It’s been a long time coming, but finally I’m able to show you around our living room! We have been working really hard on it for a while now and looking back to old posts, I can’t believe how much it’s changed since we moved in, you almost wouldn’t recognise it. I absolutely love having my own property and being able to add our own personal touch to it all. I also love that our property is so old and quirky – it’s been a really fun space to design and I fall further in love with our little house by the sea everyday.
So here is the official tour around our living room, starting with one of the most central points, our new sofa.
If you saw my living room planning post, we were deliberating over 3 or 4 different sofas, all grey tones but each different in style. In the end we decided to go with the 3 Seater Porto Sofa from Habitat. Annoyingly, we deliberated for so long, by the time we went to order, the 3 seater was out of stock, so this is actually the sofa bed version. It looks exactly the same, but inside has a mechanism to fold out into a double bed. We often have foreign language students staying in our spare room, so this was actually perfect as now we have a place for friends to stay too. Also, it makes the ultimate movie watching bed, I have to say we’ve watched a few movies on it already and it’s like having a sleepover in our front room, so much fun!
I think we made the right decision with the Porto sofa, it’s comfortable and comes in a really durable, hard wearing fabric. The dark colour is perfect as Robbie has already made himself at home (as you can see on the picture above!). We have bought him a couple of puppy blankets to sit on, so usually he’s on a blanket just so give the sofa some extra protection from those mucky paws.
I was initially worried that being a sofa bed, the Porto might not be as comfortable as a normal sofa, however you can’t feel the bed frame below at all it at all. The bed itself is super comfortable too.
The only criticism I have was that when the sofa arrived, it came with only one delivery driver. Being a sofa bed, it was mega heavy and I expected the delivery staff to help me into the house with it, but being one man he couldn’t carry it alone. Luckily Vee and a friend were here and between us we kind of half dragged, heaved and pushed it into our front room with much exasperation. It wasn’t easy at all! I expected from a company like Habitat to install the product, especially being so heavy. I wonder if a little old lady had ordered this, how she’d ever get it into her front room? It’s really a minor criticism but I think an important thing to point out if you make an order, be ready to lift it into your home!
Overall we really love our sofa though and I’m really pleased with the choice. We’ve ordered the footstool which will be arriving in a couple of weeks too!
To decorate our sofa, I finally got the cushions I’ve wanted for SO LONG. Our biscuit cushions are by Nikki McWilliams, I follow her on Snapchat and she just seems to lovely! I’ve loved these gorgeous designs for years and finally I’ve managed to get my hands on a couple. Even better, she’s just released these monochrome versions of the colourful biscuit cushions, which go perfectly with our grey styled living room.
Our geometric cushions are from Not On the High Street. I’m in love with geometric styles and even though our property has more of a classic feel to it, I wanted to add a touch of contemporary with this style.
I’m guessing you also want to see the ‘before’ picture too! This is our old leather sofa, it was well loved with a few paint splodges here and there, but it served us well. Vee chose the cushions with Dr Who and Union Jack prints brightening the room. The leather sofa was easier to clean but never mind, but I prefer the warmth of fabric so I’m happier with our new sofa even if it requires a little more upkeep.
So, onto the rest of the living room. Our fireplace is original and dates back to when the property was built in the 1800’s. I love to decorate our mantelpiece with fresh flowers, scented candles and I think the lanterns add a touch of elegance to the room.
Our colourful print is the Brighton Icons design by Place in Print. We have tried to add in personal touches around the room, so having some of the most famous landmarks of our hometown seemed to be apt for our seaside house.
Vee is into her lego and has recently completed this funky Lego VW Campervan, which now sitting on our windowsill. She also has some Star Wars pieces and is working on a giant model of London Bridge – god knows where we are going to put that!
Following on the theme of personal touches, we just loved these union jack ‘thrones’ as we call them. We have two so can sit like little princesses on our thrones, whenever we fancy it.
Lastly, Robbie has a comfy grey cushion bed in the corner where he can snuggle up and get comfortable. He loves our new living room – he has so much more space to run about, throwing his toys about and scratching is back on our seagrass rug, he’s in his element.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour round our living room. Please do let me know what you think! If you’d like to see our ‘before’ posts, you can see them here:
I was kindly sent the Habitat Porta Sofa Bed and Brighton Icons Print for inclusion in this post and an honest review. I wouldn’t feature things I genuinely don’t love and both items are now pride of place in our living room.