Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Taking a Step Back

Our living room revamp is done and now we've had a few weeks to get used to it I can honestly say it's the best thing we've done for a while.

The old look was crisp and fresh and suited us at the time, but this new look suits the house and how we use it day to day.  You don't know this when you first move into somewhere but you learn and adapt as time passes. 

As you can see from this selection of photos we didn't rush the process, deciding instead to do it in stages.  The chimney breast was wallpapered with our bargain buy brick effect paper.

The rest of stage one was a quick coat of white paint on the ceiling, walls and woodwork.  It didn't need doing anywhere except round this window where the rain had poured in the other year, but you can't do one spot and leave the rest .... unfortunately  ;-)

The large low bookcase that used to stand under the pictures on this wall was no longer needed after our big book sort out of last year so that went out into the workshop leaving us an expanse of floor space temporarily occupied by this diddy lamp bearing table.  We had a plan for the space but we had to wait for just the right thing to come along.

While we waited we used our car boot sale profits from last year to pay for a fitted carpet, the chilly laminate and ever shifting rug just had to go.

But it wasn't too long before just the right thing appeared in our local second hand shop. 

A small drop leaf table that holds the lamp we have lit every night.  It can be used for one or both of us to work on with one leaf up or for impromptu meals in the cosy living room if we don't want to eat off our laps.  It also matches in perfectly with the age of our cottage ... and with my Nana's little bedroom chairs that I have always loved.

The next piece of the puzzle was a new comfortable sofa and matching chair. 

Not to the age of the house this time but bought to add a lovely retro pop of colour to the downstairs, which luckily fits in quite well with our beloved green at the back of the fireplace and on the built in cupboard doors.  As you can see from this photo and the one on here the other day, the animals approve of the new cosy furnishings, although if you look closely you will notice we have bought some cheap matching fleeces to put on the seat cushions to protect them from moulting furry bodies. 

The fireplace wall was finished off with the return of ...

... the flying Pugs.

Now resprayed a more Pug coloured creamy colour instead of their former brilliant white which jarred with the new 'brickwork'.

  Our overall plan was always to go back to the age of the house a little bit more, it is a relative youngster compared to a lot of our neighbours houses but at well over a hundred years old it's nice to give a little nod to it's past with some cosy touches.

Sue xx


  1. YOur room looks so cosy, and I could not believe that brick was wallpaper. You will spend many happy hours in your lovely room and reap the benefits of your hard work. Catriona

  2. I love what you've done so much. It's cosy and homey and welcoming.
    J x

  3. It looks so lovely and cosy. Carpet will feel much warmer than laminate as well. You just need to finish it off now with a little Christmas tree!! I love that drop-leaf table.

  4. Lovely and very cozy.
    Love the blue sofa and chair. I saw that in the last post. It is a good sign that some furry friends are already using the comfy chair. The little drop leaf table is a gem.

    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

  5. What a lovely change to your room, enjoy :)

  6. Its looks very comfy cozy. I like it.

  7. I like your clean cut informality....cozy

  8. How cosy it looks and obviously the animals agree.

  9. Lovely! That blue couch and chair are a gorgeous colour, and I love the little table and chairs in the corner. I always like to see how other pet lovers protect their furniture. Matching throws are a much better than the sheets we use that make our living room look like we are expecting to be moving away for a lengthy period of time :)

  10. Looks great. Seems we often see Mavis and Ginger cuddled together but where does Sukey like to nap?

  11. looks good! if the animals approve it has to be good!
    love the antiques!
    brick wallpaper? in the photos it looks quite real, well done!
    thanx for sharing

  12. Your redo is so nice! I love the pop of green and blue, it makes it feel so happy.


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