DECOR AND FURNITURE

Our living room… some photos

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Before the summer, our beloved sofas (which we had for more than 12 years and which had been passed down to us from friends who used them for over 20 years before us!) well, died. The covers were completely torn and the springs were so bad you basically ended up on the floor when you’d sit down. Tamar and I decided it was about time for a new sofa!

We ended up buying a huge petrol-blue corner sofa from Ikea. We had to hack the corner piece though — the corner of our living room is not on a 90 degree angle. So we sawed and sewed to make it fit perfectly.

To break up the big blue surface, I got some sheepskins for the corners and a bunch of fun pillows and throws. The entire exercise made for a whole new look of our living room!

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

It’s funny to see how much more time our kids spend on the couch now that we have this big corner piece. They love lounging there in the late afternoons, reading their books or comics or playing a game together. And, now that it’s too cold to spend our evenings outside, we watch a film (or an episode of ‘The Voice’) together on Friday evenings, all cozied up on the sofa together with nibbles and drinks and tons of blankets. So nice!

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

To introduce some colour and to give a place to some of our ‘treasures’ (mostly Pim’s!), we installed a few orange Vitra shelves above our sideboard. I love this pop of colour on the wall! And then I like using plants to add colour and freshness as well.

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Most of the other decoration consist of art made by family of friends, or by the kids. And then there are the children’s toys, of course.

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Another fairly new element in our living room is this big Danish shelving unit from the early ’60s. A lucky find on Ebay, as it fits the wall and our house so perfectly! It’s the perfect storage unit combined with bookcase combined with desk. Cool looking, but very functional too. (The designer of this unit is Olof Pira.)

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

Esther van de Paal living room Babyccino

I hope you enjoyed this little ‘tour’ of our living room : ).

xxx Esther


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Paulina
October 3, 2017

Perfect.


Esther in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

Haha, not really, but it’s really cosy 🙂 x


Rachel
October 3, 2017

OMG what a gorgeous space!!!!!!


Esther in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

Thank you ☺️


Einat from Israel
October 3, 2017

So cozy, yet stylish. I have the same House Dr. cushion! Can you share where the rest of the cushions are from? I like the combination.


Esther in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

It’s a bit of a random combination, some of those pillows we’ve had for a long time, some I brought back from Morocco and LA… But check AAI, Pomax and Atsuyo and Akiko! xx


KERESE
October 3, 2017

looks beautiful!


Esther in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

Thank you!


Anna
October 3, 2017

Love this room so much! Like you, I have a penchant for Scandinavian design – both ‘low’ (ikea!!) and high end (how good is ebay?! (we lived on lauritz when we lived in Denmark) – I love all the pieces of the children’s art – it takes away from it being too perfect!


Ella
October 3, 2017

Very pretty living room you have, what a difference a new sofa makes! Do you hide your tv in the sideboard? I hate the dominance of the big black screen..


Esther in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

Thanks Anna! I love my kids’ art!
Ella, yes, our TV is in that sideboard! xx


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Lisa
October 3, 2017

It looks amazing!!!!! Wow! Gorgeous


Esther in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

Thanks Lisa 😘


Courtney in Australia
October 3, 2017

I love the look of your living room area. It looks so grown-up compared to our place. Haha. I feel like a college student sometimes with my random stuff. I need you to come and sort out my shelves. 🙂
Also… the memories we have on those old white sofas. I can hardly believe they’re no longer with us! xx


Mary
October 3, 2017

Beautiful! Perfect timing for me! We’re just decorating our home right now. Love your style! ❤️


Esther in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

Thanks! Enjoy the re-decorating!!


Eva
October 3, 2017

Lovely tour! Your home is one of my favorites – so stylish and cool, without being over-staged and curated to a point to look like a popup shop.

Congrats on your pregnancy! (catching up with old posts)


Esther in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

Thank you thank you! And The word ‘pop-up shop’ made me giggle!! 🙂 xx


Charlotte
October 3, 2017

I absolutely love this space, and the choice of the couch and its color, absolutely gorgeous! Makes it such a lovely family living room 🙂


jennifer
October 4, 2017

You’re home is gorgeous!! i love everything. Thank you for sharing, it’s so inspiring and fun to see other’s homes! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!


Annie from Brimful
October 4, 2017

I just want to pop in, flop on that big couch and enjoy a good chat with you! Your home is such a happy one :).


Esther in Amsterdam
October 12, 2017

You’re always welcome!!! xx


Siobhán
October 4, 2017

Hi Esther, I swear, I could move right in to your place – have always been inspired by your style and how your mix old and new – so warm and welcoming x


Esther in Amsterdam
October 12, 2017

Thank you 😊 x


Emilie
October 4, 2017

As you know: I love, love your living room – one of my favorite spaces to spend time in! xxx


Vicky in Amsterdam
October 4, 2017

I absolutely love your home! It is so effortlessly stylish, beautiful and cosy, and always so warm and inviting — all captured beautifully in these pictures. Gezellig! xx


Esther in Amsterdam
October 12, 2017

😘


Oleandra
October 7, 2017

That looks so beautiful,warm and inviting! Thanks for sharing with us. Where did you get that lovely rug?
Also, would you ever consider sharing a tour of your kids rooms? And tips on how to decorate? I’m decorating my kids rooms right now and finding it very challenging. Thanks!


Esther in Amsterdam
October 9, 2017

The kilim is from Les Petits Bohèmes. I’ll try to take some photos of the kids rooms soon! xx


Sarah
October 8, 2017

Esther-
I love this room and I love that you are pregnant! We are the same age and I would love to have a 5th as well!
Wondering- did you create that pinstriped cover on your chair? Is that Ikea fabric? I have a similar chair I’d like to cover and wondered how that fabric holds up on a chair.
Thank you!


Esther in Amsterdam
October 9, 2017

Thanks Sarah! 🙂
The fabric on the chair is an old curtain… and I have no idea where it came from! I just folded it around the pillows. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!
And… fingers crossed for your 5th!!! x


Christina
October 11, 2017

Dear Esther, can you share some details regarding the Carpet plse, it’s lovely. Where can i get it? Many thanks, Christina


Esther in Amsterdam
October 12, 2017

I got it at Les Petits Bohèmes!


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