Bright and Dotty Living Room
I stumbled on this image browsing colourful living rooms on Pinterest and immediately thought ‘I want that in my house- but there’s no way I’ll be able to do a blog post on it’. I knew it’d be tricky to find items to replicate this look, but a few weeks later, I thought I’d give it a go. The room was put together by stylist Sally Conran, and I am now a huge fan of her work.
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1 ‘Tivoli’ dining armchair. £179 Wayfair. To make this more of an occasional chair, you could trim a few inches off the legs to make it a little more relaxed. I couldn’t find any specific tutorials, but this forum thread will give some ideas of where to start.
3 ‘Jonah’ sofa. £499 Made
4 Desk lamp. £12 Wilkinsons
5 ‘Ibiza’ Hammam towel. £24 Bohemia Design
7 Embossed vase. £13.99 Dunelm
8 Mustard blanket. £29.99 Amazon
9 Polka Dot wallpaper. £25 per roll Kids Fabrics (an alternative to the DIY project below)
10 ‘Lovbacken’ side table. £40 Ikea
11 Recycled glass vase. £15 Amazon
12 ‘Tam Tam’ stool. £15 Habitat
13 ‘Chloe’ three drawer chest. £299 Wilkinsons
DIYA bit more work, but with a box of bits and tutorials a click away, you can create something by hand and at a fraction of the price of buying new
1 I can’t tell you how much I’d like to give this a go- I really love ditzy dot prints rather than the uniformed polka dot. There are plenty of tutorials online showing how to lino print your own wallpaper, like this one:
I’ve put together this template for a 40x30cm piece of lino, but it would be good to resize the image to within the dimensions of lining paper (for example, paper 60cm in width, would fit two 30cm width prints side by side, with nothing being cut off).
Lino printing tools and inks can be purchased from loads of places, including Turners Art Shop.
2 There’s a few cushions to make for this- including the seat cushion for the occasional chair. You can pick up a tick piece of foam from markets and fabric shops for around £10, I love this easy seat cover tutorial with minimal sewing. If I were making one, I’d use ‘Millwood Leaf’ fabric from Laura Ashley.
3 Finally, transform cheap bright cotton fabric, some cheap iron on transfers and some mini pom pom trim into bright, round cushions. You could even give your embroidery skills as go by embellishing with leaves.