Last week I kicked off my first apartment home tour, with a look at my tiny bedroom. And today it’s the turn of my living space. I have an open-plan kitchen and living room – which, although modest in size, is perfectly proportioned and very easily divided into separate areas.
The kitchen is sectioned-off from the rest of the room with an alcove/breakfast bar. And my sofa cuts through the rectangular living space, setting clear boundaries between my home office and chillout zone.
As with my bedroom, this room is still a work in progress. The walls are quite sparse, because I’m still deciding where I want to hang artwork and mirrors. And I’m also missing the all-important coffee table. However, although unfinished, I love coming home to this space and it already feels so welcoming. Here’s a proper look around…
TV cabinet from Argos | Cabinet handles from Zara Home | Straw ‘Ella’ basket from Rae Feather | Cactus vase from Sainsbury’s Home c/o | Marble photo frame from Sainsbury’s Home c/o | New York print from Rifle Paper co
THE LIVING ROOM
The living space took quite a long time to come together because I ordered Made.com’s Helena sofabed a few weeks before Christmas, so the delivery time was extended by an extra month. But once the sofa arrived the room quickly began to take shape.
I caved in and ordered the infamous berber rug from La Redoute, because it’s a great price and the perfect size for this space. Initially I didn’t like the idea of having such an easily identifiable, Instagram-cliché in my living room. But, when it comes down to it, I adore the design of this rug, so that’s all that matters.
In the coming weeks and months I’m also hoping to add a circular, marble coffee table to this area. Along with a blush pink velvet pouffe and a banana leaf plant to sit next to the TV unit.
The kitchen was already in great shape when I moved in, so I haven’t had to touch it at all (which is a huge relief). It’s unlikely that I would ever have chosen pale blue tiles, if left to my own devices, but I actually really love the pop of colour that comes through from the kitchen. And it definitely adds some depth and personality to the space.
I’ve put my stamp on the kitchen by adopting a rose gold/copper colour palette. Everything syncs together nicely – from the kettle and salt and pepper shakers, right through to the cafetiere and clock.
THE HOME OFFICE
As you know, I work from home. And I felt it was important to make my office area as inviting as possible. The West Elm desk was one of the first pieces of furniture I ordered – mostly because it was on sale at the time – and I absolutely adore it! I had planned to purchase something cheaper, from IKEA, but I completely fell in love with West Elm’s design and knew I’d really enjoy sitting down at it every day.
The big deliberation now is whether or not I should put a white, floating IKEA shelf above my desk or not. What’s your verdict?
Do you think my apartment is coming together nicely? And what other interior-focused content would you like to see, going forwards, on Coco’s Tea Party? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts…
Photos by Lydia Collins