Welcome to my new house tour series! Eek, I’m a little nervous but excited to show you around! We bought our little house last summer and have almost completed our renovations with just the hallway and landing to go. We went through a bit of a tough time when buying the place, with one house falling through and this one taking 6 months from offer to exchange – taking almost a year in total and we must have looked around 20 or so places before finding our little red brick house. K and I love character in a property and it was hard to find one with the cottage-like charm we were seeking and I never dreamt we would find the ‘one’! The wait was so worth it and we moved in to our 1907 property in Bournemouth, 1 and a half miles from the beach a year ago yesterday.
For the first 3 months I dived head first in to decorating the place, spending every evening after work sanding, painting, wallpapering, tiling – you name it I gave it a go! I have loved home decor ever since I was a little girl watching episodes of Changing Rooms on TV. Most of the work was done by November and nearly all of it done by ourselves – and my very handy Dad, who put up all of our pictures and lighting!
We went a bit ‘country cool’ in our living room, keeping the walls plain and adding detail with a mix of eclectic accessories and lighting. This room is my favourite in the house during the winter months when we have a collection of stag cushions, tartan throws and a reindeer hide I bought back from Finland – it’s just so Christmassy! When the weather warmed up I changed some of the cushions and de-stagged! We got a carpenter to install some alcove shelving to make use of the space, after pinning many (I mean many!) pictures on Pinterest of living rooms that featured shelving, they were high on my must-have list!
This Moroccan style lantern and the matching larger one came from Home Sense. I originally bought them for our summer house but as we haven’t done it up yet their temporary home in the living room. The picture is one my Granny drew so it sits pride of place on the top shelf.
This armchair came from Next Home in the sale. It was a lucky find as we were all set to buy it in green tartan at full price but when we visited the store we found this one in the sale with the matching foot stall. I actually prefer the red now!
One of the first things we did after we bought the house was to open up a few of the fireplaces. For this we got a builder in. My original plan was to install a cast iron fireplace with mantel, but after opening the chimney breast up the builder found an arch of bricks from the original fireplace. The bricks needed replacing but we decided to renovate what had been there originally to keep the integrity of the room. The slate floor of the fireplace came from a slate slab we picked up from the reclamation yard for £15 and our builder cut it down to size. We were quoted more than £150 for one made to fit! At the moment it is filled with candles and they look so pretty at night. K’s plan is to eventually install a wood burner but I like the candles!
I bought this side table off ebay for a fiver and upcycled it using a can of spray paint and some sandpaper to give it an aged look. You can find my blog post on how I upcycled the table here.
I bought this lamp in the sale at Laura Ashley – you will soon realise that a lot of our renovations and home purchases were bought for a bargain! We splashed out on some of the furniture but were super savvy when it came to most things, trawling antique warehouses, reclamation yards and home clearance stores.
This map is of London, with little squares around the border picturing some of the landmarks. I found it in Molly’s Den Vintage Warehouse. I lived in London for six years and this is were K and I first dated so it’s pretty sentimental and this map brings back happy memories of the city!
There’s one last thing I would like to do to the living room and that is to wallpaper the back of the alcoves. I’m not sure what type of paper yet but I’ll be sure to post a picture when I do! I hope you enjoyed this little tour. There’s more to come next Sunday!