Now that all the hard work in the lounge room is done, it’s time for the fun bit – furnish and decorate!
Just a reminder of what my lounge room currently looks like:
It’s taken me a long time to work out how we want to use this space, and how I want it to feel. It’s tempting to make this room quite formal as it sits at the front of the house and doesn’t have a TV in it, but I’m not a formal person, so we’d probably never use it.
Mr Man suggested I turn it into a studio space. It was tempting, but I thought it wouldn’t be fair to commandeer one of the largest rooms in the house and fill it with craft junk. I like that my small sewing space helps me limit the amount of stuff I tend to accumulate.
So the vibe I’m going for is relaxed family space for playing, crafting, chatting and chilling out.
I haven’t started totally from scratch in regards to furniture (can’t afford that), so I’m blending old pieces, existing art work and my collections, with a new sofa, coffee table, chair and lighting.
Some of the new stuff is already on it’s way, other bits are on my wish list.
Here’s the mood board I’ve designed to see how all the elements look together, the inspiration for the main colour scheme came from a large artwork by my friend Madeleine Stamer which will hang over the fireplace.
- Bunny Facing Left by Madeleine Stamer (currently own). It’s the inspiration for the colour scheme, with lots of bright saturated colours in jewel tones. I also have a pile of other artwork that will go up on the opposite wall, gallery style. I need to get some of it framed which will be an expensive exercise. Why is framing so expensive?
- King Living Neo Sofa in Oxford Cyan fabric (on order to arrive in Feb 2018 – can’t wait). It took us such a long time time to find the right couch. We have ordered a slightly different configuration than pictured so it will hopefully fill the space perfectly. I initially wanted a grey couch but because the room is quite dark, all of the fabric samples looked really ‘greige’ and dirty. The cyan colour really adds life to the space, and it will hopefully wear better than a light coloured fabric. It’s a wool felt blend and I’ve paid extra for fabric protection so fingers crossed it will be easy to maintain.
- Brosa Blake Coffee Table (gifted to me by Brosa – on order). I’ve been looking for a large round coffee table for ages and this one is a whopping 1m in diameter. The perfect size for playing games and lego on. I’ll probably tuck a couple of storage baskets underneath it to keep all of Emma’s stuff tidy, and my knitting handy.
- Brosa Helene Tub Chair in Yellow Gold (wish list). I’m eyeing this chair off for a reading corner under the window to the right of the fireplace. We have a big yellow tapestry hanging in the adjoining room and I think it will help visually link both rooms to create a flow through.
- Fat Shack Vintage Twin Light Floor Lamp in Black (gifted by Fat Shack Vintage). I love the retro look of this lamp and it will be perfect to provide task lighting either behind the sofa or in the reading corner. When I’m knitting or crocheting, overhead lighting isn’t really bright enough to light my work properly, so a directional lamp is essential.
- Brosa Kare End Table Black (wish list). Because I need somewhere to put my cup of tea.
- Brosa Elementary Cushion in Pink Blush Velvet (wish list). I love a velvet cushion, it ads a little bit of luxury to the space. I have some vintage velvet fabric laying around so may make my own if I get a moment.
- Brosa Parla Large Cushion in Bone (wish list). I like how the quilted effect adds texture to the space.
- Vintage Oak Wood SideBoard (currently own). I bought a matching pair of these a couple of years ago at Vinnies for $90 each. They are beautifully custom made (for the original owner) and are currently living in my kitchen. I’ll be swapping the Vintage Mid Century Sideboard to the kitchen and 2 of these will sit in the window nook. They fit perfectly.
- Ikea Stockholm Rug (currently own). I know this rug is all over pinerest but I like the graphic boldness of it. My mum says it makes her dizzy when she looks at it. Once the coffee table and couch are on it, it will break up the dazzle effect and look really fresh.
- Vintage Ceramics (in my current collection). I’ve slowly been accumulating a small collection of mid-century ceramics which are really colourful. They will probably be displayed on the sideboard and mantle piece. If you want to start your own collection check out these pieces on Etsy.
So there you have it, my new lounge room design inspiration board. But what will it look like in the actual space?
Here’s a mock-up. What do you think?
Once my sofa arrives in February next year I’ll take some photos to show you how it looks in real life.
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