Our living room has played a whole host of roles since we moved in.  It was a traditional living room right at the start (a freezing cold one!) but it’s also been a dining room, bedroom (during the flood) as well as a general store room (again during the flood when we moved everything we owned into there and tried frantically to fix some of the other rooms!)

It’s finally back to being a proper living room and we’ve spent lots of time in there during the recent light nights as it is such a sun trap.

This was what it looked like just after we bought the house (and had taken out the old gas fire as it scared us):

Just before Christmas, we painted it and put down a new wooden floor and then bought a sofa:IMG_6165

If I was in charge of decorating the room it would all be grey and cream but The Husband is keen to add some colour to the space.  We saw this painting and both really liked it so this was the start:IMG_7165

The one thing I was insistent on was changing the radiator in the room.  Initially it was just a plain white one and while it worked fine it just seemed a shame to have changed all the other ones in the house and not the one in this room.  The negotiations involved me agreeing to some sort of wood panel in the new kitchen but I think it was the right decision as it fits with all the others now:


As I said, I’d have happily kept things neutral but The Husband persuaded me to get this clashing lamp and shade from Pooky and I must admit I actually really like it:


The ceiling lamp is just a temporary one and we spent yesterday looking at ‘real’ options but I don’t really mind the current one…:


The other major addition has been the coffee table and console table that we got from Barker And Stonehouse:

We also got a couple of log baskets to replace the blue IKEA bags we had been using:


So, with the addition of the grey blind it is all coming together:

The two wing back chairs on the right are from my Nana and one of our next jobs is to decide on the fabric we want to reupholster them in.  While I’d go for a soft grey to match the sofa I think The Husband is thinking we could go with one of the other colours in the painting.  We have also been looking at rugs and The Husband may have persuaded me on a coral herringbone design but we’ve not bought it yet!  We then need some cushions and a table of some description on either side of the fire and I think the room will be close to finished.

About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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