renovations so far!
If you follow me over on Instagram you’re probably totally sick of the sight of this space, but it has been so long since we’ve done anything new to our home, and this room in particular has been so long in the planning and preparation, that I’ve just been excited to share its progress bit by bit. It’s the sort of thing that I love to see when I browse Pinterest or social media, and I’ve just been keen to document how we’ve put it all together.
When we moved in to our home, this area was never a huge priority. We have two other living spaces which we use on a daily basis, and this room was very much a dumping ground for all the detritus associated with moving house. I’m ashamed to say that almost five years after making the move, there were still unopened boxes at the back that we’d just left to fester. Life is all about priorities I think, and this was definitely not one!
More recently, with my work taking off and being very home based, we’d been thinking about creating an office/ studio space that I could use. Even aside from that, somewhere to file away and store all the admin that comes with family life and an area for Andrew to work in too. It became obvious that another sitting area wasn’t really what we required and so we began to plan this room around our current needs. That’s the brilliant thing about taking your time over home projects I always think. As your situation grows and changes so too do your requirements, and I’m really glad now that we didn’t rush this bigger project.
Definitely our biggest expense and my current pride and joy! 🙂 We opted for this one from a local retailer who we used for all our other timber flooring previously. I was really keen to keep everything very light and airy in here and had a vision of white walls and this ashy toned wood. It has worked out so perfectly and I’m delighted with it all.
It took about three days to lay, sand and finish and I love that there is still a matte texture to the wood. It feels like it could have been here forever, and that’s exactly what I was after!
furniture and fittings…
I spied this pink sofa months ago and had saved up the money to get it for this room. It has been lying in storage ever since then and it’s so good to finally unveil it! (hello Janine you absolute beauty! 😉 ) To go alongside it, and embracing the velvet theme, we also got these gorgeous chairs from Sostrene Grene. They match the style so perfectly and were so affordable too!
I’d always had in mind some sort of built-in cupboard situation for the back wall, but had ruled it out for now as I knew it would be incredibly expensive to have something bespoke made. Ikea to the rescue though, and I found these beautiful Liatorp units (we also have them in white in our playroom!) and ordered them quick smart. We’ve gone for four in a row here but you can have as many or as few as your space will hold. They link together perfectly with the cornicing that comes with and give that bespoke effect for a fraction of the cost. So many people have mentioned how they look so much more expensive than Ikea and I really do agree!
This rattan tub chair was another piece that I had my eye on for a while. I absolutely adore it in this corner, especially alongside its cactus chums! I had always intended a bit of a California, eclectic boho look in here and I’m loving watching it all come together.
the finishing touches…
We’re a bit off being totally finished in here. The skirting board and door are still to be painted and we’re going to put glass panels in our door out to the hallway too. We’re still waiting on our cast iron radiator to be delivered (it was a custom order!) and I’m trying to find the perfect rug and coffee table to complete the space. And I’ve some lighting ordered that I hope will look really pretty too. But I’ve gathered up a few art pieces and we put these beautiful handmade feather wall hangings and little mirrors on the fireplace wall. I had a momentary panic right before they went up but I really, really love them and am so glad that we did this rather than go for a traditional mantle. It’s contemporary yet classic I think and I’m obsessed with all the texture too.
And it wouldn’t be a room in my house without plants, would it? We got these ones in Ikea (the baskets too!) and I love them. Plants for the win, always!
And that’s where we are so far!
I’ll maybe do a finished room post once everything is styled exactly how I want it, but I think it’s good to see these progress pictures too. I know I’ll love looking back on them and remembering it all as well!