Adding The Finishing Touches To Our Living Room Makeover

living room makeover

So I think this is my first interiors post in about a year. When we first bought the house in February 2016, I had high hopes of sharing loads of home renovation content with you all. I put a couple of posts up and then, well, I stopped.

The truth is, life (and wedding planning!) got in the way of redecorating, and I just didn’t have anything that exciting to share with you all. But when I did my blog survey a couple of weeks ago (thank you to anyone who took the time to fill it in), interiors content was high on the list of stuff you wanted me to create, and it really gave me the motivation I needed to get back on the home decor bandwagon.

living room makeoverliving room makeoverFirst on our to do list was finally getting our living room properly finished. Some of you may remember that we did the more labour intensive parts of redecorating this room about a year ago – we stripped the wallpaper, painted the room light grey and gave the ceiling a fresh lick of paint too. It looked loads better as a result but it was missing the finishing touches, and that’s what we finally got round to doing this weekend.

There were no major jobs to do, but the details we’ve added have totally transformed the space. We put up some open shelves which has allowed us to display plants and pretty books. We took down the rank beige curtains that were here when we moved in and hung some gorgeous chevron ones. We finally put up a lampshade after spending months trying to find one we liked.

living room makeoverliving room makeoverBut the detail which has probably made the biggest difference is putting up some prints. We knew we wanted to add some wall art to this room as soon as we painted it – the ceilings are pretty high and with it being painted in such a light colour, we knew we’d need something to break the blocks of space up.

We only had a few criteria for prints – we needed a couple of big ones so they didn’t look tiny on such tall walls, they needed to be something that we loved looking at as we spend so long in the living room and they had to be reasonably priced. While we love our little house right now, we probably won’t live here forever, so investing a lot of money into something that was perfect for the space didn’t seem like the right thing to do.

living room makeoverEnter Desenio! Not only do they have an insane number of prints to suit everybody’s taste, they come in a whole range of sizes and they’re super affordable too. Bingo. The only problem I had was settling on which prints to order for our living room – I loved so many of them and I kept changing my mind whenever I stumbled upon a new one.

I’m really happy with the ones we eventually ended up choosing. For above our fireplace, we opted for a map of New York and a beautiful print of some monstera leaves. The New York map was an obvious choice – anyone who knows us knows that it’s our favourite place in the world and it’s where we got engaged, so it’s nice to have a little reminder of the city in our home. I felt like the monstera leaves provided a nice contrast to the monochrome map and added a lovely pop of colour to our living room too.

living room makeover We also chose a smaller print to display on our new open shelves, a beautiful photo of sea foam. This one was Sam’s choice and I really love it – the colours are gorgeous and as we got married by the sea, it’s another print that reminds us of happy memories. We chose gold frames for them all as that is our accent colour for this room and I think they look way more expensive than they actually were.

With addition of a couple of plants, some candles and some fresh flowers on the fireplace, our living room makeover is finally complete. I’m so happy with how the room looks now – it couldn’t be further away from the magnolia textured wallpaper hell we encountered when we collected our keys! I’m really glad that we managed to get it finished before winter too – I’m already planning plenty of cosy evenings snuggled up in here.

*This post was in collaboration with Desenio and they have very kindly given me a discount code to share with you all! The code “sophiecliff” will get you 25% off posters (excluding handpicked/collaboration posters and frames) between 10th – 12th October. Let me know if you buy anything! 

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  • luuuuuuurve a good open shelf theyre gorgeous aren’t they?! loving your desenio prints – i have some of the same ones! suuuch an incredible company and SO affordable.

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • I know, they’re great! Such quick delivery too x

  • Cara Bassett

    What size did you get for the living room? Looking for something similar for our bedroom so going to take advantage of the offer ❤️

    • The ones above the fireplace are the biggest size they do – 70 x 100cm 🙂

  • I’ve seen a few people use desenio and I’m a fan! Always on the lookout for affordable art and I can’t resist a beautiful print or two! Alice xxx


    • Me neither – but I’m a sucker for buying the print and never getting it framed, so this was perfect for me! X

  • I love your living room Sophie! The wood burning stove is so cosy looking and I love the prints you chose. Also those flowers are my favourite! x

    • They’re my fave too – they remind me of my wedding flowers! x

  • Open shelves are my favourite kind! x

    • Mine too – although the cat does think it’s a climbing frame… x

  • Oooh Sophie what a beautiful space! I absolutely love your wood burner – I wish our flat had those lovely features. Also, Desenio have the most GLORIOUS prints, you picked some of my fave – especially the New York one! Immy x


    • When I saw it I had to buy it as it’s our fave place ever! x

  • Laura Emilia

    Your home looks absolutely gorgeous! Those prints are so pretty – especially blue marble-y one. Need to keep Desenio in mind as I’m actually looking for a few new prints to our flat too.. x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • It’s such a great site for good value prints x

  • Leanne

    Your room is so pretty! Love the colour palette and gold accents, it looks super cosy and the sea foam print is a lovely addition too x


  • Amy Eade

    Your fireplace is gorgeous, I love that you’ve left the top part exposed! We’re just about to start on our living room (it is quite literally a bare shell at the moment!) so this is some very helpful inspo!
    Amy xx

    • The stone lintel is one of my fave bits, we have it in the kitchen too x

  • The prints are gorgeous Sophie! I like the mix between the two! I certainly would like a little more art on the walls, but I’m always so keen to only have pictures we’ve taken etc, but that always takes an AGE to decide which ones!
    Beautiful room.
    Holly xxx

    • Oooooh yeah I can imagine that’s a tough decision! x

  • I love the prints above the fireplace!! You have done such a stunning job!! I much prefer the finishing touches when it comes to re-doing a room!!
    a life of a charlotte

    • Me too – the hard graft is too much for me! Haha x

  • Your living room looks gorgeous! I’ve had my eye on those shelves from Ikea as well. I’m hoping we’ll get to finish our living room soon as well. I’ll deffo be looking into getting some prints as well.

    • They were super easy to assemble and have really transformed our living room! x

  • I ADORE the fireplace! That ‘wonder’ statue is the cutest thing, may have to nab it for my room 😛 You’ve found such a nice balance between modern/minimal but still so cosy, not easy to do! Love it 🙂

    Bumble & Be

    • It’s so cute isn’t it? It was an M&S bargain last year x