Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Living Room


I absolutely love having a peek into people’s lives and houses – I think they say so much about the occupant and, well, I’m a bit nosy! Does anyone remember Through the Keyhole? I found it fascinating!

In a much less interesting vain than celebrity houses though, I thought I’d share with you our lounge. I’ve mentioned this a couple of times in the past month, but recently I started getting cold feet. Would anyone really be interested in seeing my boring, grey lounge? The self-doubt was settling in, but I thought I’d hit publish anyway – I do hope you like it.

Since moving in in October, this room has been the focus of our attention as it is the ‘heart of the home’. We have our dining table in here too and it’s the place we entertain our guests. First up, we painted the walls. Obviously with moving in to a new house, literally everything was magnolia. Months of pinning on my Home Pinterest board paid off and I’d had a colour scheme and plan in my head for a while. I know a few people, including Graham, were a bit dubious of my grey palette but everyone agrees it looks lovely (phew!). It definitely helps to pick a ‘warm’ grey – without the blue undertones. We actually have one wall (with the TV mounted on) a darker shade, and the rest of the walls are lighter. We had a new carpet put in which has made the world of difference in making the lounge a lot cosier – it’s incredibly soft as well as being easy to clean – but it does make all the rest of the carpet in the house look a bit rubbish! The main bits of furniture were absolute bargain finds on Gumtree. It might take a while of looking before you find the perfect piece you’re after, but with a bit of perseverance we found the corner sofa and the table and chairs for a lot less than if we were to buy brand new – and in really good condition too.

Graham engineered the shelf with some help from our handyman, and I think it works so well. It’s an awkward wall space as it's a sort of alcove which we've placed the dining table in, but the floating shelf makes it work much better. I’ve adorned it with pieces that we love and that reflect the colour scheme I’ve chosen to compliment the grey – turquoise and yellow. The teapot was reduced in the Wilko’s sale, the cameras were gifts and there's also a car up there which is a keepsake from Graham’s childhood.

The table underneath the TV was from Ikea, which I’ve filled with books and the yellow boxes hide Graham’s wires and controllers for his PC Gaming, as well as adding a bit of hidden storage. The TV is actually hooked up to Graham’s computer as well as having a Chromecast, which makes watching catch-up TV and films super easy. Above the screen, we have a soundbar with the bass box tucked at the end of the chaise longue. It makes such a difference to the rubbish built in sound in most TVs. We didn’t have a TV in our old flat, so this is a lovely place to snuggle down and watch a film of an evening.

The final addition, which we are yet to add, is some art on the walls. I’m thinking three frames on the sofa wall, some modern paintings that tie in the turquoise cushions and the yellow pops of colour. We’re both artists, but the indecision and our different tastes mean we are still yet to decide!

What do you think of our little space? I pin lots of inspo over on my Pinterest boards if you fancy a nose!
If you have any questions about where things are from, pop them in the comments and I'll get back to you!


  1. I love peaking into bloggers homes as they're styles are so pretty and like mine as well. You have a lovely living and I love how you decorated and stunning color palette.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  2. It looks lovely. I always enjoy it when people doubt your colour choice and then agree that it looks nice, I have a very pale blue on the walls in my living/dining room and everyone doubted me and told me not to do it, now they really like it!

    Leanne - A Slice of My Life

    1. Thanks Leanne! Haha yes I totally agree - feels good proving people wrong! ;) x

  3. Katie, your style and room is s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. I need to come to your house for a cuppa' just to enjoy the view. I love it!
    I hope you're well sweetie.

    Love, Summer.

  4. I too also love having a sneak peek into people's homes to see how they have decorated the place. Your space looks absolutely lovely, thanks for sharing these photos with us. And I think focusing on "heart of the home" makes a lot of sense especially since so much time is spent there :)

    Rae | love from berlin

  5. what a stunning lounge! I love the subtle touches of colour against the white and grey. x