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My Dream Living Room

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

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

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?

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    Nadia - ScandiMummy
    17th July 2016 at 12:07 am

    Love the ideas for play area… Actually love all the ideas! Our house doesn’t really suit this look which is a bit upsetting as it really appeals to me, too. Adore the pinterest board you’ve included! xxx

    Nadia – ScandiMummy

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      17th July 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you lovely, our old house wouldn’t have suited these looks either so I’m making the most of them now 🙂 Glad you like the pinterest board lovely xx

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    Mummy Rules
    7th August 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Ahh such pretty ideas!! I would love to have a good eye for interior design but I am very much a newbie in that department. Our previous house had one large living space, very sociable and convenient but yes it is such a good idea to be able to covert it from relax to play. We would de-kid the living room after bedtime by putting all of their toys in the Wendy house, so if you had a teepee you could use this to do a quick declutter. Pinterest is just the best for house ideas isn’t it?! I have a board for the girls new bedroom, as for the rest of the house I have no idea where to start. Great post #bigpinklink

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    Nursery Whines
    8th August 2016 at 7:49 am

    I am inspired by all the thought and planning you have put in to your dream living space. We moved to our first house at Easter and still haven’t bought a sofa as we don’t want to rush in and buy the wrong one. But I am sick of plastic garden chairs and just want something to flop on! We have that IKEA storage unit with colourful inserts for toys though – a great way to scoop everything up and reclaim the floor. #bigpinklink

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    8th August 2016 at 8:07 am

    I love the pastel colours and the play area ideas!

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    8th August 2016 at 9:06 am

    Oh lots of lovely and really pretty ideas. Our kitchen/dining/living is all one space and it is still a work in progress. I would say lots of storage is key. Especially for all of the toys! #BigPinklink

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    8th August 2016 at 9:26 am

    Fab ideas and it should look lovely great taste thanks for hosting #bigpinklink

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    8th August 2016 at 9:33 am

    Love the pastel highlights! We have quite a few ikea box storage units for toys in our lounge area- they are great for ‘chucking’ everything away quickly and they come in various colours xx #bigpinklink

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    Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    8th August 2016 at 9:41 am

    Great ideas… I love a put-away table idea, giving more space in our living room and dining area when table is not in use. I love succulents and cacti too, I have a few collection at home, they definitely add beauty to the house. #bigpinklink

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    Cathryn - Little Paper Swans
    8th August 2016 at 9:44 am

    This is perfect timing. We’re moving this time next week (I should probably be packing!) And looking at new home bits. I want the Kallax units for our dining room. And I’m making a vow not to clutter up the dining table! How long will that last. Your picks are beautiful!


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    Ordinary Hopes
    8th August 2016 at 9:48 am

    My house has been overtaken by the children. It may never have a style which is anything other than “tornado” again! #bigpinklink

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    Lucy (@Lucy_at_home)
    8th August 2016 at 9:56 am

    We lost our dining space when we moved house last year too. We opted for buying a table with matching benches to sit on so that we could the benches right under the table and push it all right back to the wall. I’m with you – eating together as a family is really important. Also, I LOVE Ikea stuff! Our walls are a bit bare at the moment so I love your idea of having a feature wall of photos. #BigPinkLink

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    8th August 2016 at 10:06 am

    Lovely ideas. I wish we had the space for all 3, but we just have room for a makeshift playpen(travel cot)

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    Mackenzie Glanville
    8th August 2016 at 10:53 am

    It is is so wonderful creating a space for your family isn’t it. I find succulents are the best indoor plants as even I haven’t killed them (yet), I also find fresh cut flowers or foliage the best way to bring the outside in. #bigpinklink

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    Lady Nym
    8th August 2016 at 11:32 am

    Some lovely items and great ideas here. I wish I wasn’t such a hoarder so I could properly sort out our house in this way but we have so much clutter neither my husband or I can bring ourselves to get rid of.


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    8th August 2016 at 11:47 am

    I love looking at Pinterest for ideas. Normally that’s where i go for my DIY storage ideas!
    Great post!

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    Soppy mum (Sara)
    8th August 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Wow sounds so lovely. Will you share a finished photo?! Love the pops of colour and clean lines, sounds perfect for the whole family #BigPinkLink

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    Emma Plus Three
    8th August 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Lovely ideas. I’m loving succulents and cactuses at the moment x #bigpinklink

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    five little doves
    8th August 2016 at 12:51 pm

    So many pretty ideas! I dream of a house with lots of lovely things and yet between them, my kids destroy anything nice that we have!! Our house is definitely more about practicality at the moment, maybe in a few years time we can have some pretty things! #bigpinklink

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    Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    8th August 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I love these and will be heading to Pinterest now to follow you and get some ideas! xx #bigpinklink

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    Hannah @tuesdayschildblog
    8th August 2016 at 1:06 pm

    You have great taste! Every child should have a little tent and I love the look of the highchair. We have an open kitchen/ diner and use a rug to distinguish between the two areas. #bigpinklink

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    The Tale of Mummyhood
    8th August 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I have those chairs from IKEA, I love them!


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    Coffee & Bubbles
    8th August 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Some great ideas here. I think it’s one of the bonuses of moving into a new build ‘blank canvas’. Leep us posted on how you get on! #bigpinklink

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    Topsy Turvy Tribe
    8th August 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Gosh you are super organised. I wish I could be so efficient! Love the teepee! #BigPinkLink

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    Mrs Morgan Plus 3
    8th August 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Love the teepee idea I wish I had room for one. Love all the ideas 🙂 #bigpinklink

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    8th August 2016 at 2:47 pm

    sounds like a pretty solid plan. We have a little sunroom that is used for toy overflow, but our fancy dining room table is still completely covered by coloring books and construction paper #bigpinklink

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    the frenchie mummy
    8th August 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Love the high chair. Your selection is great because so colourful. I absolutely love those posts at the end. Enjoy your new place, how exciting and with some outdoor space! #bigpinklink

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    Petite Words
    8th August 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Lovely ideas, so therapeutic moving to a new place and creating little personalised spaces, good luck and enjoy! #biginklink

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    8th August 2016 at 4:49 pm

    We love the Teepee’s have been looking at them recently. I must remember to use Pinterest more #bigpinklink

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    8th August 2016 at 4:49 pm

    So many gorgeous things, what brilliant ideas! I’m not very good at this kind of thing and nor is my husband so our house is kind of a mismatch of different styles at the moment! We’ve got quite an open plan downstairs too so trying to section it into different bits can be a little tricky. I love tee pees, I have a friend who makes them so I really should buy one but it seems a bit extravagant! #bigpinklink

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    8th August 2016 at 5:58 pm

    We’re in a similar situation at the moment, within the year we’ll be knocking some walls down to create and open plan kitchen/dining/living space. I dream of how the space could be rather than the cluttered mess we currently have! I love the teepee, great idea for a little reading space for wee ones. That highchair is gorgeous too – I wouldn’t have thought it was cosatto! #bigpinklink

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    Happy Wawa
    8th August 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Beautiful! I especially love the dining room table idea. I’d like to do something similar, except I’d have nowhere to hide all the discarded food and misplaced toys :S #bigpinklink

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    A Mum Track Mind
    8th August 2016 at 7:59 pm

    So so beautiful!! I love interior posts. If you have ever seen my Pinterest you will see how obsessed I am with imaginary interiors! One day when the kids are grown I’m going to have my dream home! Loved this post xxx #bigpinklink

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    Dr Mummykins
    8th August 2016 at 8:10 pm

    So gorgeous. Love those colours too. Totally up my street! #BigPinkLink

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    8th August 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I love the teepee! Such a lovely wishlist. I always get semi depressed when I make a wishlist because I know deep down I’ll never have a room that looks like that haha x


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    Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl
    8th August 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Great post! I love the idea of the put away dining area, I love creating something that’s practical but also saves space. You have chosen some lovely items. #bigpinklink

    Jordanne ||

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    8th August 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I love Ikea! I really like the simplicity of their furniture because you always want to put your own touches on it. I moved into a place in the spring and still haven’t bought furniture. #bigpinklink

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    The Mum Reviews
    8th August 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Wow, there are some great ideas here on how to use a small space in a lot of different ways. I have just one living/dining area and have struggled with this for years! Wish I had such a good eye for interior design as you 🙂 #bigpinklink

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    Samsam S.
    8th August 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I love the colours in these pieces very youthful and vibrant #BigPinkLink

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    Mummy Muckups
    9th August 2016 at 1:45 am

    All looks so very bright and fresh. Geeze I could fantasise for hours about this; long time off for us. Looks great #bigpinklink

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you, I spend far too much time planning and coming up with ideas though and then take forever to actually put it into place!

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    From Day Dot
    9th August 2016 at 8:13 am

    This all looks lovely, so bright and fun, perfect for a family living space. You’ve got some great ideas for space saving and as a fellow cacti lover I can say that I’ve now also fallen in love with that letter! Have fun getting everything together, hope you’ll share the finished room! #BigPinkLink

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you, isn’t the letter just gorgeous?!? I’ll definitely share the finished room…. when it finally gets completed x

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    Lisa Pomerantz
    9th August 2016 at 10:51 am

    Best of luck in the new abode! Great ideas all around. TY! #bigpinklink

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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    9th August 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Really sorry if you get two comments from me, Hannah, I’m not sure mine worked yesterday! I love all these ideas, such gorgeous bits. Me and my partner are both rubbish at things like this so our house is a total mismatch of things!! I really want to get a teepee and one of my friends makes them but I thought maybe they are just a bit extravagant?! #bigpinklink

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Thats ok lovely. And thank you, I’ve loved planning the room and I have so many ideas for the rest of the house too… I know what you mean about the teepees, I’m going to have a really good route around for a reasonably priced one x

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    One Messy Mama
    9th August 2016 at 2:50 pm

    It’s so exciting getting to redecorate! I’m sure it will look lovely and be spacious enough to enjoy! Have fun! #bigpinklink

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you, I really do hope so x

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    Bridie By The Sea
    9th August 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Aw I love these ideas – we’re also (very slowly) decorating Emma’s nursery so these are really useful. I particularly like the little play box, very cute. Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink lovely xx

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Thank you lovely, good luck with decorating Emma’s nursery. I love putting rooms together xx

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    Alan Herbert
    9th August 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Love the teepee tent for the play area.
    We have kitchen/diner and sitting room so wouldn’t have room for one in the sitting room. Might squeeze one into our en suite though lol.
    Thanks for hosting.

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:09 pm

      I love the teepee too, I like that it can be folded away- hopefully saving space (but we shall see!).

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    Emma me and b make tea
    10th August 2016 at 10:41 am

    love the m&S suculents – such pretty pots too 🙂 congrats on your move – we just moved too. hope you are settling in well! #bigpinklink

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Conrgrats to you too, hope you’re settling in quickly. We’ve been here nearly 9 months now and it feels more like home than anywhere else we’ve lived x

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    Susan Mann
    10th August 2016 at 11:46 am

    wow that is gorgeous. Love your ideas and use of the space. xx

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you, I hope it all comes together well x

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    Mummy here and there
    10th August 2016 at 11:51 am

    I love the pretty postal colours and the letter with the plants inside it X #bigpinklink

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      Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
      10th August 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you, I love the letter plant too 🙂

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    10th August 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I am loving all of your picks, the teepee looks fabulous though, I want that! xxx #bigpinklink

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    Mouse, Moo and Me Too
    11th August 2016 at 12:31 am

    I LOVE that letter E, it’s beautiful! Those shelving units from Ikea are brilliant too, so versatile as you can stand them portrait or landscape and they have loads of different styles of inserts too. I hope it all comes together, it’s exciting having a new project! #bigpinklink

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    11th August 2016 at 8:23 am

    Ohh I love your style, all your picks are fab. Love the highchair and that little teepee looks so cute. I hope you get to create your dream living room xz #bigpinklink

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    11th August 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t currently like our living room space. It’s basically a child okay den – even though they have a bloody play room. I’m reluctant to spend money on it until they’re older and we won’t be stressing about it getting rampaged by toddlers. You have some lovely themes here. Love the tipi too, I’m after one for my little girl…something lee to fill the living room eh xx #bigpinklink

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    Siena Says
    11th August 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Oh Hannah I feel we may be kindred spirits when it comes to decor as everything you have picked and I am a huge fan of a wishlist!!! It’s really good to have ideas about what you want and even if you don’t end up getting everything, I like how it all goes together. Thankfully we are past the highchair stage, but had we not been I would have loved that Cosatto one! Good job there is no chance of another addition to the family!
    Really enjoyed this post, lots of inspiring ideas xx

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    This Mum's Life
    11th August 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Ooh, I do love a good interiors post!! I love doing interiors stuff around the house, so I’m quite envious that you have this project to undertake! I love the sound of your dark sofa, with the colourful cushions-it sounds fabulous! And having a picture gallery wall always looks amazing! I love all the ideas! Not on the high street is amazing isn’t it? I end up wasting hours of my life on there when I’m looking for things!! It’ll be lovely to see the pictures of this once it’s finished! Our house is Edwardian, and the previous owners, for reasons only known to themselves, spoiled a lot of the original features, so we’ve spent the last 3 years re-edwardianising it!! We’ve got a bathroom left to do, and I’m looking for an Edwardian style shower, without having to actually buy an old vintage reclaimed one-it’s proving tricky!! Good luck with it! I hope you’ve enjoyed hosting #bigpinklink! xx

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    11th August 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Ikea sure do some wonderful pieces. We have something similar to the toy storage selection. I feel my daughter has her independence that way. #bigpinklink

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    Someone's Mum (Danielle)
    12th August 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Gorgoeus ideas! I absolutely love that teepee. It’s really good to have spaces that can be cleared so they can be multi-purpose. We try that here a lot but it doesn’t always work. The play table in the lounge that we were meant to get a top for so it could be a coffee table is still just a play table! #bigpinklink

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    Agent Spitback
    14th August 2016 at 11:48 am

    I love the Play Space! That is a great idea of getting functional pieces that can be packed away for the evenings. My youngest has toys all over the living area and I definitely need to think about being able to pack them away come relax time. I adore the Teepee, that would have been something I would have loved for myself as a child or even now….Thanks for co-hosting #bigpinklink with me!

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    Louise Pink Pear Bear
    27th August 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Oooh I LOVE! You have wonderful taste. I love the whole layout and styling of this post. Gorgeous! Thanks for being an awesome hostess! #bigpinklink

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    Mudpie Fridays
    4th September 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Oh these choices are gorgeous! I espically love the high chair and pastel pots. Thank you for co hosting the #bigpinklink this week so sorry my comments are late just catching up after the holidays xx

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