What better way to end a renovation project than with a sausage sizzle. The team has almost become like part of the family, so we just had to thank them by leaving them with a full tummy at the end of the project. The guys had been amazing and an absolute pleasure to work with.
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At the end of a long day, we’re lighting the fire for the first time and sitting down with a well deserved drink. Plastic garden chairs might not be as comfortable as a sofa, but it’s better than nothing 🙂 Can’t wait to move the furniture back in and start the decorating process…
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I believe an awesome living room should leave people happier than when they first entered the space. It should have an arrangement of furniture that would encourage conversation, reflects your personality and not be cluttered with pieces you no longer love.
In my previous blog about our lounge room renovation, you’ll see what our vision was for this area, as well as where we found inspiration for the decorating style. Our lounge room desperately needed new flooring and an update in accessories. We also wanted to create better flow from the entry and did that by removing the pillars and nib walls. Most of the old furnishings in this room will be used in the new entertainment area extension.
The colour scheme throughout the house was inspired by a painting by Karen Tabak, which we purchased at the Kings Art Show last year. We decided to purchase sofas in a lighter colour, as the room needed a light and fresh palette. There’s a large possibility that these sofas will be covered in plastic sheets before our red wine drinking friends arrive. Some of them (you know who you are), might just be banned from the area entirely… 🙂
No living room is complete without a few decorative items to make it feel homely. I stuck to the colour palette and added a few quirky bits to complete the picture. It was love at first sight when I spotted the slatted accent chair, which works perfectly with the Modern Country/Colonial theme.
The feeling of openness was finally achieved by removing the decorative pillars and low nib walls. The view from the lounge room to the entry is now unobstructed and creates a better flow through this space.
New timber flooring was installed throughout the first level and lends a wonderful warmth to the interior. The pewter side tables were purchased in Berry in the Southern Highlands on a recent holiday and the table lamps we found on another scavenger hunt in a small town a number of years ago.
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So you’ve just purchased your gorgeous new sofa and can’t wait to finish your room with side tables, a rug and coffee table. Luckily, side tables are easy, they don’t really matter as they’re tucked away to the side of the sofa and one can hardly see them… WHAT?! Come again? OK, all jokes aside… Finding the perfect side table requires patience, quite a few shopping hours (preferably without your husband), sometimes a few tears and lots of planning. Side tables are part of your overall room design and you have to make sure that they don’t distract from your focal point. They should also be practical and not conflict with the rest of your room design. Although side tables never get the glory, they whisper of a homeowner that pays attention to little details to create a comfortable, inviting space for guests.
Let me give you a few guidelines to help in your search:
A side table works best when it’s at the same height as the arm of the sofa it’s next to, or no lower than about 10 centimetres below that. A standard sofa arm is aroud 60cm high, so aim for a table about that height, or a couple of centimetres lower. If you can’t find a table you like within your target height range, then rather go for shorter rather than taller. Side tables that are taller, look awkward and make for an uncomfortable journey for your arm from sofa to table.
Think about what you would like to place on your side table. You’ll probably want some soft lighting in the form of a table lamp, you might want to put a book down just before your nanna nap, or most probably a drink if you’re visiting my house. Side table widths vary greatly, but look for something that would be substantial enough to carry a few items. Aything smaller that 45cm would be impractical and not in balance with the size of your sofa and coffee table.
There are some beaufitful side tables available today in any style you can imagine. Matching side tables to your coffee table is fine, but it could create a yawn worthy experience. This is your chance to create some interesting effects in your living room. Why not go for a metal and marble combination, or steel frame and timber top. Wire mesh or woven material can add another layer of texture, or you may even find that an interesting, art deco inspired bling table can add a touch of sophistication that had been lacking in the room.
In general, lounge rooms have a lot of rectangular shapes. They’re found in the frames of art works, the rug, the shape of the sofa, as well as most coffee tables. Adding round side tables is a no fail way to soften the overall look of your lounge room.
Your side tables do not need to match the coffee table. I know it’s probably the easier option to just go out and buy the whole set (especially when shopping with your husband and you want the experience to be over and done with :)) It’s important to carefully consider each piece, as they will impact the room differently. If you want to have harmony and balance with a touch of “WOW”, take a little time with your shopping, even if it means leaving hubby at home.
Sometimes, we get so used to our homes, that we don’t see the gold plated light fittings, ceramic door knobs and beige trims any more. If you’ve been living in your home for quite some time, you might not realise that time has moved on and it could be a good idea to take a critical look at your home again. Here are a few things that has changed since your last home update 10 years ago:
1. SPLASHBACK BORDER TILES
Your kitchen splashback with pretty border might have been at the height of fashion when you moved into your home, but the contrasting colour cuts your walls in half, making the ceiling seem lower than it actually is. To modernise your kitchen, a stone mosaic tile in herringbone pattern, or subway tiles that extend all the way to the ceiling, will open things up instantly!
2. SMALL FROSTED GLASS PENDANTS
If your house was built in the eighties, there’s a good chance you’ve got small frosted pendant lights or something awful with a gold plated finish hanging over your kitchen counter. For a more timeless look, go for something more substantial to balance out the size of the counter. Glass (not frosted!) and steel is a great combination, or an antique brass finish, copper or nickel will update your room instantly. This is not an expensive exercise, as the cables are already there.
3. TIMBER KITCHEN CUPBOARDS
Maple and oak wood-stained cabinets with ornate carvings or round timber handles will give your kitchen an aged appearance. Luckily, we know the magic paint can do, so a lick of paint and new modern handles will already make a big difference. A combination of dark cabinets for the bottom and a lighter colour on top will show that you have a newfound knowledge of the style of a modern kitchen.
4. DATED AND CLUTTERED ORNAMENTS
A lot of us love collecting ceramics and china and other dust collectors to show off in our homes. Ornaments are a great way to make your home feel lived in and homely, showing part of your personality. Unfortunately, as with all things in life, there’s a right way, and a wrong way to do things. Edit your collection as much as possible and part ways with outdated statues and children’s craft. Group similar items and leave plenty of negative space for the eyes to take a breather. Put the rest of your items behind closed doors and rotate the display seasonally.
5. LARGE PRINT FABRIC SOFAS
Prints and patterns go in and out of fashion constantly and can make a room look dated and busy. If you’re buying a big ticket item like a sofa, it’s best to stick to something neutral that will always be fashionable. An accent chair in a bolder pattern, cushions and a rug is a safer way to inject colour and pattern into your room.
6. FLORAL CURTAINS
Floral curtains, like the ones the older generation adore, are a big culprit when it comes to dated decorating. The current trend is to allow plenty of light in and create a sense of airiness in the home. If you would like something different, try a pattern that’s very subtle in a neutral colour or a textured curtain instead. These won’t clash with anything in the room and make the space appear bigger.
Even though magazines and decor books and blogs display perfect rooms, I am still a sucker for a well lived in old-fashioned leather couch. Those ones that are a bit torn on the edges and look like they need some well-deserved polish. The couch you think should be thrown out, but it is just soooo comfortable whenever you sink into it. Why do you keep it? I know why! So read on…
THINK OF ALL THE TIMES YOU SHARED WINE AND SECRETS WITH YOUR FRIENDS WHILE LYING ON THE COUCH.
There were also days when you felt a bit down and just sat there on the couch with your eyes closed, listening to music on full blast.
How many dreams and goals did you plan on that couch?