Since I wrote my list of some of the jobs I want to try and tick off during lockdown, its made me realise that a little living room update is due! Somehow it’s 6 months since I last looked in on what was still left to do back in November and we’ve moved on a bit since then. Dare I say it we’re very close to being finished, ya know only 6 years after we moved in. Patience is a virtue and all that jazz…
The biggest difference that’s happened since November is that we now have new sofas AND things on the walls. And let me tell you, both of those have really made a difference to how warm and inviting the room feels. I was so excited to get the new floor in, the walls painted, the alcove cupboards built. It’s always those finishing touches though that make the biggest difference to how relaxed you feel in a space.
Here’s a little reminder of how it’s looked at various renovation stages:
2018 was definitely the big year with re-plastering, the new floor and redecorating, but last year the kitchen, garden and dining room took over our priorities. We’re not always the most ordered when it comes to which room to focus on but that’s just the way things go and sometimes a lot will depend on my work as to what we tackle next.
Collaborating with Snug at the end of last year definitely kickstarted my plans to get the living room back on track though and just in time for Christmas we had a new sofa, and I decided to buy the matching footstool as a little birthday pressie for Mr D (he’s hopeless, I never know what to buy him so I figure the perfect crash out spot is just as good as anything else).
We’d also planned to replace the smaller sofa in our living room with their Snuggler version and decided at the start of lockdown to go for it since it felt like any potential holidays would be ditched in favour of more time at home. Honestly I can’t speak highly enough of them as a brand – yes, I’ve worked with them, but we’ve also made two non-work related purchases and are so, so happy with the quality and what a brilliant small business they are.
Another item on my post from November was to fill the walls, and well, I’m pretty much there now. Grabbing a Brooklyn print when I was in New York in January inspired me to gather all our art and cards lying around the house and finally create a gallery wall that we love. So strange to think we lived with bare walls for 6 years and now I couldn’t imagine going back to that.
Above the snuggler we’ve got our travel-themed prints to remind us of some of our favourite cities and act as a little inspiration to get travelling again when it’s safe to do so.
So what’s left do to?
- Paint the rest of the living room door and replace the handle. I have the paint, I have the handle, it’s on my #LinsLockdownList I just need to find the mojo…
- Tile the fireplace. The tiles are here, HERE! They arrived just before lockdown and they’re so beautiful but they’re heavy, encaustic and I’ve never tiled properly before. I’m not sure I want to start now to be honest and risk messing it all up so watch this space
- A little bit of furniture to go next to the Snuggler – since this is a slightly smaller sofa than our previous one was I have space for a side table and erm, more plants. Obviously. I know what I want but unfortunately it’s not being delivered just at the moment so more waiting
- A lamp for the alcove shelves
And that’s pretty much IT! I can’t believe how close we are to having a finished room. You all know speed is not my strong point but thankfully neither is changing a space up so with the exception of maybe a couple of cushions or knick-knacks here and there, the living room will be staying exactly as it is for many, many years to come.
No boredom, no changing a space for the sake of it. Just as well really considering it takes me over half a decade to get this far 😉