In case you haven’t already guessed, I’ve just moved into my first home! Myself and Liam have been able to save like crazy recently. Lockdown means that Liam isn’t paying to commute to London and I’ve been cutting costs too. We had already done 2 lockdowns in our cramped Studio Flat so we are very excited to finally have a larger space (and garden) to make our own. Although, it certainly wasn’t plain sailing to get to this point as we had to fork out a 20% deposit (thanks bank of Mum and Dad). We also had issues getting a mortgage while I was furloughed. But all of the hard work paid off and we managed to complete just before Christmas.
The first room I am going to tackle is the Living room as this is where we will be spending most of our time. I will be using the furniture from the flat with a few extra bits that I’m very excited about! Believe me when I say I have BIG plans for this room. I’m very excited to get started.
But before we delve into the design I have planned, I wanted to show you what the house looked like when we first moved in.
The living room is located at the front of the house and features a cosy window seat. It’s a real blank canvas for us which is exactly what we wanted. I won’t go into to such detail here as I will show you my plans for this room at the end of the blog post!
The living room features an archway that leads into the dining room. This room is pretty much just a white box at the moment, but it has a lot of potential! This room features patio doors that lead through to the garden. The sun hits this room in the morning, meaning that this room gets the sunlight for most of the day. I can’t wait to eat here in the summer sun!
The kitchen is a little dated for my taste, but it is fully functional so I don’t mind. Eventually, I might look to modernize a bit by painting the tiles and replacing the units.
The master bedroom is at the back of the house, meaning it gets all the sunlight. Again, this is a great blank canvas for us to work with. One thing is for sure, I’m getting rid of the huge ugly wardrobes! I’m thinking of adding colour through feature paint to this room, but I haven’t decided yet.
Obviously, bedroom two was used as a child’s bedroom when the previous owners lived here. But we will be turning it into a guest room. We always wanted a guest room to have friends and family to stay in as this was never possible in our studio flat. That cute koala tree wall sticker will have to go though!
Bedroom 3 needs a bit more work than the rest of the house. This was a toy room before, but we are planning to turn it into an office as both Liam and myself are currently working from home.
Living room design:
Now the part you’ve all been waiting for! The Living room design that I have created.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen the living room from my studio flat. It’s a mix of Scandi and Industrial furniture in a neutral palette with pops of teal and blush pink. However, we were never allowed to put anything on the walls in the flat, so it lacked a lot of personality. All of this furniture is going to the house with us, plus quite a few extra pieces:
Ta-da! This is hopefully how the living room will turn out.
The part I am most excited about is the wooden wall panels from Lignosi. The panels consist of thin strips of wood backed onto felt which has acoustic soundproofing properties. I chose the classic oak colour on black felt, but there is a huge range of colours to chose from. They even do a cool concrete effect one! The panels arrived earlier this week and I can’t wait to get them up!
We are planning to buy a chaise attachment for our sofa to turn it into a 3 seater corner sofa which will be better for hosting guests. I’m also planning to put an artwork shelf up on the wall behind the sofa, as it is crying out for a bit of colour at the moment. Both the floor lamp and ceiling fitting will be new – I like them as they both feature black metal frames which work nicely with the coffee table and side tables I’ve already got. This room would be a lot more welcoming if it had some curtains put up too. The grey wood slat blinds are great, but I think curtains would help the room feel more comfortable. The ones I’ve put on my board are from Anthropologie, but they might be a bit too expensive for our budget!
One thing I haven’t included on here is the window seat. But I can tell you that I’m currently sourcing some teal velvet fabric to reupholster the seat pads. Then I’m going to add some cushions and a comfy throw to create another cosy seating space.
So what do you think of my Living room design? I can’t wait to share the progress with you, make sure to keep your eyes peeled on here and my Instagram for updates. As always, feel free to join the discussion in the comments too.
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