Our living room and dining room makeover

When we first moved into our house nearly 6 years ago we decided to wait a little while before we did any redecorating or renovating. The idea was we’d settle in and then make decisions once we’d lived there a little bit. Unfortunately with both of us being self employed and starting new businesses we reached a point where we couldn’t justify spending money on the house. This meant that I lived with what I considered to be horrendous wallpaper, and a yucky cream carper for way more years than I expected to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super grateful that we own our own home, something that a lot of people our age don’t have, I just wanted where we lived to be more ‘us’ and not so old people chic!

The wallpaper was textured and painted pale yellow and it had a brown border in the living room and brown floral border in the adjoining dining room. The carpet was cream and a thick pile which is lovely when new I’m sure, but horrendous to try and clean when there’s trodden in playdoh and food.. oh and potty training in those rooms – don’t even ask. I swear I could smell wee whenever I sat on the floor! Nice. I’d spend hours and hours on Pinterest pinning ideas and dreaming about what I’d do to the rooms when the time came.

I hated taking pictures of the girls in those rooms and made them stand against our white doors if ever I took a photo. It annoyed me that so many of the milestones I was capturing had such awful backgrounds! As a result of this I don’t have many photos of the rooms to share, part of me wishes that we’d taken a load just before we started renovating but I think I was so desperate to get on with it I didn’t give myself a chance to think about it! I’d spend hours and hours on Pinterest pinning ideas and dreaming about what I’d do to the rooms when the time came. Last summer we finally took the plunge and started renovating and let me tell you I rejoiced the day the wallpaper was stripped and the stinky carpet was chucked once and for all!

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We stripped the layers of paper off and then got the plasterers in to sort out our very crumbly walls. After it dried and we got on with the painting I couldn’t believe the transformation. The rooms seemed so much bigger and lighter, just what I’d wanted. We decided to take out the double doors that separated the rooms and that made the alcoves in the dining room into space we could use. We even created a homework nook for the girls.

In the living room we had a gas fire with a marble style surround and hearth, which which lovely just wasn’t our style and with having central heating we just had no need for it. We decided to pull the whole thing out and get it replastered and tiled. We might get a woodburner in the future but for now I love it the way it is.

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We have a beautiful bay window that originally had metal blinds and dark brown curtains, these both had to go as the plaster around the windows needed re-doing. As it stands we currently have no curtains, but we’ve ordered some shutters that are due to be fitted after Christmas. I love our new ‘snuggler’ two seater sofa that goes in the bay I think it looks great next to my beloved Welsh Dresser that I inherited from my mum.

 

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I’ve really enjoyed adding little touches to our rooms, like the IKEA picture shelves so I can rotate what I display – I can rarely commit to hanging things on the wall! I also love the letter banners that I picked up at Violet and Percy, I’m a sucker for a motivational quote!

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When we first got married we bought ourselves a brand new suite from DFS and well after ten years this poor sofa and chairhad seen better days, it was one of the first things we bought as a couple and after being abused by two small children it’s looking rather sad. I’d been itching to get rid of it for a couple of years but we dug in and decided to wait until E started school. We now have my dream sofas, they are part of the French Connection collection for DFS.

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There’ll be no bouncing while eating chocolate on these beauties!

I’ve loved styling these rooms and definitely think white walls are the way to go for me, a gorgeous blank canvas that will enable me to switch things up every now and again. As we add bits, like the new TV unit, and change things, like painting the dining chairs I’ll do a little update, as after all I’ll want to show you our new shutters too!

I cannot tell you how much I love spending time in these rooms, and I don’t care if that sounds a bit tragic! Having space that we’ve created and that’s so ‘us’ is just perfect.

Take a look at my pinterest boards for more room decor inspiration.

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Thanks to Red Candy for the Umbra Trigg small wall vessells, everything else we’ve bought ourselves.

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  • Bryony - November 12, 2015 reply

    Ahhh I love it! It’s completely gorgeous, you have my dream sofas! Xx
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  • Alexandra @imeverymum - November 12, 2015 reply

    Having seen some of it before and after what you’ve done is just beautiful and you’ve created such a lush, clean, peaceful space that is calming and inspiring. It must be a great space to work. I love the quotes xxx please do keep us updated
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  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry - November 12, 2015 reply

    It looks great! And I love those sofas so much! x
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  • Lauryn - November 12, 2015 reply

    Such a lovely transformation! I can only imagine what it looked like pre-renovation. That really awful 70’s decor (brown, yellow, orange, pile rugs) I know it well (unfortunately). Looking forward to seeing your new shutters when they arrive. I have always liked the idea of shutters but don’t think we have any windows that they would suit. Well done on the decoration! 🙂
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  • Donna - November 12, 2015 reply

    Your sofa is beautiful! Love the room, it looks quite minimalist but still cosy and homely. Love it x

  • Kara - November 12, 2015 reply

    Looks gorgeous, I love the colour scheme, those sofas have been on my radar for a year now but darn kids drain all my pennies.
    Lovely xx
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  • Hannah - November 13, 2015 reply

    I love your sofa, and all the prints & quotes. I love the style & colours, minimal but very welcoming and homely. I feel the same about our current living room and cant wait to get started redecorating ours, so we can avoid pictures by the door too 😉 (We took one just this morning!)
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  • Clare - November 14, 2015 reply

    Its looks great! I love your sofas and the flooring.

    Clare x
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  • Colette - November 14, 2015 reply

    I have major living room envy – our sofas have seen better days. They were bought the day we moved into our house, over seven years and three children later they are damaged, uncomfortable and pretty ugly. We are slowly making progress but there’s some big work to be done and no funds to justify it at the moment.
    Enjoy your new space x
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  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle - January 9, 2016 reply

    What a beautiful room, I keep looking at all your accessories and going oo, I want that, that’s fab. oh yes! Love the copper-coloured lamp and all your prints. I have a big grey sofa too with lots of bright coloured cushions, I am looking for a new lighter rug though for a bit of a change. xx

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