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Ikea Karlsfors sectional sofa in modern livingroom

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Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair

pink Eames rocking chair

Ikea Karlsfors white sectional sofaOur living room hasn’t had nearly as dramatic a makeover as the kitchen has: in fact, I’m not even sure I can call it a “makeover” at all, given that all we’ve really done is to change the floor and one wall, and change up some of the furniture and accessories.

The floor you already know about: it’s the same one we used in the kitchen (QuickStep Majestic in Desert Oak Light Natural), and Terry likes to embarrass me by telling everyone who sees it that it “hasn’t been cleaned since it was put down!” That’s not totally true, obviously: it’s been swept almost every day, but he’s correct in that it hasn’t had to be mopped since we finished the building work, and I couldn’t be happier with it, for that reason alone: it’s so nice to be able to actually just sit and relax in this room now, without constantly spotting footprints all over the floor!

The wall, meanwhile… well, that was a different matter:

dove grey wall in minimal living room

This wall used to be green. We liked it green, but it was a little bit restrictive, in that it meant that all of the accent colours in the room had to be a colour that worked with green. With our downstairs remodel, our idea was to use the neutral backdrops of the two rooms to allow us to add various different accent colours (and to be able to change them whenever we felt like it), so I had a look at paint colours, and picked out a nice dove grey, which I sent Terry the link to… and then changed my mind about, approximately 5 minutes later. Of course, by that point, Terry had just gone ahead and ordered the paint (I mean, why can’t he be that quick when I send him links to holidays and shoes?!), and was NOT happy when I announced that, whoops, don’t actually want that colour any more: my bad!

Luckily it was just for one wall, which would be easy enough to change if we (er, I…) really hated it, so we gave it a go anyway. As it turns out, I don’t hate it, although as it’s a little more blue-ish than I thought it would be, I’m not totally sure about it, either. It’s growing on me, though.

As for the other updates to the room, first of all we moved this egg chair (which we bought second-hand on Gumtree a couple of years ago) down from the bedroom:

Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair

I was actually a little bit torn about moving this, because it’s left the bedroom looking really empty now (Hey! I think I’ve identified my next project!), but I knew it would look amazing against the pale floor, and I really do love it here, so it’s staying. We also bought a pink Eames-style rocking chair from eBay for this corner of the room:

Pink Eames style rocking chair

Actually, that’s not totally true: what really happened was that I ordered a pink Eames-style armchair, which I was going to use for my dressing table. The seller sent us this one by mistake, though, and, well, I liked it too much to return it, basically. (We DID get the armchair version, too: I wasn’t keen on it for the bedroom, though, so it’s in the office. I’m … not allowed to buy any more pink chairs now, needless to say.)

(Oh, and that table is actually an Ikea Malm dressing table, too, exactly the same as the one I have in the bedroom. This was also an accidental acquisition: when I got my dressing table there was a tiny mark on the drawer, and although it wasn’t really particularly noticeable, you don’t expect a brand new purchase to have any marks on it, so Terry sent a photo of it to Ikea and asked them if they’d send a replacement drawer front. That was all we expected to get, but, much to our surprise, a few days later, a whole new dressing table turned up instead. They wouldn’t take the old one away, so we were at a  bit of a loss as to what to do with it (Well, Terry was: I was all for keeping it and filling it up with makeup, but, for some reason, Terry thought TWO dressing tables would be a little bit excessive – spoilsport!): we were going to try to either give it away or return it, but then we decided to see what it looked like in this empty corner of the living room, and ended up keeping it there, as a little mini workstation, where we can work on the laptop. Honestly, this was mostly just an attempt to fill up space (When we bought this house, we didn’t really have enough furniture to fill it, and we still don’t – if I keep on ordering chairs at the current rate, though, I’m sure we’ll get round that problem fairly soon…), so it might get changed at some point in the future, OR we might just leave it like that forever: time will tell!)

Finally, we also decided to add some colour to the walls, with a couple of prints, both of which were in our last house, but which got stuck in the attic and kind of forgotten about when we moved:

Vista Domes Inland railway

This one is an old poster for the train ride we took in Florida a few years ago, and which I mentioned in this post, quite recently. I loved the retro look of it, so my dad bought it for me when we got off the train, and then carefully carried it home in his suitcase for me, too: thanks, dad! (The frame is one of Ikea’s ‘Ribba’ frames, as I’m sure you could’ve guessed if you know how much we like IKEA…)

North Berwick travel poster

This was also a gift from my parents, and, slightly strangely, I also first seen it in Florida, of all places, even although it’s a tourism poster for North Berwick, in Scotland. We’d stopped off at a Denny’s one night to grab something to eat (Don’t mock: I love the Moons Over My Hammy…), and one of these was hanging on the wall, right next to the door. As longtime readers probably know by now, North Berwick is one of my favourite places in the world, and, as with the Vista Domes print, I really liked the retro feel of this, so, when we got home, my mum managed to track one down for me, and I got it (I think…) at Christmas that year. As I said, these prints had both basically been forgotten in our move, but I think they work really well with the retro/modern theme of this part of the house, so I was happy to dig them out again, re-frame them, and get them back up on the walls. Despite these new additions, though, we’re still really aware that this room is still looking quite bare (as is most of the rest of the house, to be perfectly honest: it’s … a work in process.), so we’ll probably either change or add to these at some point down the line: for now I’m just pleased that after almost 5 years of constantly disagreeing about what to put on the walls (Terry and I have pretty similar taste in interiors, but for some reason we just kept drawing a blank with this one!), we no longer have totally bare walls in the living room.

Now we just need to fill the bare walls in the rest of the house…

What do you think?

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  • Tracey
    May 19, 2017

    Looks excellent! I cannot tell you how hard it was for me not to say eggcellent, thanks to the chair, but now I’ve gone and done it anyway. Oops.

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    May 19, 2017

    You might have changed your mind about the grey paint, but I think it looks fantastic. You really have the dream home now!

    Charmaine Ng
    Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Myra Boyle
    May 19, 2017

    Looks lovely, especially with the pastel accents and the yellow egg chair (which is my fav). How do you and Terry fancy coming and doing mine now lol

  • CiCi Marie
    May 19, 2017

    It looks so bright and fresh and it’s really making use of the space you have, which I think is quite similar to the rooms in my house but mine feels smaller! How on earth did you take that first photo from above though?! I’ve been trying to snap photos of my living room for ages, but I just can’t get it all in…

    • Amber
      May 19, 2017

      Terry just held the camera above his head – he’s taller than me, so he managed to get it all in! (He did have to take about 10 shots to get it, though!)

  • Brenda
    May 19, 2017

    I love it! Very crisp and fresh with a dash of whimsy! I love the lack of clutter and how easy it would be to keep clean. Where did you get that ginormous cherry?! It is very cool!

    • Amber
      May 19, 2017

      It was from a local garden centre – my mum bought it for us after she saw me admiring it!

      • D. Johnson
        May 28, 2017

        You have great parents!

  • Karlie
    May 19, 2017

    Love the cherry!

  • Erin
    May 19, 2017

    It looks really lovely, Amber! I can’t believe what a transformation it is <3

  • heather
    May 20, 2017

    Wow! Your home is just lovely! I love homes that are decorated with purpose/intent instead of just random things (ha, like mine). That floor is just so SO perfect.

  • Emerald
    May 21, 2017

    Love the North Berwick print! Fancy one making it all the way to Florida!

  • Rachael Dickinson
    May 21, 2017

    Looks incredible. I love the white – it makes it so much easier to design a room!

    Rachael xox

  • Erika
    May 23, 2017

    Your living room is just perfect! The colors make it seem so tranquil. I’ve been in my house for ten years now, and it took almost as long as you to get stuff up on the walls: three oversized black and white photos we took of castles in Scotland – all in Ribba frames. I love Ikea!! It’s made my decorating dreams possible, one shopping stop at a time. I’m still not done with decorating my house…

  • Nickolina
    May 25, 2017

    We are in a spell of gloomy, rainy, cloudy days…probably like you normally experience. It gives me a new appreciation of why you like the white walls!

  • D. Johnson
    May 28, 2017

    So many others have already posted what I love about this room, so I’ll just say “Well done!”

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