my mood board for our living room refresh

:: by Lizzie

As promised in my Living Room Tour and Plans for an Update post, below is a mood board I’ve been working on as inspiration for our living room refresh. I’ve also got a ‘How I Curate My Home – Living Room Refresh’ Pinterest board going, so take a look there too if you fancy it.

 

The exciting news is that we’ve now ordered the corner sofa that we fell in love with at the MADE.COM showroom launch earlier in the year. It’s the Scott 4 Seater Right Hand Facing Chaise End Corner Sofa in Blush Pink Cotton Velvet. Rather a mouthful I know but also an eyeful in our opinion. In a very good way! It’s pink, as you can see, so a bit of a statement but it’s also very simple with clean, mid century inspired lines and it’s oh so comfy. We’re super excited to have a major piece like this to set the tone of the whole room and to lift the vintage sideboard we’ve owned and loved for years. The hope is that, as well as the sofa providing the place we’ve been missing to pile in and cuddle as a family, it will also inject a bit of colour blocking and consistency in style to the room.

 

 

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Because we’ve collected our furniture over the years, it can sometimes feel a little too bitty unless there are intentional pieces pulling the whole thing together and our living room has never quite had that. It’s a lot of pressure to put onto one item but it’s going to take up a lot of space and we’ll even need to loose a few chairs to my studio at SMUG in order to make room for it, so it’s got to be perfect.

 

Other items on the list to update the space include some new planters in blush rose and dusty blue. Both from Ferm Living and available at SMUG. The Bau Pot will house our ever growing Fiddle Fig and the Plant Box will go on the now much more minimally styled sideboard to inject a bit of green, (hopefully in a contained way that Constantin finds difficult to grab!)

 

The paint colours are not new to us but I wanted to include a picture of the Farrow and Ball Skylight paint colour that we’ve used in the alcoves of the windows and behind the Vitsoe shelving as it’s an important element when setting the tone for the room. We’ve also used Pink Ground in the alcove on the other side of the fireplace behind the door. Speaking of the fireplace, we’re thinking coloured terrazzo for the hearth. We have samples on the way so keep your eyes open on Instagram stories if you’d like to see the different options and what we settle on in real time.

 

Also worth mentioning are the Vetro Table Lamp and Levvy Table Mobile we have coming from MADE.COM which have been kindly gifted. They too will be gracing the sideboard and it’s new, more minimal curation. Can’t wait to show you as things start falling into place! I’ll be unveiling the finished room update here on the blog so watch this space. Thanks for reading. Do let me know what you think of our plans. Are you renovating or refreshing your home? If so I’d love to see what you’re up to. You can follow the hashtag #howicuratemyhome on Instagram to see more of our flat as we update and refresh each room. Speak soon, Lizzie x

 

 

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living room tour and plans for an update

:: by Lizzie
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The number one question I get, in both interviews and chats with customers alike, (aside from “how do you find time to squeeze in all that you do!?”) is “does your home look like SMUG?” I do share some snaps of my home on Instagram and am often chatting away on stories from home, so chances are that you’ve seen bits and bobs of what our flat looks like and the way we like to style it. So what do you think? Does it look like my design store SMUG? It is certainly full of products by the designers and brands that I love and so also stock at SMUG. Another similarity is that it has evolved over several years much like SMUG. I’m a collector (read hoarder) by nature and so our home tends to become layered deeper and deeper and then recurated month on month and year on year.

 

 

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Almost all of our furniture has been gathered over the years previous to living in this flat. Some pieces, like the sideboard, actually came with the flat which was a nice bonus. Other than the Parker Knoll armchair (which needs recovering), we’ve not actually purchased a single piece of furniture for this living room. That, combined with the fact that Constantin (our 14 month old son), is now cruising around the whole room and can reach everything on the sideboard (eek!), means that we feel it’s time for a declutter and a restyle.

 

 

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Right at the top of our list for the redesign is to incorporate a corner sofa. We don’t currently have anywhere that the whole family (me, my husband Dan, Mabel our daughter the cat and Constantin) can all chill together, lying down if we so wish. This means a big layout and style shift for us as the vibe has always been lots of smaller bits of seating placed around the room. We currently have a reupholstered Ercol two seater sofa, which will most likely move to my studio above SMUG, as well as various Eames rocking chairs and of course the Eames lounger, which we will hope to squeeze in on the other side of the room. The idea is to put a corner sofa (big enough for all four of us) right where I’m sitting in the photo above, spanning the space taken up by the current Ercol sofa, into the corner the Eames lounger currently sits in and then out along that wall like a big upside down L shape.

 

 

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As I mentioned, I’d like to reupholster the armchair in a beautiful new fabric but keep it where it is location wise. We’re also thinking of switching up our lamps and are on the hunt for the right artwork to add to our gallery wall in the space above our ceramic dog Gladstone’s head. We’ll be moving plants around of course (our Monstera is getting HUGE) and we would also like to splurge on some new cushions and or blankets to complement what we already have and to hopefully pull the whole thing together.

 

 

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We still love so many of the collections we have had on display on our sideboard but it’s time for a much cleaner look now that Stan’s on the move. I’m working on a new vision for the sideboard which is still us but very paired back compared to our curated museum-esque look of recent months and years.

 

 

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We’re hoping to install a hearth below our fireplace so interesting tiles are also on the list of must finds for our living room update. As you can see, we are rather partial (much like we are at SMUG) to accent pops of pale pink and mustard yellow and these wont be going anywhere. We’ve actually fallen in love with a pink velvet corner sofa from MADE.COM which would defs bring more pink into the mix as well as quenching our comfy corner sofa desires. I’ll be back soon with a mood board including inspiration images (I might have to start a new Pinterest board!) and material samples we’ve gathered. Would love to know your thoughts. So excited for this living room update. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Speak soon!

 

 

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Photography by Alex Reyto

 

centerpieces

:: by Lizzie
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Whether it be a for the love of animals, ornaments, thriftiness or just plain accentricity, it was decided that the table centerpieces for the wedding meal were to be vintage ceramic dogs.

My existing collection or ‘menagerie’, as my soon to be husband described the ceramic animal herd living in my bedrom, was to be our inspiration. This already well loved and growing family included a small chipmunk named Monkey, a terrier called Trevor, various deer, horses and even a kangeroo. Dogs though were to be the mamal of the day that would grace our wedding tables.

 

I set to work in hunting different breeds down. Butch, a large bulldog, was found at a car boot sale in Stoke Newington. Madge, a corgi with gender issues (obvious eye liner and an older ladies stance yet an unmistakable bulge in the nether regions) was picked up for a fiver in an antiques market near Staines. Ebay as often is the case with these sort of ‘hunts’ was also a helpful resource. Particularly once we’d learned that Melba Ware was what we were after.

 

A Saint Bernard, Chow Chow, Jack Russell Terrier, various Spaniels (one made by Cooperware for your information, in case you’re thinking of becoming a ceramic dog spotter!) were all purchased and given names – names which were to become the wedding breakfast table names much to many peoples confusion.

 

What do the names ‘Radagast’, ‘Madge’, ‘Gladstone’, ‘Mick’, ‘Tuloola’, ‘Tishy’ and ‘Tin Tin’ have in common? Why, they are the names of the ceramic dogs sitting in the middle of each table! It was quite enjoyable being so eccentric. I’d recommend it. Our new ceramic friends were much cheaper and longer lasting than cut flowers. We had succulents and cacti potted in old earthernware jars for a bit of greenery and confetti hand cut from the FT and Esme Winter wrapping paper as well as graph and sugar papers to satisfy my paper loving tendancies. The sweetshop straws in peach and mint with mustard yellow mt tape flags were pretty great too.

 

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