Today is the fourth anniversary of living in our house! Lets celebrate by showing you around our lounge.
Here is it used to look. The lounge had magnolia painted walls with a red feature wall on the chimney breast, with a yucky reproduction iron Victorian fire surround (not shown) that dominated the room for all the wrong reasons! As much as I love original Victorian style feature fireplaces (we had them upstairs in our last house), it just did not work in our lounge as it looked stuck on and fake. After all, our house was built in the 1950’s!
Unfortunately as with the dining room, I do not have that many photos of the lounge in the before stage, only the one below in fact!At this point around mid 2010, we had ripped out the for show only fire surround (which after being left out in our back garden for around 3 years, I finally sold it on eBay for the princely sum of 99p! – You win some, you lose some eh!) and had started to test paint colours out, had bought a new lampshade and had attempted to hang some white floating shelves for my design book collection in the left alcove where our Gplan unit is now.
Ah yes, the attempt to hang those shelves in our lounge was a fun day indeed! We (ok, Rob) just could not drill through the solid concrete wall as it contained too much flint. Rob busted around a dozen drill bits, dropped the drill on the floor narrowly missing his foot and taking a chunk of carpet out and sweated and swore for England that day!
It was at this point that we knew we would need new carpet! Plus removing the beige floor tiles in the hearth left a too big gap in the floor. So up it come, and then we lived with the bare concrete floors for the next 2 years.
Anyway thats enough of my decorating woes! The bones of this room came together quite early on. We painted the walls and ceiling, built the new fireplace stand/hearth thingy from scratch and bought a brand new flat screen telly. But then it took the next 3 years for us (ok, me) to find the right sized unit for my books (£40 inc delivery from my local PDSA charity shop, boom!), a coffee table, carpet the room and then finally (in January this year) frame and hang our prints! Phew!
We are both really pleased with how our lounge looks and love to kick back and relax with the cat in here. As Rob works from home, this room is our sacred sanctuary and all work talk is banned in here!
Here is my guided tour, lets start with a look through the hallway door as shown before here –The view is a little different to the last time I shared it. We now have more plants and a favourite print of mine hanging above the unit. I reframed this print without a mount and relocated it from above the TV. Can you see our love fern on top to the the right? I think I have let our love fern die, oh deary me! Next we have the first corner of our lounge where I have my reproduction Eames RAR rocker that Rob bought me for my 30th birthday, with an Ugly Doll on it and above a recently framed print that I bought Rob as a gift for one of his birthdays. Can you tell what the print is of?….I will give you a clue, its the characters from a TV show where they always say “I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” at the end of each show! – Its the characters from Scooby-Doo! Clever hey?
BTW The heart is my rubbish attempt of hiding the camper vans number plate! More views of this end of of lounge, working toward the Gplan unit previously shown. In case you are wondering, yes I do buy the specific brand of tissues on the coffee table to match the lounge. And yes, I am that sad. I just really like the design of the box, ok!Book shelf porn alert! I have been collecting the Taschen 25th anniversary edition books since 2005.More of the unit, the fireplace and the third corner of the room where the TV resides.Next, we have my only bug bear about the lounge. The HORRIBLE INTERNAL DOORS!!!!! Gah, I hate them and their horrible frosted chintzy glass swirly pattern. One day we will replace them….I hope!Even worse, there are two of the blooming things! Bah!
Here is our second sofa. As you can see, it is looking a little ‘lived in’ with Helen and Rob shaped arse dents in it. Its in front of the telly so its the one we use the most. I can’t quite believe we bought our sofas over 9 years ago! They are almost vintage!I have been meaning to wash our cushion covers for a while, so please excuse the chocolate stains on the Orla Kiely (from Ebay, not the real thing) cushion! I love the Lemon Jelly print above the sofa, it was a birthday present from Rob, I won’t mention how much it cost to frame! The brown vinyl 1960’s pouffe is from my Grandparents house. I know it doesn’t match the sofas, but I don’t care!So there you have it, we are back to where we started. I hope you enjoyed the full 360° tour of our lounge!
I usually do a resource list at the end of each room tour, as I like to see where bloggers source their stuff. I am sorry, but I cannot be bothered to do one this time. If you want to know where I found something please contact me. I promise you the answer will probably be one of the following – Ebay, Ikea, a charity shop, Homebase or B&Q! But please feel free to email me or leave a comment!