✖️Our livingroom transformation✖️

We moved last September and whilst I knew what kind of style decor I wanted in the living room, nothing was concrete in my head.  I’m so glad that we didn’t rush into decorating because over time my ideas have evolved and these ideas came more into focus over time.
I knew that I wanted a 60’s 70’s retro vibe.  Our house is a 60’s house and I wanted to have a nod towards that era.  Our old house was a new build and whilst it was so nice to move in and have clean lines and a blank canvas, we never really did put our stamp on it.  We opted for safe and functional which in truth was mostly due to money and also having 1 and then eventually 3 small children.  What was the point in having nice things around only to be trashed but the toddler?!  We’re out of those woods now with Albie, our youngest, being 4 and so we have been able to be a bit more frivolous with our tastes.  I suppose we also knew that it wouldn’t be our forever home for a variety of reasons and so there was no point in investing time, effor and money into something we knew we’d eventually leave behind.

 We moved in with very little livingroom furniture.  We had wall units in the old house which we sold before we moved and our sofas went to the tip.  After 8 years of babies, toddlers and the various bodily fluids they create (aka potty training x3) they were in a pretty bad shape.  We chose our new sofas before we moved and ordered them beceause we knew they’s take a while before they were delivered.  We spent HOURS in the Loaf show room sitting and lying on various sofas and draping different pieces of sofa fabric over them.  We eventually decided upon Loaf’s ‘Dixie’ sofa in their clever velvet fabric and the ‘Pudding’ sofa.  We had intended to buy a HUGE corner sofa but then decided against it as the seat cushions were purely feather filled and we’d be spending alot of time cushion plumping and it became apparent that we weren’t the plumping kind of people!  The sofas we chose are in a mid grey and heather colour.  So I’d kind of decided on the colour scheme for the room.  I had origionally wanted either turquoise or a mustard – Loaf do an AMAZING turquoise velvet, but the log burner in the room is a plummy red colour and I felt that it would look odd.

Fairly soon after we moved, we bought some key Mid Century pieces of furniture. They had to be not only functional in containing the bits and bobs that you gather over time. You you know, pens, stationary, computers, photos etc etc. But also stylish and somewhere we can display our photos and decor pieces we’ve acquired. We obsessively watched pieces on EBay and found some fab furniture. My most favourite piece is actually one we bought only last month is the record player unit. 

As you can see from this photo James has a huge love for music. 

James has always hankered for a record player. He also wanted a unit to put it on but the unit had to display the records on the shelves rather than being locked in a cupboard. Et Viola…..EBay came up trumps again and our ‘new’ media unit was only £20. You’ve got to love a bargain eh?!

The colour scheme I had chosen to begin with was a blush pink, grey and heather and I decided that we’d have 2 grey walls and 2 blush pink walls.  I spent a small fortune on tester paint pots (as you do) in both grey and pink but just couldn’t find the right tones.  The greys looked light blue and the pinks were just too baby pink.  We lived with tester patches on the walls for months and just forgot about it.  I have no idea what made me change my mind completely and go for blue and white but I’m so glad I did.  Again, a huge lesson in not rushing into making decisions!  The colours we landed on were Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue and Crown Sail White.  The Stiffkey  blue was a quite a risk and quite a departure from the ‘safe’ style we opted for in our old house- but we absolutely love it!  Our livingroom is south facing and so we get tons of light flooding into the room which means that the blue is not opressive. I think that the blue will be super cosy in winter too. 

I also embarked on a plant obsession when we moved to this house. I love how the plants help to add a layer to the decor. My particular favourite is the Monstera (cheese plant) which I bought from Ikea. Having trauled lots of garden centres and DIY superstores, Ikea has to be my absolute favourite for plants. They’re a great price but also really healthy plants too. The plant obsession then lead me to a plant pot obsession and my love of Homesense! I absolutely love how you can go into Homesense not knowing what you wanted but coming out with some fantastic bargains! Their pants pots are super funky and much more of a decor feature than I’ve seen elsewhere. So as you’ll see from the photos I have an ever growing array of plants. 

We still have a few things to do here like put skirting boards on for example. We’re undecided as to whether we’re going to put down a new floor or not so there’s no point in putting those on until that decision has been made. We’re also just starting to build our gallery walls. I’ve just bought an amazing print from Donna Maria Kelly but I just need to frame it before it finds itself onto the gallery. I would also like a table for the right hand side of the grey sofa and possibly a drinks trolley to the right of the purple sofa. I’ve got my beady eye on EBay for those! 
This is my most favourite spot to snuggle up of an evening 

So there you are. I’m pretty pleased with the look, what do you think?

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  1. August 11, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    What an amazing transformation. It looks brilliant you haave worked so hard on it and it has certainly paid off!

    • thekingersandi
      August 11, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you, that’s very kind. We’re so pleased with the final look

  2. August 11, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Beautifully done! I loved the music library and your favorite spot to snuggle up 🙂

    • thekingersandi
      August 11, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      It’s super cosy on a cold ‘summers’ evening!

  3. August 11, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Great transformation, last one was just awesome, the led heart on wall looks very catchy, i got some great ideas from you, ill try few of them to my rooms.

  4. thekingersandi
    August 11, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Thank you! I love hunting for the little details

  5. August 11, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    That looks really comfortable! Great work on the renovation.

  6. August 11, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    It look great, especially the snuggle up spot. To keep the vintage look I would’t put in a new floor this one matches the look jut fine.

    • thekingersandi
      August 11, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you! It does look good I agree but we inherited it & it’s not been laid very well & is lifting in places

  7. August 12, 2017 / 6:08 am

    Your transformation really brings the lively environment in the living room. Those string lights, star light board and red heart light brings glamour into the room filled with books.

  8. August 12, 2017 / 8:26 am

    Great transformation! I really like the style! Enjoy it :D.

  9. August 12, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    This is a very beautiful transformation. I would love to take some inspiration from this reciprocate same at my home

  10. August 12, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    This looks amazing! We have very similar taste… I’m in the middle of redecorating my living room too and there are a lot of similarities! I’ve got a dark teal on the walls, plenty of teak furniture and a midcentury sideboard… I’ve even got the broadway star lamp! *great minds* 😉
    Well done, all the hard work has well and truly paid off, it must be bliss just putting your feet up and enjoying it!
    xx Tara

    • thekingersandi
      August 12, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Oh lush! I love teal. It’s nice when it’s finished isn’t it? I really love the mid century style.

  11. August 13, 2017 / 6:04 am

    You have a beautiful home. Love the way you transformed it, so beautiful yet functional. Love your snuggle spot! <3

  12. August 13, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    I think that you did a fantastic job with a space that you knew wasn’t going to be your forever home. I am not really good at interior decorating and space, but it looks beautiful and livable all at the same time.

  13. August 13, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Absolutely in love with your colour scheme, it’s gorgeous. The greys work really well. And the storage for CDs and DVDs is great x

    • thekingersandi
      August 13, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      Thank you! The CD shelving is bespoke. My father in law is a carpenter so he made especially for us, we’re very lucky

  14. Olgi
    August 14, 2017 / 6:46 am

    congrats on the new living room. I love your movie collection. If had that kind of living room I would spend my whole time in it. Reading the books, watching movies and listening radio , writing someting.

    • thekingersandi
      August 14, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you! We have 3 children so collapsing here after a day running around with the kids is fab!

  15. September 7, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the colour of the walls and your choice of room accessories are just beautiful 🙂

    • thekingersandi
      September 7, 2017 / 3:29 pm

      Thank you! We’ve bought a few other bits & pieces since I posted this & it’s looking even more cosy now!

  16. September 8, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    It looks absolutely amazing. The dark grey is bold, I love what you did to contrast it with the little touches of colours. Also very jealous of your wooden floors, I’d like that in my house one day!

  17. September 9, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Oh I love how it looks – really like the colours you’ve gone for! The music collection is definitely eye-catching!

    • thekingersandi
      September 10, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Ha ha! James’ music collection has been around for many many years! It’s travelled to every house we’ve owned

  18. September 9, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    oh my goodness i have to say if i had seen that furniture i would have laughed at the thought of anyone using it but your room is stunning and i think thats due to the right mix of ages!

    Its beautiful!

  19. September 10, 2017 / 7:07 am

    This is such a lovely room. We moved in October last year and I only got to finished the kids and master bedroom recently. It’s so hard to do it all while working and minding the kids. I still need to add some decor to the living room

  20. September 10, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    What a beautiful transformation. It looks so cosy and inviting. I especially love your sofas and the colour they are lovely. xx

    • thekingersandi
      September 10, 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Thank you! We love it & keep building on the look. The sofas are soooo comfy. We spent so much time going around various sofa shops but these were by far the best.

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