Our lounge is my favourite room in the house, probably because it's the main room that's been fully decorated and finished so far. It's just a delightful place to be, especially in an evening. It's a room that is so cosy and warm and gives you one big hug when you walk in. It's full of charm but still quite minimal. However it's taken more than a new sofa and some paint to achieve this feel... the little bits and pieces you accessorise your room with can really change it's ambience, add heaps of character and will ultimately beam with the personality of the people that live in it!
The room has had a few little tweaks and additions in recent weeks that have really finished it off nicely, it's taken some time to finish but a bit of patience in finding the right things has completely upped the cosy factor and made the space it is now.
These super cool cushions have added the pattern we needed and a nice contrast with the white and grey. They're also much more comfortable! I always think the Scandinavian styling goes so well with rustic décor and with the fur throw that we already have, so these cross cushions tie the modern and minimal but still cosy thing together perfectly. The light grey textured chenille cushions are from Next and the white/grey cross "Skandi" cushions are from Primark and were a bargain at only £7.00 each!
I picked up this Vanilla Cupcake Yankee Candle in a cute gift shop called Smart Ideas in Telford. It was one of the "Fragrances of the Month" so was only about £14 rather than £18.99 as this size usually is. As most bloggers do, I LOVE a good Yankee Candle and sweet foodie smells in particular are my favourite... they remind me of my mum cooking when I was younger when our house always smelt like something tasty! The medium size jars are my favourite as I find they seem to burn ALL of the wax whereas the large jars I've had before tend to waste a bit. And this size still lasts for months and months! I love having loads of various candles lit when I'm relaxing at night - the BEST way to get warm and cosy! :-)
Not too many trinkets, but just the odd piece here and there that just can't be resisted when you walk past them in a shop! I love this splattered mercury effect glass and have a couple of different jars, ornaments and candle holders like it. The light twinkles off it. This one was from Listers Interiors in Chester and was only about £3! A few items in the same style but different heights or shapes work well and throwing some metallics into the mix of your other décor adds interest.
I'm sure many of us are the same these days in that we all take tonnes of photographs yet barely ever print them off. Most of them are likely to sit on our smart phones forever! So earlier in the year I made a promise to myself to print all my pictures and start making yearly albums/scrapbooks. The days of sifting through albums and shoe boxes full of old photos sadly seems to have long gone but in my house at least, I want to bring that back. I use the site Snapfish as they're quick, always have discount codes available and the matte print quality is fab. Amongst all of what I printed was this lovely little shot from Christmas Day 2014... this was taken just after we'd got engaged. We saw this frame in Next for about £8 and thought not only did it go well with our space, but we also had the perfect picture to put in it! As much as I treasure photos though, I only like to keep the odd special few in frames or out on display so as not to make the place look cluttered. This one is just enough for now to add some personality and show what stage in life we're at :-)
This could be anything you've spotted that's unusual or handmade, a piece of art you've created, something you were given or something unique to you as an individual/couple. The candle holders in our initials were from Matalan... I think £2 each? I LOVE these, Chris wasn't as in love with them as me but we've kept them anyway... heehee I won! The little black wooden globe was from TKMaxx and had a tag to say it was handmade in India; a steal at only £5! I've always dreamt of having a huge, wonderful antique globe in my home but a really big one will have to wait for the day we have a really big house to match! I don't know why but I am so drawn to them. This little beauty sits atop our fireplace and helps bring together some of the darker elements of the room as well as being a little bit quirky.
So it doesn't always need to cost much, just a little scouting around and some patience to find the perfect pieces is all you need. So for the lovely season that is Autumn, our living space is ready! Let's get cosy!