We’ve been looking for a new sofa for months now, and being limited with the space, it already seemed we won’t find a suitable one for our living room. What we want(ed) is a place to relax in front of the TV (my partner) with a good book (me). After having a 2-seater bed sofa for 4 years, we now decided to look for a 3-seater with a possibility to extend it into a bed for the occasional visits of family. To top it all, the length of the sofa was limited to less than 240 cm and the extended arm should be less than 160 cm. So finding a suitable bed sofa turned out to be a bigger challenge than expected.

To pass the time I searched the web for some accessories, that would fit in the room to add more colour in our otherwise black and white scheme. We have a B&W semi-open shelving units to store all our books, Blu-rays and some of my LEGO houses, so that’s the only colour in the room momentarily. I don’t want too many colours on the furniture, so this B&W scheme seems perfect. However, I do like to add more details, such as candles, lamps, and cushions for a cosier athmosphere. To present my ideal room to my partner (with less imaginative ability) I made these moodboards to make it easier to see what I’m looking for.

Black and white
Black and white

My favourite item here is the Kubus candle holder. It’s a designer piece, and a bit expensive so for the moment it’s on my wanted list. The only item from this moodboard I already have is the Cozy Remote Tidy in black. Storing the remote controls have never been easier.


Blue is my favourite colour, so this moodboard came together in no time at all. The blue Cast Iron Teapot is from Twinings collection, and it’s on my wish list for my next Twinings order. I see similar ones in black all the time, and this blue one stands out from the crowd.


I’m not a fan of purple, but this moodboard was actually one of the first I made. It seems that various purple hues are really popular, as so many items can be found online.

Pretty pastels
Pretty pastels

Pastels are popular in the last couple years, and they really look nice. Although pink is not my colour, it looks very romantic in a combination with pale blue and green. I like the tin boxes the most, they all can be found at Dunelm Mill. I only wish they’d ship international as well.

Nautical colourscheme
Nautical moodboard

I know a nautical or coastal themes are popular schemes for summer houses. I put this scheme together mostly based on the cushions. I really like the combination of the colours, tan or cream with various blues. My favourite items from this moodboard are the cushions with map prints and sea motives. They can be found in our local Harvey Norman store. Mostly likely I’m getting one of those soon, just need to decided which one.

To make the long story short(er), we accidentally found a perfect sofa for us while shopping for some sets of drawers for the hallway. It’s cream, and it fits really nicely with the nautical moodboard. We already have a set of dark tan cushions with map prints, and we’re probably get another set of cushions with map prints in different colours. Yeah, can’t wait to sit on the new sofa!

Interior decorations

I’ve been thinking about it for a while. While reading different magazines, they all say, put your clutter on display. Actually, I’m not that fond of clutter. What I prefer to have on display, are objects that I find also useful and are there having a dual role – looking nice on a display and saying something about me – what I like.

My favourite things to display are books, therefore I’m on a lookout of finding some lovely open shelving to display my (and my boyfriend’s) book collection. Having books around your flat also makes an nice statement about the owner (unless he/she is only using them for decoration). To avoid the shelves looking cluttered, I’d prefer to keep my books ordered, either by colour (my way) or by author (my boyfriend’s way).

A small part of my book collection

Other items I like to have on display are candles and candlelight holders. Although most of the time, they’re also dust catcher, they come very handy in the cold months, creating lovely atmosphere. Most of the time, I light the small tea candles in various glass holders. Ikea is the best place to get various styles of candles and candle light holders in a budget friendly way.

Tea light holder

This one is one of my favourites, as it can be put to use in a round conformation on a table, or linearized on a shelf. Another great design (although way out of my budget) is Kubus, designed way back in 1962.

Kubus by Mogens Lassen