Get their look: Scandi inspired living room

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This Scandi inspired living room is the domain of Cate St Hill – blogger, interiors writer, stylist and designer. It’s a calm, grown up space with a well-curated selection of furniture and homewares; design-led, functional, unfussy contemporary and mid-century modern pieces.

The white floor and ceiling allow the natural light that floods in through the shutters to bounce around the room. A soft palette of whites, shades of grey and natural wood tones works harmoniously.

  1. SINNERLIG bamboo pendant lamp
  2. Farrow & Ball All White No.2005 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
  3. Farrow & Ball Blackened No.2011 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
  4. Happy + Co Brighton cushion, Midnight Black
  5. Artek Stool 60, birch/white
  6. Vintage Hans Wegner GE 290 armchair
  7. KILO solid oak and white metal coffee table
  8. Vento 3-seater left-hand facing chaise end, Manhattan Grey

Get their look: Scandi inspired living room

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Vento 3-seater left-hand facing chaise end, Manhattan Grey
Vento 3-seater left-hand facing chaise end, Manhattan Grey
£999
KILO solid oak and white metal coffee table
KILO solid oak and white metal coffee table
£60
Vintage Hans Wegner GE 290 armchair
Vintage Hans Wegner GE 290 armchair
from £1,398
Artek Stool 60, birch/white
Artek Stool 60, birch/white
£170.40
Happy + Co Brighton cushion, Midnight Black
Happy + Co Brighton cushion, Midnight Black
£33.75
Farrow & Ball Blackened No.2011 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
Farrow & Ball Blackened No.2011 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
£45
Farrow & Ball All White No.2005 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
Farrow & Ball All White No.2005 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
£45
SINNERLIG bamboo pendant lamp
SINNERLIG bamboo pendant lamp
£40
Vento 3-seater left-hand facing chaise end, Manhattan Grey
Vento 3-seater left-hand facing chaise end, Manhattan Grey
£999
KILO solid oak and white metal coffee table
KILO solid oak and white metal coffee table
£60
Vintage Hans Wegner GE 290 armchair
Vintage Hans Wegner GE 290 armchair
from £1,398
Artek Stool 60, birch/white
Artek Stool 60, birch/white
£170.40
Happy + Co Brighton cushion, Midnight Black
Happy + Co Brighton cushion, Midnight Black
£33.75
Farrow & Ball Blackened No.2011 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
Farrow & Ball Blackened No.2011 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
£45
Farrow & Ball All White No.2005 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
Farrow & Ball All White No.2005 Matt Estate emulsion paint 2.5L
£45
SINNERLIG bamboo pendant lamp
SINNERLIG bamboo pendant lamp
£40

5 interior design tips to spruce up your living room for 2018

5 interior design tips to spruce up your living room for 2018

The start of a new year is arguably the best time to set goals for your personal and professional life, so why not reflect positive change in your home as well? It turns out that your home surroundings have a significant impact on your mental state. A well-styled home that aligns with your personal tastes will be a more relaxing, happy environment for you to enjoy.

The hub of many households is the living room, making it the perfect spot to freshen up. Not only will you appreciate the fruits of your labours, but your guests and loved ones will be able to as well. Thankfully, revamping your living room interior doesn’t have to involve serious renovations or a background in interior design.

Here are 5 tips for refreshing your living room space effectively and without any intrusive remodelling.

Modern decorated sitting room

Give your living room a beautiful foundation

When you think about giving your living room a new look it is easy to forget one of the biggest statements in this space – the floor. Your choice of flooring can make an otherwise beautiful living room feel drab, aged or even visually cluttered. Rather than fight with your floor, consider the option of having it removed and replaced with a material that will serve as a beautiful foundation to the rest of the space’s style.

A wonderful choice of flooring that is growing in popularity is modified wood. Modified wood is a real wood product that is sustainably manufactured and free of questionable chemicals so common in residential wood flooring. Modified wood is incredibly smooth and available in clear or high character boards, depending on whether you like the look of natural knots or prefer a plain look. Modified wood is about as durable of a wood floor as you can get.

Diptych artwork on a sitting room wall

Finish your walls with personal photographs and art

Wall art can make or break a room. Many pro interior decorators are well-aware of how important wall art is, especially when it comes to putting personalized finishing touches in a space. Since the living room is an area often used for entertainment and gathering, placing personal photographs or unique art here is ideal.

Rather than dealing with printing photographs yourself and then trying to find frames, opt for custom canvas prints instead. Custom printed canvas is attractively chic and casual, adapting to essentially any type of home design style you can think of. They are also lightweight and fairly easy to hang.

Brown corner sofa in a sitting room

Invest in matching furniture that showcases your tastes

Certain design styles like bohemian and shabby chic may look mismatched, but even these very flowing aesthetics still need to have some sort of cohesive look when it comes to furniture. Furniture is often the biggest statement piece in a room when it comes to personal fixtures. Not only is the style of furniture important, but also the quality.

Forget about trying to get by with boring or cheap looking particle board furniture pieces and invest in a matching set. Real wood furniture is always a good option and if you select attractively simple designs, like those you’d find in a Amish living room furniture set, you’ll be surprised at how versatile it can be. A Mission couch, coffee table and a couple of chairs can fit in essentially any living room, whether you’re going for a industrial or an urban modern effect.

Sitting room with weathered, wood clad walls

Capture the warmth and texture of weathered wood

Weathered, aged wood is highly sought after for its warm appearance and texture that faux products often fail to replicate. While you can find this type of wood used for many interior design projects consider the idea of using reclaimed wood wall panels in your living room.

Rather than going the usual route of painting an accent wall, cover that wall in reclaimed wood instead. Ideally this will serve as a backdrop to your main seating area, such as behind your sofa, though you really can get as imaginative with this product as you’d like. A huge advantage of this type of panelling is that you can have it installed right over your existing walls.

Wood clad sitting room wall

Add sleek minimalist touches with bamboo

Another natural material that offers a bit of a different vibe is bamboo. If you like the idea of wood panelling but want a very sleek, modern look try bamboo panels instead. Bamboo doesn’t just offer a cleaner look than most wood, but even just as a material it is very versatile.

You can use bamboo panels as wall art or a tropical-esque backdrop to a built-in. You can even use bamboo veneer to cover tables, entertainment centres or floating shelves. If you’re striving for a green home and are concerned over organic material sustainability, you’ll also appreciate the fact that bamboo is a more responsible material than new wood.

With a little creativity and enthusiasm you can easily make your living room feel like a whole new space.

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Get their look: Christmas fireside

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Have you put up your tree and hung your decorations yet? What’s your colour scheme? We usually go for traditional red on the ground floor and copper on the top floor. We really like the look & feel of this Christmas fireside; simple rustic with minimalist white tree ornaments and wrapping paper.

The addition of a vintage wooden child’s sled adds a sense of fun. The unusual, half-moon wood-burning stove is the focal point of the room (well, it is when the Christmas tree isn’t there!). All its accessories are close at hand – logs, newspapers, companion set… there’s even a vintage metal fire bucket to add a flash of colour.

  1. Vintage chalkboard
  2. John Lewis Croft Collection Stanley rattan large easy-to-fit ceiling light
  3. Scan 85 Series High Top fire
  4. Vintage wooden wine box
  5. Vintage fire bucket
  6. ALSEDA banana fibre stool
  7. Vintage wooden sled
  8. Black fireside companion set
  9. Personalised wooden storage box

Get their look: Christmas fireside | H is for Home

Get their look: Modern vintage sitting room

Modern vintage sitting roomcredit

I could spend a lot of time in this sociable, modern vintage sitting room. The space is dotted with two of my favourites – vintage ‘fat lava‘ pottery and original gulvvases. There’s a lot of colour, however it’s used thoughtfully – primarily reds, yellows and oranges – complementing the wood of the floor and furniture.

The original parquet floor is softened by the neutral area rug. I love the double-sided fire – heating two living rooms for the price of one!

  1. Vintage Bitossi Sahara table lamp designed by Aldo Londi for Raymor
  2. Vintage Holmegaard amber gulvvases designed by Otto Brauer
  3. Vintage G Plan Quadrille teak nest of tables
  4. Vintage West German ‘fat lava’ vases
  5. Premier Housewares Stockholm armchair
  6. Premier Housewares Stockholm sofa
  7. Herringbone oak natural lacquered parquet flooring
  8. Firebelly FB2 conventional flue double sided gas stove

Get their look: Modern vintage sitting room | H is for Home

Get their look: Span House living room

Span House living roomcredit

This sunny, double-aspect sitting room belongs to a desirable Span house located in Taplow, Buckinghamshire.

Span Developments was a property design & development partnership founded by architects, Eric Lyons and Geoffrey Paulson Townsend. The Taplow development – Cedar Chase – was built in 1966 and consists of 24, Type 30 houses. Back then, the 3 and 4-bedroomed, 2-living room ‘patio’ houses were marketed at between seven and eight thousand pounds – they currently change hands for over half a million!

This room, although fully modernised, has been updated & furnished very sympathetically. The armchairs (1954), side table (1970) and floor lamp (1960) were all originally designed during the mid century modern era in which the house was built.

  1. Harlequin Wallpaper, Oralia
  2. AJ Floor Lamp by Arne Jacobsen
  3. Deluxe Heritage Wiltshire White
  4. Carl Hansen CH417 Tray Table
  5. Mathmos Telstar Rocket lava lamp
  6. FH429 Signature Chair designed by Frits Henningsen from Carl Hansen
  7. Sideboard with tray unit, 2017 – designed by Finn Juhl manufactured by Onecollection

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Get their look: Span House living room | H is for Home

Loving our new Frankie day bed

Frankie day bed | H is for Home

The kind people at Happy Beds sent us their Frankie day bed with single mattress to try out this week – and we’re loving it!

Frankie day bed components | H is for Home

It arrived in five well-packaged boxes, each containing the essential components ready for construction. The fact that it comes in pieces will certainly suit those people who live in flats – or have some tight corners or doorways to manoeuvre objects through and around.

Arched slats on the Frankie day bed | H is for Home

Putting the day bed together was really straightforward. We followed the enclosed instructions and it was up and ready to go in approximately 1½ hours. Adelle actually loves doing that kind of flat pack construction type thing! Don’t worry if you don’t have a tool box, it comes with its own double-headed (Phillips on one end and standard on the other) screwdriver for assembling.

Detail of the fabric on the Frankie day bed | H is for Home

It’s very solidly constructed and has arched, flexible wooden slats for extra comfort. The detailing and finish is very good too. We really like the fashionable, soft grey, Hessian-like textile. It sits very nicely against our slightly darker grey walls – and also works well as a backdrop for pops of brighter colour.

Frankie day bed with blanket | H is for Home Frankie day bed with fabric throw | H is for Home Frankie day bed with vintage tin side table | H is for Home

We’ve been experimenting with various accessories and soft furnishings to dress it. So far, bright yellow has been our favourite. The grey/yellow combo is a bit of a classic, and was the obvious starting point if you look at the huge painting which hangs on the wall above it.

Frankie day bed with drawer pulled out | H is for Home Frankie day bed with blankets stored in under-drawer | H is for Home

The Frankie day bed has another nice design feature too. The under-bed, pull-out drawer is the exact dimensions as the mattress above. This means that, if you decide to house a mattress in it, you can have two single beds at slightly different heights – a great option if you have people staying over and need to maximise sleeping berths. Alternatively, it makes for great storage. You can get absolutely loads of bedding, clothes or shoes tucked away neatly and out of sight.

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