We started decorating our living room last September just before I fell pregnant. We had intended to have it finished by Christmas, but it all got delayed; although for a very happy reason. Before we started this little project, the room had concrete floors and plaster walls. It was just basically a dedicated dumping ground for stuff we just needed out of sight and out of mind.
I always wanted to make it into a ‘garden room’ look and feel. I drew my inspiration from the gorgeous Orangery room in Ham Yard Hotel in London when we stayed there last year. It just oozed style and sophistication. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford the designer’s (Kit Kemp’s) beautiful pieces. I was drawn to the freshness and light of the space and so did my best to translate this into my own room. Let me talk you through some of the pieces in the room. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer them!
Paint and Flooring
Starting with the bare bones of the room, the paint I used was good old faithful Little Greene French Grey Pale 161. I can see you all roll your eyes (there she goes again) but it is a very subtle grey. It looks different in every room and I love that about it. The flooring is wooden floor effect tiles in ‘vintage white’ I cannot recall the brand of these but we bought them locally from a shop called Keys Tiles. Having an engineered oak floor in the snug, I thought tiles would be more hard wearing and I wanted that rustic french style.
Wood Burning Stove
I always had my heart set on a cream enamel wood burning stove, but they aren’t hugely practical for everyday use. However as this would be our ‘good room’ it wouldn’t be getting the same abuse as our Stanley Oisin stove. The mirror is from Creative Gardens, which is our local garden centre but I have found a similar one here.
Every project has its problems though…we ordered our large sofa from a local independent shop in our desired colour, grey of course. After waiting 3 months for delivery, they brought the wrong colour of sofa and instead of being grey it was a mink brown, which was lovely but not what we ordered. After a ‘conversation’ with the shop they reordered it in the correct colour, which took another 3+ months or so. All said and done, we love our sofa so all is well that ends well but it did delay things for a while.
On the walls I have artichoke and monstera plant prints and frames.They were a real bargain from Ikea and just what I was looking for and was within budget. I would like another print for the large wall to the left, I really love modern abstract art, if I can find something within budget.
The green velvet cushion are also from Ikea, the grey and cream geometric print cushions are Linea by House of Fraser but they are out of stock I’m afraid.
The bargain item of the room is the floor lamp which my sister and I spotted in the local TK Maxx. It was in the reduced section and was just what I was looking for. I hate buying things that ‘will do’ and would rather hold out for something I really love if it means waiting that little bit longer and it paid off this time!
Coffee Table- Oliver Bonas
Vase – Marks and Spencer
Marble Apple Objet – The Range
Our armchair is the Orson Armchair from Made.com. I loved the luxe of the velvet and I wanted a few shades of grey in the room to add depth. I would say if you were thinking of purchasing, it’s quite firm just incase you are after a super squishy chair! The marble side table is from the ‘Considered, by Helen James’ range from wait for it…Dunnes. The designer collaborations in Dunnes are really beautiful and I actually have purchased a few things from her collection.
One of my favourite pieces in the room is the Neptune wreath which was a gift from my sister, it just ties the whole look of the room together.
The chandelier is the Laura Ashley Lavenham and you can find it here.
The room just has a few touches to be completed before I am completely happy! We are getting shelves made for the left side of the chimney breast which I am looking forward to styling and also i am on the look out for a nice floor rug to tie the space together.
I really enjoyed putting this room together, so now, on to the next project!