Ages ago, back in April, I introduced you to some of the projects I was working on. I can’t always feature every project on the blog. Not because I don’t want to, but time doesn’t always allow me to. Well, that…. and an angry dog that didn’t really like me being in the room I needed to work in.
This is the room, on my first visit:
It had a great log burner, original chimney breast and stripped floorboards, big bay window and some lovely pieces of furniture. The homeowner’s love of white, vintage finds and Scandi design (baskets) was more than apparent. But she just wasn’t feeling this space at all and couldn’t quite work out why.
It’s a north facing room, so doesn’t get the best light. Flat white and grey weren’t doing this space any favours.
Their plan was to keep it minimal. But it kinda just felt a bit cold and unfinished. The two seating areas felt disconnected and the L shaped sofa was awkward in the space.
So how did I make a north facing room feel warm and family friendly? How did I keep the eclectic mix of furniture, add detail whilst still retaining their love of all things Scandinavian?
The homeowners were keen to inject some colour into this room. Every other room in the house is white, or a version of. It was time for them to experiment with the darkside and I was more than happy to lead the way. Valspar’s Mountain Midnight floated their boat and each wall got the dark green treatment whilst the woodwork, ceiling and coving remained white. The contrast of this warm green and crisp white now being the backdrop for everything that followed.
We joked about adding some Viking horns somewhere, but the faux antler light from Next (now sold out) added the touch of rustic, Scandi-style this room needed. That and the rare breed sheepskin from Hide Rugs sitting on the chesterfield. This is actually where the dogs hang out, so the sofa is pretty battered, just like a good chesterfield should be. The sheepskin adds some shape to this area of the room whilst covering up the scrapes and scratches in the leather.
The Aula copper coffee table from made.com gives this living room the large family of five sized surface it needs for everyone’s drinks, books and stuff. The coffee table, along with the 2x3m rug from La Redoute (bagged with 30% off) both work really well to connect the L shaped sofa to the rest of the living space. The rug is also the best colour for their two black dogs. Although it does make them a bit of a trip hazard.
Hanging over the bookcase is an original art deco mirror which was picked up on one of my charity shop hunting sessions. The black and copper Hoxton wall light from Blue Sun Tree gives this corner of the room some height and light whilst the copper framed printed maps from Desenio highlight some of the homeowners’ favourite places.
Remember the Geometric Light from Dowsing & Reynolds? That hangs over the ridiculously kitsch (and totally unnecessary) gold bar cart which I rescued from a house clearance. The trolley gets wheeled out on weekends just in time for gin o’clock. Noice.
The gallery wall is a random mix of second hand finds, holiday momentos, family hand-me-downs and some faux antlers from Greige. Oh and the old white radiator was removed and updated with something smaller, more efficient and a little prettier.
The Bow floor lamp from made.com swoops over the back of the sofa casting light below, perfect for book reading and cocktail sipping. And the new cushions from La Redoute and Greige (both now sold out) add some texture and colour to the large grey sofa.
The old Ikea TV unit was sent to furniture heaven. It was a little battered and didn’t really help to hide the number of cables there were down the back of the unit. (Man, i’ve never seen so many cables). My fave joiners, Bare Joinery and I designed a bespoke unit which was built and fitted into the alcove along with floating shelving above to house the oodles of books rescued from the shed.
Some before and afters:
I’d absolutely love to know what you think about this project. The homeowners were more than happy to experiment with this room and i’m pretty certain they’re not lying when they say they love it. Although one of their daughters said it looked like i’d bought a load of stuff back from the “junk shop” which made me laugh. Because it was true. I’ve always said, i’d rather people either love or hate my work. Indifference is the worst.
So, let me know. You like? Not sure? Spill those beans…