I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am a bit obsessed with interior design.
I spend a lot of time at home, and when I’m not working I like to chill out in the living room. You could say it’s my happy place! We’ve moved around a lot in 8 years and after four different cities, seven different houses and a fair few interior design disasters, I’ve finally got my dream living room.
It’s taken a while to get it the way I want it, and whilst there are still a couple of little things I would change, it’s my favourite room in the house. So I thought I would share my little sanctuary with you!
We got our coffee table for £30 in a vintage store in Leicester when we moved there and I’ve made sure we’ve kept it every time we moved. Vintage furniture always adds so much character to a room. I love the stained, worn wood, it gives it such a homely look.
The set up on top of the coffee table changes quite often as I like to keep things looking fresh. But I always have a few, ok a lot of candles for those hygge vibes. I love mixing and matching different styles of candles and you can always find some really cool designs in tkmaxx. The best thing about them is that when the candle is done you can just clean it out and you have a really cute container. As it’s coming into winter I’m obsessed with musky amber and spiced cranberry scents.
Use stacked books to create some height difference and use them as a base for your favourite ornaments. It’s also a great reminder to read them so I tend to use books that are inspiring or that help me relax. Here I have the ‘life changing guide to not giving a fuck’, ‘the little book of hygge’ and some colouring books from Johanna Basford.
A bookshelf is a must for me, I couldn’t imagine my house without one. We read a lot, well we used to, so we have a lot of books that need a home. Our old bookcases were from IKEA but we upgraded to a solid walnut one. It’s sturdier and we managed to match the wood colour pretty well to the rest of the vintage furniture.
I will say that this is the first time in all of our houses that I have actually put thought into what goes on the bookcase, instead of just cramming it full of books. Spare candles make perfect bookends and stacking coffee table books makes it easy to switch the room around with minimum effort.
My record player was a Christmas gift from my other half and it has been gathering dust in my office for far too long. The bookshelf was the perfect spot for it and now I tend to put a record on and relax instead of automatically putting the TV on.
Most surfaces of my living room are covered in knickknacks, I am definitely not a minimalist kind of person! I love having treasured items out where I can see them, trinkets I picked up on travels or gifts from friends. We use our luggage trunk as a sort of open display case. It currently houses some plants, an antler that a friend found in the highlands, an illustration that was a wedding gift and a teapot I picked up in Marrakech. I love the eclectic feel of the trunk, nothing quite matches but it all kind of works.
If you can’t tell by now, I am obsessed with plants. Nothing adds a breath of fresh air (literally) more than some well placed greenery! I try and make sure our plants compliment each other, with varying heights coloured plant pots. The main thing I think of when buying plants is how easy they are to take care of.
Cushions play a big part on our living room. I love the watercolour patterned ones from Blue Bell Gray, but unfortunately, they can’t go on the sofa as the dogs like to dig beds in the cushions! Now If I was to change one thing about my living room it would be the sofa. We’ve had the same leather one since the girls were puppies and I’d love an upgrade to something more modern, and comfier. My perfect designer sofa would have to be the swell three-seater from LovetheSign in grey. It would brighten the room and give me a great excuse to add some pale grey highlights to the room.
My top Interior Design tips
- Don’t be afraid of colour! Everyone told me a navy living room would be terrible, go with your heart!
- Use stacked books to create some height difference when creating displays. Use items you love, after all, you’ll be the one looking at them.
- Look for vintage furniture, redecorating or buying new items doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Most of our furniture is second hand. Including my pink wicker chair which I bagged for £25 at a charity shop.
- Plants will make a room look instantly brighter and more put together. Pick ones that will help purify the air, I love spider plants and peace lilies. Both are really easy to care for too!
- Pick a theme, it will help you when picking accessories and colours. Pinterest is a great resource but it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Make your own board to narrow your choices down.