The lounge. I think it might be my favourite room in the new house. Which I realise is something I’ve said about every single room of this house but when it comes to my home I’m obviously not monogamous. I’m a free house-loving machine!
The living space here is actually an L-shape which goes through to the kitchen; it hasn’t always been this way but when I was waiting to move in we decided that knocking the kitchen wall down would make the space a lot lighter and happier. It’s not ideal – I can’t cook dinner listening to Taylor Swift while the kids watch the magic hour of Peppa Pig without going a bit crazy with all the noise – but I love that I can be in the kitchen and simultaneously keep an eye on the destruction, erm I mean ‘imaginative play’ in the lounge.
Something I’ve always been convinced about when it comes to interiors is that the grown-ups can relax a lot easier if they don’t feel like they live in a house stuffed with toys. I know that come 7.30pm when everyone is finally asleep, all I want to do is sit on a sofa in front of a Real Housewives marathon and not be staring into the eyes of Tigger. Which is why I say: BOXES. At the end of each day everything that has made its way out onto the floor of the lounge gets put back in a box and forgotten about until the next day when it’s jigsaw/Duplo/tractor/shopkeeper time again.
My ‘stuff’ is really important and I love having it around. I have every single issue of Vice Magazine that I worked on, the artwork I made featuring the kids’ names, my bitchface poster made by Kris and food art by Katie (internet friends RULE). There’s the heart shaped ivy bought as a house-warming gift by my auntie, the lamps I made over with some spray paint last summer and my beloved scented candles.
And of course there are my all-important cushions. Seriously, in my opinion a good (or bad) cushion can make or break a room and I’m delighted with my current combination. Just see how different the sofa looks in my old house with different cushions! The large ones are IKEA, the star cushion is Urban Outfitters and my geometric patterned cushion is B&Q.
But my favourite of all the cushions is this guy who was sent to me courtesy of Iwantoneofthose.com – he’s awesome and cute and we have (i.e. Elfie has) named him Kevin. Kevin the Kool Panda Bear. Or something.
My sofa is an IKEA Karlstad and is amazing because even though the label says you can’t machine wash the cushions, you can. Very handy with a 1 and a 3 year old, but moreso because I have a dad who has a tendency to spill curry.
My blanket is Laura Ashley and we’re still loving it for cuddling up under during these cold winter days. Yay, warmth!
This is where I like to sit of an evening with a big glass of red and a magazine. Until I slump so far down with tiredness that I have to send myself to bed, that is. Everyone seems to have one of these IKEA chairs but that is because they’re bloody comfy and can fit you plus three children on. It’s the tardis of chairs! My lovely world map print is Famille Summerbelle and all my storage boxes are IKEA (where else?).
This room makes me feel happy. It’s not huge – just the right size for my little family – but it’s a room full of cuddles and love, flowers and fairy lights. I still can’t get enough of the Urban Outfitters rug (which I personally believe sparked the idea for Bryony’s new blog design ;) and every time I look at our dining area table that I Annie Sloane’d I feel a dash of pride. Our little family of three might not always be perfect but I built our home from the ground up (metaphorically, I didn’t actually build the house…) and we muddle along in our own happy way. I love this home and the people in it very very much.