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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.