Interior Inspiration



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? 


We have been visually devouring post-modern references over the past few years, and the popularity of these movements is ever increasing.  As we move through inspirations from Memphis to Bauhaus and beyond, these references are seeping into our creative minds and from this emerges a style that is distinctly modern and yet very familiar.  


 The style is highly chromatic and filled with bold schemes in saturated colour. Peach, melon, yellow, teal and blue form graphic elements dominating the forms that make up interiors. From block colour, shapely furniture and melting objects that seem to have emerged from a Dali-esque artwork to graphic outlines and line-work that create illusions reminiscent of work by Escher – your interior will begin to evolve beyond the mid-century post-modern style and into a vivid chromatic retreat.

A strikingly chromatic palette in clean and bold colours, saturated hues work alongside softer, greyed-off shades in the Chroma colour collection.  Together black and white is an essential starting point, whilst more muted tertiary hues are paired with stronger colour to create intriguing combinations.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen


Respectful appreciation for diversity is an important part of how we now live. More frequently than ever we are reminded of the need to strive for equality and to take a global view that extends beyond our backyard. We want to be connected with other cultures, be respectfully inspired by their traditions and unique creative talents.

We look for a connection – something that can create a dialogue between modernity and tradition or seemingly opposing cultures

This interior style is eclectic and combines many references to varying global cultures with modern pieces featuring weave and rich colour, inspired by landscapes from South America to the middle east. Rich colours such as red, burgundy, brown and oranges are brought together with the zest of bright yellow and blue to form unexpected combinations and diversify the look of a modern interior.

This eclectic range of colour displays richness and warmth in earthy red and botanical green with unexpected accents.  The Entwine palette is influenced by global cultures and landscapes creating a link between modernity and tradition.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen

Antidote: A Colour Cure

Dulux Antidote Colour Trend 2017




The Dulux Colour Trends 2017 is your perfect prescription to cure the mundane. The Colour Cure is prescribing distilled colour palettes as an antidote to many of the challenges we face in our modern lifestyles
— Dulux

The team at Dulux has gifted us four stunning trend palettes. We have decided to drop one trend per week over the next four weeks so you can savour the concepts and thought provoking inspiration. 


A tonal palette of cool hues for understated luxury.

Pared back beauty comes from a rawness found in architectural angles and the use of industrial materials such as concrete, steel and galvanised finishes. These elements combine with subtle, more tonal colour palettes that can create the illusion of depth and accentuate interior details. An atmospheric palette of blues and greys, warmth is found through metallic accents in platinum, copper and rust.

Industrial materials such as glass, concrete and metal are perfect partners for decorative details in the Construct trend. Metals such as bronze, copper, platinum and silver all work beautifully with the grey and shades in the palette.

Text from Dulux | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King | Photography by Lisa Cohen



It’s no surprise that the luxury of leather back in the spotlight for furniture and interior accessories after 70’s inspired leather fashion gained so much attention on the world’s catwalks of late. 

As we ramp up materiality in our homes we are excited to see the revival of this stunning material. For us at Sonya Cotter Design it is all about the detailing of leather. Feast your eyes on the gallery of interior inspiration we have collected for you.

THe Process of Leather

Another interesting reason for the attention is the development of new leather tanning and finishing techniques resulting in more mature colours that are deeper with natural matt finish moving well away from the over dyed and overly waxy look and feel we  came to expect in the past. This new technology leather has a natural warmth with a soft and comforting to touch.

Sofa Design by Piero Lissoni for Cassina

Sofa Design by Piero Lissoni for Cassina

Liaison Sofa for  Nonn

Liaison Sofa for Nonn

Henge X- One Sofa -  David Shaw Furniture

Henge X- One Sofa - David Shaw Furniture

I am personally on the look-out for a stunning leather sofa right now. I am more than happy for the leather to age and develop over time "the natural patina of life" as i explain to my client. My only concern is how do I choose from all the incredible options available.