House tour: Our Lounge

One of the things I was most excited about when I moved into our first flat was making it our own. I never really had a place I could call home, somewhere that was my own, and somewhere I could do whatever I liked to the decor and get away with it. When we moved in I was in a lot of pain, still recovering from a difficult labour and Emily was just shy of a month old, there is nothing like doing it all at once right? The one thing that I really do love about my flat is we have tons of space. I am not one for clutter, I like everything to have a home. I can deal with 'Emily mess', by this I mean the scattered toys, and finding balls and shapes under the throws on the sofa where she has hidden them. That doesn't bother me, I love to watch her play and make a mess, your only a child once and this is just as much her home as it is ours. With that in mind I wanted to keep as much space open for her as possible. 

I'm a big fan of neutral colours, It took us ages to find a wallpaper that we both liked but when we did find it I knew it was the one. I went with a brown and cream theme. Like a champ I had the lounge decorated two days after we got the keys, ready for the carpet to be laid. The hardest thing for me has been finding the little touches to make it a home. I brought our units from Ikea because I absolutely love the box style. I'm sure that you will guess this, but they are full of Emily's toys, and it just makes it so much easier to pop all of her stuff away once she has gone to bed. Our television is on the wall out of the reach of little hands, much to her dismay. She still tried to reach up for Upsy daisy when she is on screen. So I thought that I would share these photographs with you, a little tour of our lounge. 

As you may see there is still some mess and clutter, Emily was awake and being the little whirlwind that she is and creating mess as I was trying to take these photographs, but hey I wouldn't have it any other way. Parenting is amazing. Also the footstall that matches our sofa doesn't normally live in the balcony doorway, its just there is a massive drop from the door to our balcony, and when the door is open it goes there just to distract her. I am well aware that this isn't going to work for much longer, she is far to adventurous. The door isn't open without supervision so don't worry. 

There is one part of the room I am very exited to show you, and that is my photograph wall, for ages I have felt like our lounge wasn't very homely, and I couldn't put my finger on why. I soon came to realize it was missing the personalized touch that photographs bring. The lovely people from Dunelm sent us these gorgeous cream frames, which match in with my wallpaper perfectly, and I absolutely love them. You can find them all on the Dunelm website (here), which has had a lovely overhaul. I am loving the ease of use that the website now has on mobile devices. If you are a new reader, you will not know that Dunelm is one of my favourite shops to purchase homeware from. I brought my throws from there, and nearly all of my kitchen ware.

I think the pictures look so much nicer in a bunch of different sized frames, apposed to a collage frame, that is just personal preference of course. As you can see I also have a gorgeous heart shaped wicker mirror in the center. This is actually in the colour 'natural' which fits in with the colour scheme perfectly. It is also available in white if your prefer. The mirror looks beautiful hung up in the lounge, and i love the fact it is unique, it helps to create the illusion of space and really opens up the room. So what do you think? 

*I wasn't paid for this post. I received the item for the review purposes. However all opinions are completely my own.*

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