobile in Milan, now is the time do so. Hint: it’s velvet galore. The graphite shade looks almost blue in the sunlight and works perfectly with the dusky pinks, botanical greens and burnt orange colours that have been so massive on the design scene this year. You can even choose from a bold shade of pink or a lime green if you’re more adventurous than me.

Finishing off the Laze look are the light wooden legs that complement our flooring perfectly. We had an option of dark wood, copper or nickel but decided the light wood gave a more contemporary feel to the piece and contrasted with the dark velvet perfectly. What do you think?

Get the look:
Laze Sofa* from DFS in Graphite with light legs, £599.


The soft furnishings.


I’m a cushion addict, I admit it. Every time I think I’m over those cuddly things, I’m taken by a new range or colour theme. Cushions are probably the easiest way to update your home from season to season and tuck into the latest trends without too much expense. They’re also a great way to inject some colour and texture into your home without having to be too matchy matchy.

For our new home, we opted to combine greens, pinks and oranges for a bohemian vibe with lots of different materials to add interest. The patterned cushions pull in our Moroccan influences while the tropical velvet numbers work well with the dark colourway of the sofa. While we wanted to be eclectic with our choices, each cushion references another so that they don’t appear too mismatched. George loves them too – happy dog, happy life!

I fell in love with the French Connection block printed rug as soon as I saw it and when they boy agreed, we ordered it immediately. It works so well with the wooden flooring and when the light shines in, it looks absolutely glorious. The zebra print rug from IKEA has been with us for a while, but I’m pretty sure it’s still available in stores to add a little faux fur lovin’ to your home.

 Get the look:
Textured cushion from Habitat, £60.
Botanical cushions from made.com, from £25.
Pink velvet and burnt orange pattern cushion from Primark, from £4.
Embroidered initial throws from George at Asda, £6.
Ochre block print rug from French Connection, £125.
Zebra rug from IKEA, £25


The furniture.

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One of the key reasons we opted for a smaller sofa was so that we could fill the rest of the room with eclectic chairs and furniture. I’ve been a massive fan of natural materials in the home for a long time and thankfully the rattan trend has finally caught up with me, meaning it’s available absolutely everywhere right now.

I like to be able to hide away the TV and things like DVD’s so the rattan room divider, a sneaky purchase from the JASSA collection, was a must-have. We were lucky enough to have the copper lion side table passed on to us from Joshua’s parents and the industrial coffee table was a sale purchase from Urban Outfitters a while back. I feel like each piece brings their own whilst working in harmony with the rest of the room.

While I’ve picked up most of the remaining furniture pieces via charity shops (visit your local for some gems), I fell in love whilst browsing Amara’s endless rattan and wicker chair collection, before finally selecting this graphic Pols Potten wrap-around chair. I love the way it works with the jungle-inspired cushion – we’re really going for the animal look in the EJP abode, aren’t we?!

Get the look:
Pols Potten Rattan Chair* from Amara, £261
Leopard Cushion* from Amara, £120
Industrial coffee table from Urban Outfitters, similar from La Redoute.
Copper Lion side table, Vintage, similar here. Jassa Room Divider from IKEA, £45
Jassa Room Divider from IKEA, £45
Rattan side table from a charity shop, similar from Maison du Monde.
Velvet Footstool from a charity shop, similar on eBay.


The accessories.


Accessories, accessories, accessories. I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF ‘EM. Trays, candles, prints, plants, little ornaments, anything else slightly graphic-led or pretty. I’ve bought even more since putting up this post. Obviously, art is a huge part of my life and our living room is filled with propped pieces and a few favourites hung. I like a mix of strong illustration and photographic pieces but most of the work we have in the lounge is movie inspired for obvious reasons.

I also like to have a mix of candles at all times. The more expensive babies last longer but mainly get used as treats while I constantly have a batch of Primark and MUJI candles on the go for fresh smells at all times. Candles are also another handy way to add a hint of colour and fill up all those pretty trays.

Let’s not forget the plants. Plants are a must.

Get the look:
Assorted candles from Amara, Bella Freud, Primark, Tom Dixon and Muji.
Assorted trays from H&M home.
Assorted plants from geo-fleur and local garden centre.
Prints from a variety of EJP faves, Skull & Heart, King & McGaw, Print Club London.


So, there we have it, the Earlsfield Loft in all its glory. What do you reckon? Let me know via the comments and if you spot anything interior wise you think I’ll like, do send it my way!

DISCLAIMER: This post features items gifted to me, all of which are marked with an asterisk. As always I only collaborate with brands who I would buy from in real life and I only ever feature anything I’ve chosen myself or really love!


  1. Tania says:

    Looks fantastic Emma and in quite a short space of time ????????

  2. Natasha says:

    That sofa is just SO dreamy… I could never have one that glam though because nobody would ever be allowed to sit on it HA Coming round to park my bum on yours soon though… what are friends for? 😛

  3. Harriet says:

    It looks so homely already, the sofa looks comfy as hell! The matching initial throws are absolutely adorable, I think me and my boyfriend need a pair of monogrammed blankets!

  4. Emma says:

    Looks great! Have you ever checked out Rose & Grey? Think you’d like them – they have lots of wicker and rattan pieces

  5. Rebecca says:

    Hello 🙂 I am looking to order the Laze Sofa from DFS also. Only the colour is confusing me slightly. Graphite looks dark grey/black on the website, where as the teal option looks more like your sofa.. Help! Thank you 🙂

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Emma Jane Palin is a freelance art consultant, interior stylist and multi-award-winning blogger residing in Margate, UK. She has worked with various home and lifestyle brands not limited to West Elm, Apple, John Lewis, Habitat, MADE, Caran D'Ache + No.3 Gin. Emma is also a regular contributor to Hunker where she writes about design trends and interior advice.

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