Still there …

Haven’t been et by dragons yet (lucky me!) but am happily scribbling away at the dratted diss (~ 205 pages in TNR, 1.5 spacing + 39 pages of bibliography so far). Am NOT moving — despite the recent increase in furniture & dishes shopping. 🙂 This increase is entirely due to the influence of all the decoration blogs I’ve been reading lately: they’ve been a great inspiration for me to start tackling certain problem areas in my flat.

Like, the sitting room!

Item: one sitting room, painted in lovely shade of warm yellow and furnished with lovely red couch (Ektorp from Ikea), antique Chinese table, three square black chests in lieu of coffee table, plus nice wooden cabinets with a slightly antique look.

Problem: Didn’t spend much time there, and when friends came over we usually sat in the comfy armchairs around the dining table.


Step 1: Put pretty, but elegant pillows into one of the square black chests, and get those old, round pillows from the 1970s out of storage. They might look funny with those flowers and frills, but I love them to pieces: when I was little — very, very, very little — we used to have a caravan, and those pillows are from the caravan and thus are true childhood treasures. Just looking at them makes me happy. And I guess it’s not a bad idea to surround yourself in your home with things that make you happy. 🙂

Step 2: Buy fluffy yellowy-beige throw. Doesn’t look that good on the red couch, but the cat and I love it to pieces (especially the cat!) because it’s so warm and fluffy and snuggly. When I expect guests, I can always put it into the ottoman and get out the red throw instead.

Step 3: Add bookish tablescape = instant cosiness!

Plus I followed the rule I found on one of those aforementioned decoration blogs, and worked with what I already had (um … books …) (okay, I bought the two Bunny Williams books and one of Charles Faudree’s French country style books after I had read about them on Little Red House — it’s all Mary’s fault! *g*) and sat one of my old cat figurines on top of one of the piles.

By now I’ve replaced one of the Heyer piles with THE LORE OF THE LAND (love, love, love this book!) and THE FOLKLORE OF DISCWORLD (have I already mentioned that I’m in love with Jacqueline Simpson? She’s my new favourite folklorist!). (Who says you can only use coffee table books as decoration on your coffee table? I say, put books you love on that table, books that reflect your personality, books you’re likely to take up yourself in a quiet minute.)

Step 4: Buy small, cute iron shelf. Add books. Admire. 🙂

Step 5 and 6 (yet to be taken): Get rid of junk. Put the picture on the wall and decorate with berry-garland.

I now spend so much more time in the sitting room, snuggled up on the couch with my cat, a cup of tea, and a nice book. In other words, Beautification Project No. 1 was an instant success! Yay!

2 thoughts on “Still there …

  1. Laura Vivanco

    Initially, when I saw the first picture, I thought that had come from a home decorating magazine and was what you were hoping to copy. Then I followed the hyperlink to the photo of the old round pillows, and realised that they were your pillows and that cat beside them was your cat. Being a genius, I then deduced that the first photo must actually be of your room, not of a photo in a magazine. If you tell me that this one (from your last post) is also of your flat, though, I’m going to be even more amazed, but I think it can’t be, because you said you wanted a pink version of the armchair.

  2. Sandra Schwab

    Hehe. 🙂 No, that other picture is not from my flat. Much too white for my taste: all of my rooms have yellow walls and that floor which looks like terracotta tiles, but is actually laminate.

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