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
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