Home Updates…

A little while back, my main decorating focus was the revamping of my open plan dining room and living room. When I shared them, they were a little sparse, having just been decorated and I was being rather fussy about putting all the tat I had cleared out back into the newly pristine rooms. As time has gone on, I’ve refined a few of my choices and finally have gotten around to doing some of the things I wanted to do, a mini room makeover.

So I have taken a few snap shots of my new additions to share with you all, I hope you enjoy them!

First up, additional wildlife. I’ve been loving the animal head trend I’ve seen all over Living Etc and lately in Graham and Green and Rockett St George, (FYI ours was NOT this expensive!) but I really dislike buying for the home online. I like to see things and inevitably the price of delivery (and therefore returns) is so much more costly, that I kept hanging back. Then the other day we saw this deer head in Dwell. (It is available online too.) I love the white – like the wood in the room it stands out crisply against the grey walls and we got to test out that it was the right size for the space we had in mind.

That was the first addition to my little reading corner. Before you all get all incredulous and think ‘how does she get time to read,‘ I don’t! But the club chair we bought with our sofa has always appeared so inviting. In fact we call it ‘Tabbys’ chair’ as she commandeers it daily. However, I have long lusted after a picture shelf to display books or photos on, whatever the mood dictates. We have one in our hall that is wooden and a more streamlined version of this one, both are from Ikea. I resisted this one for literally years because I felt it was too chunky and eventually caved because I wanted the project complete and really, I’m just out of ideas for an alternative. In the end, I think it looks great. We got the bigger size and cut it down, sanding and touching up the edges.

Now all I need is to get rid of that union jack cushion. I’m so over the ‘Rule Britannia’ interiors trend!

Into the dining room, I finally put up the collection of letters we have picked up around our travels. They used to litter the 2 rooms but I think they look better as a collection and the wood mixed with wire and metal letters seem to pick up the slightly more salvage-chic look of this room. Well, the look I’m working towards anyway. 😉

Lastly, I bought a display dome, then couldn’t get to grips with what to put in it! Everything was too big or too small and being in a bit of a dark corner, I felt it needed to be something bright so as not to get lost. I had ideas about getting one of these vases and maybe attaching some brightly coloured birds like these, I still might, but for now, I grabbed this cute little white ceramic toadstool pair in the Selfridges sale for £3! I’m having a real thing about ceramics, especially the white again popping against the grey or wooden backdrops in the room.

So I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my home again and like my mini room makeover. I still have things in mind to buy and add, I’ll keep you posted. Have you got any mini-projects on the go?


PS. Want to see the whole rooms, before and after? Lounge and Dining room here.

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15 thoughts on “Home Updates…

  1. I love (in no particular order) the letters, the toadstools, the white ceramics and the new deer. Does he have a name? So funny that you should mention the cushion – we are looking (just online at the moment) at houses and it seems to be obligatory to have a union jack cushion on display if you’re selling… I think we’ve seen about 12! xx

  2. Love the new book shelf – i like the pop of colour from the design sponge book. Also think the little cloche with the candle underneath is very cute 🙂 x

    • Pops of colour is exactly what we’re going for, after such a grey look it’s very fresh but toned with the browns and darker shades it’s a little earthy in this room for me right now. Bring on the colour pop!

  3. I like that !! lovely colour on the walls too? recently moved into a grade II listed edwardian house , I simply moved all my ikea stuff into it from my old modern house ( and it looks very out of place I will not be parted from my beloved billy bookcase library 😉 ) so Im in the planning stages, although the major renovation work is done so I spend lots of time in house clearance and reclamation yards. I love graham and green but its pricey i agree.

    tbh as a designer Ive had a pantsful of union jacks, bunting, cupcakes and campervans and Im glad its on the way out.

  4. I love the deer head that does work really well with the grey and rest of the white. I know what you mean I had that same cushion and loved it when we first had it but grew to hate it, it didn’t make the cut when we moved house.

  5. Loooove your style, Rebecca. We too have some ikea stuff we bought when we first got married, but we are gradually replacing everything with good quality clearance furniture we got in Habitat and Laura Ashley. We’re renovating our whole house, so I can’t wait to tackle the living room and put the finishing touches to the sleeping area… and I can send you some pictures!

  6. Oooh I like this post. The deer head looks fab, really suits the space. I really like the wooden side board too but you need to tell me where the raised dome (that your jo malone candle is in) is from. I want one!! x

    • Ha – I was a bit worried somebody might be like, ‘I love Union Jacks!’

      I’ve actually found some wall art and cushions that I’m keen on… just need to buy them, so I’m keeping schtum for now! 😉

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