Style Canvas: find a perfect sofa

Can you help us find a sofa we can agree on?
My husband and I just bought our first home. The living room is white and is open to the kitchen. We are going for a modern style and like to entertain friends at home.

Styling advice
If you spend a lot of time in the living room, I recommend a flexible sofa with deep seating for a comfortable stylish look. This design is accessible and easily personalised.

Here are some sofas we love:
Timber shelves create a lounge with storage for books, beverages or decorative displays. 
Optional pockets on the arms and backs can be accessorised with practical items such as swivel tables. 
Pockets are also useful for neatly storing remote controls, magazines and electronic devices.
By King Furniture 
A slim structure and deep seat cushions for a more elegant look. 
A flat, minimal design, with a spacious chaise for exquisite comfort.
By Domayne

Designer tips:
#Tip 1:
Choose a sofa that’s long enough for a nap in case your friends stay over.
#Tip 2:
Choose flexible armrests that can be moved from left to right or removed entirely.
#Tip 3:
Look for optional accessories on the arms and backs for convenient storage such as tables or pockets.
#Tip 4:
If the budget allows, think about integrated control technology for relaxation at your fingertips.
#Tip 5:
Cut a paper template the size of the sofa you have your eye on, place it on the floor, and see how it looks before you buy. 
#Tip 6:
Large, flat arms provide optional seating for guests to join the conversation if the sofa is full.
#Tip 7:
Many modern sofas are too low to be practical. When a woman sits down on a low sofa, she has trouble keeping her legs together. And older people may have trouble getting up. The absolute minimum seat height is 600mm (20”).
#Tip 8:
In a room with a high ceiling, go for a high-backed sofa that’s proportionate to the room.
#Tip 9:
Avoid big patterns or trendy colours for large upholstered pieces. Leave any hot colours and pattern to throw pillows, which can be easily changed if you want to update the look and feel of the room.
#Tip 10:
Tufting details might look elegant but they collect crumbs, so avoid them unless you never eat on the couch.

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9-day vegan challenge - Day 9

Vegetarian festival: 24 September - 02 October 2014.
Who’s taking the 9-day vegetarian challenge with us?  
A vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making.

Super easy four-ingredient ice cream
… and no ice cream maker needed
My idea of a balanced diet is to eat healthy food and then a bowl of ice cream. 
Day 9: on the last day of the challenge, give yourself a treat with this super easy, stress-free homemade ice cream. 
Just use whatever frozen or fresh fruit you have around the house. 
Strawberry coconut ice cream
1 1/2 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
300 ml. of coconut milk
1/2 cup of honey (or more – adjust to taste)
1 vanilla pod
Tip all the ingredients into your blender and blend. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, filling 2/3 of the way. 
Freeze for 30 minutes, insert sticks, and continue to chill until the ice cream is fully frozen. It should take around two hours. 
Guaranteed to make you smile!


9-day vegan challenge - Day 8

Vegetarian festival: 24 September - 02 October 2014.
Who’s taking the 9-day vegetarian challenge with us?  A vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making.

Day 8: I love air-fried tofu. It is so quick to make and it doesn't dry out the way it does in an oven; it's crispy on the outside and moist on the inside - just the way it should be.
Cut a packet of tofu into big squares, spray or dribble some oil on top, bake for 10-12 mins @ 180C. and serve with sweet chilli sauce and crushed peanuts. Would recommend Philips Airfryer to everyone.
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9-day vegan challenge - Day 7

Vegetarian festival: 24 September - 02 October 2014.
Who’s taking the 9-day vegetarian challenge with us? 
A vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. 

Day 7: Thai style salad (Larb with vermicelli noodles) 
This is such a healthy, fragrant salad, you'll actually feel healthier after eating it.
Prep Time 10 mins / Serves 2

1. 2 cups. soya granules (textured soy protein - โปรตีนเกษตรเม็ดเล็ก) or firm tofu, finely chopped
2. 2 cups of vermicelli noodles (soaked in water until soft)
3. 2 large peeled garlic cloves, finely sliced
4. 1 bunch of spring onions (scallions), finely chopped
5. dried chili powder
6. 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
7. 3 tbsp. bell peppers (diced)
8. 4 tbsp. of fresh lime juice
9. 3 tbsp. of soy sauce
10. 1 bunch of mint leaves
11. 1 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
12. 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
13. 1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves
14. 2 tbsp. roasted rice powder
15. ½-1 tsp. of sugar

-Soak soya granules in water for 5 minutes or until soft. Squeeze the granules thoroughly, retain them and discard the drained water. 
- Heat half the oil in a pot over medium heat until just smoking. Add the soya granules and vermicelli noodles and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Season with soy sauce, sugar, lime juice and chilli powder until well combined. 
- Add red onion, coriander, spring onions, grated lime rind, bell peppers and mint. (Keep a few leaves for garnish.) Toss gently. 
-Serving suggestion.Garnish with remaining mint. Sprinkle with roasted rice powder and serve with fresh vegetables.
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