You might have seen glimpses on my Instagram feed, but I don’t think I’ve shared photos here of our living room makeover and how just a few small changes have made a big difference to how the space feels. I had to keep it under wraps for ages as it was part of a style makeover with West Elm that was featured in the AW16 issue of 91 magazine, but now the mag has been out for a few months, I think it’s time I showed you how we’ve updated the space.
My favourite black wall is still here – I’ve definitely not tired of it yet, and still love it just as much as when I first painted it. There are a few more shots of the room before here and here. I’ve mentioned before how I’ve been simplifying the colours in our house, sticking to a more neutral palette with accents of yellow and aqua blue, so although I love the colourful rug that used to be in the living space, it didn’t quite work for me anymore. I replaced it with this large circular monochrome Souk rug from West Elm (the colourful one is now helping to make my home office a little cosier). As soon as we switched the rugs over the room felt calmer. It’s been shedding like crazy (normal in the first three to six months), especially as the twins use it as a gymnastics mat, but I think it’s nearing the end of the shedding stage thank goodness.
The other big change has been a furniture shuffle. The vintage cabinet (from my grandparents’ house) has moved over to sit next to our leather sofa. Before, it felt crammed in on the wall next to our big L-shaped sofa, and moving it has created a bit more breathing space in the room. The car boy jar was given to me by my lovely mother-in-law – I’m supposed to be creating a terrarium in it, but I’ve been putting it off because I want to make sure I do plenty of research before I get started. In the spot where the cabinet used to be is a little set of shelves that also came from my grandparents’ house.
And finally, I wanted a really huge house plant, so I opted for a big Monstera deliciosa (or Swiss cheese plant) which the twins have nicknamed the ‘BFG’. I’d like a larger one, really, but I’ve popped him on a little stool to give the impression he’s taller than he actually is!
You’ll also spot that the vintage lace doilies I sewed onto the arm of the sofa to cover up the cat scratches are still doing their job nicely. Although seven months later I still haven’t got round to doing the other arm (strategically not shown in any of these pictures). It’s probably what I should have been doing at the weekend instead teaching myself how to macrame some hanging planters by watching videos on YouTube. My prioritising clearly still needs some work….
Anyway, here are some more photographs of the new look living room. Any questions, give me a shout in the comments below.