Sofa Workshop - At home with Interior Designer & Stylist Lucy Gleeson

Lucy’s living room featuring her Sofa Workshop Eden Sofa

Sofa Workshop - At home with Interior Designer & Stylist Lucy Gleeson

Lucy’s living room featuring her Sofa Workshop Eden Sofa

If you scroll through Interior Designer and Stylist Lucy Gleeson’s beautiful blog, you’ll be able to see exactly why she picked up the prestigious ‘Colour Inspiration’ award at the Amara Interior Blog Awards.

As part of our ‘At home with’ blog series, we caught up with Lucy to learn more about her home, what inspires her and of course some expert advice for interiors enthusiasts.

Sofa Workshop - At home with Interior Designer & Stylist Lucy Gleeson

Tell us a little bit about your home, how did you know it was ‘the one’ when you first viewed it?

That’s a good question. We were meant to be buying a different house but it fell through at the last moment. But during that process, I kept seeing this other place on Rightmove and it just really appealed to me but it looked too grown-up for us! We arranged a viewing and completely fell in love with everything about it as it was a proper family forever home. Luckily the owners were keen to move and we got on really well with them so when we put in our offer expecting it to be rejected, it was accepted. It all went really smoothly and I think that’s always a good sign.

Which room in your home brings you the most joy and why?

I would say the living room as we spend so much time in it. It is the most comfortable room and a nice size. You can see out into the garden which is lovely, especially at this time of year and it’s right next to the kitchen and also my design room so it’s a bit of a hub. We all tend to gravitate to the living room to watch Netflix and chat.

Sofa Workshop - At home with Interior Designer & Stylist Lucy Gleeson

Imagery: Lucy Gleeson

We’ve always admired your mood boarding skills, can you tell us where you draw inspiration from when you begin a mood board for a project?

Thank you. I do love doing them and also teaching others how to do them! Usually, I start with a colour that is inspiring to the client or myself. You don’t have to but if you think about it, what else you choose to do in a room does revolve around the colours you are using especially if it’s a bold choice. But also it’s important to concentrate on the feeling you are going for, for instance, peaceful or stimulating as this will make a big difference to the outcome.

When it comes to redecorating a room, what should you invest the most in?

Anything that is going to be with you for a long time. Flooring is important and again, best to do a mood board or start a board on Pinterest so you can start putting together ideas to see if it is cohesive. Ideally, you don’t want to be changing it. It really depends on who is going to be using the room. A nice rug is worth investing in but no point if you have lots of pets and/or kids running potentially running around and spilling things on it. A bed and mattress is important for obvious reasons. Of course, a sofa is well worth investing in. It has to work for you and whoever you live with and be right - I can’t think of anything worse interiors wise than a really uncomfortable sofa! So best do research. As you know, I have two Sofa Workshop sofas and before that we had some too. No regrets there!

Sofa Workshop - At home with Interior Designer & Stylist Lucy Gleeson

Lucy Gleeson’s living room, featuring her Sofa Workshop Eden sofa and Broadwick chair. Imagery by Lucy Gleeson.

One of the things that we love the most about your interior styling is your bold use of colour. How do you go about choosing which colours will work best in which spaces?

That’s kind of you. Well, if you are starting from scratch in a house then you have more scope on what you choose. If the house is already decorated elsewhere then you want a flow throughout so that might influence what you use. But you do need to consider the light and size of the room and that plays a big part in what you can achieve.

Sofa Workshop - At home with Interior Designer & Stylist Lucy Gleeson

Lucy Gleeson’s Sofa Workshop Broadwick chair (no longer available). Imagery by Lucy Gleeson.

Any advice for interiors enthusiasts who are struggling to establish their own sense of style?

Firstly, try not to be influenced by what you see online. Maybe take a bit of inspiration but it matters more what you love and also what your own house will allow. Ignore trends unless you really like them and again - do a mood board starting with a colour that makes you feel content.

And finally, what’s next for you - any exciting projects coming up?

I have just worked on my first course which was great fun, so I have decided to offer this soon on my website for anyone wanting to have a go at interior design - and will soon write a part 2 for more in-depth inspiration and guidance.

I’m writing a book which is taking its time because things are pretty busy but there’s no rush with that.

I’ve also just become an Ambassador and Interior Designer for ‘Design Havens for Heroes’ who will be creating lovely new rooms for nominated NHS staff who have been working their socks off recently. I am unbelievably excited about it.

Also, there are some future projects that I am looking at. So all in all, a good time coming up.

Learn more about Lucy at Lucylovesya.com