Peacock and Punk Rock Dream Living Room

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.


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




  1. August 21, 2014 / 11:28 am

    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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  2. August 21, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    I really love your ideas! Especially the couch and the side tables. Good luck in the competition x
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    • August 22, 2014 / 9:34 am

      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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  3. August 21, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    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.

  4. August 22, 2014 / 7:48 am

    Wow, I love the chesterfield, and your brave colour choices, I can imagine this room would look amazing!
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  5. August 22, 2014 / 8:58 am

    I would love to see all those things put together, the peacock chesterfield and the feathery lamp are my favourites.
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  6. August 22, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    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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  7. August 22, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    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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  8. August 23, 2014 / 12:17 am

    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

  9. August 23, 2014 / 2:16 am

    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!

    • August 23, 2014 / 7:38 am

      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!

  10. August 23, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    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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