Feather your nest says Sunday Times' Pip McCormac

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the fifth guest bedroom of your luxury yacht, you can’t have escaped the news of the troubled economic climate. So whilst more people are staying at home more often, they need to be havens, a place where you can relax, unwind, and forget about the stresses of the outside world. This new trend for cosiness is a bit like the shabby chic of ten years ago – the same principles of making your house a home only with less distressed faux French furniture. Instead, it is comfy-shaped sofas and chairs and lots of lamps so you can manipulate the lighting and make it as bright or as low as your mood requires. It's pale grey walls so you can play with colour inside the room, and boldly patterned rugs to feel cosy underfoot and appear warm and inviting on the eye. In short, with clashing colours and an emphasis on comfort, it's time to embrace everything the style pages of glossy magazines have been warning you off for years.


The masters in cosiness are Scottish lifestyle brand Pedlars (image above), who specialise in quirky, retro-inspired furniture and accessories, and have even done a whole hotel in their signature style. It's easy to get the look...

Curl up in one of John Lewis’s own-brand armchairs...



Light up a dark corner with House Couturiers folklore lamps...


Add blocks of colour with Asda’s vases...


Who needs a red carpet when Vivienne Westwood has done a range of rugs for The Rug Company?


Ercol has thoughtfully provided one table for your coffee, one for your book, and one for the bunch of grapes you intend to be fed as you recline...

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Pip McCormac, Guest Editor

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