The Home Series: Decorating our Lounge

I think most people who move house, and more often than not those who take on a build, will generally have at least one room that lies uncompleted for a bit. Little Wood for us, was a major project. A year of really hard graft, emotionally and physically, and when it came to moving in time, it didn’t really matter that we had missing skirting boards, unpainted doors and half a kitchen – we were just so glad to be in a home of our own again.
Our lounge room became the dumping ground for boxes and suitcases and several million pots of paint, and over the past eighteen months it has also accumulated mattresses and garden furniture, cardboard boxes and a plastic Barbie castle. It is a disaster.
So we are making it our mission to sort it out in 2015.
We have all the furniture for it; beautiful classic sofas and chairs that we inherited from my parents and had re-covered a number of years ago. We also have side tables and a solid oak sideboard that I’m hoping to re-model and work into my new design. It will be very much a ‘grown-up’ room in style, but one that I’ll be happy for the kids to roll about in too. I’m imagining in years to come when there are friends, boyfriends and girlfriends coming over, each of the little three in a sitting room of their own. And Mr M and I watching TV in our bedroom, forbidden to come out. 😉

Because our furniture is such a traditional style, our plans for in here will be very much in keeping. This is no great chore, as it tends to be what we’ve gone for throughout Little Wood anyway. I love that clean Modern Country look, with little quirky twists here and there.

Here’s what I’ve been pinning for a little bit of inspiration…

All images courtesy of Pinterest

Our main purchase (apart from a fireplace) will be flooring, and I’m really loving the idea of pale grey carpet in here. We have lots of wooden floors already, and whilst they are gorgeous, they can be cold underfoot, and I really want to create a cosy feel in this room. Carpetright recently contacted me to have a look at their range, and I’ve been so impressed by their selection. Who knew there were so many shades of grey? (50, apparently ;))
From experience we have learnt that a wool twist or short pile carpet works best for our lifestyle, and I had no problem in finding just what I was after.

Harrow Twist – Silver
Tangier Berber Collection – Silver
Super Soft Twist – Grey

In true interior design style, I’ve put together a mood board of the look I’m hoping to achieve. I’m excited to get started (that Barbie castle really needs to find another home!) and look forward to showing you it all in progress.

Patricia Mirror Overmantle White – Laura Ashley

Mr Jones Dove Grey Wallpaper (in background) – Laura Ashley
Westminster Fireplace – Chesneys
Quilted cushion cover – H&M
Velvet cushion cover – H&M
Grey Pom Pom knitted throw – Marks and Spencer

Linen Shalini Light Grey Curtain Fabric – Susie Watson

Ivory Fan Edge Curtain trim – Susie Watson
Aurora Juliette Table Lamp – Next
Aurora Large  Floral Globe Lamp – Next

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**This post was written in collaboration with CarpetRight.** 



      1. February 3, 2015 / 12:10 pm

        LOVE the colours and the whole idea, sounds like it will be absolutely beautiful xx

      2. February 3, 2015 / 12:22 pm

        We purchased our first home last year and used Carpetright to do most of the rooms, great service.
        I’m loving your choices here too. I’m in the middle of doing our guest room and I’m going for greys and whites too. It’s so sleek and luxurious.
        Can wait to see the finished product and see where the Barbie castle ends up :p
        Gill x

      3. February 3, 2015 / 3:33 pm

        Gorgeous ideas there Em, I’m obsessed with grey myself at the moment. We start our building work in August and I’m excited and nervous at the same time, it’s going to be a difficult 3 months but so worth it in the end 🙂 xxx

      4. February 3, 2015 / 5:40 pm

        I need a major declutter before I even think of doing my living room. I’d love a full size mirror over the fireplace too.

      5. February 3, 2015 / 9:18 pm

        Oh Emma it looks like it is going to be lush!!! I always love grey in other peoples home, but have never been brave enough to do it in my own! Excited to see how it all comes together x

      6. February 3, 2015 / 11:54 pm

        I love the colours Em, and I can just see them going perfectly in your beautiful house. It looks like such a calm place, although I am sure it isn’t always with three little people there. xx

      7. February 4, 2015 / 3:26 pm

        I love your colour scheme, its so elegant yet warm and homely. I adore large over mantle mirrors, they are beautiful features and add so much more light into the space. A chandelier would pull this look together perfectly too. Can’t wait to see the end result. Happy decorating :O)

      8. February 5, 2015 / 10:14 am

        I absolutely love grey if I redid my house it would all be grey and neutrals!! Gorgeous ideas here babes!

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