Our living room – adding the final touches with West Elm

Living room reveal

This post is sponsored by West Elm

The completion of our living room has been a very long time coming but I am so happy to be at the stage where I am actually happy with it. More than happy with it in fact!

I haven’t shared the room in it’s entirety before, although you will have seen snippets on Instagram and in December I shared our Christmas decorations….but you definitely won’t have seen the final bits that arrived just before Christmas and have absolutely finished the room off. West Elm who have been one of my favourites since they started selling in the UK, were kind enough to send me the few pieces that I needed to complete the room and I am so delighted.

Amongst my picks I went for a drinks trolley which I have wanted for about 1000 years, not to mention finally finding a coffee table that works in the space and let’s take a moment to appreciate the dream that is this side table. I am in love!

I won’t keep you hanging, so here are the pictures and keep scrolling for all the item details and more info on how the living room has evolved over the years. I hope you like it as much as we do.

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

Metal frame upholstered chair |Side table | Brass geometric ornament | Lidded seagrass basket |
Baies candle |  Bobble bowl |Framed ink print

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

Coffee table

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

 Vintage car print | Wooden tray | White bowl | Framed ink print |
Wooden jar | Woven box |  Silver photo frame |

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

Drinks trolley |Wooden brick mould | Kin Home champagne saucers (gifted)
| Hammered metal cocktail shaker (gifted) | Hiball glasses (gifted)|
Brass wall mirror |  Deco barware collection 

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

Living room reveal

Grey velvet cushion cover | Mid Century Tripod Floor lamp

Living room reveal


Living room details


The colour

The colour of the walls in the living room has had a number of evolutions. True to my first style-love, the room was painted off white when we first moved in and had cream sofas. I wanted a serene, relaxing space but it just didn’t work. The room gets very little natural light and it always looked dull and boring. Next we painted it a light/mid grey and I had hoped that would solved the issue but nope, it was still pretty uninspiring.

About this time I realised I was going to have to embrace the room being dark and dull which meant only one thing really – go dark!

I enlisted the help of Farrow and Ball Colour Consultant (you can read more about that here) Emily and was absolutely delighted with the great advice I was given. We went for Farrow and Ball Mole’s Breath and I have never looked back. The room is now cocooning and cosy – perfect for a living room that we are pretty much only in during the dark evenings.

I took the colour from skirting board to just under the coving, over the fire surround, on the backs of the shelves in the alcoves and the doors.

Many people says it is brave and a departure from my usual bright and breezy decor, but I truly love it and would really recommend anyone to go dark in a living room/TV area – it is just so cosy.

The units which were already in place and painted Little Greene Tusk didn’t need changing as I liked the contrast, and as a last minute decision we painted the backs of the shelves which I love how they really make the items pop.

The shelving units

We built in the alcove units a few years ago – Will and I spent a couple of loooong evenings drawing out designs until we were happy, and we then found a local carpenter to make them. He took our drawings and made it a reality and they add so much to the room not to mention I have managed to fill those cupboards to the brim!

Seating 

The sofa as you may already know from Instagram is my true love – it is the Oscar from Sofa.com in Prussian Blue. It took me a long time to order it (read; convince Will) and I am so, so glad we did. It is the comfiest sofa in the world and there is nothing like velvet for that cosy, luxury feel. If you didn’t know, it is also pet friendly and pretty resistant to stains and spills!

New furniture pieces

And now for the fun bit!

It is hard for me to chose a favourite of the new items but the combination of the Marble topped pedestal table and Metal frame upholstered chair are a match made in heaven and they make the living room look so fancy! I bought the chair a few months earlier and the addition of the side table has really brought it to life.

The Streamline coffee table is just what I have been looking for – large enough to fill the space but not too bulky as to get in the way. I love the finishes it comes in too – I went for the whitewashed wooden top but it also comes in walnut and marble, both equally as beautiful.

The area at the back of the room was a bit tricky to deal with – the room is too long to put the sofa right up against the wall but that means it leaves a bit of an awkward space. A drinks trolley is the ideal way to fill that space. It makes a feature of the area whilst not being overbearing on the rest of the room. And seriously, who doesn’t want a drinks trolley! You’ll have noticed I have mixed the metals within this room – purposely – as I don’t like the matches-matchey look and so I was immediately drawn to the Fulton Bar Cart‘s dark metal tones! I also love the Deco barware collection which is so pretty and damn useful! No more accidental triple measure of gin now!!

I knew I wanted floor lamp to add a warm glow to the room in the evening but picking lighting from the West Elm site is no mean feat. Seriously, it is all so gorgeous! Fun fact, before West Elm had such a large range available in the UK, I brought back two light fittings from the US in my suitcase!

After much deliberation, I went for the Mid Century Tripod Floor lamp which looks amazing and casts such a lovely soft light. It has finished the room off perfectly.

Living room reveal

^^hates posing for the camera^^

Living room reveal

^^loves posing for the camera^^

Flooring

We put the parquet down in this room – it had a carpet in when we moved but I have a long standing love affair with real wood flooring and especially parquet. It has been a while, but I am pretty sure it is this one here. Such good value compared to other suppliers and it is lovely. We vanished it with Osmo Oil.

As for the rug, I bought this one in Marrakech when we got engaged. You can read all about that along with my top tips here, and if you can’t make the trip then here’s my round up of Beni Ourain look-y-likeys!

Other details 

The other bits and bobs around the room have been collected over time. I have tried to link to everything but if you spot something I have missed that you want to know about just ask!

Thanks to West Elm for collaborating with me on this post.

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13 Comments

  1. January 13, 2019 / 8:10 am

    It’s absolutely stunning and the perfect sophisticated living room! I too am delighted with our parquet floor and could never imagine carpet. Beautiful styling x

    • greeneyed
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 8:08 am

      Thanks so much Lins! Parquet every time, it adds so much character doesn’t it!

  2. Saima
    January 20, 2019 / 7:27 am

    Ooh we also live in Birmingham and I was told about Emily when I popped in F&B in Solihull. I feel like we need some help and your room has confirmed that I need to get onto them for an appointment! The colour is perfect….thanks for sharing! x

  3. February 12, 2019 / 9:30 pm

    I just love your living room! It feels modern and elegant, but still cosy and comfortable. And Yes, I’m so jealous (in a positive way!) that you have a possibility to buy in West Elm! I have to find a way to do it Maybe I will bring fav items to Poland in my suitcase, just like you did it from USA??

    • greeneyed
      Author
      April 2, 2019 / 10:28 pm

      There’s always a way!!!!
      Claire x

  4. Fiona Whittaker
    February 15, 2019 / 7:45 am

    Hi, where is your lamp on the shelf from?! Ive been looking everywhere for one similar! Many thanks x

  5. Natasha
    May 4, 2019 / 11:02 pm

    Hi I love everything about your blog and would love a list of you favourite online stores. I’ve noticed on your shelving you have a number of books are they linen photo albums ? If so where did you get them ? I’m trying to find something similar.

    Many thanks x

  6. Natasha
    May 11, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    Hi

    Thank you for the reply can you tell me where you purchased your linen photo albums ? It looks like you have personalised the spine of them. I am looking for something like this.

    Kind regards

  7. Natasha
    May 11, 2019 / 11:07 pm

    Hi claire

    Sorry I just read your reply fully and realised I got it wrong. Thanks for your reply again just one more question is your candle lighter baobab ?

    Kind regards

    • greeneyed
      Author
      May 25, 2019 / 8:44 pm

      Hehe no worries, the candle lighter was a gift, I am not sure where it was from although I wish I knew as I would love to give one to other people – it is so useful and pretty!

  8. June 18, 2019 / 3:24 pm

    I just discovered your gorgeous living room via Pinterest. You’ve done a fab job! Funnily enough, I’m looking at a similar sofa and I was going to ask whether it was comfy. I see that it is. Marvellous! You’ve totally sold me! So glad I found your post, thank you 🙂

    • greeneyed
      Author
      June 25, 2019 / 12:28 pm

      Aaah thank you so much! I can’t tell you how wonderfully comfy the Oscar is, I love it and the velvet adds another dreamy dimension!

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