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Living Room Furniture Inspiration

In the past few months I’ve been on a mission to make our home feel, well, more homely. Bit by bit I’ve been transforming each room by buying furniture, plants and accessories keeping a consistent look and feel with a colour scheme and everything!

In particular the living room is really coming along. We recently bought a rug, and some new artwork to hang on the walls, however we’re still missing a few of the items that will be finishing touches in the room we spend the most time in. In fact I read recently that the average person in the UK will spend 17 years of their life on the sofa in their living room!

So I was delighted with Quercus Furniture got in touch and asked me to take a look at their range and see what I thought. I’ve done exactly that and picked out a few pieces that I think might work perfectly in our living room and I wanted to share them with you. Let’s take a look!

Mirror

APPLETON PAINTED WALL MIRROR

We’re lucky that we have a good amount of natural light with big windows by the kitchen and two French windows on the other side of the room. However there is one spot right in front of the sofa where it’s a bit dark. A mirror on the opposite wall would certainly brighten things up by reflecting light in that direction, and this Appleton Painted Wall Mirror would do just nicely. It’s a good size so it would project a lot of light and the white fits our colour scheme. Perfect!

Appleton Painted Wall Mirror – £161

Coffee Table

CUBE OAK MODERN COFFEE TABLE

I’m satisfied with my current coffee table but I’ve had it a good few years now and definitely on the lookout for an upgrade. One of the biggest problems with my current table is that it doesn’t have any storage so can be a bit of a clutter magnet. This lovely wooden Cube Oak Modern Coffee Table looks beautiful but has a shelf to store books, magazines and coasters for when you need them. Our rug would match the colour of this wood perfectly, so I’m keen on this!

Cube Modern Oak Coffee Table – £229

Side Table

BARHAM OAK SMALL HALL TABLE

One of the items high on my shopping list is a side table for either a lamp next to the sofa or for a plant. I’ve been on the lookout for one at the right price for a little while and it’s been tough finding one that fits the room but has a little storage drawer too. This Barham Oak Small Hall Table might do the trick, although I’d probably turn it sideways along the arm of the sofa so that it doesn’t stick out too much. It’s a beauty and could probably live a few different places in either the living room or the hallway, making it a great purchase!

Barham Oak Small Hall Table – £155

Which room in your house are you in doing up at the moment and do you like any of these pieces from Quercus? Tweet me and let me know.

Happy shopping!

*This post is in collaboration with the lovely people over at Quercus Living!

Lifestyle

Getting Creative with Plants in your Home Office

While summer is well and truly underway, case most of us have been paying some serious attention to our outside spaces, this filling them with wonderful flowers and colourful garden furniture. I’ve made no secret of my love of gardening, and if you follow my Instagram you’ll see plenty of pictures of flowers and updates to my garden.

Lately though I’ve been adding more plants indoors too, with a lineup of pots on my kitchen windowsill including a coffee plant, a peace lily and a maidenhair fern among others. It’s so rewarding to see them grow and my next move is to add some greenery to my bedroom office to really bring it to life and make it look more natural.

As ever, I’ve found Pinterest to be a real source of inspiration. I’ve been favouriting a ton of home office setups involving plants, and I thought I’d share a few of my favourites here.

Large and Leafy

I’m quite into the idea of having a large plant that sits right by my desk. When I’m stuck and not sure what to say sometimes it helps to talk it though. Believe it or not I talk to my plants – which has actually been proven to help them grow, so I’m not mad – and a large leafy plant like this might help me push through those writers block moments.

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Lettered Pots

Oh-em-gee I love these cute little pots with letters on! I am completely stealing this idea. I love the pinboard in this office setup although I recently removed mine in favour of shelves with framed pictures. These little lettered pots will fit in perfectly, I just need to figure out what I want them to spell before I hit Etsy in search of them.

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The Monstera Deliciosa

I think that’s what this plant is called, and yes it means delicious monster! It’s a tropical plant native to the rainforests of South America and has a scent of pineapples and bananas. Yum! I love the shape of the leaves and as long as it doesn’t grow too large I think it might look and smell great in my home office.

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Green and Messy

I had to include this pic as it’s by far the most accurate representation of my home office. While I’m still to pick my plants, as a busy blogger my desk isn’t always as clean and tidy as I’d like and I often have boxes of products and samples that I’m yet to try or review. Cables are a necessary part of any workspace and I have plenty of them flowing around me while I sit and write, so I love this picture because it captures how a plant in my home office will look among all the chaos – at least until I can catch my breath and have a tidy up!

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Do you have any plants in your home office? Tweet me and share your pics! I’d love to see them.

Happy potting!

*This post is in collaboration with Office Principles, who professionally decorate and refurbish large offices. Take a look at their website and see how the pros do it!

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