New apartment phase 1: Living room

Digital ed Carina Claassens put together mood boards to help her decorate her new apartment, starting with the living room

I recently moved into a new flat, and have to furnish and decorate from scratch. With so many furniture and accessory options available in stores and online, it’s difficult to pin-point exactly what to buy. Creating mood boards made this process much easier and allowed me to experiment with mixing different styles so I could see what works and what doesn’t.

My main inspirations were these three images as they sum up my style quite well. I like clean lines but also love colour – so a mix between mid-century modern and ethnic is what I’m going for.


  1. Loft coffee table, R 1999, @home
  2. Leaning shelf, R1 499, @home
  3. Ombre basket, R159, @home
  4. Ceramic vase, R110, @home
  5. Kilim, from R12 995, Weylandts
  6. Couch, R5 995, Coricraft
  7. Eames chair, R1 950, Chair Crazy
  8. Wooden chair, R2 520, Chair Crazy
  9. Hollywood deco fan chair, R1 400, Mr Price Home
  10. Yellow ceramic stool, R1 350, Vintage Vista
  11. Scatter cushions, from R220, Zana
  12. Standing floor lamp, R3 499.95, Lighting Warehouse