A Peek Into Our Living Room

January 30, 2018 • DesignHome Decor

you guys, do you remember when our living room looked LIKE THIS?? i could hardly believe it looking back at these photos. i mean, i still think it looks picture perfect and i am still head over heels in love with our sofa, but overall it looks kinda cold and not so cozy – right? our current living room looks a lot different… it is a continuous work in progress – if only for the fact that we keep most of juliet’s toys in here, so it feels like i spend half my waking time trying to control and clean up the mess she makes in here. i wouldn’t have it any other way though – for now, i can’t imagine her having a playing room somewhere else. i like having her close by and i love watching her play. besides, she’ll have plenty of time during her teenage years to lock herself up in her room as far away as possible from us, right?

so our living room has to be a kid-friendly place, but of course i don’t like to sacrifice our home’s style for that. so i am always, always looking for beautiful baskets to store juliet’s toys away from sight – is there anything uglier than duplo, i ask you? (luckily it’s also about the most fun toy that ever existed and juliet can play with it for such a long time). the teepee we’ve had since before she was born, and i love how it adds coziness to our large and open living space. juliet loves to sneak in there to do all the things she knows i would not approve of.

but the thing we struggled with for quite a while, is the coffee table. we used to have a fun little wire basket from ferm living, which i still love, but which didn’t prove to be very stable when a certain little human started pulling herself up by it. we’ve spilled everything from coffee to candle wax on our carpet because of it, and then finally decided it was time to look for a replacement. design webshop FLINDERS invited me to take a look at what they have on offer and i was pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of beautiful brands and products they have on offer. i am a huge fan of HAY so i first looked at every little table they have – but it was THIS BEAUTY from muuto that i ended up falling in love with. sturdy and stable so we don’t have to worry it topples over, available in a variety of beautiful colors (we chose the oak, but i also really like the green!) and with a gorgeous design that is simple but at the same time interesting enough to not be ‘just another coffee table’. it’s also really big compared to what we had before, so we can have much more elaborate aperitifs (so, so important in life) and i can go to town decorating yet another little nook in our living room.

looking back on the photos of our old living room, it makes me realize what having a kid does to you. you collect a lot more STUFF, but you also invite a lot more coziness and warmth into your home. i will choose our current cozy mess over anything else, any day. i’ve tried to sum up below whatever else you can see in the photos above, but if you have any other questions don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments!

photos by stephanie duval • post created in collaboration with FLINDERS • brass and glass hurricane light from POMAX • brass round tray set from MALLING LIVING • moroso gentry sofa via MASTER MEUBEL • foscarini twiggy lamp via MASTER MEUBEL • björk rug from DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM • cross blanket by PIA WALLEN • wall shelf from IKEA • moebe frame via NORDIC LIVING • brass square candle holder from MALLING LIVING • little wooden birds from KAY BOJESEN • leather mat in teepee from GATHRE • pink leather gathre mat in basket via ZOEN VOOR GUST • black aal82 chair from hay via MASTER MEUBEL • basket with handles from MALLING LIVING

Living Room Decisions

March 24, 2015 • Home Decor

earlier this year i introduced you guys to my favorite belgian design store MASTER MEUBEL, and earlier this month i told you a little bit about the project i’ve been working on with them – creating our DREAM LIVING ROOM. it was so much fun to hear from you which sofa you liked best and what your own living rooms look like, and i have to say – you guys have amazing taste.

most of you preferred the GENTRY SOFA BY MOROSO in the little collage that i made, and i can now tell you guys that absolutely yes, that was the couch i’ve had my eye on too since the very beginning. at first i was fascinated by the thick cable fabric, which looks a little bit like a braid. but when we visited the master meubel showroom and were assisted by interior architect isabelle in making our final choice, we realized we wanted a huge sofa to create a cozy vibe, and the busy fabric might make the design too heavy in the end.

isabelle was so helpful and friendly by the way – turns out she had been reading my blog and our styles are really very similar. at one point i started asking her about hanging MUUTO E27 PENDANTS above our dining room table, and she admitted to just having done that in her own home. i think it’s so reassuring when you make life changing interior decorating decisions, that the person helping you knows exactly what you mean, don’t you agree? (i mean, even our outfits looked color-coordinated!!)

in any case, isabelle sat down with us in the gentry sofa on display at the master meubel showroom, and walked us through the infinite set-up, fabric and color possibilities. i was so sure i wanted two two-seaters, but i admit the corner set-up in the showroom looked rrrrrreally cozy. the sofa is available in three ‘depths’, and we were able to test the two most frequently chosen dimensions. what a difference 15 centimeters can make! we ended up going for 105cm, which will allow us to comfortably lounge instead of sit straight up. we also decided to add two additional chairs to our living room, and we decided to go for the HAY ABOUT A LOUNGE CHAIR. i was so in love with the pink, but we decided to go for a more evergreen color. one of the chairs will start its new life in our little one’s nursery and will be added to the living room once the baby no longer needs nighttime feeding.

as i type this, a truck is on its way to switzerland to deliver our brand new living room, and i couldn’t be more excited. it’s such a good thing master meubel delivers anywhere in the world – they really helped us figure out the whole delivery and customs situation, and someone will be there at the time of the delivery to help us move everything into the apartment. can’t wait to share the final result with you guys soon!

this post is part of a collaboration with MASTER MEUBEL, but of course all opinions are authentic and my own. photos by matthias rabaey.


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