18/04/2017

Living Room Update

I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend and a nice Easter if you celebrate it, we spent the weekend doing things around the house. As I have mentioned in previous posts, we are currently making some changes, nothing too drastic, just a lick of paint in certain rooms and some new pieces of furniture. We've lived in our house for nearly 5 years now and I've never really been happy with a lot of the rooms, now that I'm pregnant and in major nesting mode, we've decided to tackle some of the jobs in the house, doing all of the work ourselves, on a very tight budget!


After months of threatening to do it, we have finally painted our chimney breast, in the living room, black and mounted the television on the wall! As I mentioned in this post I was a little skeptical about the idea at first but our room is such an awkward shape with 3 doors, an oddly placed window, a chimney breast and two alcoves (one of which a door opens into) so, after mulling it over, we decided that having the TV on the wall was the most practical use of the space. I'm so glad we did it because now I absolutely love it!

To cut a long story short, painting the chimney breast was supposed to be the main update in this room but it has meant a whole layout change, so after a lot of debating and moving things around over the weekend, we decided to order 2 new sofas from Tesco which are due to arrive in May. This was not part of the original plan or budget but they are lovely sofas and were a ridiculously good price so that makes me feel slightly better!

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Carrington 2.5 seat sofa from Tesco
This sofa was just £299 in the sale, I think it looks so much more expensive than that with its classical style, gorgeous legs, casters and cushions included, I thought £299 was really reasonable, so we bought 2 of them!! The plan at the moment is to have a sofa either side of the chimney breast and then a couple of armchairs on the back wall opposite the chimney breast - although this may change! I will do a living room reveal as soon as the sofas arrive and I've finished re-arranging and faffing.

Obviously, in my head, I've jumped ten steps ahead and am currently planning a gallery wall of pictures, a new clock, new plants and all of the finishing touches before the sofas have even arrived....that's normal right?! I seem to be spending all of my time trawling ebay, shpock, antique shops, markets and charity shops at the moment, looking for said finishing touches, on a tight budget! I'm also spending a ridiculous amount of time on pinterest and instagram getting ideas of how to decorate the unit under the TV, incorporate some colour and how to layout my gallery wall.
I would describe my style as very much like the ethos for The Merry Magpie - where playful meets proper. I always favour neutral walls and floors and furniture in timeless styles with clean lines that won't go out of fashion but I also like to introduce plenty of personality by incorporating colour and unexpected 'playful' touches here and there through art, accessories, collected mementos and soft furnishings. Here's a little roundup of some images that sum up the look I love and am trying to achieve in our living room.

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Great mix of vintage and modern in this gorgeous Scandinavian style home via Honestly wtf
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Love the mix of chairs and that light fitting!

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Great details in this room such as the layering of rugs, the cushions, tassles on the floor lamp and the plants - S Gardner Style via Instagram
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Layered, curated style via William McLure
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Blue and white heaven via William McLure

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Would love to be brave and add some serious pops of colour like Kate Schelter via pinterest
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Eclecticism at its best via Honestly wtf - don't think I'll be introducing a taxidermy Flamingo though!!
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Love the vintage pieces and dark walls from The Nice Stuff Collector via Instagram
We're hoping to have most things finished off within the next month or so, so lookout for some reveals soon....then we can start the nursery!!

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