We recently moved to our wonderful 3 bed new build family home, we gained a lot in outdoor space and way of life by moving but did lose a little ‘living space.’ Where before we had a lounge and separate dining room, we now have one Living Room to use for both relaxing and dining. I love our Living Room but I want to make it a better space for relaxing, dining and playing. I plan to give the room a little overhaul with a change of furnishings and decor to make the space multi-purpose and more usable. I think it is important for our girls to have a space where they can play and where their toys can be somewhat ‘organised’ but I would still like a place where we can eat together as a family and us parents can relax in the evening.
When we moved in we treated ourselves to a new sofa and armchair set, we went for a very clean lined and simple suite in ‘Charcoal’ with light wood feet. We have grey and mustard yellow cushions to accessorise the suite and I love the pop of colour against the dark colour. I’m hoping to keep the room pretty monochrome with mainly black, grey and white but I really want to add a few more bright pops of colour like yellow, pink and blue to add some interest and fun for the girls. We also bought this TV unit from Ikea, again it is very simple to look at but I love the retro feel of it and the white drawer fronts really brighten up the space. I love the feel and look of the new furniture we’ve purchased so want to continue to same ‘vibe’ with the rest of the room and new furniture.
The Dining Area
One of the first things I want to do is create a usable but ‘put-away-able’ dining area, at present we have a large dining set which takes up a fair amount of space (and also becomes a dumping ground for random items!). I’m a firm believer of eating as a family and we always eat together at the dining table whenever possible. I wouldn’t want to sacrifice a dining table, but I want to be able to tuck away the table and chairs when not in use to give the girls a larger space to play.
I love this Norden table from Ikea, it is easy to fold away and adjust due to the drop-leaves and I like that the white would match our TV unit. We have family and friends over for food fairly often so having a few extra chairs is a must, folding chairs or small stools would be easy to store away and take up little space, I like these folding Frode chairs and Marius stools, both also from Ikea and available in a selection of bright colours.
Willow now happily sits (ok its more of a kneel but she won’t sit in her booster seat anymore) on a dining chair but Allana is in a highchair and will be for some time yet, the one we currently have does not fold down and we don’t really have anywhere to store it away. I have found this gorgeous Waffle Highchair from Cosatto and I am in love, not only is it bright and cheerful to look at but it is also perfect for a small space. It folds away neatly and would be long lasting due to the multi-position seat, movable footrest and fold-away tray.
The Play Space
Again this space needs to be put-away-able so come the evenings we can put the toys away and turn the room from ‘play mode’ to ‘relax mode.’ We have a few pieces of furniture that pretty much serve no purpose so I plan on giving these to charity and then replacing with functional and attractive storage pieces.
I think this Ikea Kallax shelving unit in white paired with these colourful Drona inserts would make for a perfect Toy Storage area, I like the idea of attaching a set of castors to make the unit completely movable and accessible.
I would also love to create a small quiet space for reading and downtime, a stunning Teepee from Myweeteepee would be more than perfect, again it is something that can be easily folded away and stored as it comes with detachable poles and a storage bag.
Decor & Accessories
As we already have a wonderful sofa, matching armchairs and foot stool I don’t plan or want to change the lounge space. But I do want to add some new decor to the room to give the space more character and life. Being in a new build we have lost the period features we previously had in our mid terrace property, but I feel I can add our own features in the form of a Gallery wall.
I want to create a feature wall above where our dining table sits with a selection of photographs, prints and other wall art, the plan is to keep the frames very simple and black to match other frames we already have in the house. I am going to create a few prints myself with some of our favourite quotes and song lyrics and use some wooden wall art from Not on the High Street and bright art pieces from Bouf to add some texture and colour.
Hubby and I would like to bring some of the ‘outdoors inside’ but neither of us have a very good reputation for keeping plants alive (other than my miracle orchid which has moved three times and rarely gets watered but still manages to flower every few months!!). I’ve recently become a little, actually a lot, obsessed with succulents and cacti, I’m thinking of picking up a few small ones from our local garden centre and putting them into small brightly coloured pots a little like a succulent trio set I recently spotted in Marks and Spencer. I have also found an amazing handmade succulent letter light on Not on the High Street which would finish off the accessories perfectly.
I have put together a little Pinterest Board of my Dream Living Room which shows the theme and feel I’m hoping to achieve!
Have I missed anything out? What do you think of my ideas?