I’ve been making some updates to our living room. It will be having a little cosmetic surgery this year. Aka. paint & and wallpaper. It’s taken me over a year to convince the OH to let me get on with it. Which has been pretty annoying (did you hear that, my beloved??)
So to keep my creative juices from drying up, i’ve been changing all the things that he can’t really get a bee in his little bonnet about.
Head of a Skeleton with a Burning Cigarette by Van Gogh.
Some new art anyone?
I don’t know how i’ve never seen this before. Painted in 1886, Van Gogh did “hipster” before the word hipster even existed. A purchase from Art.co.uk, my new favourite place to spend an hour ogling new art. And old art apparently. That’s enough skulls for this room now.
I do have Montel, the copper skull too, remember!?
No, that doesn’t work, Karen.
Art that was originally hanging on the wall opposite is now sitting here. I quite like how it adds some contrast to that black wall. And Ned the sexy brass lamp from BHS still looking mighty fine if I do say so myself.
Oh and see my hand? I’ve been looking around for a brass hand for ages.
Like these beauties I found on Overstock.com. But for the best part of £100 each, that was a little too deep to dig in the pockets. Eeesh!
So I did some scouting and went for this poseable wooden hand from Hobbycraft. At £15, that was much more like it. I can see this being used a lot for styling purposes, making rudey’s and I’m sure my 3 y/o will like
playing with breaking it too.
A NEW LAMP!!
I know. You’re tutting aren’t you? Well I don’t blame you to be honest. This room has had every lamp changed now. It’s a problem. I do know this. I just frickin love lighting. And how could I not get this? It’s inspired by the French Industrial Jielde lamps, which are stunningly beautiful and way out of my price range.
Here they are looking rather tempting on 1stdibs.com. And being really expensive. Selling upwards of £500 each **sigh**.
My new baby is the Bronze Artie Floor Lamp from BHS. Home Stores of Britain have done it again.
I snagged it after Christmas, full of flu and properly feeling sorry for myself. This was retail therapy for sure. BHS had a lighting sale event on, which had another sale on top. And then money back through Topcashback which I use for everything online, took the price down from £175 to about £75. And you know what, it’s now down to £50. It will sell out v. quickly so get a wriggle on if you’re getting sweaty palms.
I am super chuffed I took a punt on it. I will never, not love this lamp. It’s like an Anglepoise. A classic design that’s always going to look real good, whatever room it’s standing in.
A cool reflection of the living room and my current favourite line ever, from any film ever. Written up on my DIY Interactive Art is the line is from The Sound of Music. It was on, on New Year’s Day and I watched it from my sick bed. But, the first time I heard it was on Family Guy about five years ago. It had me creasing up. Seriously.
If you’re not laughing, then we can’t be friends.
**half of readers leave**
Ok, if you’ve got this far, thanks, you’re one of my favourite people 🙂 Let’s check out the final hot piece of ass to make its way into our living room.
Can I get a whoop whoop?
An original set of 12 mid-century index drawers. I’ve been searching for some for about three hundred years (three months). Since The Vintage Homeshow in Leeds in fact. They’re really hard to find and if you do manage to spy some, they’re ridiculously overpriced. Pffft. But at last, I found some on eBay. Perfect height for another side table by the sofa, extra storage for all the toys from Chrimbles and another surface for me to style and obsess over. Yay!
And that ladies and gents, is the current living room situation. I hope you like the little updates i’ve made. Which piece is your fave?
I will be needing your help soon to choose some wallpaper for this room. I’ve narrowed it down to about four, maybe five. I shall be back soon to show you my current selection. Exciting.