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Our Retro Inspired Living Room Makeover...

on Thursday, 13 March 2014.

We have lived in our little house for four and a half years now, and we love it a lot.  It is by no means our forever home, but it is full of love and memories.  Slowly but surely we are getting it how we want it but budget and time means that it isn't happening as quickly as we would like.

Our living/dining room is the hub of our home.  It is the room we are in most of the time- we do our relaxing, playing, eating and entertaining in this room but for ages it has just been a blank canvas.  When we moved in it had wee yellow walls and green shagpile carpets (no joke) and we gave it a lick of paint, added some other touches and put down beige carpet throughout the house, but it hasn't had our stamp fully put on it until now.  

I decided a couple of weeks ago I was fed up of it in it's current state, and set to work giving it a revamp.  The first to go was the Artex on the ceiling, I loathe Artex and got a quote from a plasterer to see if he could reskim it all.  It was reasonable and so I begged Mr E to let us get rid of it.  He agreed, so we had this done while also getting rid of the rubbish lampshades and having swanky new spotlights put in. 

We then had wallpaper put up on our long wall, gave the whole place a lick of paint and added some finishing touches.  The room originally had a purple and brown colour palette but I also introduced mustard.  Yellow makes me happy.  I realise it might not be everyone's cup of tea but I love it.  I love the bright colours and am really pleased with how it has turned out.  We still have a few finishing touches to go but I thought I would show you our new living room makeover in photos.

 

Before

 

beforelivingroom

Before we started our living room looked like this.  Not offensive but bland, boring and uninteresting. Note the horrendous Artex on the ceiling and the cheap, slightly crappy lampshades!

 

After

  

Mustard and purple living room

This wall was already previously painted purple but we gave it another lick of paint to brighten it up a little.  I took this photo before we put it back but we have a little desk to one side of the sofa where Mr E's iMac sits.

mustardandpurplelivingroom3

This wall has our BC (Before Child!) photo frame on it.  The rest of the house is full of photos of our little ladies but we like to keep this one the way it was before.

Nikki McWilliams biscuit cushion

I fell in love with this cushion from Nicki McWilliams.  It was a bit more than I would usually spend on a cushion but who doesn't love a Custard cream?  The Love cushion is from Homebase.

Orla Kiely wallpaper

Our wallpaper is from Orla Kiely.  I absolutely adore it and think it has transformed the room.  It was a brave choice to go with such a bold mustard print but I love it.  The stripey mustard cushion and purple velvet one were from H and M Home.

Mustard Cat Cushion

I also fell in love with this mustard cat cushion from Howkapow.  The knitted brown cushion is from H and M Home.

Mustard Throw from Laura Ashley

This mustard throw is from Laura Ashley, it's lovely, big and cosy. 

Garland from Southwood Stores

I struggled to figure out what to do with this space above our understairs cupboard, but found this lovely garland from Southwood Stores and thought it was perfect.

retro milk bottles

In our town there is a huge vintage bric-a-brac shop, three floors full of treasure.  I found these old fashioned milk bottles and thought they would be perfect for our retro inspired living room.  

Retro Milk Bottles

I got the little decorative purple stones from Ikea.

Mustard and Purple Living Room

Our table was getting wrecked from the girls drawing and eating on it constantly, so I found this dotty wipe clean purple fabric- perfect as a tablecloth.  The flowers were a birthday present from a lovely client of mine!

Vintage Polaroid Camera

I have had this vintage polaroid camera for a long time, the certificate is from 1978.  The Haarlem tea light holders are from Howkapow.

Old English Company Print

Our print is from Old English Company, and I love it.  Think it looks great up on the wall.

Orla Kiely wallpaper

Just love our wallpaper!  The rug we had previously but I like the colours together.  It's not for everyone but it makes me feel happy.  Next job is the bathroom, but think we need to save up some pennies first- this makeover went *slightly* over our budget!

 

Some of our other room tours...

Mads Big Girl Room

LL's Nursery

 

NB.  We paid for every single bit of this makeover, but I wanted to include the links in case anyone is after any inspiration.

 

 

Love Chic Living and Love Your Home

Comments (80)

  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    13 March 2014 at 08:31 |
    Oh that's lovely!!! You definitely have the touch. Now I have room envy xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:32 |
      Thank you! :0)
  • Alison Perry

    Alison Perry

    13 March 2014 at 08:50 |
    Wow Katie - this looks fantastic. You definitely have a real eye for interior design. The yellow and purple look ace together and all the accessories and finishing touches are perfect.

    Can you come over and do my living room please??
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:32 |
      Thanks Alison, I am really pleased with how it turned out. x
  • Not A Frumpy Mum

    Not A Frumpy Mum

    13 March 2014 at 08:52 |
    I love it, especially the custard cream cushion. We've lived in our house 4 and a half years too and it desperately needs a bit if a freshen up so you've given me some great ideas. I love yellow too, off to click on a few of your links xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:32 |
      Thank you! Yes Yellow is the best! x
  • LauraCYMFT

    LauraCYMFT

    13 March 2014 at 10:07 |
    I think it looks fantastic! I love seeing a personal stamp on a house not just a regular cream wall and cream carpet.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:31 |
      Thanks Laura! x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    13 March 2014 at 10:07 |
    It's so amazing. Well done you. I want to redecorate mine now! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:31 |
      Thanks lovely, I am really pleased with it. x
  • Morgana @ butwhymummywhy

    Morgana @ butwhymummywhy

    13 March 2014 at 10:54 |
    Oh wow! It looks fantastic! I really love the colours you've chosen xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:31 |
      Thanks lovely! x
  • Kerry Dyer

    Kerry Dyer

    13 March 2014 at 10:56 |
    Looks amazing! I'd never be brave enough to do those colour but it works so well! :) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:31 |
      Thanks Kerry, I know it was a brave choice, but am really pleased with how it turned out. x
  • Carie

    Carie

    13 March 2014 at 11:05 |
    Oh that's stunning - I love the pre-children wall and the custard cream cushion is awesome - I'm saving up to get a Tunnocks Teacake cushion for H for his birthday, although I'm a bit worried it's just going to make us hungry all the time!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:30 |
      Thanks Carie, and yes the Tunnocks Teacake cushion is fab too! x
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    13 March 2014 at 11:12 |
    Wow! It looks fantastic! I love everything about it. The color combination is wonderful and so vibrant. That yellow wallpaper is amazing!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:30 |
      Thanks Stephanie, it's a really happy room now! x
  • mascara and mud

    mascara and mud

    13 March 2014 at 11:15 |
    bloody love this! the colours are amazing together!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:30 |
      Thanks lady, they are really happy colours! x
  • They Grow So Quick

    They Grow So Quick

    13 March 2014 at 11:23 |
    That wallpaper is amazing!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:30 |
      Thank you, I really love it, I think it definitely makes the room. x
  • Little Miss Alba

    Little Miss Alba

    13 March 2014 at 12:06 |
    Looking LOVELY - bet it was worth the wait and mess! xxx Ax
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:29 |
      I didn't think so at the time but now I think it was definitely worth it. Thank you! x
  • Kara

    Kara

    13 March 2014 at 12:21 |
    I love it, the mustard is fab with the purple, it looks so perfect for a family, the wallpaper is delicious, I am a huge Orla fan, you are a girl after my own heart with cushions, I drive Ash mad with how many I buy xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:29 |
      Cushions are the best! And thank you lovely x
  • Louisa

    Louisa

    13 March 2014 at 14:31 |
    I love your makeover! It is so vibrant. I have serious ceiling envy since we have artex in various rooms. We are slowly plastering over, but not quickly enough for my liking. Your revamp has spurred me on!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:29 |
      Yes artex is yuck isn't it? We still have it in a fair few rooms! x
  • Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching

    Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching

    13 March 2014 at 16:12 |
    Love this! More home posts please pickle! I do love having a nosey around peoples' homes and I love your style! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:28 |
      Thanks lovely, I shall have to do some more! I did the girls room tours a while ago. x
  • Kerry

    Kerry

    13 March 2014 at 17:18 |
    Absolutely love this!! I love Orla Kiely and the colour scheme you've got going on is lovely! I love your style xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:28 |
      Ah thanks Kerry, yes I love Orla too! x
  • Jenni

    Jenni

    13 March 2014 at 17:35 |
    I just love the purple and mustard together! Because the print on the wallpaper is quite small it means it's not quite so overpowering. Now I just need to get the wallpaper up in our house *sigh* Did you use a tutorial?
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:28 |
      Thanks Jenni, and we didn't do the wallpaper ourselves, we got a decorator in to do it as it had quite a tricky corner and a window so we didn't dare! We did all the rest of the decorating and painting though! x
  • katie

    katie

    13 March 2014 at 20:42 |
    I love it! That mustard colour is my absolute favourite and i adore everything orla keily - we have a digital radio with her print and lots of nice storage tins. You stylish thing you! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:26 |
      Mustard is one of my favourite colours and I would love a Orla Kiely radio! Snap! ;) x
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    13 March 2014 at 20:49 |
    It looks fab hun. I love the colours together, and all your little touches are gorgeous. x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:25 |
      Thanks lovely, you shall have to come round and see it in the flesh. ;) x
  • charlotte

    charlotte

    13 March 2014 at 23:57 |
    I just love the yellow and purple together - always my favourite of the complimentary colours! Xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:25 |
      Definitely, they go really nicely together. Thank you! :)
  • capture by Lucy

    capture by Lucy

    13 March 2014 at 23:57 |
    I adore the yellow! So lovely to see your home, if only I was round the corner I'd be on that sofa with a cup of tea right now! xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:25 |
      It would be amazing if we lived nearer wouldn't it? And yes I love the yellow too, it makes me happy! x
  • mamadidnttell

    mamadidnttell

    14 March 2014 at 08:03 |
    Gorgeous, it makes me feel happy too. A joyful room is what you want with littlies, also loving your new avatar and blog look. Looks fantastic
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:27 |
      Ah thank you so much! x
  • Aurélie

    Aurélie

    14 March 2014 at 09:02 |
    Love it.....the colours really work together!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:27 |
      Thank you! x
  • Michelle Twin Mum

    Michelle Twin Mum

    14 March 2014 at 10:41 |
    Beautiful, that purple colour is divine and those milk bottles take me back, my Dad was a milkman! Mich x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:37 |
      Thanks Mich, and yes I love the retro milk bottles. x
  • MrsShilts

    MrsShilts

    14 March 2014 at 12:41 |
    Lovely colours Katie. Such a fabulous room to enjoy x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:36 |
      Thanks Emma! x
  • Susan Mann

    Susan Mann

    14 March 2014 at 13:35 |
    It looks lovely xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:36 |
      Thanks Susan! x
  • jenny paulin

    jenny paulin

    14 March 2014 at 14:11 |
    it is stunning like something out of Elle Decoration magazine!! i love the cushions, the milk bottle vases and the polarod camera - your girls must be very good not to wat to touch with such pretty things! My two would be all over them!!
    And i LOVE your blog make over and Mr E's cartoon image looks exactly like him! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:36 |
      Ah thanks Jenny, I am really pleased with it. And thanks for saying about my blog makeover, I love it my little refresh, Yes Mr E's really does look like him, it's crazy! x
  • Camille

    Camille

    14 March 2014 at 16:11 |
    This turned out so nice! I wish I had your gift for design. Our house is really simple and boring.

    By the way, I also love your blog makeover! :)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:36 |
      Thanks Camille! And thanks for saying about my blog makeover, I am really pleased with it! x
  • Donna

    Donna

    14 March 2014 at 17:22 |
    I love your wallpaper!! Just the right amount of retro in your living room - It's lovely! Love the purple too. I'm not massively keen on Custard Creams - Hubby has them, I love a Bourbon! x
  • 3yearsandhome

    3yearsandhome

    14 March 2014 at 20:50 |
    It looks amazing. Love all the different cushions. I live in fear of wallpaper but I love the effect of the one that you've chosen. Looks fab x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:35 |
      Thanks lovely, yes I am really pleased with the wallpaper. x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    14 March 2014 at 21:19 |
    I love the big bold colours and the vibrancy of it all. Our house is completely neutral and whilst I love it it needs a big paint job too. Coincidentally we've been in our home 4.5 years too!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:35 |
      It's a very happy room now. And yes the rest of ours all needs painting now unfortunately. ;)
  • Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    14 March 2014 at 22:48 |
    I love the colour combination you have used, your living space looks really nice. Really love the frame
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:34 |
      Thank you! x
  • James Gibson

    James Gibson

    15 March 2014 at 06:47 |
    You have worked wonders ! It really is lovely :-) the pictures are look great on the wall ! I look forward to what you do with the bathrooom !
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:40 |
      Thanks James. :)
  • Jessica Hill

    Jessica Hill

    15 March 2014 at 08:42 |
    Oh I love it! I'm not a big fan of purple but it works so well with the yellow! Definitely given me some inspiration for our living room now, off I go to spend money I haven't got, thanks ;) ha :)

    Hope you're well x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:34 |
      Thank you! Yes I wouldn't normally choose Purple but for some reason it really looks nice and happy in our living room. x
  • Jocelyn

    Jocelyn

    15 March 2014 at 21:24 |
    Oh, I love it! Those milk bottles look fabulous, and I love the addition on the little purples stones. And the yellow/mustard is gorgeous x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      15 March 2014 at 22:34 |
      Thanks Jocelyn, I am really pleased with how it turned out!
  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    17 March 2014 at 11:22 |
    My goodness! Absolutely love this - Very talented :)
    Can't wait to move so we can decorate. Will be coming to you for inspiration that's for sure. Thanks for sharing!

    Lotte xo
    Berice Baby - London Lifestyle Blog
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      18 March 2014 at 19:41 |
      Ah thanks Charlotte! I am really pleased with how it turned out! x
  • Ritz

    Ritz

    18 March 2014 at 10:05 |
    Gorgeous colors! love that wallpaper and purple together...such lively room xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      18 March 2014 at 19:41 |
      Thank you, so pleased with how it turned out, it's a lovely, happy room now! x
  • Loving that custard cream!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      18 March 2014 at 19:41 |
      It's fab isn't it?!
  • Mammasaurus

    Mammasaurus

    18 March 2014 at 21:42 |
    LOVE it all - the wallpaper especially!
  • Carin

    Carin

    20 March 2014 at 14:59 |
    Oh, finally catching up on this. It's been a bit of a week, let's say. It looks so great Katie! No wonder you're happy. I can't wait till we have saved up enough pennies to do up our open plan downstairs + hallway, stairs and landing. I'm thing of yellow too :)
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    20 March 2014 at 19:44 |
    OMG it looks absolutely stunning. WOW I am SO SO JEALOUS too funny I just replied to your comment on my living room about mustard and here you have it. Not fair. It looks great. We have similar taste as you have the same collage frame I have but in white above the couch too. hahaha I love the deep dark purple. It's fabulous. All the little accents are great too. I love vintage retro style. I struggled to find a theme both mr p and I liked and reflecting us. shabby chic country is what I went with but I do like more vintage modern stuff if I was to do it all again. lol The wallpaper is amazing. love it. Makes me want to redecorate!!! lol Thanks for telling me about your lovely post. I am in awe of it all!
  • Jen

    Jen

    31 March 2014 at 11:30 |
    This is absolutely stunning, thanks for linking up #LoveYourHome
    The colours are fabulous, and bold and daring, which I love and the retro touches are just perfect1 :)
  • Antonia, Tidy Away Today

    Antonia, Tidy Away Today

    31 March 2014 at 20:28 |
    I've really fallen for yellow in interiors in a big way recently, I actually felt my tummy flip over when I saw that yellow papered wall and the cat cushion! A bold choice that zings and goes great with the purple, too,

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