Decor Updates

After spending a not inconsiderable amount of time just over a year ago painting our lounge and dining room in a sophisticated grey and white scheme, I’ve been fighting the urge to put a ton of colour back into the rooms. Over the last year I’ve just about come to terms with the fact that in actual fact, I just prefer colour and have come full circle again, having previously erased it from several areas of our house, save for the odd subtle splash.

When I last shared the living room, I had made a couple of updates since the renovation, but was holding out for the perfect accessories and I don’t believe you can buy those things in bulk, so it was still looking a little empty. We also still had a couple of accents from the old scheme; a union jack cushion that I was more than a little tired of and a red spot throw – both previously used to tie the lounge to the red wallpaper in the adjoining dining room, pre-renovation.

Since then I’ve slowly been acquiring new additions. The first item to be added ended up forming the backbone of the scheme – a huge pink flamingo watercolour that I fell in love with on Etsy. One installed over the mantelpiece I was a little un-nerved by the beady eye staring back at me, but now I love the almost Palm Springs vibe it offers. That along with a salvaged yellow ceramic bird, cemented the bright scheme I was going for.

I’m loving ikat prints right now and had my heart set on an ikat print cushion but despite them being ubiquitous on the American blogs they don’t seem to have filtered over here as yet, then I stumbled on this ikat inspired cushion in the John Lewis sale at Christmas.

I wanted an ikat or geometric blue blanket to replace the old red spot one too, but again searched high and low without success. This Frome wool blanket was the closest thing I could find to what I had in mind but was rather expensive, then in a local shop I spotted a block colour checked blanket in fuchsia pink, grey and purple. Although unsure about the purple, I went well with our room and was a bit of a snip at £40 so I snapped it up.

My final and most recent purchase was a chance finding a couple of weekends ago in Lincoln on a hen do, where I spotted a Russian Doll shop. Full of bright and colourful little dolls lined up I felt they made the perfect addition to my mantle and now it’s feeling much more finished.

I’m so happy with how the room is evolving. All that remains is to replace the vintage/salvage prints behind the sofa with a collection of more tonal artworks, which I have already started with a photographic print of surfers by Ian Baguskas from 20×200. I plan to finally get some photos printed from a couple of shoots we have had done along with some Etsy prints.

Let me know what you think readers! I do hope you like it 🙂


Before/Afters: Our living room renovation and the dining room.

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21 thoughts on “Decor Updates

  1. I LOVE that flamingo print and in fact, I have something very similar in my own lounge (only smaller :))! I went through exactly the same exercise – banished the colour, brought in soft neutrals and then thought, ‘what the heck am I doing? This isn’t ME!’ and so in came the colour again! I don’t know how I lived without it to be honest, I think it really brings a space to life. I can still admire neutrals from far when they are beautifully done but for me in my own home, I need that brightness to offset the grays of Manchester 😉 I think you are doing really well – I would suggest getting brave and pulling some of that bright pink into some accessories as well to tie it all together. It goes gorgeous with turquoises and corals too 😉 xxx

  2. I love it! I am in love with the Flamingo print, and it all goes together with the Russian dolls, the painted bird and those tulips! I really like it (but then again I am biased, I am also crazy about bright colors).

  3. Love this – great balance of cool neutrals and bright colour pops – I like how it can make a cool colour like grey / white warm and exciting while still keeping things uncomplicated and chic. Great work! Loving the flamingo especially and the Russian dolls are a great touch. Pinning some ideas for one day when we have a place of our own…

  4. Totally love it – the flamingo print is so vibrant and really brings the room to life. You have done a great job! I feel slightly the same about my bedroom – thought i wanted soft neutrals but now i feel like i want to introduce some colour xx

  5. I LOVE that flamingo, it’s a gorgeous prints and the tulips look so bright and beautiful, I REALLY want some proper spring sunshine.

  6. The living room looks great – I especially like the russian dolls! I was just wondering what paint you used for your walls? I am testing different shades of grey for my bedroom and the colour of your walls is just what I am looking for! Many thanks M

  7. I too am very much a ‘colour’ person -my flat has white walls and blond wood floorboards but there are so many colour pops (bright yellow throws and red cushions on the sofas, colourful prints on the walls, red lamp…) that you’d never realise there’s neutrals at its heart!! I could never get on board with coloured walls though, I think the backdrop has to be neutral in order for the colour pops to work (otherwise it’d make your head hurt, wouldn’t it?!) LOVE those Russian dolls, super cute x

  8. Love the grey colour on the walls – it looks like a lovely and warm home.

    I love this time of year and tulips just make me happy!

  9. What a pretty room – I think grey walls with pops of colour in accessories works really well. Love the cookbooks and camera in the picture ledge too!

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  13. Love the grey on the lower part of your walls – what is it please?! Sorry if you have already said – I am not very tech savvy and cannot spot it! Thank you

  14. Hello

    Could you please let me know the dimensions of your gorgeous flamingo print and where you found the black frame? I’d love this for my living room!

    Thanks so much x

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