Sunday, 20 September 2015


We're I'm redecorating the living room.

From a deep purple to what we've termed 'Century Scandi' - basically navy, grey, mustard and crisp white with textures that will hopefully make it a 'wowing', but homely room.

I love scandi stylings, so efficient and useful, but often it's more minimalistic than we are and, to me, century styling represents an opulence of the wishful rather than the necessary - that's where the homely comes into play and it will (hopefully) look effortlessly lived in rather than messy.

We started by picking a deep blue for our feature, fireplace wall. We tried numerous colours including the Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue, but the only blue we both agreed on was Fedora Blue by Valspar. It's a lovely navy.

Valspar had an offer on tester pots recently so I bought about fifteen tiny pots of different greys and yellows, trying to find a combination that worked well together and one that we both liked.

In the end I created my own grey by mixing a load of shades together to get the tone and depth of colour just right. For me it's still too dark, for the Lad it's still too light, but it's a good compromise.

The curtains were a surprise bargain find. We had originally planned to make our own roman blind if we found the right fabric (cue a lot of umming and ahhing and 'oh my god how much! exclaiming in John Lewis), but we stumbled across these beautiful mustard panels in the Range. They come singularly and unlined so we bought two (which came to the same price as one metre of the fabric we liked in JL) and some lining fabric. It took us a whole afternoon to unpick, line, sew and hem them, but they look fantastic now.

I also gave up trying to find the right mustard/yellow colour to paint our picture frames and got the curtains colour matched by Valspar. I'll try and use the offcuts of the curtains to make cushion covers, along with the pom poms from our new lampshade so everything should tie in well. Fingers crossed anyway!

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