Whisky and chocolates...

...is all that's missing in my cosy lounge now that I'm the proud owner of a sofa. And not just any sofa: a vintage green chesterfield! 

My first Ebay purchase too! Not that I actually had to bid for it or anything. I hate bidding. I've tried it so many times and never ever managed to buy anything. I'm still not a fan of Ebay and only really resorted to it because I couldn't find an affordable and nice second-hand sofa anywhere else.

Now don't you think that wall would look a million times better with a huge piece of art hanging on it? Good, we all agree. Now to find the perfect painting...

As you can see, we're using our Scandinavian blanket box as a coffee table. It's still got all our shoes in it. Oh, if only all of our furniture could have hidden storage space!

I have big plans to stain the back of the box to even out the colour and make the view less ugly from across the room. Because we now have another "seating area": behold! The fireplace throne!

It turns out Boyfriend and I had both toyed with the idea of sticking his old chair in the fireplace but neither one thought the other would agree. He loves the fact that he can sit (leaning forwards to avoid bumping his head on the mantle) with his sword on one side and his giant candelabra on the other, while I love that we didn't have to get rid of the nice chair. It is a little odd having a chair in the fireplace, and the colour doesn't go with the rest of the room. On the plus side: maximum use of space! I would love to reupholster it one of these days, but someone is having none of it (and since it's all that remains of his bachelor days, he will always win that argument). 

I hung our traditional string with pegs across the mantle (using a very high-tech hanging method, a.k.a. white gaffer tape) and now all we need is a few more Christmas cards to make the fireplace look really festive. 

I'm not fond of the chesterfield meets mid-century chevron mix but this is the way things are going to be because I don't want to get rid of the cocktail cabinet and there's only so many ways of arranging the furniture in an English terrace house.

On the whole it's made the room a lot more functional and not as overcrowded as I expected. Sorry for the dark pics, this is as light as it gets in here these days...(psst! If you look up in the next pic you can see my next project! I think the hairy lantern might be making a second, much bigger appearance soon!)

We've pushed the table up under the window and usually do a bit of neighbour-watching while we eat (that's a joke. Our house is at the end of a dead end, so not much goes on, and we find Victorian Farm far more interesting to watch anyway). Now all we need is a coat-rack by the door to solve the "many bags on chair" situation. If only we were allowed to drill holes in the wall...any chances gaffer tape can keep a coat rack up?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12/13/2013

    I think your room looks very nice, the chevrons are not out of place at all with the chesterfield. The back of the chest is not noticeable, I wouldn't think it necessary to do anything to it! The fireplace chair adds a beautiful splash of colour to a room that otherwise might possibly be slightly sombre. It complements the lovely green of the chesterfield rather than clashing with it, I love it and wouldn't change a thing! ;)