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The Look: Living Room

When we moved in a couple of years ago, this living room looked quite lovely. The rosy brick fireplace had already been exposed, the original floor boards were refurbished and the original coving was in tact. It was last on our To Be Decorated list. But after a few months we cornicing that the walls weren’t in good condition which meant replastering was in order. We also had the textured ceiling over-boarded a technique which meant we preserved the original cornice.

Everything we used, bought or sourced is explained below. And where something’s sold out or otherwise not available, I’ve hunted out some best matches…

Reading Corner

After the plastering, we painted using a half height technique with Oxford Stone on the lower two thirds and all woodwork, and Dimity on the upper and ceiling. These warm neutrals softened the overall room and tied into the distressed paintwork still visible on the chimney breast. This little alcove became a reading corner (I know, another one – you can’t have too many) with a mid-century armchair, arc light and dressed shelves. Next to the fire, it’s absurdly cosy on a wintry evening.

Bayswater Leather Armchair


Lithographies Eaux Fortes Poster


Henri Matisse Print


Jacquard Weave Blanket


Bow Arc Brass Lamp


George Oliver Arched Lamp


Mid-Century Armchair


Farrow & Ball Dimity


Farrow & Ball Oxford Stone


A Little Vignette

This funny little corner is now graced with beautiful fitted furniture by Outback Interiors (who I highly recommend in you’re Nottingham-based). The perfect unit – sprayed to match our walls – is hiding the oddly placed fuse box that is typical in Victorian terraces. To camouflage it a little more, I’ve dressed it with a print, lamp and succulent.

Artificial Trailing Plant


Bronze Stag Table Lamp


Waves In The Deep Print


My Dream Table

Sometimes you settle on a decor scheme and then look for furniture. Sometimes you’ve already seen a piece of furniture you love so much, that the rest of the room is designed around it. This is the latter.

We used to have a two-seater sofa crammed into our window bay but never used it. So now it’s been donated to a better home, and we’ve freed up some much-needed breathing room with an armchair and this dreamy rattan piece. It’s supposedly a bench, but it’s the perfect side table – big enough for Proper Big Books, a coffee and bowl of snacks.

Le Roi Cane Bench


Rattan And Black Wood Bench


Rattan Bench Or Side Table


A Finishing Touch

I came across this unusual rattan magazine rack while hunting out the best rattan pieces on the high street. It sits low down on the wall under our bay window, within arm’s reach of this chair and table set-up. It’s super easy to install with a couple of screws, and now means I can display some of the indie magazines that I spend most of my money on…

91 Magazine


Lionheart Magazine


Rattan Magazine Rack


Coffee Table

I found this teak mid-century coffee table on eBay earlier this year. Looking a bit tired, it needed a good sanding and beeswaxing to bring it back to life, but now it’s a statement piece and I’m very proud of it. I’ve found some similar pieces on the high street below.

Sleek Coffee Table


Teak Coffee Table


Mango And Brass Coffee Table


Our living room is still only halfway finished as we’re waiting for a delivery of…our shutters! I’ve been waiting weeks (who knew they took so long?) and am terribly impatient. But as soon as they’re installed I’ll be sharing the rest of the photos – and telling you all about our DIY shutters experience!

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  1. Angela
    5 months ago

    Wow, your room looks great, and thanks for links to some great sources to get your look. Now I just need to choose one rattan bench!

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  3. Dinesh Kumar
    4 months ago

    Love those reading corner. Amazing designs.

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