So I've recently explained that I've been working hard in recent weeks to sort out my new home - and for the first time, I can decorate a place exactly how I want it to look. Part of that includes investing in furniture for a place I can't be booted out of at two months' notice because it's mine and no one can make me, ner ner (at least, as long as I'm paying the bills!).
Now, we already had a lot of our furniture that I've been building up gradually over the past year, basically as soon as I knew we were hoping to buy our own house. You might remember a post about our tv stand in fact - which, as it happens, fits nicely into our new living room. It wasn't all going to fit, though. For a start, we've gone from three bedrooms to two and what was our 'study' is now a corner of the living room. Being the savvy shopper I am, I made arrangements with the sellers to measure up the house long before the sale went through and, keeping my fingers crossed things would go to plan (house sales can break down up until the last minute in this country), set about selling off or downsizing the furniture we couldn't take with us and planning what new stuff we'd need.
I'll admit, I was worried. I can't afford high-end furniture (particularly not right now) and charity shops round my way haven't been very good the past few months. Having one too many disasters with poorly-made flat-pack furniture, I was really hoping to avoid going this route, but it became apparent it was the only cost-effective option left to us... Now Ikea is the best of a bad bunch in many ways, but while they have some awesome retro options, there's a lot they don't have too. But where do you go if Ikea don't have what you want and you're on a budget? I was at a loss... But step up, my new favourite, La Redoute!
I never really realised that La Redoute made furniture or that it was any good, until stumbling across this desk while googling. I have to add the usual apology: the pretties I'm about to show you are fairly inaccessible to North America and Australia. If you're in Europe though, you're probably going to be in with more luck. I guess that's the thing with furniture - it's just not that easy to post to the other side of the world!
This desk was a bargain for what I got, which is a very sturdy, stylish piece of flatpack furniture. This thing is absolutely solid - and to my surprise, as we constructed it everything attached together so darn smoothly - there was no trying to force joints together because a hole was drilled a millimetre out. I've never said this about building any flatpack before, but I actually enjoyed putting it together, it was so easy to follow the instructions and the finished piece was so satisfyingly perfect. Of course, I immediately put a scratch on the top because that's what I do when things are pristine and I love them - destroy them within the first 24 hours (I've since added more marks by accidentally putting the drawer back wrong post move - d'oh!). But my clumsiness aside, I wasn't expecting anything much from this desk and it sure proved me wrong. I also love the light grey colour - I've got a lot of grey in the living room and it fits right in without clashing with my mishmash of wooden charity shop finds. B also loves it, which wasn't essential but is a nice bonus ;) Flatpack win!
(I wasn't exaggerating about the 'corner of the living room' thing...)
It was a no-brainer to source the next thing we needed from La Redoute too - the bedside tables for the main bedroom. Thankfully they didn't disappoint, they have a huge range of them to choose from (I've selected some favourites below) and I found one that would fit in with our ash wood and white furniture colour scheme oh so perfectly (trying, as I was, to keep the bulk of the bedroom furniture we already had), and was slim enough that we could both have one either side of the bed.
These were so easy to put together that I did the second one on my own in half an hour. Again, it's another example of flatpack done right - everything's straight and the end result is a sturdy little table that perfectly suits a retro aesthetic.
The thing I really love about this shop is that they don't just do the odd thing that's got a retro vibe, there's a huge range to choose from. Here's my picks of the mid century pretties they're currently offering and there are an awful lot more I didn't feature too...
I should add I'm in no way being sponsored by the company, I just really love their homeware!
While I'm on this subject, would you like to see what the rooms look like as we finish them off?
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