As part of my Digital Mums course I have been working with an interior designer. This means I have been trying to get into the heads of people who might use an interior designer, which actually translates to me getting a little lost in the beautiful images on pinterest! Love pinterest!
It also got me thinking about my own interior design journey or rather the renovation we took on just under two years ago when we decided to convert some stables into a house for us and the baby we were about to welcome. It’s still a work in progress; I am told it takes 4 years to make a house your home. However, given we only moved in last summer, I think we’re not doing too badly!
This post is all about my lovely living room and it’s own little journey from a shell to a cosy haven where I spend my evenings.
Before these pictures were taken, my boyfriend had pulled up all the original sandstone flooring. We’ve recycled these stones and used them outside to create a wall in the garden! I love the fact that we managed to recycle them, plus it’s obviously much cheaper than having to go out and buy them! We’ve also used them behind our wood burning stove so it’s a nice reminder of how the room was beforehand.
We would have loved for the entire end wall to be windows but we were pretty sure planning wouldn’t allow it. There used to be a slit where we put these bi-fold doors. Whilst this was a really lovely original feature, we decided letting natural light in would be much nicer!
This is where our new study area at one end of our living room is now. We’ve kept all the original doors which might have been a mistake. Our living room has three doors!! Though it does make it light and airy.
As we don’t have the money to buy new furniture for an entire house, most of our furniture is hand me downs – hence the unmatching couches. The TV is being upgraded next week (yay), and I’ve got my eye on a really nice TV unit from Laura Ashley. The stones under and behind the stove are from the original floor.
Excuse the mess! This study area at the end of the living room is still a work in progress. As you can see I have some paintings to hang in the morning.
The little cow is my son’s toy – not a weird design feature! The cushions are new from Dunelm today!
There’s still a lot to do but it’s certainly starting to feel like home and we’re lucky to have such fantastic views from our living room.