The other week I filled you in on the big news in my life this year – no I’m not pregnant – I bought my first house. Since I bought my house, I’ve been taking on the long process of making a house a home and truly making this little three bed baby feel like mine. One of the first rooms I wanted to decorate was the lounge; the place where I hope to spend a lot of time socialising with friends and family. Today I’m sharing a first look at my retro inspired lounge décor.
As I knew I would be spending a lot of time in the lounge, I wanted to get it just right. It’s also the first room that you see as you step into the house and so it’s the first impression my guests will get. It’s almost like an outfit, you know, you want it to perfectly represent you and what you like in the first couple of seconds. So, I went for something glamorous yet retro – I like to think of it as modern vintage, inspired by art deco and tropical prints all rolled into one. Think gold, black and green.
I will be doing a full lounge tour when it’s a little more finished (right now its a liveable work in progress) but right not I wanted to share some photos of my favourite areas so far; my snuggly sofa corner. I decided to go for a mid century inspired retro sofa from Made – I chose the ‘Tubby’ Sofa in antique gold velvet with wooden legs. It looks beautiful (it better had, it was pricy!) but it certainly doesn’t feel beautiful – it’s utterly uncomfortable! To combat this, I’ve gone a little cushion crazy, and used this as an excuse to touch on the black, gold, white and green colour theme of the whole room. It acts as a focal point for the room and draws it all together I think. Note: nothing complete without a subtle pug reference!
I absolutely adore the way these colours work together and even how the art deco patterns contrast with the tropical leaf prints. Although there’s certainly a lot more that I need to do with this room to get it feeling homely. For instance, although this corner of the room looks neat and tidy, there’s still cardboard boxes full of flat pack furniture yet to build and belongs yet to unpack. I want to add finishing touches, like add some cosiness with a centre piece rug and shield it from the outside world a little by putting up some shutter blinds (I have my eye on a set from Direct Blinds).
However, for now I’m feeling good about it. This is a good start to the room, I think, and although there is a lot left to do, I’m pleased to be able to give you a sneak peek into my retro inspired lounge décor for now. Coming next – a full living room tour!