If you have followed my Instagram feed, you will have seen that just over a month ago we started decorating our front room. It’s a room that doesn’t work for us on a whole host of levels and is a bit of a mish mash of things.
When we bought the house in 2011 the living room was the only room that didn’t need major work. We quickly did boring things like getting a damp proof course put in the dining room, replaced the front and side doors (that to be honest wouldn’t have taken much to be kicked in!) and replaced all the guttering. We then set to work on the upstairs rooms, rewiring them and stripping them, ripping up carpets, removing skirting boards and coving. We ended up having the rooms stripped back to brick in some places and they were all totally replastered, new ceilings put in etc. It was a huge amount of work, but we are happy that we now have three bedrooms that are much more practical and better suited for us.
The summer of 2013 we did our dining room and garden. The dining room was skimmed with new skirting boards and flooring added and then painted. The garden was turfed and cleared – not made any easier by me being pregnant and also having a very young Daniel.
Finally, last year we had our loft boarded out (well half of it) to give us more storage space and bit the bullet and had our roof replaced.
2015 therefore has become the year of the living room. I have never liked the decor in here. Firstly, there is a carpet down that I really dislike. I’m not a fan of carpets in my home. We have two cats who, in the summer, shed their fur which then sets off my hayfever type allergies. Also with two young children I just don’t like the carpet as it gets dirty and marked so easily.
The room is quite large and has, what we think, is the most amazing fireplace. It is a big marble fireplace and is really a focal point. It looks beautiful when the woodburner is lit in the winter and it’s a feature of our house that everyone comments on. The wallpaper was black and gold and was just not to my taste at all so I was thrilled when we finally removed it!
It’s been a long time coming but we have almost finished the painting and this weekend we will look to choose the new flooring. We are getting there and I can turn my mind to the little bits and pieces that will make it ‘our’ living room.
I’ve bought some tea light holders and I have my eye on some other bits of storage for the kids toys and the final thing will be cushion. House Of Fraser have some lovely cushions that I spotted.
We have two sofas – one is a pink/purple stripey one that Damian’s parents gave us when they moved house a few months ago, the other is a plain ‘oatmeal’ colour one (that my parents gave us when we moved in to this house). We also have a plain coloured chair. The oatmeal sofa is crying out for a splash of colour and the cushions above would be perfect for that.
Left to right the green linea leaf design print looks so fresh and would match our colour scheme perfectly. I also love the Emma Bridgewater one – very fashionable I guess at the moment!. The American Freshman Memphis cushion is such a fab print – I think it would look great on our chair and I really like the Julie Dodsworth Mary Rose Cushion, very pretty and an unusual choice for me but it would look lovely in the centre of our sofa. The final one, the Sheridan Stalactites forest cushion is quite funky and a lovely bright splash of colour.
Cushions and other soft furnishings add such a splash of colour and interest to a room, and I can’t wait to choose those final pieces.
House of Fraser are offering one of my readers the chance to inject some colour and win a Dickens & Jones Multi Cushion. To be in with a chance to win simply complete the rafflecopter entry below.
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