Some say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but I’d have to disagree. Over on Northfield Rise, the heart of our home is definitely the living room. It’s also been the room which has been the most challenging to decorate with an abundance of curtain samples and rugs entering the house, only to be discarded because something just wasn’t quite right. Being the homebodies that we are, having a warm living room to relax in with friends and to curl up in to watch films in was a priority for both of us. And with our first Christmas in the house around the corner, the pressure was on to settle on a colour scheme and sofa that we both liked – easier said than done!
Another challenge was the size of the room, which seemed to dwarf most of our previous furniture and made filling the space quite difficult. Fortunately, we discovered the king of all sofas while buying these carpets at Clayton’s and found our inspiration.
By now, you may have realised that there’s a common colour scheme running throughout our home – pale grey. And we still haven’t tired of it. But with the living room, I wanted to inject some colour with a bright citrine yellow to balance out the grey. And to bring some character into the room, we added a geometric element to the living room having been inspired by the simplicity of Scandinavian design; where geometry plays a strong role. The curtains, cushions and throw from John Lewis helped bring this vision to life.
We fell in love with this chair long before we moved into the house or were even contemplating the living room. Based on the 1941 classic Finn Juhl design, this chair fulfils my love of clean design, curved lines and aesthetic with a retro touch. It’s my favourite piece in our house, and is Jesse’s place of choice.
And the living room wouldn’t truly feel like ‘home’ without some South African touches. At home in South Africa, my family’s Christmas tree is decked in beaded decorations and it’s something I yearned for while preparing the house for Christmas. My mum sent over a bag of decorations for our Christmas tree, and it finally felt like the Christmas I’ve known before.
It’s still a work in progress, and I’m hoping to add some bookshelves next to the French doors when we take the Christmas tree down, as well as some pictures on the walls, but it’s a start. I look forward to sharing more of house updates in 2016.
Wishing you all a happy, festive season!