A few posts back now, when we got the news that we were moving into the apartment, I put together a mood board of ideas for the living room. I’ll insert it again here…

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Well I think it is fair to say my mood board has come to life right before my eyes and I LOVE the way it turned out.

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We have the white sofa we found on the street to be discarded that we have recycled and added a navy armchair we found on Gumtree for $30 -which was a bargain. The coffee table was taken and painted from my boyfriend's parents house and the soft furnishings were picked up from Ikea.

Rug ($120), striped throw ($30), striped cushion and cover ($15) and diamond print cushion and cover ($25).

We got the blue Ikea dining chairs from the mood board and they tie the two areas of the room together! I love the mix of black and white patterns.

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The large frame and plants on this shelf cost no more that $20 in total and came from Kmart. They have lots of cheap but decent quality bits and bobs for your home which make it a fun and cheap way to dress up the place!

The small framed picture is one of a bunch of postcards my boyfriend found in a local antiques pop-up shop, of Hawaii and the exact spot we spent our first holiday. The antiques shop was owned by a lady from Maine, USA and a lot of her antiques were from the state of Maine, where my boyfriend and I met and worked at a summer camp together. He even found a postcard of the exact lake our summer camp is based on, which is so special to us. I absolutely love these postcards, it was such a thoughtful gift and we shall keep them forever. There are several dotted around the room… can you spot them?

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This bookcase was from our old bedroom, which we decided to put in the living room to display books, blurays and pictures. I love the old vintage tins and the ‘Harry Potter’ lightening bolt on top from was Kmart for about $9!

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The B&R frames were a DIY gift I put together for Valentines day! I bought the acrylic letters and placed them in cheap frames from Ikea with some wrapping paper behind them. I just think they add a nice little personal touch to the room full of generic buys from Ikea and Kmart.

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One of my favourite elements were these hexagon shelves from K-mart ($9 each) they reflect the cool geometric prints around the room and were a fun way to spice up the plain walls. My favourite thing I placed on the shelves was a card I found that said ‘I love you more than Ikea hotdogs’ -which we became very accustomed to on our many trips there!!

I hope you like my interior design ideas brought to life. Be sure to check out some posts from other rooms in my new apartment.

B x

Published by Beth Hallett