We have made quite a few changes to the lounge over the last few months since I last posted about it. I didn’t take any photos to share because, along with new furniture, we also had a room strewn with boxes of wedding supplies and in-progress DIY projects. Now that the chaos has subsided a little, let’s have a look!

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like three months ago:

And here it is now:

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I am now the owner of my dream coffee table (knock-off Noguchi) – loving those mid-century curves.

We’d been saving for an entertainment unit, but I hadn’t been able to find one that I liked and that fit all of the necessary storage criteria so I designed a custom unit and got a few quotes. I expected a custom built piece would be pricey, but five grand? Seriously? I got discouraged and couldn’t figure out a plan C, til I found this one at a furniture store that is normally known for poufy sofas and shouty ads. I was hoping for a walnut-coloured, solid timber piece with sleek design, but at literally 20% of what we budgeted (and only 4% of what a custom unit would have cost!) I am definitely not complaining.

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New couch – woohoo! Previously we had a black leather lounge suite which was a hand-me-down from my parents (purchased for their first flat almost forty years ago!). They were good quality and reasonably comfortable, but they weren’t cutting it in the practicality stakes let alone the style. The couch was so tiny there was barely enough room for the two of us to sit comfortably, and the combo with two armchairs meant it could seat relatively few people compared to how much floorspace it took up. The light colour has really brightened the room, plus there’s now room for stretching out – bliss!

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The ‘art’ above the washstand is simply a piece of fabric tacked onto a cheapo canvas. It balances out the size of the washstand and ties in with the colour and pattern of the granite top.

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What’s that in the corner? Yep, we now have curtains. Since their main purpose was asesthetic, cheap sheers do the trick.

The room has come a long way in a few months, but there is one more big change coming soon that I can’t wait to reveal. Any guesses?


12 Responses

  • A dog?! Every room needs a dog! Room looks amazing Alicia.

  • Jo

    Wow.. that room really was blue wasn’t it.. and I don’t just mean the colour ;o)
    First words through my head when I saw it were ‘student digs’.
    Love love love that you replaced the horrid air con box with a window. You are so right about the light… that and the wall colour make it a totally different room.
    I quite agree about the $5K.. how rediculous.
    Of course you know how much I love the ‘fabric’ art over that gorgeous washstand, which for me btw is the standout piece in the room… that and the wishbone chair.
    I like the framed art too.. did you do it ??
    The curves of the Noguchi are a nice contrast to the other straight lines in the room too.. Great job.
    As for the big surprise..? my first thought was a flatscreen telly, but you sound excited about it from a design perspective so probably not.. and there doesn’t seem to be room for a fireplace, so maybe it is a puppy.
    I guess we’ll see eh ??
    Jo xx

  • Jo, the framed art is just a print of my fave Rothko painting from the National Gallery in Melbourne. Hint: that might have to go to make room for the surprise…

  • Jo

    Bazinga… ;o)

  • Diane

    where did you get the knockoff noguchi coffee table?? i have the real thing on my wish list never dreamed that a knockoff would exist. please share. thank you!

  • Ana

    I saw the post from Made by Girl about your house and i loved it.
    I’m from Portugal and i’m trying to decorate my new house by taking ideas from the web and adding my ones.
    I posted some pictures from your lounge on my blog i hope you don’t mind, but if you do tell me and i take it off.

    • Go for it, Ana! I’m glad you found some inspiration here.

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