5 Homely living room touches

My favourite homes are those that strike the perfect balance between minimalist and lived in. It should feel open and clean, while simultaneously comfortable and inviting. Here are five living room items I’ve incorporated in my flat in an attempt to achieve just that.

1. A couple of lamps

Lighting is so important – too bright and it feels clinical, too dark and it gives off a creepy vibe. A couple of lamps (how many depends on the size of your room) gives the perfect amount of light, and its easy to adjust the warmth by using different bulbs – I prefer candle globes for soft, warm light.

2. Candles

Speaking of soft and warm light, a couple of candles provide just that as well as a great-smelling room. I’m currently burning two great Yankee Candle scents – Fluffy Towels and Midnight Jasmine. I went into detail about my candle- and room fragrance favourites over here.


Fluffy Towels & Midnight Jasmine Yankee Candles

3. Something green

Keeping plants alive isn’t something I can put on my CV, but I try to have a couple of plants around. Currently I have a trio of succulents and some or other thing with purple and green leaves. I’ll also have fresh flowers every couple of weeks.

4. Some Texture

I’m a big fan of clean lines – I don’t have anything frilly in my house. Think leather couches, plain curtains – I prefer things that way. I do have one corner (a slightly odd area under my stairs) that has a bright throw and a bunch of mismatched scatter cushions that gives a bit of a bohemian feel. It adds both colour and texture to an otherwise neutral room.

5. A few quirky decor touches

I have a few things around my living room that adds personality – most of them are on my bookshelves, but a couple of them are placed around the rest of the room too. Some even double up as ice breakers/talking points when I have guests – nobody can leave alone my fridge poetry or marionette hand.

C x




  1. Marné
    Jan 18, 2016 / 12:22 PM

    Did you have a blog-makeover? Love LOVE the new look. If you didn’t, I’ll send my eyes for a makeover 🙂

    We visited friends this weekend, and the first two things I noticed were 1) their beautiful, simplistic decor and 2) their total uncluttered-ness. This post of your remind me of that. I decided to add yet another new-years resolution, which involves simplistic decor. At the moment clutter is my only decor, bleh

    • Chantelle Bester
      Jan 18, 2016 / 12:51 PM

      Your eyes are fine, I had a makeover indeed 🙂 I’m a firm believer in having dedicated busy/clutter areas – it makes the place look less clinical, while still allowing you to keep the rest of the area free and uncluttered.

  2. Jan 18, 2016 / 1:25 PM

    That Midnight Jasmine scent is to die for – haven’t tried the Fluffy Towels candle yet. These are great tips that I’d like to try and implement in my living room, thanks.

  3. Jan 18, 2016 / 10:13 PM

    Your new look is GORGEOUS! Really enjoyed this post… I’m a big fan of your homey posts, so bring ’em on! I literally CANNOT stand a brightly lit living room – hurts my eyes! A friend of mine has no lamp to speak of, and every time we go round there for dinner I make a mental note to buy her a couple of lamps for her birthday or something!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Jan 19, 2016 / 3:04 PM

      Thank you Chereen! Def gift her one & tell her you thought it would fit perfectly riiiight in that corner over there (and proceed to plug it in for good measure) 🙂

  4. Jan 20, 2016 / 12:30 PM

    Love the new blog look!
    I’m a huge fan of adding candles to create a beautiful touch!


    • Chantelle Bester
      Jan 22, 2016 / 12:50 PM

      Thanks Cass! Have a bit of a candle habit myself 🙂

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