'Changing it up keeps it looking fresh'

Posted: 6th Jun 2019

Emily Martin has used her love of Scandi style to create a light-filled living room with plenty of seasonal touches

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Emily Martin and I live with my two sons in a semi-detached three-bedroom house in Godalming, Surrey. 

My problem living room

When I first moved into the house it was a mess and hadn’t been updated since the 1930s. I stripped off the wallpaper and painted it, then got rid of the brown carpet. I also had a false wall installed to house the TV and a fire. It was a quick fix, and I always knew I’d need to turn my attention to it at some point.

How I made it work

I took up the cheap grey carpet and put down grey laminate flooring instead to match the rest of the house. I chose Scandi-style accessories and furnishings to keep it light and modern but it was painting the walls that really made all the difference – it’s amazing what a lick of paint can do!

My favourite part

I love the bookcase from Maisons du Monde as I can show off all my little treasures and books, but it also has small cupboards for storage, which is handy for less attractive items.

You can find out more by purchasing our June 2019 issue, available as a digital download for £1.99 here

Feature and styling by Laurie Davidson / photos by Simon Whitmore