Interior Design

Living Room Tour (Before and After)

This is long overdue. To be fair, I’ve wanted to share shots of my living room with you for a while now, but I haven’t had a good enough camera with a good enough lens. This problem is now solved and I’m happy to present to you my living room!

I’ve worked really hard over the last year to restyle our flat, and it’s a very slow process when you’re decorating on a humble budget. The living room is the furthest along of all of the rooms, so I feel most comfortable sharing it with you now. I’m doing small bits and bobs with the bedroom as well, but it’s not quite at a sharing stage.

To talk you through what’s going on, it might be better for you to see what the living room looked like before

A few of the bigger pieces shown here were given to us, and the rest were picked up during college on an as-needed basis. We came to have quite a lot of unattractive furniture, but what bothered me most at the time was that it was so brown. It was such a depressing colour to be surrounded by, so when I initially started making changes, it was to replace some of our “wood” furniture with brighter, white pieces. The desk and bookcase were replaced with the Billy and Expedit from Ikea and suddenly our space began to transform!

Slowly we replaced all of the major pieces in the room: the black chair was swapped for the white Eames chair, the grey sofa replaced the brown sofa, etc.

Then there’s the accessorising.

This is a part of decorating that I’m not sure ever really ends. Deciding on cushions and rugs can take a while and, frankly, it’s better this way. If you buy a lot of accessories at once, I think there’s a danger that your pieces can be “matchy”. Additionally, accessories are a chance for you to add character to a room, so it’s best to collect little pieces throughout your life that you really love.

I think the cherry on the cake for this room was when we hung our art. I used to blog about incorporating art into interiors a while ago, so this is an area that I know quite a bit about. We placed the art in a gallery-style on the wall, and suddenly the walls seemed taller and the room felt more complete. Art is so important to rounding off room design– don’t let it be an area that you neglect.

There’s still work to do, of course. I want to replace the coffee table and there’s a little workspace that I didn’t photograph that needs (a lot of) work. It’s likely that we’ll be moving flats this year, so I don’t want to do too much more decorating focused around the space we’re in. I’ve been really enjoying this process.

I hope you’ve enjoyed having a peek into my space. I look forward to sharing more soon!

(I should also mention that the Expedit bookcase and flip-top school desk are two DIY projects I’ve written about before. If you like them, go have a look!)

UPDATE: Our living room makeover was featured on Apartment Therapy!

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  • Reply
    March 9, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Nice. Where did you get your sofa from? I love it!

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      March 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Thank you! It’s from Made.com. They have amazing sofas :)

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    March 10, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Love the rug! Where did you find? I’m on the hunt for my new house :)
    Amazing transformation!

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      March 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Hi JG,
      Thank you! The rug is from Morocco. The style is called a boucherouite or rag rug. They each tend to be one of a kind. I love this style– I have one in my bedroom as well.

      Hope that helps!

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    August 12, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Your place looks beautiful! Where is the white shelving from? It’s perfect!

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      Ferren Gipson
      August 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Thanks, Allyson. The shelving is all for good ‘ole IKEA. Cheap and does the trick :)

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    August 12, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Hey Ferren,

    Looks incredible. I actually adore your coffee table. Might I ask where you got it?

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      Ferren Gipson
      August 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Thank you, Meaghan! It’s from Muji, but I’ve seen it in various places in perspex and glass. Hope that helps! x

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    March 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    If I could ask… where is your calendar from?
    I love hanging extra large calendars (see without glasses!) but everything I see has such tiny dates these days; I actually haven’t even purchased any 2016 wall calendars because I couldn’t find one that fit my needs -and then I saw this! It’s absolutely perfect and I’d love to try and get my hands on one if they’re still around somewhere!

    I’m so glad Apartment Therapy shared – the place looks amazing!!

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