A couple of days ago we lit the log burner for the first time this autumn. I’m not going to lie, after the fairly mild temperatures in October I’ve been looking forward to the chance to snuggle up in front of the cosy flames once again and felt a little impatient that we couldn’t really justify using it when it was 18 degrees last week.
As much as I love it and it was one of the best home improvements we completed in 2015, I do get a little depressed looking around the rest of our living room – windows and shutters aside there is SO much to be done and why it rarely features on the blog or my instagram feed. So to cheer myself up I’ve been thinking about what would appear in my dream living room if it was finished…
We currently have two grey sofas, a three-seater and a two-seater but they were more of a needs-must purchase after we moved in because the sofas we brought with us from Pete’s house didn’t fit through the door and were leather which is too bachelor pad for my tastes. I’ve got my heart set on a sofa with chaise because I LOVE the idea of being able to lie curled up with a good book or straight, facing the TV rather than lying along a sofa getting a crick in my neck.
Since grey is a bit of a favourite colour scheme of ours and we have a cat and dog, light colours and more glamorous fabrics simply won’t cut in our household so I’m hankering after this comfy looking number from Fishpools.
Then, you know, just a few little ‘extra’ bits and pieces here and there to give the room a snuggly autumnal feel. I don’t remember seasonal interiors styling being so significant when I was growing up. My parents living room looked the same all year around apart from some flowers and a tree at Christmas but I do love the concept now that little updates can be made here and there as the transitions from one time of year to another take place.
We are in desperate need of a sidetable next to one of the sofas with an out-of-sight shelf to accommodate the wifi router and phone and to have somewhere to pop a table lamp.
2) The Cushions
A little bit of faux fur is ideal at this time of year and these desert mink fluffy faux fur cushions would work perfectly. Although I have a feeling Boo would dig his sharp claws into them thinking they belong to him.
A latecomer to the copper/blush party, it remains one of my favourite colours and for me is very versatile. With a large bay window, I’m after an individual chair and floor lamp, directed away from the TV, both as extra seating for guests and space to gaze out of the window and watch the world go by.
Either side of our fireplace we have alcoves and my plan is to paper them with something striking before adding in floating shelves and a cupboard on one side, and a built-in television unit on the other side. This Hornbeam wallpaper from Farrow & Ball goes perfectly with the autumn theme and grey colour scheme.
You know, just because…I mean, who doesn’t need a vintage star lamp?!
6) The Armchair
Whilst I acknowledge that the sofa must be durable, the armchair is definitely going to be a pet-free zone. I fancy something striking and unique in a beautiful plush velvet. And teal goes with grey and burnt orange so that’s a match.
Sadly I’m not even sure at the rate we go that our living room will be finished by autumn 2017 (forget 2016!) but there’s no harm in shopping around for ideas in the meantime.
What would you pop in your dream living room?
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