Living room makeover: ‘It’s now my favourite room in the house’

Take a look inside Yoko's inspiring and tranquil living room

A tranquil colour scheme, cosy touches and clever styling details have given Yoko Edgeller’s living room a brand-new look. Here, she tells us all about her living room makeover experience…

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My story…

When we moved into this house, no one could believe the state of the living room.

Living room makeover: 'It's now my favourite room in the house'
Living room makeover: ‘It’s now my favourite room in the house’

Despite its big bay window, the brown wallpaper and carpet were dirty and had obviously been there for years, while the curtains were hanging off the rails with holes in them!

Welcome to our home…

A bit about me I’m Yoko Edgeller, a florist. I live with my husband, Neil and our two children, Mei and Lio in a three-bedroom 1930s semi-detached house in Surrey.

My problem living room Although we’d removed the horrible brown carpet and dated wallpaper that was here when we moved in, we hadn’t done a lot else with the room. It needed to have some thought put into it as the space felt really boring. 

Yoko Edgeller

That’s not to mention the old fire that I don’t think would even have been safe to use. As our main family room, I wanted to make it feel lighter, brighter and cosy, with plenty of sofa space for us all.

A large false wall houses the gas fire and TV. The log-effect ties in well with the nature-inspired accessories Yoko has used in the room, including a piece of driftwood she found on the beach
A large false wall houses the gas fire and TV. The log-effect ties in well with the nature-inspired accessories Yoko has used in the room, including a piece of driftwood she found on the beach

We started by building a false wall for the TV and a fire, which makes it look much neater and more modern and is great for when we’re all watching a film.

We painted the walls and added shutters at the window so we can filter how much light we get. Sometimes it’s so sunny you can’t see the TV, so they come in really handy.

The Arctic bookcase from Maisons du Monde fits in with the Scandi scheme and provides extra space for Yoko to display plants, books and treasured finds
The Arctic bookcase from Maisons du Monde fits in with the Scandi scheme and provides extra space for Yoko to display plants, books and treasured finds

One of the most important parts of the room for us was choosing a new sofa; something that we could all relax on and was comfortable. When I saw this teal colour in Sofology, I knew it was the one.

A bit more about my home… 

How I made it work We had a false wall installed to house the TV and a fire, put down grey laminate flooring and bought new furniture, including a huge teal-coloured sofa that’s now the focus of the room.

My favourite part I love all the surfaces I have for displaying knick-knacks, like my console table and the wall shelves. It’s nice to have all the bits I love out on display.

Yoko Edgeller

The sofa is modular, which means we can move the parts around to suit our space, so if we ever move house it should still fit a different-shaped room.

‘This room is super cosy and really light – it’s a happy space that we use a lot as a family’ says Yoko
‘This room is super cosy and really light – it’s a happy space that we use a lot as a family’ says Yoko

As a florist, I love nature and I’ve filled the room with plants and bits picked up from walks, such as driftwood and shells. We spend a lot of time in this room and I love that it now feels like us.

Style advice

Consoles aren’t just for hallways

Yoko used this light wood rattan-effect console from Wayfair to sit against a blank wall. It’s narrow enough that it can easily be walked past without jutting out into the room.

Yoko's style advice: 'Consoles aren’t just for hallways'

‘I like its rattan drawers and it’s another place to display vases and flowers –plus the drawers mean we can pop remote controls in there out of sight,’ she says. ‘I also use it for work when I need to, and I’ve put the pouffe from Wayfair underneath as a little stool.’

Tailor existing furniture to fit your new style

‘We had this sideboard in our last house, but it felt a bit dated as it sat low on the floor without any legs. I decided to raise it up and bought some light oak legs from eBay, which have made it feel a lot more modern.

Yoko's style advice: 'Tailor existing furniture to fit your new style'

‘I’m so glad I didn’t get rid of it. Now we use it to store our Sky box and keep all the ugly wires and cables hidden from sight.’

Style up shelves

‘I didn’t want lots of frames on this wall, so instead I chose these white and oak pocket shelves from String Furniture and a large wood artwork, along with one print to create a feature behind the sofa.

Yoko's style advice: 'Style up shelves'

‘I think they work really well together and I’m always faffing with the shelves, displaying new bits on them and moving items around.’

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Feature and styling Laurie Davidson. Photos David Gile. 

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