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!
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.
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.
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!
And I neeeeed this peacock velvet Chesterfield style sofa which is $2,499 from Cococo Home –
And this chaise longue at £799 from Hampshire Barn Interiors –
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.
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. 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.
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.
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