Living Room Textures

January 31, 2020 • Home Decor

i love the idea of a home as an infinite succession of layers. you start with a blank canvas – every room just a space defined by blank walls, the ceiling and the floor. then you start adding the most basic, functional elements – a couch, a table, chairs. then you might start decorating to make the space look more beautiful, more like a reflection of what you like. most of what you add will still be functional – a table cloth to protect the table top, curtains to keep the light out, a rug to warm your feet. and then finally comes the most interesting layer – the additions that you didn’t exactly plan, that don’t serve some kind of essential function.

when interior decorators talk about ‘adding texture’ to a room, i always roll my eyes a little bit. yeah, sure, if you choose a different fabric for the couch, curtains and pillows, you’ll technically be creating textural differences in the room. but when i think of texture, it’s a more soulful definition of the concept. it’s not a rational but emotional approach – being led by items that you love for some reason or other and then throwing them together hoping they will work. and you know what – it works because you’re the one who throws it all together. your interest in the objects is what ties them together. and that’s the kind of texture that i’m talking about.

it’s displaying your favorite books on top of a cabinet and then placing a framed photo or candle on top of the books. it’s being gifted a cute set of wooden birds, not really knowing what to do with them and then suddenly stumbling on a little space on a shelf that ends up being perfect for them. it’s adding one more pillow because you fell in love with it, not because your couch needed one or even that it really matches the color all that well. you can’t ‘decorate’ a space all at once. it’s a process that invites constant change – little details that are added or taken away, little pockets of meaning that didn’t exist before. it’s like writing a story chapter by chapter, not really knowing the ending.

you didn’t really ask for my philosophical thoughts on home decor but i shared them anyway – do what you will with them! in the meantime i’m happy as a clam with the latest random addition to our living room – the DOT PILLOW from HAY. the velvet is absolutely perfect, both the color and its softness. i know the trend is mixing and matching lots of colorful DESIGN PILLOWS with all kinds of different prints, but i really like keeping it simple, subtle and monochrome. there’s enough color seeping into the living room already – with the girls’ books and toys inevitably ending up all around.

speaking of the girls – i resisted the idea of getting a new television for a loooooong time, for the same reasons any design-loving person hates the tv in the living room. they’re just all so ugly – even if they’re a nice design an sich, the black hole they create messes up whatever carefully curated and balanced color scheme you have going on. but when the husband suggested getting this one (it’s the samsung frame) i was on board immediately. with the wooden frame and mounted all the way against the wall it looks just like, well, a frame. and there’s a handy function to display whatever photo you want. though the overall effect is still a bit too ‘light box’ for my taste, it’s a lot nicer to look at juliet and eloise at their most angelic, than at a big, black hole.

HAY STUDIO PILLOW gifted by my partner • as usual – all opinions, stories and photos are my own

decorating a home, to me, is almost an excercise in mindfulness. while i am scanning a room, assessing how a space could look and feel better, look for things to move around until something clicks – i don’t think of anything else. i’m not stressed about my job, i’m not fretting about my kids’ meltdowns from that morning, i don’t have a chance to feel bad about anything, really. i’m hyper focused but at the same time super calm. it really relaxes me, and even gives me energy, to remove all the contents from one cupboard to sort through them and move them into different boxes and different closets, so the original cupboard can change place and get a whole new function. i’ve always been this way – just ask my mom how many times i got up on a weekend morning and decided my childhood bedroom would not look the same by the time the sun would set.

a few of you who follow me on instagram have this year asked me to do a home tour, and i would love nothing more. the recovering perfectionist in me won’t allow me to do it live on stories yet – i’m recovering, but not nearly there yet – but i’d love to do the tour right here on my blog. it gives me the time to go through each room and ‘reset’ it with intention, ready for the new year to roll around. i’m starting with the master bedroom, because that’s where i’ve invested a lot more time and energy lately. the kids’ rooms are so much fun to decorate and re-invent from time to time, but just like parenthood has guided our focus as a couple to our kids, i’ve began neglecting our own space in our home. i really want it to become my favorite room again, where i can feel like myself – all the parts of myself.

the first thing i needed to change, was our lighting situation. the paper lamp we had hanging from the ceiling was lovely when we bought it eight years ago, but the white paper had turned yellow and it had become a sad little remnant of our pre-adult lives. when i discovered the FERM LIVING BRAIDED HANGLAMP while scrolling through the DESIGN LAMPS on, i didn’t hesitate for a second. the rotan design by TRINE ANDERSEN is a much better match to the natural materials and neutral tones i have embraced in our bedroom, and which give it a nice, calming atmosphere.

the lamp ties in nicely with the dried flower bouquets that found their way to our room after i redecorated the living room with evergreens for christmas. they feel nice here, i think they’ll stick around for a while as they’re so timeless and elegant. remember THAT VASE by the way? i love to invest in pieces that you know will fit in anywhere in your home. while arguably my cupboards are perhaps a tad too full with items like this right now, it’s so nice to be able to ‘shop’ from your own collection to change things up every now and then.

you might also recognize the HOME OFFICE CORNER that used to live in our guest bedroom – which we moved here when we turned that room into eloise’s bedroom. as you can see we have changed our printer (goodbye ugly black thing, hello slightly less ugly white thing) but i am still using the moebe organiser set. now i come to think of it, most all of the recent additions to our interior over the last two years have been in natural wood and/or brass. i just love how those colors brighten and warm our mostly white interior, and how they seem timeless to me right now. i’ll probably look back on this in ten years and disagree, but at least i know i’m good for another decade!

i’m only showing you guys one side of our bedroom today, because i have something else to share on the other side that i want to devote a post to. stay tuned – and let me know which room you’d like to discover next! are you tired of seeing the girls’ rooms yet?

FERM LIVING LAMP gifted by my partner • as usual – all opinions, stories and photos are my own


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