Wednesday, January 4

New Year, New Look In The Living Room!

Happy new year everyone! I'm back at my desk and ready to kick of the year by showing you some changes that I've made to the living room over the past couple of weeks.

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In the run up to Christmas I finally got around to framing and adding a few new pieces to the monochrome gallery wall. The additions have had the desired effect of making the wall look more finished, and the tweaks to the layout work so much better than the previous incarnation. I think gallery wall layouts are really hard to get right, and feel like we're kind of there now with this one (between you and me, it was starting to drive me totally insane). The best part, is that it's made the room feel bigger as the gallery now extends right to each end of the wall, drawing the eye along, instead of just focussing on the area above the sofa only. I love that only three new pieces have had such a dramatic effect.

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But speaking of sofas, the most exciting, and biggest change in here, is our new sofa from Out & Out Original that arrived with perfect timing, a few days before Christmas, and it has completely transformed the room.

Allow me to introduce our new family member, Slouchy...

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog


The Slouchy is a generously sized three seater sofa with a fabulous contemporary shape, that gives a subtle nod to mid-century style with tapered oak legs, stopping the overall design from feeling too heavy.

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

The super wide arm rests (which we've discovered are perfect for resting remotes, phones and ipads on - because let's be honest, sofa time in our house at least, nearly always includes some, or all of these gadgets) are the same height as the back, and the padding is integrated into the sofa, negating the need for separate seat and back cushions (though two optional back cushions are included as pictured below). These design details work together to enhance the streamlined, contemporary look.
New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog


The wool textured mid-grey fabric, which is not too light, and not too dark, is super soft and cosy, and I can confirm, that as I've been rather under the weather for the last few weeks, that I have spent way more time than I usually would sat on the sofa, and it's very comfortable indeed. Like, don't-want-to-get-up-and-do-anything-else comfortable. It's extra deep, meaning it's great for snoozing on too (okay, I might have already tested out this option a few times too), or indeed just settling back with your feet curled up.

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

I'm not sure if our old sofa which was also a three seater was particularly compact, but the Slouchy definitely has a more generous seating area - three people always felt way too close on the old sofa, but perfectly fine with our new one.

I've been hankering after something more contemporary, as obviously the design of a large piece of furniture such a sofa really defines the look of a room, and this shape just works so well in here.

Needless to say, it has a big thumbs up from the whole family, and has given the room a lovely fresh look and feel. I'm so happy with it! Can you tell!?

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

New Year, New Look In The Living Room - French For Pineapple Blog

Out & Out Original, (who I'd like to add, though I'm not obliged to, have been such a pleasure to work with), also have a fantastic range of other furniture for both indoors and the garden. I'm totally eyeing up some of the outdoor options like the Malibu Luxury Greywash Wooden Lounge Set, which actually looks way too nice be used outdoors, and dreaming of some warm days when it could be used. With a cocktail in hand. Obvs. There's a real passion that drives this company, which is just lovely, so please do go and check them out.

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This post is in collaboration with Out & Out Original.

P.S You can also pop over to the Out & Out Original blog where I'm now a contributor, to see what I've been banging on about there.




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10 comments

  1. Wow, you've been busy. I'm loving the new sofa. I'm just looking at replacing my and will definitely check your tip. I also love the gold side table/stool by the window. If you don't mind - where did you get it?
    Tks
    xx

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  2. Thanks Sueli! Yes, I have been busy! Lots more to come this year. I'm rearing to go! Not at all - the little side table is from West Elm. Not sure they do that shape anymore, but check out the Martini one which is equally gorgeous and they are so handy! Xx
    http://www.westelm.co.uk/martini-side-tables-metallics-h1420?quantity=1&attribute_1=Brass

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    1. Sorry for the delay in thanking you, but I am really grateful for your reply.
      xx

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  3. Love this room! I painted my hallway the same colour after being inspired by this room. Please can I ask where you got your pink chair from?
    Thanks
    Emma x

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    1. Thanks Emma! Of course, but you won't like the answer.... we found chair at a local vintage furniture shop many moons ago, (it's a reproduction Le Courbusier chair) and reupholstered in a Kenzo fabric from Liberty. You might find a similar reproduction on ebay! X

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  4. Ahh it looks fantastic in there. I really love the new sofa - I think the contemporary shape really works beautifully in the room and contrasts with some of the more traditional elements of the architecture (god that sounded poncy as fuck but well...) Loving the expanded gallery wall too! Apologies I'm so late to comment on this, I'm so behind on my blog reading! Need to check out Out & Out Original now (just after I read the rest of your updates)! xx

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  5. Hello! I love your living room, the new sofa looks fantastic. Can I ask where you got your rug from? I'm looking for similar in a large and thought getting a carpet cut to size might be cost-effective, but struggling to find somewhere that would do it. Thanks!

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  6. Hello! Love the new sofa, it looks fantastic and most importantly, comfortable! Can I ask where you got your rug from? I'm looking for a similar large one for my living room and don't want to spend too much! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Maz! Thank you! It's the Sinnerlig rug from Ikea by Ilse Crawford (£50 I think) - nice and big at 2 x 3m. I'm not 100% sure it's still available, but I think they also have a similar thicker one. If you have no luck and are London based let me know because I actually have another unused one that I bought and didn't use for my dining room that I might be persuaded to sell! X

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  7. Thanks Sueli! Yes, I have been busy! Lots more to come this year. I'm rearing to go! Not at all - the little side table is from West Elm. . . .
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