Sunday, 10 September 2017

Living Room Transformation!

We started on our living room in February after our housemates had moved out. As you may remember, this room was once a bedroom at the front of the house. It was carpeted and the room was dominated by a large brick fireplace. The whole thing was really tatty and felt pretty bleugh so I was desperate to get in there and turn it into a living room again.  

Above is my original plan for the room. I am into warm greys in a big way and was desperate for a laid back grey sofa. I spent about an hour online gazing at worn rugs and finding out what houseplants I could keep alive.

We stripped the carpet and painted the floor with a Farrow and Ball floor paint (read the full saga here).  For a long time I was determined to rip out the old fireplace - I hated it so much. But after realising how much work it would be  (and we don;t actually own this house!) we thought we should try to paint it and see if it worked. I love it. We later added a solid rubinia mantel to even out the proportions and that made a huge difference.

My lovely dad came and built some heavenly book shelves. I've ALWAYS wanted book shelves like this. Tom and I spent a good couple of hours organising our books onto these shelves (we decided on by genre for the curious amongst you). 

£20 bought us this huge mirror to fill the entire chimney breast. We painted it in the same colour as the floor. In the reflection you can see that we got the exact sofa from the mood board - Ikea, Stocksund. 

Tom's grandparents had this beautiful rug in their garage which we were pleased to snap up. The armchair is from a university art project: the cushions are machine embroidered and the arms and fron are drawn on. It's so tatty but I love it all the same.

My houseplant dreams came true. Does anyone know what this plant is though?

We can't light the fireplace - the chimney is a disaster - 
but I've rekindled my love of candles in a big way. 

We've still got some artwork to put up, a light fitting to hang and shutters to build but all in all it's a pretty perfect living room for the two of us.



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