I’m six weeks into the One Room Challenge, doing up the living room in our rented house in London. This week I’m talking about the shelfie situation, and hanging the monster TV over the fireplace.
The goal for this room was to make it lighter, brighter, happier and more livable, and it’s getting there. I don’t have a big budget, and obviously can’t do anything major coz it’s not really my house, so it’s not the most dramatic design plan. But sometimes a little cosmetic makeover can make a big difference. And it is!
(You can catch up on previous weeks progress through the links at the end of this post.)
I pulled the trigger on almost everything I still needed to get for the room after I tweaked the design in week four. My new blush pink bean bag just arrived, and it’s gooood. I’m just waiting for the rattan chair, a hmong pouf, and custom made curtains to arrive.
I also picked up just a few little accessories to style the shelves, including a little buddha head plant pot, a string of pearls and a couple of other lovely bits from my local florist Create & Wild (who has a new Etsy shop).
Hanging the TV Above the Fireplace
I hung the TV above the fireplace. Well, I say I hung it. I paid a pro to hang it, because I do not trust my DIY skills enough when something this heavy (and expensive) is involved.
Obvs, I would rather not hang a TV above a fireplace from an aesthetic standpoint, but functionally it’s the only place it can go. My aim is to style the built ins and add art and furnishings through the rest of the room, in a way that will balance out the big black rectangle. And the smaller ones that go with it (the speakers, game console and audio receiver).
I’ve had a good go at styling the built in shelves over the last week. A lot of the pieces had been sitting in a sad box in the attic and it’s nice to have them out on display. I’d say the shelves are about 90% done, although there’s always room for more tweaking.
Confession – I ‘shopped the cables out of the photo at the top of the post. In real life, it’s not so neat.
I’ll go through the ins and outs of the shelf styling process next week when I’ve tidied it all up. I had to order longer TV cables so that they’ll run through trunking, and I also need to take the plugs off the lamps, thread them through the little holes in the back of the built-ins, and plug them into the sockets inside the cupboards.
I also replaced the hardware on the cupboards. Previously they were shiny chrome ones, now they’re pretty black hexagon knobs from Dowsing & Reynolds. I always think it’s worth investing in decent hardware, even in a rental property. The little details can make a big difference.
The Living Room To Do List
There’s not much left to do in the room, just a lot of little jobs and a few finishing touches.
1. Make it Lighter & Brighter
Strip the wallpaper✔
- Repaint – still just the bay left to do
- Replace curtains with blinds – ordered
- Add mirrors – in progress
2. Make It Tidier & More Functional
Hang the TV✔ Rehang the door✔ Get rid of/replace some of the furniture✔
- Organise storage for electronics & guest bedding – in progress
- Lighting plan/execution – in progress
3. Make It Happy
- Add colour with art & textiles – in progress
- Shelf styling – 90% done!
With only one more post left before the reveal, next week is going to be all about art, lighting, organising, and styling. And lots of crossing my fingers that everything I’ve ordered shows up in time for the reveal. It’s getting close!
Head to the One Room Challenge to check out the featured designers’ progress this week, as well as all the guest participants.