We have now been in out house for almost six months. We have settled into Whitchurch nicely and have started some projects around the house. This week we are going to give you a couple of little updates; the fireplace in the living room and the master bedroom.
The first room we painted was our living room. The room was previously mint green below the chair rail and white above, not really to our taste. We decided to flip the colours to have the white below, we painted this in Crown’s Canvas White with a silk finish. Above the chair rail we opted for Lopen Taupe from Hemsley Paint. Hemsley paint is only available from Homebase, it is an ultra matt finish and makes a great and affordable Farrow and Ball alternative.
We are planning on installing real fireplaces and exposing the brick. In the meantime we decided we needed a stopgap solution. We look at the fireplace everyday and the dated green tile surround just had to go! We opted to replace the tile with a white mini metro tile. This was a value option that keeps the fireplace light and clean and give it a more modern feel. We also stained the pine mantle taking it from an orange colour to a darker shade so it doesn’t have such a 1990’s feel.
Plenty of candles
If we are honest nothing beats the feel of a real fire in a house. It’s one of those things that makes a house a home. We are not going to get our fire this year so we are just going to have to improvise! We might not have a fire but we can have candles… and lots of them (thank you Ikea). The candles give a lovely feel to the room, they also come in handy when we had a power cut a couple of weeks back!
Style it out
We know this isn’t our ideal fireplace but with a bit of styling it holding its own. We have used a mix new purchases and old favourites to soften the look. As the living room is a very bright room we also have a couple of houseplants. One thing of interest is the the Concorde artwork – it is over 30 years old and was a retirement present to Rich’s grandfather who was a production manager on the original development of concorde in the 60’s and 70’s.
What do you think?
In total fire fireplace refresh probably cost us £30, not bad for a stopgap solution. What do you think, do you like or should we have just waited until we could install a full working fireplace?
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year! We don’t try and hide our love of the festive season and we have lots of blog posts planned for between now and the big day. Let’s start off by looking at three schemes we have put together for our perfect Christmas living room. We have gone for a trio of contrasting styles so hopefully there is something for everybody. We have put links to the products below each scheme. Let us know your favourites in the comments or contact us on twitter, facebook or Instagram.
Where to Buy | Glam Christmas Living Room
fig.1 Gold Tree / fig.2 Tree decoration / fig.3 Tree decoration / fig.4 Tree decoration / fig.5 Tree decoration / fig.6 Wreath / fig.7 Room decoration / fig.8 Fireplace / fig.9 Sofa / fig.10 Side Table / fig.11 Stocking / fig 12. Feather Cushion / fig.13 Geometric Cushion / fig.14 Candle Holder
Where to Buy | Scandi Christmas Living Room
fig.1 Arch Light / fig.2 Tree Decoration / fig.3 Tree Decoration / fig.4 Tree Decoration / fig.5 Tree Decoration / fig.6 Tree / fig.7 Patterned cushion / fig. 8 Woven Cushion / fig.9 Star Decorations / fig.10 Sofa / fig.11 Candle Set / fig.12 Side table / fig.13 Stocking / fig.14 Log burning stove / fig.15 Woven blanket
Where to Buy | Cosy Cabin Christmas Living Room
fig.1 Wreath / fig.2 Lantern / fig.3 Tree Decoration / fig.4 Tree Decoration / fig.5 Tree Decoration / fig.6 Tree Decoration / fig.8 Plaid Cushion / fig.9 Faux Fur Cushion / fig.10 Christmas Tree / fig.11 Snow Globe / fig.12 Stocking / fig.13 Sofa / fig.14 Log Basket / fig.15 Wood Burning Stove / fig.16 Reindeer Hide Rug
Inspired by our recent post on Alderney, we’ve been thinking a lot about beach house style. Our perfect beach house would be a laid back retreat just a couple of stems about from gorgeous golden sand between our toes. Feeling inspired by this beach house state of mind we collected the best in sandy tones and laid-back style to create a scheme for a living room that will remind us of Alderney. Details of our finds are below, what do you think?
Beach House Style | Where to buy:
fig.1 Wilton Layered White Mirror One World Trading
fig.2 Visit Alderney Print Orchard Market on Etsy
fig.3 Alderney Landmarks Print Orchard Market on Etsy
fig.4 Two Seated Izzy Sofa Sofa.com
fig.5 Safavieh Gold & Ivory Rug Wayfair.co.uk
fig.6 Sahara Coffee Table Swoon Editions
fig.7 Diamond Cushion West Elm
fig.8 Frehel Table Lamp John Lewis
fig.9 Beehive Blanket Tartan Blanket Company
fig.10 Salcombe Lantern Lights4Fun
fig.11 Beside the Seaside by Jane Struthers
fig.12 Anchor Vase John Lewis
fig.13 Sunny Day Dulux
fig.14 Sandy Steps Dulux
fig.15 Pearl Grey Dulux