The transformation of our lounge is well underway and, even though it’s far from finished, I wanted to share a few pictures of the results so far.
When we moved into our house it was entirely white, without a splash of colour anywhere. We couldn’t wait to put our own stamp on it, and the rooms are gradually being decorated in our favourite shade: grey. For the lounge, we chose a soft, delicate Valspar hue called Harp Strings – it’s a north-facing room so we didn’t want to use anything too dark, and we love the way this colour changes with the shifting light, from a fresh silvery-grey in the morning sun to a warmer dove-grey in the evening.
The alcove cabinets are a bespoke design by Bristol carpenter Matt Durkan, who did a fantastic job. He managed to conjure up exactly what we’d envisaged in our heads and built the whole lot in two days, despite having to deal with some incredibly wonky walls. They hide an enormous amount of clutter and provide a great space for displaying a few treasured objects (my favourite is the cat print by Bristol artist Laura Roberston – a spoof of one of the city’s famous Banksy murals).
Our sofas are from IKEA – we had little choice in our last property as a very narrow, twisting hallway meant we were limited to self-assembly options that could be made up once inside the room. That said, we like the simple, boxy design and the fact that the covers can be replaced – very handy if you have a cat who likes to sharpen claws on furniture…
We bought the rattan chair in the window from Cox & Cox and covered it with a wonderfully snuggly sheepskin from the Chatsworth estate, which is near my home town in Derbyshire (I like to think the sheep in question had a happy life in one of the prettiest spots in the UK!). We rarely get to sit on it, though, as Kanga has commandeered it…
The selection of items on the coffee table changes regularly (I call it ‘curating’; Chris calls it ‘faffing’). My current favourite is this beautiful vase made by Mauk Studio in the Netherlands and supplied by the fantastic Between Dog and Wolf. The design was inspired by drainpipes, and I love its matt texture and slightly muddy colour. The table itself is due to be changed, as I don’t think it works with the new scheme.
We’ll be adding the finishing touches to the room over the coming months (a few more cushions to give warmth, perhaps some Scandinavian candlesticks here and there). I’ll post some more photos further down the line, but in the meantime I hope you like the progress to date!