I told you it was a blank canvas didn’t I?
Please say hello to our current, very uninspiring living room, which contains a mixture of boxes, random half pairs of curtains from our old house and two sofas – one of which needs to go somewhere else, while the other just needs chucking.
It’s SO beige that even adding those sample squares of Juniper Ash by Little Greene has made me feel better.
But it is a great size, with three windows so – despite the photos – is lovely and bright.
You might also be wondering why there isn’t any sign of the kids. Well now we’ve moved, they have a playroom right next door to this one which has all their toys, books as well as a sofa and TV. Basically, this one can be a grown up room!
And I cannot wait to rip up the carpet and start putting my stamp on it. This is what I am thinking so far:
For the walls, as already mentioned I want to use The Little Greene’s Juniper Ash which is a gorgeous inky blue, but with a lot of warmth. I can already envisage this giving the room a lovely, cosy vibe. For the floors, I cannot WAIT to rip up the carpets and replace with wide wooden floor boards which I will soften with Beni Ouhrain rugs.
There are tons of great versions on the market (West Elm and even La Redoute for starters), but I’m heading straight to Edit58, which you should check out if you haven’t already. Owner Lisa is a complete design junkie with the best eye and can source the perfect Moroccan vintage rug (and other decor pieces) for your space. I have ordered one already with another planned – eek!
And how great is this light fitting? It’s from Next and I thought it would add a bit of dramatic country lodge look to the room.
I am a bit stuck sofa wise. I really want to section off the room and have a seating area configuration similar to the one we are currently working with (see below for what I want to do at the end of the room). Fluctuating between navy blue velvet, emerald green velvet, or playing safe and going for grey is my current mood, although whether we choose an ‘L’ shape sofa and a couple of arm chairs, or play around with two sofas is up for debate! I love this one at Loaf and this one at Graham and Green.
At the bottom of the room, around the doors that lead into the garden (which the previous owners blocked off with a sofa!), I want to build in bookshelves around each corner that will be painted in the same colour as the walls. We have a LOT of books and a lot of vinyl to store, so I have this idea that we could put a lovely armchair there and have it as a reading corner.
It’s all quite overwhelming – we need to do a lot and buy a lot, so this house will definitely be a test to my patience, my saving money priorities and design vision!
Are you going through a house renovation? Please let me know where you’re up to and what sort of look you’re going for, I love the idea of doing this together and sharing our ideas.
I have set up a group Pinterest board here – pin with me! All you need to do is send me your Pinterest handle (or if you’re happy to, leave it below in the comments) and I will add your name to the board.
It’s like a book club, but for design nuts. And I know I’m not alone there!