So I’ve been developing a new obsession lately – interiors. Of course, beauty will always be my first love but it is nice to chat about the other pretty side of things in life. Starting with the fun of redecorating – which has to be one of the best things about having your own flat – total freedom to do what you want. The only challenge being time and effort! Hence why having lived in my current home for nearly four years and only decorated one room properly… of course we put shelves and pictures up. But until fairly recently we only got as brave as one room where we painted a wall a deep shade of purple (the boy’s choice, I wanted something pale and girly) but afterall, he does live here too…so we went with the purple.
But out latest interiors adventure was in the main room – the living room – previously a room that could at best be described as beige. Beige carpet, beige walls, beige curtains. It was a netural lovers dream – but whilst I love a good neutral when it comes to make-up. At home, I like some colour!
So we decided to do a couple of changes – paint the wales a soft dove grey. Replace the beige curtains with fresh white ones and re-paint the picture frames and a book case in a glossy white shade to set off the new grey walls. Hence this post – it’s all about the details – the grey walls would have looked a bit blah on their own. But add in some pops of white and it suddenly starts to pull together. We also have a few quirky new accessory and furniture additions to add the pop of colour I like…
So on to the details – obviously the central piece is the amazing striped chair* from OutThereInteriors – a new addition that technically would look best in our spare room with the purple wall that would be a great match. But we decided that it was too fun to put out of site in the spare room! So in the living room it goes – as you can see, the rabbits seem to like it as much as we do!
Then we have the little side board decor additions – the white vases and the copper tea light candle holder are from Tiger on Tottenham Court Road. There are a few Tiger stores around London, but for those who don’t have one – it’s basically like Ikea, but for little bits and bobs instead of full furniture. I love it and you can really find some gems in there (and some total tat). The turquoise lamp is from Ikea and was love at first sight for a turquoise-obsessed person like me. The lamp shade (not shown) is a similar grey to the walls.
The painting we have on the wall was painted by my father-in-law to be – what a talented man he is! It’s a batik painting of a New Orleans street scene – as New Orleans is one of my favourite places in the world and Ollie and love it there (it has a special place in my heart after living in Louisiana for a year when at Uni) I love how the newly painted white frames look against the grey walls. The shade on the walls is a Dulux shade called ‘Perfectly Taupe’ and is exactly what we were looking for.
Of course I should have been a proper blogger and done the before and after but in my typical style I got all over enthusiastic and got stuck in before thinking of that! There’s also a chance we will have a furniture move around soon and the chair will then go in the purple room – but right now I like the contrasting colour and how it’s not too ‘matchy matchy’. What do you think?! Crazy chair love or just plain crazy….!