The latest room tour is of my favourite part of the flat – the area where we spend a lot of time – our living area. We wanted to make the place cosy and inviting – ideal for long hungover days chilling on the sofa, or hanging out with our friends, and we also wanted to take advantage of the high ceilings and beautiful natural light, keeping the area bright and light with pops of colour and personality.
That’s Elise, my housemates dog in her fave spot. Along one wall of the living area we have three bookcases with the books arranged by colour. We’ve got the second sofa pushed against the bookcases, which might not be ideal but it gives us much more space in the room and means we don’t have to squeeze our way past sofas to get to the kitchen. I wanted a much bigger house and to possibly relocate to somewhere in America. My friend told me to check out www.essexhomes.net/greenville-spartanburg and I’ve fallen in love with so many houses there!
The archway on the left leads via a small corridor to our bedrooms. On the right of this image is the entryway to the kitchen, which you can see here.
The gallery wall is a mix of prints, photographs and scrapbook papers which are all framed in simple white frames to give a more uniform look.
Here you can see the view from the living area to the dining area, so you can get an idea of how the space flows. We love the natural light that floods in from the huge windows, it gave us a lot of freedom with decorating as we didn’t have to worry about the room feeling dark or dingy.
As you walk through the front door this dresser is what greets you, it kind of separates the living area on the left and the dining area on the right. That beautiful gold mirror is my housemates and we decided to really lean in to the drama of it and make a pretty theatrical and lavish display on the sideboard. It’s so useful having hidden storage and we store our spirits on the top so it’s a great makeshift bar for parties. The hamper underneath is where we store our towels – we’re all about creative storage solutions.
Most of these weird and wonderful spirits were gifted to me by my dad who was having a clear out, I really love the retro labels! That mask is a real Venetian one that I got on holiday, it adds to the over-the-top theatrical vibes we were embracing on the sideboard.
The Bombay Sapphire bottle below is full of fairy lights and looks so pretty lit up.
This flat is full of quirky details which we adore, not only does it have the most beautiful original Georgian cornices and ceiling roses, but look at that adorable little stained glass window. It sits above the arched entryway to our kitchen and when the light catches it casts beautiful coloured patches across the floor. We’re thinking of getting Georgian doors to match the detailing throughout. I think it will really bring everything together and I really like the idea of bringing in more period pieces.
This gap is between the living area wall and the arch into the kitchen – the kitchen is built in an extension so this space would originally have been a walk-in bay window. We utilised the little gap to hang some thin art pieces – we love the unexpected pop of colour they add to an otherwise overlooked space.
To the left of our kitchen archway we have a corner nook. We added some artwork and a bright red wooden unit which I painted years ago to add some colour. That red directors chair was a £3 carboot sale find and don’t you love that cute llama cushion? It’s an oldie but goodie from Asda. The Tim Walker print is from an exhibition at The Design Museum that’s come with me through 5 homes.
On the same wall we have a fireplace hollow, there’s no fire in there anymore so we filled in with white candles in various heights. There was no mantle piece which seemed a shame so we added a shelf above it and styled it with pretty bottles (that usually hold candles) and wire decor. The wire letters and candle stick are from Oliver Bonas.
Decorating a rented home is always tricky, especially as landlords in the UK are particularly strict about changes you can make to the house. We are lucky that ours let us hang a couple of shelves and put pictures up (although I did have the patch the walls when I moved out) but I think we’ve managed to transform our living area from a big white space to a room filled with personality and fun. I hope you agree. 🙂
Up next, my bedroom tour and then on to where I’m living now – it couldn’t be more different!
Love, Sarah x (and Elise ? ha!)