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 details
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!
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.
^^hates posing for the camera^^
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!
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.