The rain continues here in Sydney. As does the freezing cold. So to offset the chills, I thought it might be nice to share this room tour of our lounge room: the photos make me feel all warm and cosy inside, and I hope they do the same for you.
Our current lounge room is basically our living room from the old house, except with the furniture re-configured to fit the new room layout. The living room was our main living area at the old place, so we were in there pretty much every hour of every day. Here at our new place, we have an extra family room which means we mostly use this lounge room when we have people over for afternoon teas, coffee/dessert nights or bible studies. At other times, the boys and I try to make use of the space during the day by bringing over their tents and tea sets from the play room and setting up ‘camp’ here. The boys also like pressing up their noses against the front window and watching cars drive by (they are Mason boys after all).
Even though we don’t use this room as much as I would like, it is still one of my favourites as it reminds me of our old home and all the memories I have from there.
First up, this couch was the most awesome eBay find. When Rick first picked it up (about a month before we were due to move), I got all cold feet on it. But as soon as we moved in, and we put it in that bay window, I knew it was meant to be. The vintage ceramic lamp was also from eBay while the yellow chevron cushion is by Table Tonic.
The sideboard you see in the top photo lines the wall to the left of the green couch. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you will have noticed that it’s dressed exactly the same way as it was two years ago. I’m slightly boring like that when it comes to home decor. I don’t like to switch things around much. The way I see it: if it works, why change it?
In front of the sideboard is our beloved Opera couch from King Furniture, which has miraculously remained cream-coloured even after two and a half years of wear. Much credit of course goes to my conscientious husband for cleaning it every six months or so. I still remember the one time it went without a clean for a very long time, and how Angus started referring to it as “the grey couch.”
The Union Jack cushions are again from Table Tonic, the Fler chairs were from eBay and the coffee table was from IKEA’s Stockholm range. Those Fler chairs remain the two of the three most comfortable chairs in our home – I just wish I got to sit in them more often!
Behind the Fler chairs are the bookcases. The paper mache sculpture is of a mother nursing her child, and it was made by a very dear friend of ours in the months after Cameron died. I remember being rather speechless when she gave it to us, so overwhelmed I was by her thoughtfulness and kindness. It goes without saying how precious this sculpture is to me.
Over in the opposite corner is our Paul Kafka vinyl chair which we bought from a retro furniture dealer in Redfern. Secretly, I wish this chair were in my studio, but it doesn’t seem fair to claim such an awesome chair as my own – it is in fact the other most comfortable chair in the house, probably even more comfortable than the Fler ones (and that’s saying a lot).
This is the other end of the room. Yes, someone seems to have left a bit of an ‘imprint’ on the couch. Maybe me. Oh well.
The red phone (yet another eBay win) is very popular with the boys – Pete is often using it to ‘call Nan.’ The print is from Etsy and the danish cabinet was from the same furniture dealer who sold us the Kafka chair. It’s probably worth mentioning that the black bookcases are IKEA Lack bookcases but they don’t sell them anymore! It’s such a shame, because they are very sturdy and very well-designed. And you guessed it, those are Kikki-K storage boxes. It’s where all the children’s scrapbooks are kept!
And lastly, my very quirky/aqua/tufted/retro/vinyl/swivel chair from eBay. One word: Love.
Cuddle up, and stay warm. I’m off to turn on that electric blanket…
You can see all my other room tours here.
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