Tuesday, 10 November 2015


This week I thought I would begin to show you round my house starting with the lounge. I decided to start with this because over the next couple of months it is going to be having a mini face lift.

We have had a fabulous company out called Ignite+ who are going to be lining our chimney and fitting a stove. We are also going to install solid oak flooring, and get some new sofas!

We moved in to this house in February 2014 and everything in the house was fairly new and neutral, it just needed personalising. We moved all our furniture in then freshened the walls up over a weekend, with a clean lick of "Natural Hessian" paint.

My favourite part of the lounge is the shutters. I am head over heels in love with them. I often just sit and stare at their beauty. We got ours from Hilary's Blinds. They were brilliant, they came out and measured and quoted for the most suitable shutters for our windows and then had them specially made and came back and fitted them. I must admit, there are cheaper ways to dress your windows but not more beautiful. They look perfect just their own, which suits me as I'm not a fan of curtains. When we first told people we were going to have them fitted everyone said it would make the room too dark, but in fact, because they are white they make the room so bright and fresh with the added bonus of privacy if your house is overlooked. If you are planning to stay in your house a while I would definitely recommend investing in shutters as they add such a touch of class and elegance to a room.

When we first moved in our wooden furniture was all a bit mis-matched, the TV unit was pine which we got from a second hand shop, the chest unit was also pine and was a hand me down from a relative, and the nest of tables were a really dark wood. I used Rust-Oleum chalky finish furniture paint which you can buy in Homebase. All the shops are selling furniture in two tone colours so I choose "Clotted Cream" for the main body of the furniture then "Cocoa" for the tops and detailing... good enough to eat! I'm not the neatest of painters but I was quite happy with the rustic finish and everyone genuinely thought we had new furniture not that I had revived the old stuff with a bit of paint. I used finishing wax on the tops of the units to protect them, but it also gave a nice finish too!

Although the lounge is already cosy, I think stove will just be the icing on the cake!

Have you got something in your lounge you absolutely love?

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