I’m finally ready to show you my brand new mid-century modern living/dining room after its summer renovation. As well as a selection of photos, I’ve done a room tour video, which I really enjoyed filming and which I think really shows off what the room is like.
My new living/dining room was once two very distinct rooms separated by a floor to ceiling room partition but since having our daughter last year, my partner Phill and I could see the benefits of having an open plan space. It was my father-in-law (a builder by trade) who did most of the renovation work. You see it wasn’t just a case of re-decoration; we had to take down the old polystyrene ceiling, take off the wallpaper and dado rail, take down a big ugly room partition and replace the flooring too (as it was different in the living room and dining room). Once all that was done we could get down to the more fun task of decorating and putting our stamp on the new and improved open plan living space.
Phill spent a long time planning out the room; figuring out where everything would go and finding the best way to make use of the new open plan space. We have lots of ‘stuff’ so storage solutions were a must. We also had to figure out were all our artwork would go, and one of the important things for both of us was making sure Rose had a dedicated play area in the room.
Throughout our home, the mid-century modern style is prevalent and we went all out in the living room. We kept pieces of furniture that have been with us for years – including our mid-century teak sideboard and my Nanny’s G Plan nest of tables. We added a new vintage item – the gold ladderax shelving unit, which I found in the wonderful Belfast Emporium store. We upgraded our sofa to a sumptuous leather corner sofa from the DFS French Connection ‘Zinc’ range. As you will find out in the video, it was the sofa which we based the room around as we fell in love with it at the beginning of the year. Another big purchase was an Ikea media unit which Phill customised to suit out needs…plus we got a brand spanking new Samsung TV.
We went with Dulux’s Perfectly Taupe paint on the walls and taupe oak laminate flooring throughout. When it came to soft furnishings, we got new Kaleidoscope yellow geo curtains but kept our blue teal rug and vintage mustard yellow futon. We got our mink coloured origami ceiling shades from Dunnes stores and our lamps were bought in Dunelm earlier this year.
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