I am super excited to finally be sharing the first interiors related post since we bought our first home last December! We started renovations at the beginning of the year and I have been desperate to share some of the transformations we have completed ever since. At the bottom of the post I have included where everything is from and provided links where possible but some of the bits are old season now so no longer available online.
So first up is our living room makeover! I suppose we should start with a couple of ‘before’ photos…
This room is at the front of the house and has a huge window overlooking the front garden which lets in SO much light. When we bought the house it was an open plan living room / dining room. We knew straight away that we wanted to change the layout of the downstairs to make the space work better for our family. So we have put up a wall to separate the living room off and we then knocked down the wall between what was the dining area and kitchen to make it one big open plan room. I am so glad we did this as I really think it maximises the space and I personally love having a separate living room. It’s much more cosy!
As well as putting up the wall we also ripped down the old tiled ceilings throughout the downstairs and replaced them with lovely smooth plastered ones. We then painted most of the walls in the living room powder grey apart from our feature navy wall which is in the shade admiral. All of the paint we have used in the house has been from Wickes’ own brand and the quality has been fantastic!
We haven’t got around to changing the carpet yet so I think that’ll be a job for the new year. I’d like to change it to laminate to match the rest of the downstairs and get a large rug but Josh is quite keen to keep carpet in the living area. I’m also still on the hunt for the perfect pair of navy curtains. I bought some when we first decorated but once I hung them I realised they were the wrong shade of navy so quickly took them down and returned them.
We spent a lot of time contemplating what to do with the fireplace in this room. As it is no longer central we even considered pulling the whole thing out. But in the end to save costs, we decided to just freshen it up with a lick of white paint and then Josh made a deeper top for it too. We may change it properly at some point in the future but for now i’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.
In our living room at our old house we had quite a few copper bits and pieces so we decided to stick with that theme in this house too. I think the copper accents compliment the navy really well and they break up the grey theme that runs throughout the whole house too.
Our old sofas sadly didn’t work in this room at all as they were just too large. So we sold them and have bought a corner sofa and armchair instead. I’d never considered a corner sofa before but when we went to Center Parcs last Christmas there was one in our lodge and we both said how nice it was to be able to sit together and both have space to put your feet up! So when we realised we needed to buy new, it was a no brainer to get a corner suite this time.
The TV is mounted on the wall just like we had before and we have a lovely solid wood sideboard that we inherited from Josh’s parents which sits nicely underneath. Our DVD player and sky box sit on top of it and all of our DVDs fit perfectly into the cupboards too. I haven’t shown this in the photos as I am planning on giving it a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint and some new handles very soon.
The final finishing touches to this room are definitely the beautiful pair of copper frames from Desenio. It took us forever to decide what to put on this bit of wall behind the arm chair. Once we had decided we wanted some prints we then spent a whole evening looking at all the amazing posters that Desenio has to offer. I’m pretty sure we looked at every single one! There was so many we loved but we were really struggling to agree on two together so in the end we chose a set from the ‘perfect pair’ section. I am so pleased with them, the quality is amazing and I really think these posters complete the room!
The code “lifewithmrslee” gives 25% off posters* on all of our sites between October 2nd and 4th.
*Except for frames and handpicked-/collaboration posters*
Copper Frames – Desenio
Hummingbird Poster – Desenio
Ocean Poster – Desenio
Breathe Poster – Desenio
White Square Mirror – IKEA
Armchair & Corner Sofa in Graphite (They don’t do ours anymore but this is similar) – DFS
Pink & Grey Fluffy & Plain Grey Cushions – Matalan
Spotty Cushions & Dark Navy Cushion – Sainsburys
Copper Clock – Primark
Grey Round Side Table – Next
Copper Lamp – Sainsburys
Mini Faux Plant – IKEA
Plant In White Pot – Tesco
Black & Copper Candles – IKEA
Light Up L (Similar) – Next
Plant In Pink Pot – Sainsburys
Grey Throw – Home Sense
Pom Pom Basket – Next
Sputnik Copper Light Fitting – Marks & Spencer
Grey Ribba Frames – IKEA
Jelly House Print – Cheryl Rawlings
Happily Ever After Print – The Old English Print Company
Photos in grey frames taken by Charlotte Rawles Photography