Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw Helps clarify what’s what and share a few tips to help you make the right selections.


These three are “effectively interchangeable in everyday speech” as Kim Lempreiere from David Shaw comments.  Although they are in fact each slightly different. She explains the difference below. Sofa “The word ‘sofa’ has been in our vernacular the longest. The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word ‘sofa’ originates in the eastern Mediterranean with the Arabic soffah - ‘a part of the floor raised a foot or two, covered with rich carpets and cushions, and used for sitting upon.” We like the classically styled Boss Sofa by David Shaw which also reminds us a little of the seatings history.

Boss Sofa by David Shaw


A couch was originally used to refer to piece of furniture for one to sleep on. Taken from the French word coucher which means ‘to sleep’. It is similar to a daybed and was commonly used as the chair for psychiatric sessions (hence Freud's couch). As such, it is used more informally - a place one can put their feet up and relax.” With so much living in the lounge, couch comfort has become almost as important as a quality mattress.  A good modular with chaise is perfect for curling up on to watch a movie. David Shaw’s Matteo Modular ticks all the boxes..

David Shaw’s Matteo Modular


'“A settee is in many ways like a sofa. Unlike a couch, it must have a back. It comes from the Old English word ‘settle’, a term used to describe long benches with high backs and arms. Due to this, a conventional settee has a high back, high arms, and visible legs. However, the word is used to describe many a sofa in conversation.” A settee does not need to be fussy and old fashioned. David Shaw’s Veronica Settee is smart and contemporary. 

David Shaw’s Veronica Settee

Thanks for your help Kim. 

next week we will be discussing CURTAINS OR DRAPES? 


As implausible as it seems, summer is just around the corner and with this in mind we have been considering how to add style to our outdoor spaces.

Italian Manufacturer Roda maintain that we should “treat our outdoor spaces with the same pride as our indoor ones”.  Think of it as a way of extending living spaces, allowing the outdoors to become another room.

RODA Dandy Sofa & Outdoor Rug


With the myriad options available not only for outdoor furniture but accessories such as outdoor rugs, cushions, throws and lighting, beautiful spaces can be created on any budget.

As well as thinking about our outdoor rooms as extensions to our indoor spaces, we can also regard them as a space separate from how we live inside.   Think about layering cushions and rugs for lounging.  Bean bags are great for extra seating, we love the idea of storing them hung on hooks shown in the above photo! 

The beauty of these outdoor accessories is that they are so portable.  It's easy to create your own beautiful outdoor room anywhere - the park, the beach, the lake, the deck or the garden!

Playful and versatile is the collection by Stephen Burks designed for Dedon. Perfectly adding a textural pop of colour to our outdoor locations.

Don't forget to have a little fun. It is still not too late to create your very own outdoor dream location for summer.

Contact the team to discuss your project we can develop a plan with options and pricing effortlessly, turning your dream into a relaxing reality.