Peacock and Punk Rock Dream Living Room

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Featured, home and interiors | 30 comments

As regular readers will know, we have been looking for a new house to rent for several months with no luck. I am now re-thinking the whole idea and wondering if we shouldn’t just make the most of the gorgeous big flat we have. I moved into this flat 5 years ago during a period of upheaval in my life. My lounge on that first night was furnished by two deck chairs. I had no money and no furniture. Scroll on a few years and the huge room is rammed full of things. Cheap things, mis-matched things, flat pack and vintage things. It is like a jumble sale with no cohesive theme or real focal point. Oh, and yes, that is a drum kit – told you it was a big room – there is another large sash window out of shot too!

living room now

It would be easier if there was just one thing in here I truly loved, then I could build the rest of the room around it – but really I need to start totally from scratch. Our flat is in the top two storeys of a late eighteenth century listed building, and our living room is very large, with white painted wood panels around the bottom third of the walls and original sash windows. I always like to keep in mind the history of a building when decorating, so I know I definitely want something with a period feel.

Having said that, I am a bit eccentric and love my noisy rock’n’roll so I don’t want a room that is too tame either, so I am thinking rich colours and textures – part period room, part Punk Rock. This could be summed up by this piece of art which I would love to have as my centerpiece, which sees Madame du Barry, a courtesan of Louis XV, reinterpreted in a punk stylee by Rafaella Betolini.

madame du barry

I started by thinking about the walls. I love the peacock blues in the painting above, so want something in that colour  area. In a dream world I would strip the wood panelling of it’s years of gloss paint, but sadly part of it is a more recent replacement, so I will settle for a fresh coat of off white paint. Then I would love to wallpaper above it in a period pattern – I found this one on the Little Greene website at £112.50 a roll in their collection of 18th century wallpapers, and I love it.

Soho Square - Marine Flock

Then onto furnishings. I love this gold overmantel mirror from John Lewis for £200, would make a lovely feature above the fireplace. Once I have replaced the naff fire surround with something more in keeping that is!

Overmantel Bow Mirror, Gold

And I neeeeed this peacock velvet Chesterfield style sofa which is $2,499 from Cococo Home –

peacock velvet sofa

And this chaise longue at £799 from Hampshire Barn Interiors –

chaise longue

So far all looking pretty traditional, but I love the idea of adding a bit of edge with some quirky bits and pieces – am very enamoured with this set of tables from Quirk and Rescue (£675). The shape of the tables is in keeping with the traditional feel of the rest of the room, but the new paint job certainly makes them stand out, and the turquoise in the design ties them in with the colour scheme. punk tables

Picking up on the red in the tables, I thought this rug may work, with it’s red and black splatter design it is bold, but I am not afraid of bold! This one is from Flooring Warehouse Direct and prices start from £125. I would love to take the floor back to floorboards, polished dark wood, with a rug like this for colour and cosy toes. splatter rug I need bookshelves. I own hundreds of books, and in my dream world I will one day have a library in my house, but for now I will settle for a couple of these beauties from Furnishing Homes for £412.16 each.

bookcase

Then it is onto accessories, this little lot are all from the fab Debenham’s home range – priced from £25 to £80 currently, though some items are on sale at the moment. accessories from debenhams

And lastly, the ceiling lighting – we have two light fittings, and a pair of striking chandeliers like this one from Argos (£39.99) would add a final splash of red glamour to the room.

red chandelier

I know turquoise, black and red is a bit of an eccentric colour combo, but I am a bit of an eccentric person, and because the room is so large I really think it could carry off a bold statement like this. Some of the pieces I have chosen are fairly pricey, and I may have to look for cheaper alternatives, but I really like the feel they create together. Once the children go back to school in September I am going to get going, and try to create myself something along these lines in the real world!

Love Miss Cisco XXX

 

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  1. Shell Louise

    I love the dog lamp and the chandelier is gorgeous :) Good luck with the competition xx
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  2. Actually Mummy...

    I love that Chesterfield, the colour is amazing! I think that living room would look epic – you’re a budding interiors guru!
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  3. Ness (@jibberjabberuk)

    Oh that Chesterfield sofa! Mine is from John Lewis but it’s 16 years old and of course the armchair doesn’t match it. I wish I could start again.
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  4. Kate Thompson

    Great post – I would love to be brave and design a room that wasn’t magnolia and taupe lol, but I’m too scared!!
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  5. Joanne

    Ooh, good luck. Loving the nest of tables – they are very you!
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  6. Angela Spicer

    I think your lounge looks lovely, a perfectly lived in family room. It’s always easier from someone looking in to see that though I appreciate
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  7. You Baby Me Mummy

    I really love your ideas! Especially the couch and the side tables. Good luck in the competition x
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  8. Jen aka The Mad House

    Oh those high ceilings are something that money cannot buy. I love your choices too.
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    • Sonya Cisco

      I love the proportions of our flat, we wouldn’t even be considering moving – except we have no outdoor space at all, which we really feel our youngest in particular needs. Will be sad to leave though, and I am sure the size of this place is making everything we view seem far smaller than it actually is!
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  9. Louise Edwards

    Love your ideas! Your flat looks like it has loads of potential to create something amazing. Good luck with the renovating – can’t wait to see the pics! x
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  10. Louisa

    Oh, how I dream of high ceiling and sash windows. I love your mix of styles, they shouldn’t work, but they compliment each other very well.

  11. Julie

    Oh I love the set of tables, just my kind of thing! God luck with the competition! x
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  12. Amanda

    Wow, I love the chesterfield, and your brave colour choices, I can imagine this room would look amazing!
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  13. Kizzy

    Wow love your theme, some really great ideas.
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  14. Jay

    I would love to see all those things put together, the peacock chesterfield and the feathery lamp are my favourites.
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  15. Sarah MumofThree World

    Love it! It’s so unique and so you. Good luck! I hope you win and get the chance to start making your dreams come true. x
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  16. Astrid

    Love your ideas. I agree with the people who said your flat looks lik eit has a lot of potential for turning it into something you’ll actually love.
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  17. otilia

    The pieces you chose represent you so well! I love that black couch…not good when the kids are around though…
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  18. Cass@frugalfamily

    I love your choices and that living room is so big that you could easily pull it off – no wonder you’d be gutted to leave!
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  19. Kara

    That nest of tables is so you and I adore that sofa!!
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  20. Michelle Twin Mum

    Gosh I’d love to see this room, I think it would be fantastic and so you and I adore that massive sofa. Mich x

  21. Joanna Sormunen

    Have you thought about making it a bit Steam Punk? That might go well with your character, and the painting you presented. I also absolutely love the black chaise lounge!

    • Sonya Cisco

      I saw an AMAZING Steam Punk storage trunk when I was looking for inspiration- was turquoise and black too, but sadly wasn’t for sale so I couldn’t include it in this post. I do love Steam Punk too, and would love a big gold telescope and would adore a working Orrerie too!

  22. Sim @ Sims Life

    Love all the pieces you have chosen! Have always wanted a chaise longue… so classy, just unfortunately no space in my living room for one :( x
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  23. Jane

    Mmm loving that blue velvet sofa. I just put cotton velvet curtains up in my living room after 16 years bare (don’t ask). Fabulous. Lush. Much like your compilation!
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  24. Izzie Anderton

    Love the colour scheme and all of your picks! I can so imagine you living somewhere that’s furnished like this!
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  25. Globalmouse

    I love that wallpaper! And that sofa is gorgeous….good luck, £750 would be amazing to have to spend updating a room!
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  26. Helen @ Witty Hoots

    Oh I share your passion for music and books – those bookshelves look fabulous and I dream of owning a house with a library in too!
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