Room for Living

So after yesterday’s post I was feeling pretty slack. Really, there was no excuse for me to use use those grainy instagram photos to show you the living room in it’s newfound state. So Aidan and I got to work snapping photos of our new space.

The pink couch looks so good there bathed in sunlight. It’s completely confirmed for me that my next proper couch will be colourful and preferably¬†velvet or leather. Thankfully Steve is also out of his brown furniture phase and doesn’t mind me experimenting a bit more. Ever so slowly I see it evolving into a theme similar to my studio.

See… I told you that we were both at work.

These days, whenever I break out my camera Aidan’s right there by my side with his and as you can imagine it totally melts my heart. He loves taking photos on his iPhone (my old busted 3G that can’t make calls) and making little movies. Definitely a visual creature like his Mumma.

I really want to spruce up the dining chairs with funky slip covers to brighten them up a bit. The brown is just so dull and boring. Where we’ve moved the table to now means that there is more space to actually pull it out from the wall and sit around it when we have people over which is handy.

If you have a toddler, you have one of these.

My cheap china cabinet, ahh you ugly heavy thing you. Better than nothing as I’d rather have all my beautiful china and crystal on display than hidden away in boxes. I’m always on the look out for an antique hutch that I could do up to replace it. That project is just low on the list of priorities right now.

This is Aidan’s favourite area, it’s where he can truly make a mess. Drawing, painting, car races, dance routines, reading, running, jumping, skipping etc. All whilst being in my direct line of vision. I like that there is no rug there and Aidan does too as he likes to slip around with his socks on. I’m considering making socks with polishing cloths on the soles of his feet.

The coloured cardboard and twine buntings are once I made for Aidan’s first birthday which have really been standing the test of time. He’s turning THREE this month and I still can’t quite believe it. The bunting was put up for Steve’s birthday in May… and just haven’t been taken down. I don’t mind though, I’m kind of in love with them.

Aidan loves to sit on the bench and hang out with his pets. Talking to his fish Bruce #2 and chatting to Charlie through the window. It’s the sweetest thing.

When he takes photos it’s even cuter.

So most days, if I’m not in the studio or out for a walk with the boys I’m here, doing my thing and juggling play in between. It’s a fine juggle and some days I’m better at it than others. As a freelancer who works from home with a toddler in tow that’s just how I roll.

Set up is pretty basic, some cushions, a throw blanket and a sheep skin to keep my feet nice and toasty. The side table is shared between Aidan and I. He has duplo and I have my laptop, notebook, tissues, pens and my pop phone with my charger right there ready to plug in at a moments notice.

I can’t talk about the living room without mentioning the mantle. It’s filled with trinkets from travels and odd yet beautiful things I’ve found in op shops. It’s a bit of a mish-mash but I love it. The two picture frames have been patiently waiting for something fresh and new to showcase for ages now but I just can’t seem to commit to an idea. Hmm I think this post may have inspired another idea… I’ll let you know how I go!

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Isn’t that amazing, I didn’t notice those grainy instagram photos until you showed these. Fabulous home tour, love the colour touches to your pretty home.

    I’m not a kid person. I’m not anti-kid, but usually I have to be related to the child to feel a connection…but I’ve fallen for Aiden. He’s super sweet. #sonofabloggercrush

  2. 2

    says

    That couch is beautiful, wish I could get one like that but I store too much under my couch! Robot vacuum cleaner, spare fan, dust bunnies… ;)
    xo

  3. 3

    Paula says

    Love how much space there is now! Do you find it hard to see the tv from where the couch is now though? I think I would, but then again I’m short-sighted!!

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