Interiors • March 19, 2015

Some Updates To Our Mustard & Purple Living Room… (Our Old House)

About this time last year we completely redid our living room.  We got rid of the horrible 80’s artex and had it replastered, we had spot lights put in and we just generally redecorated it with a purple and mustard theme.  Since then we have loved our little family space, and it never fails to get comments from visitors to our home.  It’s definitely not to everyone’s tastes- the largest wall is decorated with Orla Kiely mustard wallpaper which I adore, but it is very bright and colourful, and it certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.  I am a huge fan of colours, especially yellow, and I love a retro style, so it was an ideal choice for us.

If you follow me on social media and indeed on this blog, I have been harping on constantly recently about the fact that our girls are in the process of going in a joint bedroom in order to make room for an office space for us (the reasons for that I have touched upon here) and as I write this we are very nearly done- we are just waiting on a couple of bits I have ordered and then they will be complete. (I will share our makeovers on here no doubt!)  We live in a three bedroom home so when Mads came along we lost our guest bedroom and then when LL came along we lost our study, so we are thrilled to have a little office space back, and I am sure that the girls are going to love sharing.  For years Mr E’s Mac has been sort of wedged in next to our sofa in the living room, so when we moved it to upstairs, we had a little gap which was crying out for some new furniture.

I bought the gorgeous little mustard coloured side table from Habitat the other day and over the last few months we have added some more touches here and there, so I thought I would share an updated living room tour….

mustard living room 1

I am loving this little nook where our smaller sofa is.  To the right of the sofa is where Mr E’s computer used to be wedged so it’s lovely to have a side table now.  As I mentioned before the yellow table is from Habitat (they do them in all different colours) and we also recently bought the cube shelves too.

mustard living room 4

I am absolutely besotted with this glass lamp from John Lewis– I bought it a couple of months ago as as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it, even though at the time I didn’t have anywhere to put it.  It’s got a yellow/amber layer underneath the first bit of glass and I love the exposed cord too.  The photo to the right is of us sat on the same sofa, it’s our very first photo together as a four and although it is pretty dreadful I love it for sentimental reasons.

mustard living room 5

Did I mention I love my new lamp?

mustard living room 2

We bought these cube shelves from Amazon (I can’t find the link!), they were as cheap as chips and I love that they give a pop of yellow to this corner of the room.  I am obsessed with little weird trinkets, which drives Mr E mad.  I collect retro cameras so I love this one which I picked up ages ago from some random car boot sale, and he also can’t understand why I love my little retro caravan from Tea and Kate.  I also love this rather creepy looking yellow chiming doll from my good friend Fritha’s shop.  The frankly hideous swarvorski pineapple used to belong to my Mum and she was also baffled when I asked if I could have it- I remember it being up in my house back in the 80’s!

mustard living room 3

We bought some yellow and purple string lights from Cable and Cotton, they give a nice glow in the evening when we don’t want the main spotlights on- we stupidly got a spotlight right above where we sit on the sofa so it feels like we are on Mastermind when it’s shining brightly in the evening!

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This print is a recent addition and I love it.  You can’t beat a good typeface that’s for sure.

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Cushion love.  I got the furry guy on the end from Tesco, the cat one is from Howkapow, the NICE biscuit one was a Christmas present from my Mum which I asked for (designed by a very talented instagram friend of mine Nikki McWilliams)  The other two are from H and M Home.


Still loving these old school milk bottles which I got from a bric a brac shop in my town.



We have had this frame for years and I can’t remember where it came from, but it’s our ‘Before Child’ wall.  The only wall left that isn’t overrun with photos of small people.


This print is made by a very talented old friend of mine back from my school days who runs his own studio Old English Prints.


Chunky knit mustard throw equals heaven.


Tidy for once.  Although my house is always pretty tidy.  I am one of those weird people who tidy up the toys completely at nap time only for them to get them straight out again.


More vintage camera love- I have had this one for so long and it reminds me of the instagram logo.

mustard living room 8

Another relatively recent addition to our living room is our photo wall going up the stairs, which we added a few months ago.  It’s only a small one, if you carry on further we have a massive photo wall on the other side, but this is just a mini one to brighten up that side.  We joke that the next person who buys our house is going to hate us as there are going to be holes all over the walls- I actually got bored and counted the other day and we have 76 frames up just on the walls of our home- for a small three bed house that’s pretty obsessive.

So there we have it.  A little updated living room tour.  Hopefully people find these posts interesting even if you are cringing at my weird interior style.  I know that I love looking at these on other blogs.

NB:  We paid for all items mentioned in this post.  I just wanted to include them in case it gave anyone some inspiration. 


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