Creating A Cosy Space | Our Living Room

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Moving into an unfurnished, totally empty house for the first time was a fairly daunting experience. Don’t get me wrong, finally having a space of your own is wonderfully liberating and exciting, but on that first night, sitting on the floor on a blow up mattress, the task ahead of turning the house into a home looked seemingly impossible.

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Between us, we owned two bedside tables, two desks, a coffee table, and some Ikea storage units. No ‘proper’ furniture, and having put our savings into moving out, we didn’t have a huge budget either. Three months down the line, we’ve made a good bit of progress and finally bought a bed (goodbye blow-up mattress!), but that’s a story for another day. Our living room is the space that I think I’m the most pleased with. We recently added a few finishing touches, and it finally seems to have come together and turned into the spaced we wanted to make. We made one ‘investment’ purchase in the form of our sofa, which is the ‘Jackson’ from John Lewis, which we adore. It’s grey and the neutral fabric means it’s a great starting piece to dress up with cushions and throws.

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We’ve discovered that the cosy factor and that ‘home’ feeling is all in the little details, which thankfully is the easy part! Expressing yourself and your taste in small, affordable decorations makes all the difference. Creating a theme can be helpful as it gives you a guide to stick to, but don’t allow it to become too restrictive. Obviously you want to avoid going too over the top, but getting creative in your decorating is the most fun part of moving into a new place! If you’re a regular reader you’ve probably gathered that this is my favourite time of year, so we decided to embrace that in our decorating and focus on rich, warm and cosy tones, soft fabrics and checked patterns. I’ve got a bit of a thing for stags and have enjoyed weaving them into the decor. I have a stag cushion, the lampshades feature little deer and there’s a decorative stag on the console, and have loved building that little collection, including my new mug from Sophie Allport. [Just an FYI –  keep an eye on my instagram tomorrow for a chance to win one for yourself!]

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The rug felt like the finishing touch that brought the room together. It’s from George at Asda and was £40 for the largest size, with a gorgeous pattern and far cheaper than similar rugs we were looking at in other shops. The only downside is that it doesn’t stay put so I would recommend some non-slip backing!

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Perhaps my favourite part of the room is the console table, £69 from Asda, which seems a good deal for wooden furniture. It’s great to have a bit of storage in the room, but the best bit is the surface which provides some space for decorating. We have no shelves or other cupboards, so  having a space to add pictures, candles and a few other bits to added more of a personal feel to the room.

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Candles definitely help in the cosy department. They are a relatively cheap way to decorate, especially when the colours of the glass and wax match your decor, and nothing says cosy quite like the glow of a scented candle in the evening. This Bergamot candle is from H&M Home.

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Art is another really easy way to add a more homely feel, and doesn’t have to be expensive either. This print was a kind gift and one that makes me smile every time I see it. Prints you’ve bought or even made yourself can be framed inexpensively but make a big different to a bare room, and adding pieces like this with meaning make the space feel a lot more like home.

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We were kindly given an old chair by my grandmother and a beanbag from my parents, but other than that we’ve sourced the majority of the room by ourselves. We made one ‘splurge’ purchase in the form of the sofa, but this could be avoided by shopping secondhand or even checking sites like freecycle. All the decorative pieces we’ve added were from affordable shops like George and H&M Home, or are as simple as a pumpkin on a plate. We were initially worried that it would take far too long or far too much money to get the house looking and feeling like the home we wanted it to be, but have thankfully found it not to be as giant a task as we initially thought. Having a home that feels like ours was my top priority after living in shared houses for years, and have found it’s the little details that make all the difference!

  • Laura Torninoja

    You’ve built such a beautiful livingroom, I love it! So perfect especially for this time of year as well 🙂 I can imagine how daunting decorating everything from scratch can be but it must be so worthwhile in the end! We have a furnished flat and as much as I like the furniture here, there’s not a lot of space to be creative – I can’t wait to one day to move into a space that’ll be completely ours! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Congrats on making your home feel the way you want it to! Loving the console table and all the fluffies you have stored under it (: -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • It looks so lovely and cosy! We haven’t quite got to the stage of moving into an unfurnished property but I’m looking forward to being able to put my own personal stamp on a home xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Very cozy indeed!

  • I love that console table and the way you’ve used it to store blankets. I’m in the process of replacing all of our old blankets and am on the hunt for an aesthetically pleasing way to store the new ones so they don’t get worn out by the dog. I’d never thought of a console table before, it looks great! x

    Lorna | Lorna, literally.

  • What a beautiful cosy living room! So pretty!! I love the rug, thanks for the tip on the backing! That arm chair is also gorgeous! xx

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  • How do you get anything done in that space? I would just sleep there all day 🙂