One of the unexpected pleasures of renovating our house has been the slow decorating process. I’m not talking about the endless choices we made months back – what colour for the walls and skirting boards? What style of light in the bathroom? Chrome or brushed steel taps? Sink fitted in the kitchen top, or underneath it?
So. Many. Decisions.
I’m talking about all the finishing touches – those cosy little flourishes that are slowly but surely bringing our home to life. And I’m having SO much fun finding them! The thing is, if we’d finished everything as soon as the building work was completed I’d have rushed into making decisions and, almost certainly settled for what I could find within my time and budget constraints.
Instead, in the five months since, I’ve really been able to get a feel for the new space and how it works. Although it’s been frustrating to see these areas not quite finished, not quite reaching their full potential, this time has helped me to figure out the final design puzzle pieces.
For this sofa area, a secondary living space in our new open-plan kitchen-diner, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what wasn’t jelling. Then, as I sat there one evening with a glass of wine, watching the stars through the pyramid roof lantern (now one of my favourite things to do), I realised that, with the nights closing in and winter on its way I wanted to focus on hygge decor, and creating an indulgent oasis.
As soon as that decision was made, I realised the four-seater DFS sofa we’d repurposed from the lounge needed some texture – a throw to break up the plain grey. I knew it had to be faux fur, something snuggly and indulgent and slightly over-the-top. As luck would have it (fate?) I found exactly what I wanted with a grey-tipped faux fur throw from Next, which fitted in beautifully with the velvet Arlo & Jacob cushions I got a couple of years ago.
Speaking of which – how lush is that rich purple against the Farrow & Ball Green Smoke walls?
The metal and glass console is actually a £20 IKEA laptop table, and I added an aloe vera plant I bought from the newly-relaunched Bakker website, as I loved the dark green against the grey-green backdrop.
For the table lamp I wanted something practical, but also something that added a design element to the space. After poring over lighting websites for hours, I finally discovered this Schofield Concrete Industrial table lamp from Iconic Lights. It was just the right mix of simplicity and quirkiness, but with an contemporary feel that perfectly fit in with the design of our kitchen-diner. We’d used Iconic Lights before to source the pendant lights we hung over the island breakfast bar and this blended in brilliantly, with the same steampunk vibe.
I emailed their lovely outreach team, and was really excited when they were keen to work together again (we also got the cutest bedside lamp for Lil Sis’s woodland room – look out for that in a future post!).
The lamp looked just as I imagined it would, and was the final finishing touch for what was quickly becoming one of my favourite corners in the house. The ridiculously affordable price, just £13, thrilled my bargain-hunting soul; I didn’t just love the lamp, I was infatuated with it.
During the day I sit here with a coffee and work on blog posts, then once the girls are in bed I curl up in the corner and read my book; it’s my perfect autumnal hygge hideaway!
• read my professional interior styling tips, from the Amara design team
The Schofield Concrete Industrial table lamp was kindly provided for review.