How to design your living room just like Mel’s

7 December, 2022 / words by IALH Editorial Team

Article and image by Melissa Holdbrook-Akposoe

Many of you have been asking me where I got some of the decor bits for my new home, so I wanted to share all the best pieces I’ve filled my home with over the last few months. I really made an effort to be conscious of the cost of it all since decorating a house can be so pricey but I definitely didn’t want the look or feel of it to come across as anything but luxurious.

Sofa Club

Savoy – Pebble Beach

This sofa is my absolute pride and joy and fits in the living room perfectly thanks to its sectional pieces. It is absolutely huge (the very first thing that comes out of everyone’s mouths when they see it) and it’s just as cosy as it is beautiful.

There’s nothing like getting in from a long day, relaxing on the sofa and watching Real Housewives. It’s my sanctuary! No matter the size of your space it’s sure to look great and you can add and remove pieces depending on your layout and room size.

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Baies Reed Diffuser

The smell of any room is as important as the furniture in it, this diffuser from Diptyque is gorgeous and fills the entire room with a fresh and flowery scent. The oval glass bottle looks stunning on a shelf or coffee table and you only need to buy the bottle once as it can be refilled. You’re basically saving money!

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Glass Vase

I love these H&M Home glass vases because they add some colour to my home in the least offensive way possible. I definitely was not aiming to have a beige/griege home at all as I feel they’re sometimes quite uninspiring so I added natural mid-century modern colours with vases and dried plants.

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by Christian Liaigre

Nothing says sophisticated like an elegant coffee table book. Liaigre’s hardback is a real centrepiece. I love an interior design book that not only elevates your home but also provides inspo! With so many to choose from you can add dimension to any table with a fashion, travel or music inspired book.

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Soho Home

Monroe Large Square Cushion

To add some character to the sofa, I found these perfect large cushions in Soho Home. The colour contrast is just right and they make the sofa that little bit more luxurious! Cushions are such an easy and relatively low cost way to make any seating area look elevated.

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Sannahed Black Frame 50×50 cm

Pictures are what make a house a home. The photos in my house mean a lot to us but they also add elegance and a focus point to white walls. I love the black and white style and these frames are a bargain from IKEA. I even had my photos printed in black and white to add!

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IALH Editorial Team


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