I am really pleased to say that we have finished decorating our lounge!
We actually finished decorating the room at the beginning of December, and now that we finally have brought some curtains (its a long story involving several trips to Dunelm, a £700+ made to measure quote* and a wrong sized curtain pole!) everything is done and ticked off our list!
We are both very pleased with this room. Its a nice room to hang out in and the space really works for us. I love it!
Right, lets begin by showing how the previous owner of the house arranged this room in the two estate agents photos below –
As I have said before, we planned to move in, leave things as they were, get settled in our new area, then eventually change the decor more to our taste. But then I got knocked up, so our timeline changed and we decided to get a wiggle on and to get all the stress and upheaval of decorating over and done with and out the way within our first six months of living here. So next year we can just get on with our lives. (In theory anyway!)
Plus all our furniture from our old house didn’t really fit in with the layout of the room, as you can see in the next three photos below↓. I think the big, massive window didn’t do us any favours really.
So I set about finding new replacements for most of our furnishings. I had decided before we moved, not to be too attached and sentimental about our furniture and possessions, so I sold on our G Plan Astro coffee table, teak starbust clock and vintage teak sideboard, then donated our old sofa, battered dining table and chairs, and replaced them with some new, better sized for the room, colourful versions!
I love our new green sofa. I am so glad I waited until we moved before buying
some new cushions a new sofa!
There are more photos and more of me talking about the room in its before state this post here.Below are a few shots of the decorating progress –
And here is how the room looks now –
I can safely say that now we are on our fourth house together, Rob and I know our style. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but we love it!
We stuck to our tried and tested grey walls (we did experiment with lilac, but it wasn’t really for us!) with a similar coloured laminate flooring to what we had in our old house (which we find much more practical for a dining room/area than carpet!) and our retro inspired mix of vintage and modern furnishings with lots of bright pops of colour in the room.
Well, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it I say!
When you walk into the room, we have our dining zone with our lovely (if I say so myself!) vintage Ladderax display and storage unit, which we use for meals, reading, and will do for craft projects and homework etc in the future. Then down the other end of the room we have our relaxing zone and future floor playing area with the telly, large sofa, fire and rug.
Anyway, I hope that the room is future proofed. ‘Cos I sure as hell am not in a hurry to decorate again that’s for certain!
And luckily we managed to find homes for all our prints from the old house! I was worried that we would not have room for them all and it was actually quite hard finding where best to hang them. This house is the newest house (built in 1969) that I have ever lived in (excluding a new build that we rented many moons ago) and I never realised how things like chimney breasts and alcoves in a room can make such a huge difference (i.e make things easier) with furniture and picture placement! But we got there in the end and I think it all looks great, even with the slightly odd, different sized frames behind the sofa!
Who wants boring, uniform, matching things anyway?!!
I love how Poppy is camouflaged when she sits on the rug! And yes, I have nearly trodden on her several times when she has been snoozing on it!!!
So there we have it. A full tour of the room with a little too many photos than probably needed! If you have any questions like where things are from please give me a shout in the comments. I hope you all enjoyed having a little virtual nose round my gaff!
*We didn’t pay a lot for the curtains in the end, thank goodness. We managed to find some ready made, just about wide enough, thermal lined ones for £69.99, then found a local lady to shorten the length to fit our humongous, monster sized window for £20! A much better price than £700+, eh!