Thursday, 8 June 2017

{A New House Update} Our Calming Lounge, ft Laura Ashley

I can't believe that already, we have lived in our new house for 7 months. It's 7 months today in fact since we left our old life back in Yorkshire and relocated to a totally new, unknown part of the country. And it probably sounds odd that I still say our 'new house' because 7 months isn't so new is it and I will probably still refer to it as our 'new house' for a little while yet, but in reality, we are really only just finding our feet with it all. In many ways, we feel really settled. We feel we are getting to know the area well, LO has his school place here and we are starting to meet lots of lovely people and establish some great friendships. But in terms of the house, we have barely scratched the surface and bar getting all the boxes emptied and things put away, we haven't really had much chance to do anything else, even though we have desperately wanted to. We really pushed ourselves with buying this house though, so knew we wouldn't have much money leftover (if any) to do many of the changes we want to do to the house- decorating, carpets, not to mention the extra furniture you suddenly realise you need when you move into a bigger house.

When you move into a new home, one of the first things you normally want to do is to inject some of your own style and taste into it to truly make it feel like it's yours. A lot of people will re-decorate, either room by room or by doing the entire house all at once. We've always done our own decorating as it's cheaper, but also very time consuming. When we moved in back in November, we were in the depths of a cold winter, and with two young children, re-decorating even just a couple of rooms, let alone the whole house, was just not something we were able to achieve. Luckily, the decor was quite inoffensive when we moved in- not neutral exactly (mostly calming pastel shades like mint and pale blue) but nothing too dramatic or in your face. 

Moving house can be extremely costly, especially if like us, you are upsizing. But I wanted to put our own stamp on our new place to make it feel like ours, even if we weren't able to re-decorate just yet. 

One room which I felt would be easy to update was the living room. It's a lot smaller than our old lounge and so our first purchase (bar a new fridge) was new smaller sofas. We sold our old suite with the house as they were so big, but didn't want to wait 12 weeks for a new suite, so we got a pair of white Ektorp sofas from Ikea. They're fairly cheap for sofas, and very comfortable. Plus they have washable covers, which is a total necessity with young children. 

The room was painted in a pale blue colour by the previous owners (I recently did a takeover on Laura Ashley and featured a photo of our lounge- I got asked so much about the colour- it's by Craig & Rose and is in the shade Swedish Blue), and although I initially thought it wasn't a colour scheme I'd choose for a living room, we knew we wouldn't be able to re-paint it yet, and actually, the colour started to grow on me. It's an incredibly calming room to sit and relax in. It's beautifully light and airy in the day and at night, it's warm and cosy with the fire roaring in the woodburning stove and scented candles lit. 

I just felt that something was missing. It needed something to make it feel complete, to make it feel like it was ours. I wanted our new house to feel like home and so I set about choosing a few key accessories to pull the look together, without the need for a complete redecoration makeover. 

As I mentioned earlier, we had to buy new sofas when we moved in as the sofas from our old house wouldn't have fitted in the smaller space. We chose white sofas, and so I added a selection of Laura Ashley cushions  to make the them appear a little less stark and more cosy. I opted for natural colours- stones, greeny greys and creams. The Clandon Embroidered Cushion is a natural greenish grey and features a lovely criss cross design on. It looks great with the beautiful Kintyre Natural Shearling Cushion. My little boys especially love this one as it's so cosy and soft. 

The pale blue colour palette in the room definitely gives it a nautical feel and this British Coast print jumped out at me as soon as I saw it. I'm originally from Brighton, so I have a bit of a soft spot for the good old fashioned British seaside towns as depicted in this stunning print. It's really added so much character to the room and made a real focal point too. I was amazed at how a framed piece of art could make such an great impact on the whole feel of a room. 

One of the main things we were missing from our new living room was a table. We found a pine coffee table in a furniture charity shop for £30 and renovated it using wax and Rustoleum chalk paint in a light grey. It's made such a difference to the whole feel of the room and I love being able to style the table with pretty accessories. I love the combination of mixed metallics and my new James Silver Tealight Lantern looks great against the Brass and Mirrored tray. I love how it reflects the candle light in the evenings but also the greenery of the mini succulents too. 

Keeping in with the natural theme, I added a pile of chopped logs next to the woodburner as a feature in the fireplace, and this wooden star (from The Range) and similar style wicker log basket (Homesense) just finished off the look. 

Even though we haven't painted the room at all, it's amazing what a difference a few accessories has made to the entire feel of the room. It used to feel a little cold and stark and not quite to our taste, but now, the room feels so cosy and inviting. And even though it's a little cut off from the other parts of the house like the kitchen, it really does feel like the heart of the home. We spend so much time in our lounge and it's become the cosiest place in the house to relax in or to sit and play or read with the boys. 


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  1. Ahh you have made such a lovely space, must be lovely to chill out in there. I LOVE the seaside print, you are right, a framed print really does add character to a room. And the coffee table looks awesome, you've refurbed it so nicely. Well done! xx
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    1. Thank you so much- the seaside print is so characterful. i saw it and straight away I knew it would fit in the room so well. The coffee table was such a bargain and very very easy to upcycle. Thank you for your lovely comments xx

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  2. This looks like such a calm and relaxed room - utterly beautiful too! x

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    1. Thank you so much Donna- it's very relaxing, especially when the boys toys aren't strewn all over the place ;) x

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  3. The colour really is so calm and relaxing- sometimes you have to live somewhere for a while first before making rash decisions (I speak from experience!), and I think this colour and all the lovely accessories work really well together #HomeEtc

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    1. Thank you Becky- I thought at first I would just change the colour but the pot of money was limited when we moved in, but the colour grew on us! Thank you for your lovely comments x

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  4. Ohhh it's so gorgeous, and very Laura Ashley in the best way! Lovely and peaceful, I bet you never want to leave that sofa!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! Yes it is quite Laura Ashley- my style has changed quite a lot since we have been in this house as I am trying to work with what was already here, but it seems to have worked pretty well x

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  5. It looks gorgeous Amelia — SO calm. I can't believe it's been 7 months already!! That's flown by; I remember when you were looking for new houses!!! Fab job mama — I bet you're delighted with it :) #HomeEtc

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    1. Thank you so much Caro xx I know, it's just flown by, and we have only recently finished with box unpacking. We have so much we want to do with the house, but it's a project which will take a few years xx

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  6. Oh I LOVE it - so serene! And your fireplace is exactly what I dream of. You are brave getting white sofas, they look awesome but I would be so scared of tipping a cuppa over them. And the kids would have to be banned too! xx #HomeEtc

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    1. Thank you Becky. Haha I know, we are totally mad getting white sofas, but as they're just Ikea ones, they were the most reasonably priced without waiting 12 weeks for a suite, and plus the covers are totally washable! Having soft throws on them definitely helps! I can highly recommend a wood burning stove- they're fab! x

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  7. I absolutely love it and all the colours - looks beautiful and what a stylish space xx

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