Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, 5 February 2014
You know how people say the kitchen is the heart of the home? In this home it's the living room. It's the place where we spend most of our time listening to music, working, writing lists, reading, watching TV, cuddling with the dogs, playing board games and crafting. It's the room that you first come to as you walk down the entrance hall and the room where any visitors come to sit and drink their beverage of choice to catch up so I like it to look inviting, fresh and reasonably passable. By no means is any of my home a Pinterest worthy picturesque feast for the eyes but it's getting there.

When we moved in almost three years ago we didn't have a lot of furniture as we were coming from a tiny flat. The magnolia walls were not to my taste and our budget wasn't even in the realms of healthy and so I've been adding slowly, picking up things from charity shops and given things to eventually make this room look homely. First we white washed the walls and added an exposed brick effect wallpaper to the wall with the mantlepiece. The table the TV stands on and the sofas were second hand gifts, the vintage broken sideboard that the sofa rests against was found on the side of a road at 3am and the dresser which pulls all the different types of distressed wood together with the white elements of the living room furniture was kindly gifted by Argos. All together with some cheap little bits dotted around I'm becoming happy with it.

This room doesn't get a lot of natural light and doesn't have a fantastic view so instead of curtains or blinds I chose a white net and white voiles which provides enough privacy during the evening and an airy feel in the day time. However the real star of my room is my new coffee table which I talked about in yesterday's post. It is huge and takes up most of the floor space but I'm okay with this because I love having a place to drink coffee, read magazines and work from my laptop while the office is under construction. I thought it would look really out of place but I actually love the way it's worked out - what do you think?

I'm not going to pretend I live somewhere perfect. There's a whole corner full of unorganised things that just looks like piles of tat and I wanted to show a real representation of where I live and how I live in it. God knows, I wish I could be more organised and I do try but I'm more comfortable with a bit of destruction against the pretty rather than the show homes I may be aesthetically envious of.

What do you think?