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Blue and Peach Living Room

eebf9559458ed8d27145ebe999acf076I love the use of pink and coral teamed with grey and blue in this cosy and calm living room. I’ve been piecing together this look for a few weeks now following a good browse on Pinterest.

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1 ‘Stromby’ frame. £9.25 Ikea / One of a selection of botanical illustration prints. Around £36.99 AllPosters

2 ‘Blossom White’ silk emulsion, 2.5l. £19.99 Homebase

3 ‘Orin’ coffee table. £259 Habitat

4 ‘Copper’ vase. £17.50 Habitat

5 ‘Harrison’ cushion. £12 Next

6 ‘Newport’ sofa in ‘Linso blue-grey’. From £599.99 Dunelm

7 ‘Maze’ rug 3’6 x 5’6. £151.10 Overstock

8 Coral chevron cushion 18×18″. Approximately £8.32 Etsy

9 19cm flower pot and saucer. Both £1.25 B&Q

10 ‘Isaac’ coral desk lamp. £19.98 B&Q

11 Pekannot plant pot. £3.75 Ikea

12 ‘Abington’ modular chair. £299 Made

13 3x ‘Orion’ side tables. £99 Made

14 ‘Logan’ console table. £269 Made

 

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A 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

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I am always amazed where this blog takes me- and extreme knitting is no exception. You can buy super chunky knitted blankets from sellers like Loopy Mango (who’s Etsy shop is incredible) and Lucy Hanks. But £170-£350 is a lot to spend on a throw, and after a bit of research I’ve discovered that extreme knitting (knitting using oversized knitting needles with super thick yarn) is supposedly easy AND quick to whip up something in an evening. I’m sold!

Textile Artist Rachel John is considered a bit of an expert on this, and you can get a pair of needles from her Amazon shop for £19.99, as well as jersey Hooplayarn which is a by-product of the textile industry. If you’re looking to emulate that soft and chunky blanket, knit a few strands of Sirdar Big Softie in ‘Blancmange’ at a time using your super-sized needles.

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Sea urchin shells can be found listed on eBay for around £5-£15. Keep an eye out at car boot sales and antique shops for a pre-loved one.

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Blue and Orange Bachelor pad

9d581914f77a949a99807c0617cd88e6I was looking for bright sofas when I stumbled across this image on Houzz.com. It’s a great website for inspiration and even better seeing members photos in the comments. I love how the sofa and cushions really pop against the muted grey walls and rug.

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1 ‘Fridfull’ plant pot. £3 Ikea

2 ‘Dove Tale’ emulsion 2.5l. £34.99 Homebase. To get the rough textured concrete wall  you could use a textured paint underneath like this one from Wickes for £18.99 for 5 litres

3 ‘Polo’ table lamp. £63.48 Wayfair

4 ‘Flower Beautiful’ mirror. £92.25 Wayfair

5 ‘Barbican II’ sofa. £999 John Lewis

6 ‘Kilim Kasbah’ rug. From £42.99 Wayfair

7 ‘Oradd’ plant pot. 65p Ikea

8 Orange cushion. £10 House of Fraser

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Theres a great post on ‘In My Own Style’ showing how to transform furniture using black varnish. I love that you would be able to use Minwax or cheaper Wilko’s varnish to change cheap Ikea bedside tables into sleek side tables.

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Brass against blue works great, and if your don’t have grandparents willing to lend you an animal from their brass collection (mine have quite a selection!), you can pick up animals and objects for well under £10 each from eBay and Gumtree. As they’re quite heavy it might be something to keep an eye out for them at car boot sales or in charity shops so you don’t end up paying loads for postage.

And while you’re at the car boot, keep an eye out for a bench which can be repurposed as as a coffee table. Don’t worry about the condition as you can varnish it to match the side tables.

Californian Cottage Living Room

3b0a3d9050e97a1b49206eabf92ec734Apart from the bright, airiness, my main draw to this room found on Pinterest was the books on the coffee table- a couple of which I have owned for many years and used as part of my dissertation in my final year of University.

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1 ‘Kolja’ mirror. £15 Ikea

2 ’60’s Fashion’ book from £1.35  / ‘The Fashion Book’ from £1.23 both from Amazon

3 ‘Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits’ hardcover book. From £17.99 Amazon

4 ‘Rose’ cushion cover. £16 Cath Kidston

5 ‘Halston’ 3 seat sofa. £699 Made

6 ‘Ribba’ oak effect frame. £2.25 Ikea

7 Lattice resin table lamp. £17.99 Dunelm

8 ‘Mulig’ shelving unit. £25 Ikea

9 ‘Escalade’ rug. £175 Wayfair

10 ‘Gala’ glass coffee table. £200 Habitat

11 Hurricane vase.

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A 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

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1 My go-to easy cushion cover tutorial, in aqua dot fabric:

2 The pale green lamp really compliments the rest of the colour scheme and stops it from being too match-y. Plasti-kote do a spray paint suitable for all materials, the pistachio would completely change the look of a plain glass table lamp like ‘Ijusas’ from Ikea

3 Just like the home-owner in the photo, roller blinds can be hand made in large grey chevron fabric following a tutorial like this on on DesignSponge

Bright and Dotty Living Room

05d84b745448174ab483e986847a2669I 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.

2 Multi-coloured coat hook. £6 A Place For Everything. Two together almost emulates the Eames design icon, but £186 cheaper

3 ‘Jonah’ sofa. £499 Made

4 Desk lamp. £12 Wilkinsons

5 ‘Ibiza’ Hammam towel. £24 Bohemia Design

6 ‘Jali’ yellow rug 183x122cm. £295 The Rug Company (or for a cheaper, plainer option ‘York’ rug from £64, Debenhams)

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

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A 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

InteriorLooks17DIY1 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).

dots lino templateLino 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.

Sew simple envelope scatter cushions in fabrics which match the colour scheme- such as in red and white geometric print, and soft blue and yellow brushed cotton, both sourced through Fabric Buy. 

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  

 

Minimalist Monochrome Dining Room

fc530acf42242075ab587c1f5bf4b916I love the clean lines and minimalist approach to decoration in this image found whilst browsing Pinterest.

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InteriorLooksBUY161 ‘Knappa’ pendant light. £16 Ikea

2 Square downlights. £16.99 for three at Wickes

3 Large wooden bowl. £34.60 Wayfair

4 White roman blind. From £35 Blinds Supermarket

5 ‘Paris’ dining table. £109 Wilkinsons

6 Wicker log basket. £14.99 The Range

7 ‘Havana’ ceramic floor tiles. £5.24 for nine. Wickes

8 ‘Malmo’ chair. £29 Asda

9 ‘Nhua’ planter. £69.99 Homebase

Fresh lime dining area

a5b040e28250ddf8a595daf6cf8151baI really like this take on the classic pairing of Eames DSW chairs and a Saarinen Tulip Table.  Found on Pinterest, I really like the lime feature wall matching the chairs, and the large vase of fresh tulips.

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Items ready and waiting for you to purchase from our Great British HighstreetInteriorLooksBUY151 ‘Lace’ wallpaper by Scion. £27.50 per roll WallpaperSales

2 ‘Malmo’ chair. £49 Asda

3 ‘Docksta’ table. £130 Ikea

4 ‘Rektangel’ vase. £15 Ikea

5 Ronseal Diamond Hard Floor Paint in white and slate. £14.98 for 750ml and £29.98 for 2.5l from B&Q. Mixed to a pale grey

A Writer’s Writing Room

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Kyle from Beyond the Fiction told me that this would be his perfect writing room when he emailed this image. Now, built in shelving can be hella expensive, but you could also achieve the look by using Ikea Billy bookcases and make them look like built-ins. But failing that, here’s some ideas…

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InteriorLooks11BUY1 ‘Tarnby’ flatwoven rug 180x250cm. £70 Ikea / Tealight lantern. £10 Matalan

2 Black easy frame. From 99p Dunelm

3 Desk, slim and wide bookcase and desk add-on unit are all from the Hemnes series at Ikea. Solid, dark stained wood starting at £90, you could mix and match to fill whatever space you’ve got.

4 ‘Misty Mountain’ silk emusion 2.5l. £18.95 Wilkinsons

5 ‘Bella’ spotlight bar. £35.98 B&Q

6 Wooden ‘Somerset’ frame. From £1.49 The Range

7 Halogen desk lamp. £5.63 Tesco

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A 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

InteriorLooksDIY111 The internet is great for finding things like copyright free images, such as this fleur de lis symbol. It could be used as the template to do some lino printing on a simple cotton roman blind like this one for £12.99 from Argos. Get some lino, a lino cutter, roller, ink and follow a tutorial like this:

2 Keep your stationary looking slick with a wooden pencil box for £10.49. Varnish in a dark mahogany gloss.

3 Replace drawer and cupboard door knobs with with chrome ones like these from B&Q which are £9.98 for a pack of six.

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Keep an eye out at Charity shops, carboot sales, eBayGumtree & your local paper. Takes a bit of time but there are bargains to be baggedInteriorLooksFIND11A quick search on my local Gumtree and eBay and I found second hand carver chairs for £10-£30. You’re likely to pick these up in antique centres too. You may need to clean them up, restain the wood with a dark mahogany wood dye like this, and reupholster the seat using a heavy fabric, but it’ll be worth the effort, and tonnes cheaper than a new one.

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Send me an image of an interior you’ve fallen in love with- find Interior Looks on TumblrTwitterFacebook or email at interiorlooksuk(at)gmail(dot)com. It could be a photo from a hotel you’ve stayed in or an image on a designer website or from an interiors magazine, or even a still from a film of TV show. I’ll source the bits and pieces required for you to recreate the look at home, at an affordable price.