I’m excited to finally be sharing my living room update with you guys because I mentioned it way back in Spring,when I started toying with the idea of switching the whole room around and yet still haven’t shown you the goods! I’m definitely not one of those serial room shufflers. I had plenty of friends that changed their teenage bedroom around almost monthly, depending on their mood and I have a particular friend who frequently changes the whole layout of a room while their husband is at work as a fun surprise for when he arrives home. To be honest our first two flats were very small, leaving little scope for shuffling anything around. When we moved to our current flat we’d seen where the landlord had his corner sofa and didn’t really question putting ours anywhere else. It worked under the mezzanine but it did bug me that there was quite a lot of dead space at the other end of the room which became the junkyard / miscellaneous catch-all area over time. All of the flats in our building have the same layout so when I visited a neighbour’s home back in March and saw they had their corner sofa against the windows…’duh, duh, duuuuh’… I was wondering, ‘why the heck haven’t we done this too??’
Life has changed since we first styled our
Another issue was having a TV just lurking on the floor by the sofa. We’ve always hated the aesthetic of TVs and our answer to that was to stash ours behind furniture ,pulling it out whenever we wanted to watch something. It was a bit of a pain but I kind of liked having to be intentional about using it rather than aimlessly having it on in the background. It got to the point though, that we didn’t want Maggie fiddling with all the wires and trying to kiss her reflection in the screen so a proper unit to move the TV to has been on our list for a while. Nick convinced me to upsize our TV on the Amazon Prime sale and to be honest I wanted to cry when it arrived because it looked soooo large! Thankfully he was right and once it was on the unit and we’re sat the other side of the room, it looks the perfect size for viewing. Now the whole experience of watching TV is so much more enjoyable and from years of being intentional about what we’e watching, that hasn’t changed either.
With some help from
Speaking of storage we added another
The last thing we wanted to add was extra lighting because if I’m honest the lighting situation in our living room ain’t great! The pendant light in the centre struggles to brighten such a large space with such high ceilings and the lights along the walls are rather dim, possibly no better than candlelight! It’s great for mood lighting or pretending you’re in a period drama but not so great if you actually want to see anything much. Adding in the gorgeous
Aside from practicalities the extra exposed wall space meant I could create gallery walls once again. There hasn’t really been the right expanse of wall up until now so it was really fun to get a mixture of frames and pick a combination of prints to work together. There’s a mix of
The only thing we’re sitting here wondering is why haven’t we done this sooner?!
This post was written in collaboration with