My Living Room Reveal...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

IMG_3886My living room isn't quite finished yet but I thought id share the progress so far. This room needed a lot of work! When we first moved in the room had brown floral wallpaper and a mahogany and marble fireplace that was blackened from being lit and the previous owners took up the carpet so it was just a concrete floor. For the first month or two it was used as nothing more than storage.

Here are a few before shots...

IMG_0337 IMG_2676First we stripped the wallpaper, when we did this some of the plaster came away too.. so we had to have the walls filled and fixed. We then decided to rip out the fireplace, this is something we really wanted to do but didnt think we could afford. The room is pretty big and a fireplace of the same size would cost £1000 plus and with the added expense of fixing the walls we had to come up with an alternative. Instead of paying a lot for a new wooden fire surround we decided to have a brick one built, we used old savaged bricks and cleaned them up, bought the slate from a salvage yard and a reclaimed beam for the mantel.


Then we painted the brick white to make it modern and fresh. Dave's dad very kindly laid the modern wide board oak flooring for us which I just love. For the walls we chopped and changed our minds as shades of grey tend to be our safe zone, but with tones of blue in a chair we had already bought and curtains we had purchased we chose a feature wall of teal and the other walls we painted a pale ice blue.
After this, the fun could really start with decorating! The large clock we already had as well as the white metal until from our last house which we decided to use in this room as a TV cabinet.
The Ercol chair and teak sideboard I bought from gumtree, both were in great condition and I just reupholstered the base cushion for the Ercol chair and made a square cushion to match.

ercol chair IMG_3906 
The sofas are from Ikea and are pretty big, we wanted something big to fit the room and also something in a modern squared off shape. We still need some sort of nesting tables for the corner between the sofas, since these photos were taken we added some picture ledges with leaning photos and objects which I love. I also think a big light feature.. something like this copper marble one would be nice. 
IMG_3900 IMG_3898 IMG_3901I have always loved having plants in my home, with my mum being a florist my childhood home was always filled with cut flowers and amazing orchid plants. I really wanted a large feature plant in this room but didnt want anything that would take up too much space, this coconut plant seemed perfect.

blue living room ideasThis awesome geometric chair was spotted by Dave in the Next ex-display sale, it was in perfect condition and reduced from £275 to £80. Everything in this room we sourced and bought as cost effectively as we could. Finding pieces on gumtree, in sales and at Ikea and mixing them together to create our own style without spending a fortune. living room revamp IMG_3908 IMG_3891
So there you have it, our living room almost complete. Im still looking for the perfect piece to hang above the fireplace, maybe a mirror or multiple frames? I haven't yet decided! But that's all part of the fun am I right?

Sofas: Ikea, Clock: Ikea, Sideboard: Gumtree, Ercol Chair: Gumtree, Armchair: Next, Rug: Ikea, Monochrome marble coasters: Oliver Bonas, Wicker Bowl: Mallorca, Black wire basket: Sostrene Grene, Monochrome Cushion: Etsy, Curtains & Matching Cushions: Next, Printed green cushion: Sostrene Grene, Copper Lamp:, Framed Print: Avoca, Glass Bottles: Tkmaxx & Sostrene Grene, Concrete star: B&Q.

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  1. Oh it all looks beautiful, I love what you've done with the fireplace!! That Next chair is stunning too, what a bargain ♥

  2. I love the look, very minimalistic and very nordic :D x

  3. what a beautiful clock! This room looks so lovely!!! Great job!

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