New! Living room update


It’s taken a while to get our lounge to exactly how we want it. When we moved in our furniture felt a little bit odd in the new space and slowly we’ve been chopping and changing, trying to get new things to fit into the random spaces and make it more cozy (as it’s the place we entertain and spend most of our time).

It’s our first proper winter here and we’ve realised how freezing our house is. The wooden floors help, but it’s quite an old house so there’s a few sneaky spaces that let the cold air in. So, with Sedgwicks, the challenge was set to warm up the lounge (Gotta start somewhere). So firstly we got our anthracite fire place working again. It was missing a few pieces, and had a big hole in it so we got some guys in to fix it up and it works like a charm now. It takes a while to get started but it really warms up the room.

Next I wanted to change up the decor a bit, if you look at what it was it was pretty cold and uninviting. I want people to be able to sit on the floor and lounge around after dinner, and this space just wasn’t working. So I got a rug (finally!), a few extra things to sit on (how great is that wooden stomper? This was my Weylandts splurge but I just loved the character in the shape and grain). I also got some cozy throws and cushions and a few other key items.

I wanted to pick up on a few of the seasons trends without going overboard. So I collected some lovely glassware and scientific apparatus from all over, and even used a used a Sedgwick’s 2L jug/bottle which works so well as a vase in it’s after life.

Another trend I love is indoor plants! I don’t think I went as crazy as I could have here but I chose some nice bright green, leafy plants to bring a little of the outdoors indoors and to make the place still feel fresh without feeling cold. Also appropriately with the Harbour name, I had to incorporate some nauticalness. I got my ship mirror from the Milnerton market on our last trip to CT, and the lovely anchor cushions are from Zana.

Here is the video of it allll coming together! What do you think?! I’m pretty smitten with the results. It feels a bit more “finished” if you know what I mean :).

Sedgwicks bottle DIY time.

After our Sedgwicks hike a few weeks ago I realised how awesome the 2L jug is. It’s got a very old school shape and I thought it would work well as a vase. I’m the type of person who hates throwing away glass bottles and jam jars and will always find a second life for them. So for this DIY all you need is an empty Sedgwicks 2L bottle, hot water and soap. It’s that easy. Soak off the labels. Add some fresh flowers and water.

 Before and After

I also had this grand idea to make a vinyl sticker that would convert the vase into a scientific jar with measurements, but apparently you can’t print a white vinyl? (So above is my photo shop attempt as to what it would have looked like – anyone know where I can do this sort of thing?).

(This Warm up your lounge post is brought to you by Sedgwicks Old Brown. Check out their facebook page for an amazing competition where you can win a weekend away for you and 5 friends to one of 3 luxury camping destinations! One of them is the Old Mac Daddy! – One of my favourite hotels!)

Edit: So where’s everything from:

Weylandts: Striped Rug, Wooden stool, Eye test cushion, Ombre throw, woven basket

Country Road: White frames, Grey cushions

Anatomy Design: Scientific apparatus

Mr Price Home: Pouf, small glass cake stand, triplet coffee tables

Ceramic factory: White ceramic skulls

Zana: Anchor cushions

Plants: Garden Shop

Have your say

  • aneke

    Hi there – could you detail your paint colours? Both the white & the grey. It’s so hard to find the right shade of white (and grey!) I want to do something similar, and your room is so lovely and light and fresh.

  • http://www.lovemadevisible.co.za Rebecca

    Looks AMAZING Em!!! x

  • http://betweenthesheetssa.com Kiki B

    Hi Emma! Your lounge looks amazing, and the video made me smile so much! Congrats on such an homely yet chic end result. Inspiring…

  • http://www.prettypretty.co.za Jo

    I absolutely love this post – your lounge looks so cosy and inviting and I love the little video! Excellent stuff!

  • Matri

    So lovely!

  • http://www.kissblushandtell.com/ Tori

    Looks stunning Em, really amazing x

  • Leah

    You can’t technically print white, but you can laser cut white vinyl. You should be able to do it at a place that prints vinyl. But of course if your details are too small, you won’t be able to laser cut them. You also get markers that you can use on ceramics and glass, you might be able to find a white one.
    The lounge looks amazing!

  • http://lovemaryj.blogspot.com Jeanine Coleman

    lovely. lovely. lovely.

    where is the carpet from and ‘eye-test’ cushion and centre tables and…. and…. and… <3

  • Nicole

    Love the video, and I’m really impressed by this transformation. Stunning Em!

  • Jayne

    Great post and LOVE the video! Have been looking for a black and white stripe rug – where did you find this one?

  • valeria

    I love the frames that your photos have been placed in my fiance and I have searched high and low to find frames exactly like that.. PLEASE PLEASE could you perhaps let me know where you purchased them or where you got them framed. Thanks.. PS: LOOKS GORGEOUS!!!! Love that rug !!

  • Nicole

    Wow em the movie is brilliant! Your lounge looks amazefest. Well done x

  • Liezl

    I am obsessed with your three little coffee tables! Please tell me you bought them recently as I can’t find them on the Mr Price Home website ;(

    • http://www.EmmaJaneNation.com emmajane

      I bought them at the beginning of the year I think, hope they still have them!

  • Sasha

    A lot of effort has gone into this and this post is just fab wow! That song!! Please may I have the deets? :)

    • http://www.EmmaJaneNation.com emmajane

      It’s “That’s whats up” by Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros :)

  • http://buryanddiscover.blogspot.com/ Bailey

    Wow! Gorgeous. Totally love the indoor plants.

  • duchessbettie

    looks fantastic! what kind of plants are those?

  • Debbie

    Your cat is the cutest!!!!!!!! Such an awesome video and lounge – thanks for the titbits of inspiration – love the three wooden planks on the wall by the tv :)