Interior on a Budget – Living Room Tour

Hey ho you lovely lot, welcome back to another interior instalment on TKL. These are becoming a thing now, right? Yup I did an IG poll and it was unanimous – You want to see more interior/homeware posts from me. Obvz, I’m going to oblige as playing around with my small space at home brings me real joy. 

I’ve been creating a real homely vibe throughout my little flat which has come a long way from when I first moved in. It has taken me about 4 months to get to this point as I am on a grad-budget *sigh* and I want to say about 90% of what I buy is high street, thrifted, upcyled, or DIY’d. As a heads up, this is what the place looked like when we first moved in…

Yup, pretty dull and dreary but the minimalism makes for a great base for the room – Especially as scandi minimalism is a big inspiration for me! White walls, pale grey wood floors, and quite a large window meant that I had a lot to play with.

Just a little context so you guys know what you’re looking at:

– I live in a one bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor

– Unfortunately, this means that I don’t have a garden or balcony

– The kitchen and living room are basically the same room, it’s open plan basically

– I rent the place, so I can’t really paint or make any permanent hangings etc 

I should probably explain that because my flat is so small, I’ve mentally split the living room up into different “spaces” which have different vibes etc – If that makes any sense? I just find it much more manageable to style out smaller room like this by chopping it into manageable chunks, which means I’m less likely to cram it full of stuff, or the opposite, not give it enough attention.

SPACE #1

Prints – Juniqe* // Desenio*

Matalan Macabre Wall Hanging*

Matalan White Faux Fur Cushion

IKEA Gold Wire Grid Picture Frame

IKEA Gladom Yellow Tray Table

IKEA White Bucket Planter

H&M Gold Handle Tray

2 x Tesco Pink & White Vases (Clearance)

Next White Jug Vase

Zara Red Bucket Bag

The Range White & Black Stripe Rug

This is space #1 which is closest to the kitchen. You can’t tell in this photo but my bins, recycling etc are just to the left of the shot. No matter how hard I try, I’m struggling to make the whole “bin chic” thing work – Watch this space! Also – I have two sofas in an L-shape arrangement but for photography’s sake I just pushed it back a bit, the space works either way!

I decided that I wanted to try and keep this area quite bright and airy, without looking empty. Boy was this a challenge as it’s very easy for a white walled, white floored space to look empty and boring. I decided on a monochrome rug from The Range (£29.99) would suit the whole minimalist vibe. I also found this gold grid photo frame in IKEA (can’t find it online) which is such a fun and different way of showing off polaroids whilst giving negative-space vibes. 

I have this unsightly electric radiator at the back by the sofa, which I’ve sort of covered up as a make shift shelf. Usually, I pop on a few of my handbags as they’re fucking cute right? Also, I nabbed the two mix’n’match vases from the clearance section of Tesco for £1.50 each!

SPACE #2

Matalan Pink Mohair Throw*

Wayfair Tripod Floor Lamp & Lampshade*

B&M Stores Marble Effect Side Table

Clas Ohlson Jute Basket*

IKEA Monstera Plant

The Range Jute Stripe Rug

Okay, lets talk about the sofa quickly – It came with the house so I can’t get rid of it or change it up. Honestly, it’s not my vibe at all… but I’m making it work. Lot’s of textured cushions bring the eye away from the actual piece of furniture which is fab, plus a fluffy throw really adds all the cosy vibes (and the colour scheme!) you’re looking for.

This area is more sparse and is centred around letting the light from the window fill the space. I added the tripod floor lamp to bring together all of the neutral vibes, and add some height along the wall where the frames stop. As this area was quite bare looking, I grabbed a bargain £19.99 marble effect side table and popped it in for some blogger-esque contrast and deepness. Plus the scandi-style legs are everything!

SPACE #3

Next Initial Cushion*

Cox & Cox Rattan Chair*

IKEA Alex White Storage Unit

Dunelm Wooden Serving Board*

Anthropologie Agate Geode Coaster

 Primark Gold Cactus Photo Stands

H&M Spot Print Mug (Similar)

Basically this is my teeny-tiny home office, which I’ve made work for me tbh. It’s not the ideal office space (I’d rather have a whole room, duh) but it works just fine. I ordered the desk on the cheap for about £30-£40 on a generic furniture store on eBay. I chose this one as it sort of blended in with my aesthetic… and has the equivalent of table-pockets in the front and sides of the desk for storage. It’s alright but I think I’ll be looking to invest in something a little more sturdy that doesn’t scratch as easy in the future.

The rattan chair that I use at my desk is from Cox & Cox – They did send this over to me, but I really love it so much. It does wonders for bringing that neutral vibe into the home office area. It may not look like the more ergonomic, comfy chair in the world… but throw on a massive fluffy cushion like this and you are good to go!

All other bits n bobs are things I’ve gathered together during my years at uni, including a serving board that I like using as a tray, little spotty pen pot, candles that I just can’t bring myself to burn yet, and various journals and notebooks. Throw in a classic aloe plant & trust hand cream (I type, a lot) and my desk space is pretty much good to go!

SPACE #4

Wilko Oslo Two Tier Unit

TK Maxx Gold Frame (for polaroids)

Sainsbury’s Plants (both)

IKEA Branas Basket

IKEA Bullig Basket

Aka. The TV space. This is the centre of our living space, like in most homes, so I wanted to break up the wide white wall without using frames or posters. Turns out, wool is a gal-on-a-budgets best friend and so I spent three hours putting this homemade macabre wall hanging together (inspired by Hermione Chantal). It did come to about £30 in total, but loved the fact that I could handpick the colours of the yarn and the alternating pattern. I wanted it to be long enough to hang just behind the TV, stopping at the wall plugs. So I made it extra long and then trimmed it to the length I wanted later on.

I’ve kitted either side out with two-cube units to hold our books and other bit’s n bobs that need to just be put somewhere “for now”, you know? They really have come in handy and they’re super easy to put together, it only took me about ten mins per unit.

The TV stand came with the flat aswell, so I can’t do anything with it… but at least it’s monochrome right? The space underneath is perfect to fit the IKEA storage boxes in, so I’ve done a mis-matchy type thing here with both in wicker but one white and one natural.

This side of the room has definitely got more boho vibes going on, but due to the tv stand situation it just had to happen this way… I’m happy with the overall ~ lewk ~ anyway!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my living room tour, dolls!

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9 Comments

  1. Lucy Alice
    February 28, 2018 / 7:02 PM

    I love how you've mentally split the room up into four parts, such a brilliant idea when dealing with a smaller space! Love your interior style gal!Lucy | Forever September

  2. MintMilkshakeMemories
    February 28, 2018 / 9:22 PM

    Your home is so pretty, I want it all! (Insert heart eyes emoji)https://lauralovette.blogspot.co.uk

  3. JustALilBitOfLauryn
    February 28, 2018 / 11:04 PM

    I love this so much!! It all looks fab xx

  4. Lucy Jane
    March 1, 2018 / 6:52 PM

    I love your abundance of stuff!! Given me so much inspo as I am currently decorating my bedroom and needed some ideas, love it!Lucy Jane | Infinity of Fashion

  5. Mel Eaglestone
    March 1, 2018 / 8:51 PM

    Just popping in to say how beautiful this set up is, you've really made your rental homely and bursting with styleMel ★ meleaglestone.co.uk

  6. Maisie Gibbons
    March 2, 2018 / 1:03 PM

    goals goals goals! You've made everything look SO beautiful!!

  7. Becky | Dose Of B
    March 6, 2018 / 8:59 PM

    This is such a great Inspo post! Definitely seen some things that are heading straight on my Wishlist! http://doseofb.com

  8. Kayla Jayne
    March 18, 2018 / 5:26 PM

    You've done so well with the space that you have, and all of the little bits and bobs really do make it homely. Great post 🙂 Kayla | http://www.daintydweeb.com xo

  9. Steve R
    August 8, 2018 / 7:14 AM

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