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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Living Room revisited

by amanda on January 27, 2017

The thing about our living room, is, it “looks” comfortable, but the reality is so, so different.

I mean, the colours and textures are all there, but our actual seating leaves A LOT to be desired. This picture below has our old seating, which is now ripped to shreds by various kids and has been replaced by a perfectly adequate, but hardly sumptuous, chesterfield. I mean, it’s so uninspiring that I can’t even be bothered to take a photo to show you.

So once in a while, I like to dream how I would put a room together, on a unlimited budget (naturally).  Arhaus approached me to see what I could come up with using a piece from their sofa collection. I chose this sofa given how roomy it is. plus it’s almost the colour of dirt, which you need in a farmhouse!

Let’s start with a room I pinned years ago that has me always coming back to its warm, cosy space. It was a feature from Design*Sponge many moons back, and I loved the cozy vintage vibe he managed to exude so swimmingly.

I put together a room that I hope has the same vibe; with plenty of seats for people to lounge; with plenty of texture and colours afoot! Of course anything I put together has to have vintage shtick; so 1stdibs.com and chairish.com came in quite handy for providing the necessary unique decor!

In the end I deviated from my original inspiration quite a bit, but the result is every bit as pleasing (to me). Love to know your thoughts!

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