Living room makeover: before & after

Our living room has been undergoing a lot of change over the past few months, and it’s still constantly evolving – is a room really ever ‘finished’? Every time I come across a picture, a vase, an object or even a cushion that I love, I end up moving everything around to find a new spot for it. But when I look back to what the living room looked like when we moved in a few months ago, it’s unrecognisable!!

Just to remind you, this is what it looked like the day we moved in:


Tired walls, a lone ceiling light making it overall quite a dark room, plastic floors, a tired fireplace, grubby shelves… You get the picture!

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We knew it needed quite a bit of work – from new floors (herringbone wood), a new fireplace and even a new ceiling, to sanding down the walls, building built-in shelves and cabinets, and giving the whole room a fresh lick of paint. It took a couple of months – and it felt like a never ending chaos!

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But we’re pretty much done now. It might not be perfect, or even ‘finished’, but the building work has stopped and we’ve finally moved our bits and bobs in!


We painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse, upcycled the existing fireplace with some old marble tiles, found a great sofa and armchair in IKEA, were handed down some antique chinoiserie lamps from my dad, and my mum gave us one of her artworks as a housewarming present! All together they create a bit of a blue and white colour scheme – my favourite colours, can you tell? 😉

Some new Ikat patterned cushions from Kelly Hoppen helped pull it together.


I also found some fabulous Kelly Hoppen coral for on the shelves, giving the room a sort of nautical chic vibe.


The room was still very blue & white, and was crying out for some colour and accessories, so I added a few potted plants for some bursts of green, and a few gold accents as well as my favourite coffee table books and a pink and turquoise basket (details on my lust list). I left the walls bare aside from my mother’s artwork and a framed Slim Aarons photograph (Poolside Gossip) which I got online from Surface View. I also found a great new pendant light in the House of Fraser sale!


Finally, I find that shelves are the absolute easiest way to decorate and transform a room, and I love updating our shelves with things we find – from cactuses and aloe vera to driftwood we found on the beach, to random objects and my favourite coffee table books.


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