I really love my living room. It’s the largest and lightest room of our small and narrow house. Up one end is Jasper’s play ‘room’ and up the other it’s part library, part relaxation and entertaining space. It also acts as a passage to the rest of the house. I love the way it all merges into one with the sofa becoming a cubby house one day and a fire station the next. But, it took years to get to work.
The room was designed around my husband’s love of music. His speakers had to be positioned to maximise the sound quality. Then we had my brother-in-law construct in-built cupboards and shelves to house a valve amplifier as well as our ever-expanding library. All the other elements were added gradually. A number of things I didn’t get right the first time and had to rethink.
Friends questioned the wisdom of buying a white sofa when Jasper was 2 years old. A year later and I am pleased to say that it hasn’t been a drama. We have a spare set of covers which can be thrown into the washing machine and drip dry (no ironing required). These are changed only once every 2 months.
I am about to make some minor changes so stay tuned.
Photos and styling by me (Kate Challis) and Emilie Smith.