House Tour and Inspiration: The Living Room

Friday, January 15, 2016

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Back to the house tour today - this time I'm focusing on our living room. If you missed my tour of the Nursery, you can find that here. Our living room, or 'front room' as we often refer to it as, is, surprisingly enough, at the front of the house. We actually haven't been spending much of our time in there as it's a little dark, faces North so can be a bit cold and still doesn't have any curtains so we feel a little exposed. We have done quite a lot of decorating in there, but there is still a long way to go. Here's what it looked like the day we moved in:




We have lovely real oak floors throughout the ground floor of the house, which I absolutely love, but that's about where my love in this room stops! I've never been a fan of yellow, so the walls and the curtains have to go (they have been dealt with already, but I'll share all that another day). And although it is a nice enough fire place, it is really not to our taste and also really a bit too big for this room (again, it's not a big room - it's not a big house!), so we would like to change that too.

Although I didn't touch on this for the Nursery, the overall feel that we would like for our new house is a kind of New England, nod to the seaside look, without looking too corny or cliched. Each room will be slightly different but all, hopefully, having a similar vibe. Here are some of the images from Pinterest that have been inspiring me.

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I'm drawn to lots of texture and natural materials - jute rugs, seagrass or rattan baskets. Quite a neutral palate but with hints of colour, perhaps blue, but I'm also thinking that colour accents could be changed throughout the year to suit the seasons.

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As well as a gentle seaside feel, we also want the room to be a little more sophisticated and 'grown up' than our previous house and I think we could really achieve that with soft grey walls and crisp white architrave. I was concerned that this look might clash with the oak floors, but as you can see in some of the above photos, it works really well together.

We are also keen on a black cast iron fire place, perhaps with a white mantle piece. And although I love these large examples in the above photos, I think we will have to try and find a smaller one, perhaps one that was originally in a bedroom. But it's something we are still thinking about.

Another thing we have always wanted, and long admired on other houses, are wooden shutters. We have already had one company come out and give us a quote for the house (because we would get all the windows done, not just this room) - but we sent him packing because he quoted us a ridiculous amount! There is another company that we intend to try as we have heard they are a lot more reasonable and good quality. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they are because I would LOVE shutters in here.

So far we have stripped the wall paper, replastered and painted the walls, put up cornicing, bought sofas and a bookcase, and taken down those hideous curtains and pelmet (sorry if that's your cup of tea - it's definitely not mine!), and the room already looks 100 times better, but there is still a long way to go. The biggy is the fireplace. It will really transform the look of the room so I'm keen to get it done, but I'm nervous about finding the right one (and for a decent price!).

Hopefully I'll be able to share a reveal soon enough, but ideally once I have done the fireplace. In the mean time, I hope you all have a lovely weekend - wrap up warm, there's snow on the way!


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