My living room is finally coming together.
No sooner had I almost perfected the one in South Korea, than we had to pack it up and sell half of it off, to move to Jakarta. Secretly though, I quite enjoy the chance to start all over again.
There was only one slight problem for me - when you rent apartments and homes in Jakarta, they come furnished. This may work fine for the vast majority of people, after all buying furniture and moving it between homes can be costly, but for me it's far from ideal. I have particular tastes and like my apartment to reflect my personal style. So, the first challenge was finding a place that had good bones. We saw all kinds of crimes against interior design in the form of gaudy, ornately carved wooden sofas, wallpaper to make your eyes hurt, and lavish yet somehow oh-so-tacky window dressings. Trust me, they were bad.
In the end we found a place with plain painted walls, classical style dark wood furniture and a cream sofa with matching chairs. Not my ideal, but workable. I added in the necessary soft furnishings; candles, cushions, vases, coffee table books and trinkets. There's much more to be added, but I feel that with a pop of brightness from fresh flowers I pick up every week or two, it's starting to look like my home.
The bar cart is something I had made here in Indonesia. After years of wanting one in Korea, and not being able to find one anywhere (believe me I searched high and low!) I was determined to get one here. I still need to work on styling it, as so far, I've done very little with it. For starters I'd like to add something to the wall above it. I'm not sure whether to try and find a beautiful mirror or a fun print of some kind, what do you think? Any ideas anyone?