rvk_loves Snug Room

It's Tuesday which means it's time for us to share another room from Rebecca's house tour.  Today we are swooning over her beautifully elegant snug room.

From Rebecca: When we bought the house this room was a formal dining room with swirly funky red carpet and gold yellow wallpaper. We filled it with boxes and furniture for a whole eighteen months whilst we did up the rest of the house, a poorly neglected room sitting off the hallway. But then once the kitchen was finished and we found homes for all the stuff we'd piled high in there we finally set about giving this room the makeover she deserved. We had plans originally for a dining room but then thought who are we kidding? We're never going to be formal dining room people, with a table in our kitchen. So then the snug idea came about, a space for all the books we had in boxes - a library type feel and finally a space for all the paperwork. The rest of our house is very light and neutral so I knew we could get away with a bold colour in here. We used Farrow and Ball Down Pipe which offsets colour so well against it, especially mustard so we found a wingback mustard chair from eBay and a sofabed in a turmeric shade for the back wall so that guests can use it as an extra bedroom.  

We had the marble fireplace removed and fitted a wooden surround. The alcoves are very narrow either side of the fireplace but Ben still managed to create built-in shelving and cupboards that are deep enough to fit our Penguin book collection in without sticking out into the room too much. We painted all of this Downpipe too and then fitted antique brass hardware. I collected the penguin books in job lots from antique markets and eBay, I love the look they give in here. On the other side of the fireplace, I found a home for the Rifle Paper Co travel prints I've loved forever and a day. They're quite bright and colourful, possibly too so for the rest of our neutral house, but in here I think they work well especially with our love of travel and the Globes on display.

I'm in love with the desk and filing cabinet in here that gives the room a really grown up kind of office feel! We got them from the Cotswolds Company and the brass hardware almost matches perfectly to the rest of the room. I'm ridiculously happy to have a filing cabinet and now keep our mail in here with the wire holder. The globes are from  Urban Outfitters and Homesense. Above the desk, we've hung the penguin postcard print frames we'd made for our first flat together. They're just postcards blutacked together. 

Flooring wise the original boards like we've got elsewhere downstairs had been replaced with thin pine boards so we just went over the top of them with B&Q interlocking vinyl in a dark oak effect and added a rug I picked up a few years back from a shop in Rye to make it feel cosier. I adore the original sash window in here and it has shutters built in so we don't need to worry about window dressings. 

To finish the room off I just added a log basket {that somebody down our road was throwing away!} some botanicals, a coconut palm from Bunnings in a brass pot and a Monstera plant from a local garden centre in a gold sequinned basket I bought from Liberty London. Continuing on the brass and gold theme I found this big Barn star from Culinary Concepts‎ and candle holders/little vases from Cox and Cox, homesense and Culinary Concepts‎. The leaf print on the fireplace is from Desenio and the other botanical hanging above the radiator is from a Scandi shop we found in a Norfolk beach town. The botanical cushion is from Cox and Cox. Lastly, I can never resist antlers and these were from an antiques shop in Norwich that sit above the chair.


Photography: Claire Graham Photography | Home: Roses and Rolltop | Wingback mustard Chair: eBay | Penguin Books:  eBay | Travel Prints: Rifle Paper Co | Desk and Filing Cabinet: Cotswolds Company | Globes: Urban Outfitters and Homesense | Flooring: B&Q | Plants: Bunnings | Brass Pot: Liberty London | Big Barn Star: Culinary Concepts‎ | Candle Holders/little vases: Cox and Cox, homesense and Culinary Concepts‎ | Leaf Print: Desenio | Botanical Cushion:  Cox and Cox

My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones. 

I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary.  Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.

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