The second hand furniture we got when we first moved in was only supposed to be temporary. That tatty sofa was just a stop gap until we’d got ourselves settled. That not-quite-comfy-enough bed was only supposed to be a make-do for a couple of months.
A year later and we still have the same tatty sofa, the same lumpy bed, chipped shelving units and grubby lamp shades.
After some initial attempts to make the house a home we just sort of lost interest and got used to it the way it is. Life, work, school and homework all colluded to take away any free time we might have had to do it in.
But lately it’s been getting on my nerves again. I went away for a couple of days and when I came back I started to really notice the frayed edges, chips and marks. Especially in the living room.
We haven’t even wallpapered that chimney breast that was going to be the very first thing we did because the plaster job is so shoddy.
It’s time. Time to make a few changes. I’m really loving this sort of look.
I’d like a lovely bright feature wall at the back of the room and one on the chimney breast. The rest can stay cream or be painted white. And then I’d have this gorgeous Santiago leather sofa from Hello Sofas sitting against the bright wall like a huge feature that’s both pretty and useful. I’m in love, I can’t believe it’s only £749.
And then we’d get some lovely new units for all our books and games either side of the chimney breast – I like these ones from Ikea – they are only £90.
And some new wall lights. Ours are very 1990′s fake brass nasty things. I adore these.
And they’d go great with this ceiling light from Wilko for £30.
It’s all well and good to dream isn’t it? But the chances of me actually getting the time, money and effort together to wallpaper and change lights are, I’ll admit, pretty slim. Maybe I’ll just start with the sofa…
Is your living room just the way you want it or is it a work in progress like ours?