Tuesday, 26 August 2014

chic shadow

One of my projects this summer was to redecorate our sitting room. Living in rented accommodation we're not able to change things drastically, but painting the chimney breast is something we are able to do. After pinning a load of images for inspiration I settled on a grey theme, and hopped down to Homebase to buy some paint samples. After choosing what I thought was the ideal shade (Warm Pewter by Dulux) I set about painting, soon to realise it was a little too blue for my liking. You can see it in the collage below - the top right image. Back to Homebase I went, and settled on a lighter shade - Chic Shadow, again by Dulux. Luckily this time round it was perfect, and I am so happy with the result! 

You may notice our pretty hideous skirting boards. The job is not finished, but we are just waiting to get the OK from our landlord to re-paint them a nice glossy white. You may think we're mad for spending time decorating a home that isn't technically ours, but I'm of the view that we've gotta live here for at least another year (we've been in a year already) so we might as well make it pretty. Agreed?

I'll link some of the bits we've bought for our sitting room below - lots of new bits but also some things we've had for a while. We picked up the white armchair from a local charity shop for £60 which we're super pleased with - don't be afraid to buy second hand! Just give it a good look over before you buy... and the all important sniff test. I also found this side table at a reclaimed furniture store for twenty-something quid, in the perfect grey shade. It's as if they knew I was coming!

White lantern IKEA // Glass jar Home Sense (similar here) // Glass tealight holder IKEA // Hinoki wood candle Muji // Striped cushion H&M // Velvet cushion H&M // Faux fur throw Asda // Artificial flowers Wilko // 
Glass vase Vintage at The Ark (similar here) // White floor lamp Wilko // Silver wall mirror Argos



  1. This looks so cosy! Good shout on the flowers/jar situation....and I'm now wishing they'd had that throw in grey when I'd bought mine! A trip to Asda for cushions is next on my list :) x

  2. I LOVE the colour you chose, so chic and understated!

    Maria xxx

  3. You're so lovely and coordinated! We have just moved into a new build flat so we can't paint for 6 months, boo!

  4. I love the little jar of tealights and the throws- so lovely
    Daniella x


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