So, as promised, here is the updated living room in my house. If you're looking for a show home with everything perfectly placed and organised you can look away now as I wanted to show you real life. This is life with two messy adults, two messier children, a dog and a bird. This is where books are haphazardly placed as I don't have room for all of them. This is where my make-up usually lives strewn around as I just don't have a good storage space and not nearly enough clear containers.
So I'll start with the biggest update - the throws. The throws were sent to me for consideration by Dunelm Mill and they do such a great job at covering up most of my old worn sofas. Now, I like my sofas but they're in desperate need of a clean and when you have a dog and children it is much easier to have throws you can take off and wash rather than paying a company to do a thorough steam clean. I chose the duck egg blue colour to compliment the blues in the curtains and add a little colour to the neutrals in the room and I am so glad I did. The throws are soft but you can tell they're hard wearing (they've survived perfectly when my wet muddy dog turned them a lovely shade of brown and a consequent spin through the washing machine....twice) and the tassles that usually are too hard and bother me don't at all. I'd definitely pick up a few more to cover the chair in the girls' room and maybe for my bed in the winter too.
The rug was given to me by my sister who picked it up in a charity shop. It's worn and smells a bit musty (nothing that a bit of Febreeze and Shake & Vac can't sort) and missing a few tassles on the end but it breaks up the expanse of floor where the coffee table used to be. As you can see the coffee table is currently being used to hold my new TV (that I bought for a ridiculously low price last week and I mean RIDICULOUS) and that TV will soon be mounted to the wall where the mirror is now.
I love throw cushions, candles, flowers, trinkets and bunting so in various corners you'll find one of these or even all three. I didn't show the entire bookcase behind the two seater sofa as right now it's crammed with bills and odds and ends that I need to find a home for but this is essentially the view you have when you walk in from the hall. I think it feels much more like home now and I can't wait to spend my evenings in here working and watching shows in decent enough quality to see what's going on (current favourite is My Fair Wedding on Netflix - DO IT).
The house is now around 90% done save some storage and the girls' room which I'm not decorating until the bunk beds become bunks rather than two separate beds again which should be next year. I've added small updates and a lick of paint and suddenly it all seems to have come together in mine and boyfriend's tastes for under £350 for five rooms including carpet and a TV!