Ever since we moved in to our current home almost 2 years ago, I’ve gone a little bit home-ware-crazy. I’ve gone from using my wages to buy new outfits and fund nights out to finally treating myself to that teapot I’ve wanted for ages/getting unnecessarily excited over that new rug.
My Instagram has slowly turned from 2/3 selfies a day complimented by funny memes which represent my life, to solely our home and any new bits and bobs I come across.
I’ve been pushing myself to continue blogging for quite a while so what better to re-start it than a good old home-ware based blog giving details of our living room!
We live in a mid-terrace, two-bedroomed house which is just the right size for Adam and I. Our living room is not large, but it isn’t small either. It’s largely occupied by our 2 grey 2-seater sofas and our dining table. We have a medium-sized cream rug in the centre of the room to draw attention from the sandy coloured carpet which I dislike and I try to keep the remaining accessories/furniture white to brighten the room.
When we first moved in, we spent the first week in the living room sat on camp chairs with no other furniture and I am so humbled at how far it has come. I’m always moving everything about but I think my current layout maximises the space perfectly.
One of my favourite little features is the space between our television and fire place. I bought this grey set of drawers in Matalan in the Christmas sale initially for the bathroom but I’ve since relocated it to the living room as it’s one of the only pieces of furniture to match our sofas. I love the detail on the art and the ‘shabby chic’ effect, which is sort of the look that I go for if you hadn’t noticed! The glass pillar candle holders and candles are also recently from Matalan, I really wanted them different in size to add more levels to the space. The left lantern was a gift from my Dad a few birthdays ago, it’s perfect with battery-operated fairy lights inside. The right hand lantern was bargain of the century for £9.99 from Dunelm and again looks GORGEOUS with fairy lights inside!
On top of the set of drawers is a bird-shaped lamp from what I think was The Range, I unknowingly started collecting bird-themed accessories a few months ago and I have now ended up with quite the collection! In front of the lamp are 3 matching candles which I am currently refusing to light as they are so pretty! They are from Asda and are very ‘me’ but they also have some bohemian/nautical themed ones and again, another bargain for a fiver!
Moving clockwise throughout the living room, we come to the fireplace. Central, is a wonderful, fun portrait of Adam & I by @kelldoodles (Instagram) in a white, modern frame which I found in an outlet store near me called New Life.
Left of the fireplace is one of my favourite candle holders I’ve ever had. It was a gift and is similar to tempered glass, the candle light is visible through the holder and it creates a soft/dim light. On the wall behind the fireplace is a white, multi-frame which holds 7 pictures which I bought from Ebay when we first moved in and currently I have some lovely flowers in a bargain £1 hourglass vase from a local charity shop.
Right of the fireplace is a handmade bird house (again with the birds) and an Angel made out of book paper, both of which were gifts. I chose to divert from one large mirror behind the mantle piece and went for 3 small, oval mirrors in a triangular shape. They were £1.99 each from B&M.
Right of the fire place is a bargain table I picked up from New Life for £5 and upcycled myself. It holds one of my favourite vases from the lovely @bluebellrow on Instagram, 3 brochures from my favourite places to shop, Cath Kidston, Emma Bridgewater and Dunelm, a heart shaped frame which was a gift from my Mam and I love the print so much I can’t take it out. A coaster from my Nan made out of welsh slate, an enamel heart that I received on a gift wrap. One of my favourite trays from Store Twenty One, a stunning shabby chic frame from Matalan, a Dunelm candle and flower made of feathers which again, I received on a gift-wrapped present.
On the back wall are two of my favourite prints from the talented @_rachelread_ on Instagram in bargain hanging frames from The Range, I think they were around £3 each for the frames!
Next is sofa no.1. Covered in A & T cushions from Matalan. A floral rectangular cushion from Dunelm and 2 hand-made Cath Kidston cushions from @patchworkandlace on Instagram. I have a cream throw (£9.99 – B&M) covering the grey sofa to brighten the room and a pink throw with birds and flowers (£3 – Matalan) to add a bit of colour.
Under the stairs is our white/wooden dinner table with a lamp (Asda) and tray covered in Cath Kidston Highgate Rose/Ditsy products which I am collecting along with the matching table runner.
Left of the table holds a tall, white shelving unit holding anything from my favourite Emma Bridgewater pottery, Cath Kidston tea sets to photo frames and candles.
As the months go on and I collect more and more of my favourite bits and bobs, I begin to wonder what I’ll do when there’s no space left! It’s turned into a little bit of a hobby, collecting, placing and photographing new home bits! I do enjoy seeing and enjoying what I spend my wages on though, even if I’m constantly ‘treating myself’ when the last day of the month comes along, leaving me skint for another four weeks… But at least our house looks pretty!