The time has come to decorate my house!
Now, I wish I could tell you that I have BIG remodeling-painting-walls-cray-cray-colours plans but I live in a rented house so that won’t be the story. I’m very thankful that just before we moved in the whole house was given a fresh coat of white paint – no garish colours here! Whilst I love how clean it all (can) look it is severely lacking a bit of personalisation. The only room that looks like it’s had a bit of thought is our bedroom (see more on that here). Since we moved in 4 months ago, and with Christmas completely out of the way I think it’s time to make this house a home 🙂 Join me, why don’t you, for a spirited adventure into all things interior design with renters-limitations!
If you have spoken to me personally in the last 4 months, you will know that my house is COLD. Like Arctic conditions cold. This is due to the open plan rooms, minimal insulation, less than perfect window glazing and the fact that I hate paying bills. One of the big goals for the living room is to make it feel a hell of a lot warmer. We have a 2-seater and a 3-seater leather couches which are fab and belong to the owner so are staying put. There is also one of those fancy ‘fake’ fireplaces on the wall and a nest of 3 wooden tables which I thought I would hate but have come to love. The floors are all wooden which adds to the cold feel of the room so area rugs are essential!
It’s honestly taken me ages to decide how I can combine all of the things that can’t be changed with all of the Pinterest ideas that I wanted. My biggest challenge has been Charlie.
Charlie the couch, I have affectionately named him is a bit of a bugger really. He’s that odd colour in-between brown and black. At first I had it in my head that I wanted a navy and white theme with thick, heavy patterned curtains. Charlie put an abrupt end to that dream. Then I seen a monochrome delight with bold black and white striped furnishings but he put a stop to that one too. FINALLY I stumbled across a photo which had multi-coloured pillows with different patterns on a cream couch. Oh how badly I wanted that scene to be my living room! I was about to give up when it hit me – I could hide Charlie under cream throw, have those pillows and eat my cake too! Hooray! So here’s what I have so far…
That couch is meant to represent Charlie, even though that one is a bit lighter than he is. Read into that what you will. So my plan is to get a couple of plain cream throws and tuck them into the creavases of Charlie and just have his arms keeking out (ooh err!) All of those lovely fabric squares are from Plush Addict as the crafter in me has BIG plans to make cushions from them! I liked the thought of those colourful frames to tie in the colour a bit more and I think that the gold accents in the form of a lamp that I will be DIY’ing (watch this space) and those adorbz elephant bookends would ground everything.
I’ve been obsessed with that style of curtains for a long time (like a month) so I really want to make my own with a slightly thicker fabric. Depending on my mood I will probably try to line them to make them extra cosy, although I’m not sure how that will affect the drape of the curtains… we shall see!
It may not be to everyone’s taste (I’m still trying to convince Ian) but I’m very excited to make a start on this! I hope it turns out the way it looks in my head… If not then nothing’s permanent so I can change it at will!
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