we’ve been living in this apartment for almost five years now, and slowly but surely the walls are starting to fill up. that, to me at least, is the hardest part of decorating a home. what do you put on the walls? photos, posters, garlands, mirrors… the options are endless, and i guess that’s what makes deciding so difficult. as i knew this room would in progress until we knew for sure how many kids would sleep in there, i avoided committing to too many things. and so the walls in juliet’s room are bare for the most part.

but now that we’ve decided juliet won’t be sharing her room with eloise anytime soon, i started thinking about how to make the space feel even more like her. i love when kids’ rooms showcase some of their favorite toys or pieces from their wardrobe, so i looked at some fun ways to do that. there are endless options of cute, kiddie-proof wall hooks, but for as long as i can remember i’ve been in love with THE DOTS designed by LARS TORNOE. i love how the design is super simple and yet playful. it’s a perfect fit for a little girl’s room that can stick around until she’s a teenager (or even beyond that), so that choice was easily made.

we have the black versions from MUUTO in our own bedroom, but for juliet’s scandi-style room the oak was a better match. i went for the entire set, but decided to divide the hooks over two separate places. i placed two above her little desk area to hold her favorite toys of the moment, and three next to her dollhouse on the wall facing her bed. that way, she can prepare the next day’s outfit and see it before she goes to sleep (she definitely got her obsession with fashion from her mama). it currently holds her collection of adorable hand bags, which are just within reach so she can grab them herself.

i have to say i keep falling in love with this little room, a little more every day. there are days when i hate that i can’t paint the walls in this rental, but when i see the different elements in her room come together likes this – the light oak agains the clean, white background – i don’t really mind as much. tell me – what’s up against the walls in your home? frames? photos? decorations? i’d love some more inspiration because i want to get started on some other walls in the living room and eloise’s room, too!

photos by stephanie duval • COAT HOOKS kindly gifted by MISTERDESIGN.BE

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


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