When we moved house almost a year ago, the first part of the house we decided to redecorate was the open plan kitchen/living room. Firstly, we had the existing oak units painted a light cream (Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin to be precise), then we laid a new wood laminate floor throughout the entire room and finally retiled the kitchen wall area between the cupboards and worktop. It has made such a difference compared to what it was like before! (Take a look back in case you missed it; I did a first reveal of the work last year here).
Over the past couple of months, we have been busy finishing off the room with softer touches such as window coverings and rugs. There are still some additions I’d like to make to add further warmth to the room, such as the introduction of more colour across cushions and textiles, however it’s definitely getting there.
At last I can finally show you the latest reveal pics!
First off, the curtains, which we have finally hung over the patio door window. I chose the fabric from a local supplier here in Belfast, Mad About Fabrics – I wanted something to tie in the dark half-wall behind the dining table shown above and I’m really pleased with how they add a splash of pattern to the space. The cushion on the chair I picked up recently in the Debenhams January sale for a bargain £9! I am trying to introduce some colours into the room without it feeling too ‘matchy’ and so far seem to be drawn toward designs with a certain ethnic feel to them. I like this sort of pattern on a muted background. The plant basket is old stock from House of Fraser but you can find similar here.
We installed dark blue roller blinds on the windows looking out onto the garden, as they can be rolled up and almost out of sight during the day without impeding on the garden view, whilst maximising on the amount of natural light flowing into the room. This was important to us as the kitchen faces north.
We ordered the blinds from a local supplier, Charisma Blinds, based outside Belfast. We chose this option over ordering them from a cheaper supplier online, as they have been handmade, finished to a high standard and installed by experienced fitters. Again, they tie in the dark blue colour found elsewhere in the room.
I chose the rug (just seen below) from a selection at Kukoon (formerly The Rughouse), a company based here in NI who offer free delivery throughout the UK and Ireland. I wanted a thick pile, shaggy rug to make the space feel nice and cosy at this time of year, so opted for the super luxurious Cotswold in cream. There is a fleck of grey through the cream which gives the rug a nicely textured look. I think it would also look fabulously cosy beside a bed, particularly if you have exposed wooden floorboards.
Make sure to check out the range of rugs and floor coverings on offer at Kukoon – also, if you use the code DEKKOBIRD10 you’ll be granted a 10% discount off any purchase (this offer extends until the end of July).
The cotton jute mat is the ‘Harrietta’ from B&Q, which at just £7 was a great wee bargain!
Our sofa is from the Sonoma range at Next, however is over two years old now, so Next have updated the design slightly (see here). I added a wintry faux fur throw which I bought in a small shop whilst holidaying in Scotland last Autumn (this one is a similar style), and which I will swap out for something more Springlike in a few weeks. For now though, it’s really nice to snuggle under as it has a soft fleece lining.
We painted the walls in Farrow & Ball Drop Cloth, one of their new shades introduced in 2016. It complements the dark blue in the room nicely and is a really easy neutral to live with, its colour changing with the shift of light throughout the day.
The little house tealight holder is from Søstrene Grene in Belfast.
The wall behind the dining table has been painted in Farrow & Ball Railings (see picture further above). I absolutely love this colour and the contrast it has with the surrounding wall colour. The strength of colour also acts as a visual room divider between the kitchen and living areas, whilst keeping the overall look cohesive… if that makes sense?!
Finally, whilst choosing my rug, I spotted this cute little grey faux sheepskin throw which I just had to have! It gives a cool Scandi vibe that I love and my favourite way of styling it is like this; casually draped over one of my dining chairs. I do however find myself moving it around the house lots, as I find new places for it to add warmth to. It can be used as a little rug, too – perhaps beside an armchair or bed.
This one is the silver soft shaggy faux sheepskin, again available to buy from Kukoon.
I am enjoying bringing this room together and plan to give it a fresh injection of Spring colour once we have February over us! For now though, I’m quite happy to light my candles, pull over the thick curtains and wrap myself up in that furry throw with a big mug of hot coffee… it’s hygge all the way around here!
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