OUR LIVING ROOM REFRESH WITH WEST ELM

After years of wanting to join the green sofa club, our day has finally come! Not only that, but we can now say we have a sofa that all three of us (four if you include the cat), can sit on together. .

I read in a newspaper recently that a modern day lounge now consists of a velvet sofa, a drinks trolley and a 70 inch TV. We might not have the huge Television, as I have this weird thing against huge TV’s, and am still contemplating how we can hide our 42inch, but we are guilty of the first two. So does that make me modern? Or am I just becoming an Insta cliche?

Our previous sofa was chunky, light grey and was slightly battered from the cat using the arm as a giant scratching post. To call it shabby was a understatement. It was also a sofa bed, which was purchased at the beginning of our interior journey when we only had two bedrooms and expected lots of guests.

In reality the sofa bed wasn’t made to be sat on daily, and had lost its springy-ness, and truth be told no one ever came to visit anyways. So I’m not sure what that says about us?

I longed for a much longer, luxurious sofa which bought an element of glamour and sophistication to our otherwise adult lounge. And yes our lounge can still be grown up, even with Otis around. Otherwise, why did they invent playpens? Plus I’m too stubborn to hide away our brass drinks trolley which I worked hard to own, even if it does mean I can’t leave Otis anywhere near it without supervision.

So here is our newly refreshed lounge, which I collaborated with the dreamy West Elm to create. It’s still adult, but the new sofa actually makes it more family friendly as we can all fit on it together now. I hope you like it as much as we do.

Our old chunky sofa-bed sofa has now been replaced with this longer, green velvet goddess named Drake from West Elm. He’s much bigger than our previous sofa, but actually makes the room feel bigger due to the sleeker frame which actually feels like it takes up less room. He’s super comfortable and even long enough to be stretched out completely if you want a little lie down. As you do.

I made the cushions a couple of years ago after visiting a House of Hackney sample sale. The printed velvet was a bargain in comparison to buying the actual cushions, so I went for the budget version and made my own.

A room can never have enough lights and I chose the West Elm staggered light as it’s sleek brass thin frame doesn’t take up too much room, and the white glass sphere pops against the dark walls. It’s a great reading light for this corner, and the large round base tucks neatly underneath the Drake velvet sofa.

My track record in keeping real plants alive isn’t good, so in this room I have mostly opted for faux greenery. Most of my faux plants are from Homesense and the little man vase is also from here.

Solid brass candle sticks are antique; Vases are from   Homesense.

Solid brass candle sticks are antique; Vases are from Homesense.

The brass candlesticks were inherited from my husbands nan. They’re Jewish ancestry, not that we’re Jewish, but they were gifted by a jewish relative many years ago and have now been passed down the family. I love the family connection and their timeless design. I’d pick these out if they were in design store, so I’m pretty chuffed that they have a family connection too.

I made the fringed lampshade a couple of years ago. I had lusted after one for so long, but couldn’t afford it, so decided to make my own. I wrote a previous article about how easy it was to make your own and luckily he’s stood the test of time.

I opted for the West Elm Distressed Arabesque wool rug from West Elm for this room. The dark mottled traditional pattern makes it great for hiding dinner stains…. jokes. We never eat in here, honest guv. But in truth I really struggled to find a rug that went in here without courting too much attention. I really wanted a rug which didn’t dominate the space, but yet filled it, adding texture and pattern but wasn’t the main focal point and I think this rug fits all of the above.

The shelving unit in this room is old and a nod to the industrial trend which I fell for hook line and sinker when we first bought this house. It now houses all my knick knacks and collectables, not forgetting my Pablo Escobar pineapple ashtray which was gifted to me by the legend that is Barbara Hulanicki.

As I head towards my forties I’ve become a bit of a vase collector. It’s the new lightbox, letter board fad for me. I can’t get enough of them and can’t seem to leave a store without buying one. The brass one above is a previous season West Elm one.

The brass drinks trolley is a still a favourite piece, which i’m reluctant to move out of the lounge even though our soon to be baby will be toddling around here.

(Our drinks trolley is sold out but West Elm do similar style ones).

Solid brass candlesticks are antique; Vases are from   Homesense   ;  Faux flowers are from   Homesense;       Brass plant pot     is from     H&M   .    Black Mirror   from   Wayfair    .

Solid brass candlesticks are antique; Vases are from Homesense; Faux flowers are from Homesense; Brass plant pot is from H&M. Black Mirror from Wayfair .

Plants and art; my two favourite things to pad out and accessorize a room. My tips when buying art is to really love it. Think about the longevity and don’t be afraid to move pieces around the house to give them a new lease of life. And regarding plants, choose ones which are easy to maintain and less hard to kill. Cheese plants aka Monstera deliciosa and Mothers tongue house plants need little watering and thrive in dark moody lounges like mine.

And a lounge can never have enough side tables. Especially now our baby needs the maximum floor space to crawl around. I chose the gorgeous brass martini table by West Elm for its timeless look, plus I love the huge dose of metallic in this room. (Its also light enough to move around depending on who needs a table.

And that’s it for our lounge refresh. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the pieces I chose and how I’ve styled them in our home. Please feel free to leave me a comment below. I’m off to go plan the next room thats in need of a little refresh!

West Elm Source list - Drake Green velvet sofa £999, West Elm ; Staggered glass floor lamp £199, West Elm; Martini side table in brass £159, West Elm; Distressed Arabesque Wool Rug - Steel £449, From West Elm.

This room refresh was generously gifted by West Elm. I was extremely lucky to choose the pieces that I love and I will cherish these for years to come. All words and opinions are 100% my own.

INTERIOR UPDATE: LOFT BATHROOM

It’s week 40 of my pregnancy, and while we await the arrival of our little guy I thought it was about time I showed you around our loft bathroom and the inspiration behind the room. plus, I can't sleep as the little guy is on my bladder so my blog is my saviour right now. (When people tell you to get loads of sleep before the baby arrives I'm unsure if they remember the final few weeks of pregnancy as sleep is non-existent. But I'm digressing.. 

It’s been three months since the builders left and even though someone recently quipped that ‘Builders pain lasts longer than child birth’, I’m praying that there’s some truth in that statement.

When the project was in full swing, I was lucky to get away for a couple of weeks on a work trip in Seoul, South Korea where I came across the shop ‘Style Nanda’… AKA Style Manda due to my love of everything about this store for its mock laundrette, to its LA style pool café and hotel reception, payment desks.

I was particularly inspired by their use of blush pink walls, dark wood work and marble tiles on one of the levels of the store which I ended up sending back to my husband which the caption ‘let’s go pink’ and the rest is history. I also loved the bath full of flowers but thats inspiration for another time..

Bathroom sink unit HACK... 

When researching bathroom sink units I became obsessed with marble/ stone top ones - check out Porter bathrooms for luxury inspiration, but I couldn't find anything under £2,000. I then found one from Bathstore which needed tweaking to be more inline with what I was after. Here's how I achieved the look... 

1. The bathroom sink unit was purchased from Bathstore. It didn't come with a stone top, so I had piece of granite cut to fit which cost approx £60 from a local stone company,  and then I asked the builder to fit it on top with the sink.

2. I  painted the bathroom cupboard in Farrow and Ball off black as I didn't like the charcoal colour. I had to prime it first and then it needed two coats of the estate eggshell. 

3. I changed the handles to be brass ones from Dowsing and Reynolds as I didn't like the silver ones. 

4. I added a brass towel rail which I picked up in New York on a work trip last year and asked if the builder could fit it to the side. 

And encase you wanted to know where anything else is from, I’ve attached all the details below.

The Inspiration... 

Style Nanda, Seoul - South Korea
Style Nanda - Nanda Laundry. Inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.
Style Nanda, Seoul.
Style Nanda, inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.
The LA style pool side cafe at Style Nanda, inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.
Style Nanda, inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.
Style Nanda, inspirational store in Seoul, South Korea.

The loft bathroom...

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Stone top bathroom unit
Farrow and ball pink ground and railings marble  bathroom
Carrera marble tileS,  Acme shower from Aston Matthews and Black metal shower frame from Drench
Farrow and ball pink ground bathroom with black radiator
Farrow and ball pink ground bathroom, aston matthews taps and loaf mirror
Farrow and ball pink ground bathroom and RAK toilet.
Terma black heated towel radiator

During the build...

Loft conversion bathroom
BATHROOM MOODBOARD

1. Shower Tray 1200 x 900 £188, Bathroom Village

2. Black metal shower screens £1,862.45 for 2 screens , Drench

3. Acme 200mm round shower rose and 358mm shower arm scuffed brass £360, Aston Matthews 

4. Acme 3/4" concealed thermostatic shower valve scuffed brass £707, Aston Matthews

5. Carrera Marble tiles approx £150 per square meter, Decor Tiles

6. Acme 3-hole wall mounted basin mixer 190mm spout scuffed brass, £336, Aston Matthews

7. Geo bath towel £10 , Sainsbury's (now sold out, but other versions are available)

8. Avant-Garde large Knurled Knob £13.99 Dowsing and Reynolds

9. Savoy Gun Metal Grey single door unit (no top) £330, Bathstore

10. Terma Simple meteor black heated towel rail 1440 x 500 £279, Victoria Plumb

11. Stone Pendant £205, Tom Dixon

12. Real Deal brass trimmed 61cm £175, Loaf

13. Tavira 45cm Diameter Circular Countertop Ceramic Basin £49, Click Basin

14. Estate eggshell paint (for the woodwork) colour: Railings from £25, Farrow and Ball

15. Estate Emulsion paint for walls, Colour Pink Ground from £45, Farrow and ball

16. Etch tea light holder brass £40, Tom Dixon

17. Concrete toilet brush £12 (sold out but similar available), Sainsbury's

CONVERSATION CHAIRS AT HOMESENSE

Homesense green velvet chair

Yay! We have finally moved into our new loft space, which means we can start cracking on with baby C’s nursery (moodboard entry coming soon). We still need to put pictures up and get new side tables, but it’s starting to feel like a bedroom.

We’ve gone for dark walls again and my love of the colour green against the dark grey hasn’t stopped at just the lounge.

As the wardrobes are in a separate dressing room, it means there’s more space to fill with a statement chair to add that little zing of colour.

I’d been looking for a chair for a while which didn’t cost the earth and then a few weeks ago whilst browsing in my local homesense, I found this little emerald beauty.

Priced at £179.99 it was a lot more affordable than the similar ones I’d been admiring on the internet, and did I mention that it’s covered in Green velvet! It’s a like a match made in emerald heaven and fits into the little snug of our bedroom perfectly.

If you’re looking to add a little chair into your lounge/ bedroom/ nursery or just have a corner in your kitchen to fill, then make sure you get down to homesense. And if my little chair hasn’t persuaded you, then hopefully these images of the other chairs on offer this week will.

Prices for chairs start at £49.99

To find your local homesense UK store click here.

Links to the items in the main picture 

1. Velvet chair £179.99, Homesense

2. Walls-Railings,  Farrow and Ball (Prices vary) 

3. Mustard print cushion- Peonenden £90 House of Hackney

4. Cast iron radiator, cast iron radiator centre  prices start at £9.99 per section. 

5. Brass and iron planter stand, £12 Matalan

{SAVVY SHOPPING} MY BARGAIN HOUSE OF HACKNEY CUSHIONS

{SAVVY SHOPPING} MY BARGAIN HOUSE OF HACKNEY CUSHIONS

Who doesn’t like a bargain? My friends don’t call me Martin Lewis for nothing, and probably just like most of you, I’m trying to live a luxury lifestyle on a baked bean budget.

So, when I came across an ad for the house of hackney sample sale I couldn’t help but check it out and go in search of some homeware designer bargains.

 

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