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My Ideal Living Room

I’m back again! I’ve been continuing the flat hunt and am getting more and more picky as time goes on and I hate myself for it. So I thought, why not get it written down what my dream living room would be in this Ideal Student House I keep thinking about.

 

The last one I wrote up was My Dream Kitchen and I was having so much fun with it that I decided to move on into the next room in the house. Now, ideally, I would have a 2 bedroom flat with a kitchen, a living room, and a dining room, but I know this is extremely unrealistic unless I was to get a 3 bed place. Which is not going to fit within the ideal rent range! So for the purpose of this post, I’m going to combine my dining room with my living room.

 

Now before I get too far into looking at furniture for the room, I should really set out my rough colour scheme – then I can look at all the awesome cutesy furniture and rugs etc! So basically, I want carpet. I miss carpet. I need to be able to walk into my living room in my bare feet and feel the soft squishy carpet between my toes! Now, since it would be a student flat and I plan on having people round for group meals etc, it would need to be a heavy duty carpet, and one that isn’t going to show all the dirt of the day, or the spilt drinks that would inevitably happen. While my head is saying browns and beiges, my heart is leaning towards a cream or ivory carpet, and I’d just ban shoes in the room I think. So, having decided on this, I headed over to Carpet Right and chose their Hever Castle Saxony Carpet in Ivory as seen below.

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Hever Castle Saxony Carpet from CarpetRight in the shade Ivory. Priced £39.99 per square meter.

As for the walls, I need something bright and fun. Too long have I put up with the dull off-white patchy walls of student halls and the student flat. I know they’re great for matching your own belongings to but if I were to have my own flat that I could decorate myself, the walls in my living room slash dining area would have to be the wallpaper, shown below, from B&Q but (and hear me out because I know this isn’t ‘normal’) but I think I would paint the skirting boards and windowsill this gold effect metallic emulsion paint from B&Q’s colours feature wall range. and I would probably have just white doors and door frames. Or the off-white thing that my dad always insists on buying every time we tell him to repaint their walls. So yeah, the colours below are the ones I think I would pick. But I think (and you can tell me when you see them below) the gold paint would go well with the wallpaper, what do you think?

wallpaper and paint
Wallpaper is Graham and Brown Boutique Ivory and Gold Twist Metallic Effect Wallpaper (costing £20 per role) and the paint is Colours Feature Wall Gold Effect Metallic Emulsion (£11.73 per 1L pot)

Now that that’s sorted, I can have a bit of fun furnishing the place! I lot of the stuff I have at the minute is red and I actually quite like some of it, so to be honest I’d keep a lot of it.

 

Getting the boring stuff out of the way first, let’s look at the dining room part of the room. I tried looking at all those fancy sets that you see in the high end catalogues – those just weren’t right. And then I thought ‘hey, you could get a glass table!’ but that was a no too – think of the finger marks and rings from glasses set down without a coaster! No thanks. So in the end I found this and thought what’s wrong with the standard pine extendable dining table? I went hunting online and discovered the Debenhams Pine ‘Whistler’ extending dining table and 6 chairs and thought it would look great in my dream home! I can already picture it covered with my Christmas tablecloth… but that’s me just getting ahead of myself.

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Debenhams Pine ‘Whistler’ extending dining table and 6 chairs, costing £1200 for the set.

Of course, a dining set like this deserves some gorgeous crockery and something even more gorgeous to store it in! I have always had a thing for dresser units or sideboards for displaying nice crockery and ornaments, so when I saw this 3 door glass display unit from Home Essentials I just fell in love. This is something I would need in my ideal flat. The best part? I could store my books and DVDs on the shelves, and the crockery in the cupboards with all the placemats etc.

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Stowe Ready Assembled 3 Door Glass Display Unit, priced at £399

So accessories for the dining section would include the odds and ends down below. I know these aren’t the most interesting, or living room based, but I got started on the hunt of dining room things and got carried away.

placemats
Denby Pack of 4 gold ‘Monsoon Lucille’ placemats costing £17 for 4. Matching coasters available costing £9 for 4.
special crockery
Topkapi 43-piece dinner set for 6 people, gold decorated, Victoria TK-990 from Amazon.co.uk. £89.90 for the set.
table feature
LSA International G1161-11-283 11cm Polka Vase, Gold from Amazon.co.uk . £15 for the vase.
tablecloth
Premier 52×90 inch Linen Look Oblong Tablecloth, Red costing £11.25 from Amazon.co.uk
 

I was going to include my wine glasses and the likes, but I figured we should move on with the actual living room stuff! So moving on and keeping within the theme, I think I would like 2 really comfy sofas (a corner sofa and a 2 seater) and I’m going to cover them in cushions and a warm throw to make them as cosy as possible. I’d also love to put an armchair in there too! I’ve put them all down below for your opinions. The three are all from Debenhams and details are below the photo!

 

sofas and chair
Debenhams Large brushed cotton ‘Jackson’ corner sofa in grey (£3900), Debenhams 2 seater natural grain leather ‘Jackson’ sofa in grey (£2100), and Debenhams Natural grain leather ‘Jackson’ loveseat in grey (£1600).
cushions and throws
Top Row: A-Express® Burgundy (XL – 225cm x 254cm) Warm Soft Fleece Sofa Cover Bed Blanket Throw from amazon costing £16.99, Debenhams RJR.John Rocha Cream ‘Mongolian’ cushion £50, Debenhams Montgomery Red ‘Meadow’ cushion cover £23 Bottom Row: RJR.John Rocha Natural flocked cushion £30, Montgomery Ruby ‘Marisa’ cushion cover £23, McAlister Textiles Textured Metallic Red Chenille Cushion – 43x43cm 17 Inch w/ Duck Feather Filler from amazon costing £20.72

Haha I don’t even want to know how much this dream flat is costing me so far, but I’m not done yet! I would need little end tables to put lamps on and the landline phone. I actually discovered that Debenhams have the same style for end tables, coffee table and a tv unit!

end tables, coffee table and tv unit
Debenhams Pine ‘Whistler’ lamp table with drawer costs £200 per table. Debenhams Pine ‘Whistler’ coffee table with 2 drawers costing £400. Debenhams Pine ‘Whistler’ TV unit costing £350.

Now, I have just 2 more items of furniture I would keep in this room. The first would be a narrow bookcase from Ikea that I would put under the window and cover with cushions and blankets and soft toys so that it looks all cosy like a mini reading corner. I would probably also put in a few bean bags for when I have more people around, just so there are plenty of seats, plus who doesn’t love sitting in a bean bag, covered in a blanket, and reading when the rain is pouring down outside.

bookcase
Bookcase BILLY Brown ash veneer, article number: 103.233.49. Priced at £45
I’d also probably put photos and other odds and ends in there too, not just books. But it’s always just been one of those things I’ve wanted. The second piece of furniture I would love to have in my dream living room if money were no object, is an upright piano. I miss playing piano so much, just the feel of sitting down and pouring your heart and soul into the music. So while I would love to someday have a grand piano displayed in front of a floor to ceiling window, in my dream student living room I would settle for just an upright piano like the one below from McLaren’s Pianos.

piano
Irmler P116, finished in Cherry Satin and costing £4647.

So now that I’ve had a look at all my furniture, I should probably sign off and let you all get on with your lives! So just to finish, in order to preserve the carpet, I would probably have a shoe rack just inside the room and a range of different slippers and socks in the different compartments – think of something similar to a bowling alley where you check your shoes in and collect them on the way out!

 

So if you’ve made it this far, I’d love to hear your thoughts! I know I’ve written a lot and it can be hard to visualise so I drew a to-scale plan of the room just to see it all in place. Would you swap anything around?

My to scale plan of how I would arrange the room

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4 thoughts on “My Ideal Living Room

  1. Love this! It’s not long until I get a flat of my own too! You don’t realise how much you have to think about until it actually starts happening! It’s great you have an idea about what you want your home to be like. A perfect home environment is so important! !

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