Staying In Is The New Going Out

November 7, 2018

Daily Digest

Staying In Is The New Going Out

Last week I was in London as a guest of DFS who hosted The Staying Inn, designed by 2LGstudio who created a pop up of six lounge and dining areas combining all the excitement of a night out with the comfort and cosiness of a relaxing night in.

DFS The Staying Inn - Vintage Attic 1

The prevalent theme was that staying in is the new going out. According to new research from DFS we are staying in more than ever before, with 56% saying that when it comes to the weekend they prefer a good night in over a good night out. In fact, 58% of people said they are going ‘out out’ significantly less at weekends this year. 

DFS The Staying Inn - Rustic Comfort 1

A nation of lounge lovers, over half of us now see our ideal Friday or Saturday night as kicking back on the sofa with a takeaway. But when we do go out, hotels, restaurants and bars are inspiring our home décor choices more than ever.  To help get a look that we’re proud to host in, over a third of us (38%) take our interiors inspiration directly from bars, restaurants and hotels. These spaces are giving us the confidence to be bolder with our own living spaces. Staying in is certainly true for me as a mum of two young kids but when I do host at home I like to have interior details that impress or are a conversational point. When I do get out, I love to take inspiration from all the gorgeous new eateries in Dublin, where I obsess over the interiors (and usually the bathrooms) and take photos for interiors inspiration. 

DFS The Staying Inn - Italian Luxury 3

After a lack of cash and energy, one of the main reasons why staying in is so appealing is access to creature comforts. 75% of those surveyed cite the simple pleasure of being able to get a seat – “being able to relax on my own sofa” – and the intimacy of quiet, calm surroundings where you can hear yourself talk, as a must for a good night in. 

Entertaining at home

As a result of not going out as much, over sixty percent (62%) of people say it’s important to them to be able to entertain at home. Three quarters of us, 75% of people feel the most important thing about hosting is to provide a comfortable space for their guest to relax in, and as a result over a third (38%) are turning to the hospitality industry for interior design inspiration.  How going out, is influencing the spaces we stay ‘in’.

My 5 tips for creating a cosy night in:

1.Create cosy areas in your living room or kitchen with soft furnishings such as throws, cushions and faux fur rugs. My favourite are Mongolian fur cushions (get them at Westelm or TK Maxx or Primark) and faux fur sheepskin rugs which you can find at Dunnes Stories and many other stores. Velvet curtains can also create that cosy effect – there are gorgeous, affordable pink ones at HM and Primark right now.

pink velvet curtains

2. Roll out a drinks trolley: This can be a ‘gin station’ with a variety of gins, tonics and fish bowl glasses ( I know someone who created one out of an IKEA changing table so you don’t have to own a decadent drinks trolley) or a hot chocolate trolley where you can serve your hot chocolate in china cups and infuse with spirits such as rum, gin or baileys.


3. Eating in: a dinner party takes a lot of preparation and you can go all out preparing food and a fabulous tablescape for a birthday or New Years celebration. But it doesn’t always have to be so formal. A simple night in with popcorn, a cheese board and wine with your girlfriends paired with some face masks, a good movie and slipper socks can make for a relaxed, fun, night in.

4. Light a fire and huddle round. Is there anything more warm and snuggly than a real log fire or stove? In the absence of having a log fire in your home, you can create a cosy feel with some soft lighting and lamps in your living room.

blue velvet sofa

5. Cosy furniture: DFS have reported that there is less buying of the traditional three piece suite of furniture in favour of mix and match buying, such as a velvet accent chair and a sofa from different ranges. Velvet is the popular and sumptuous material of the moment, with sales of velvet sofas and armchairs increasing more than three-fold in the past year. If you cannot stretch to a sofa, a velvet chair or footstool would make a real statement in your home, such as the DFS ‘Calm’ velvet chair, which I have in my reading corner (and is also pictured below).

DFS Staying Inn-9


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