rvk_loves Lounge

How's your week going? Well, it's about to brighten up as we are continuing with the lovely Rebecca's home tour.  Today we are sharing Rebecca's inspiration and design of her bright and airy lounge.

From Rebecca: The lounge was always the show stopper when we first viewed the house, although not in terms of décor – It had a nursing home vibe about it with green carpets, red curtains and numerous chairs dotted around the room! But the size, original characterful features and the huge pretty windows letting in so much magical natural light won us over straight away. Once we got the keys and stripped everything back in here, we realised just what an amazing room it could become and we joked that it felt almost like a ballroom! The only structural thing to change in here was opening up a chimney breast to fit a lot burner so it was mainly a case of stripping out, redecorating, sorting the floors out, deciding on a layout for furniture and replacing the radiators for more traditional style column rads.

We ummed and ahhed about paint colours for a while in here, it’s a very light south facing room so we didn’t want anything that looked too clinical and cold on the walls but a lot of the greys I tried just looked too brown? In the end, we settled on Little Greene’s Slaked Lime in the mid shade. To me, it’s perfect in here, a hint of grey without being too light and still with a neutral warmth. I’m like Goldilocks when it comes to paint choices. For the woodwork and above the picture rails we went with pure white {not brilliant white} which gives a crisp contrast. For the floors, which are the original boards, we had them stained fairly dark so that it didn’t feel completely washed out in here.

I’ve always loved shelves in a lounge as an area to display photos, favourite knick-knacks and pretty tea light holders so we used the alcove next to the chimney breast to put up shelving. I’ve also always dreamed of a window seat so jumped at the chance to have a seat pad made for the side window. Luckily the was the base already there.

The grey tone on the walls led me to stick with the grey for choosing curtains {Ikea bargains}, the grey fabric for the footstool as well as cushions on the sofas and window seat. I think I’ve talked before about how I prefer to go for neutral colours on the big decisions in rooms but then accessorise with colour that can easily be changed. I’ve added a hint of blush pink through cushions which adds prettiness without being too girly and flowers are always great as a centrepiece.

There’s no denying that it’s a formal room so style wise we’ve tried to keep it quite classic and grown up in here. The shutters were bought on a whim from an antique market, I had no idea where they’d go but now that they’re in the lounge I don’t think they’ll ever move!

The log burner makes it super cosy in the winter especially with lots of candles lit and whilst we love this room, we only tend to use it once the clocks change in autumn until the spring. For the rest of the year, we find ourselves living in the kitchen and wanting to be in view of the garden. 

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House: Roses and Rolltops | Photography: Claire Graham Photography | Paint: Little Greene | Curtains: Ikea | Candle: Diptyque Baies Scented Candle | Cushion: Habitat | Footstool: Loaf | Sofa: Laura Ashley

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.

I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring  us to live beautifully.

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl