Let’s start with our living room. The next three pictures show you the extent of our makeover.
The work included: new gas central heating installation, new sash window, stripping wallpaper, wall replacement (hardcore DIY), replastering, repainting, new wooden flooring…let me catch my breath…new open shelving (thank you George), new furniture…If you want to see more detail, click here.
In terms of the colour scheme we went for a mix of white, pebble beach and grey. The sofas came from Habitat and the coffee table and TV unit were made by Unto this last.
In terms of the lighting, the main light is called Kaigami, and the side copper lamps were purchased at John Lewis.
We are almost there with this room now. Just a couple of things to do: putting pictures on the walls (should be fun), getting a small rug (I’ll share my research with you soon), and perhaps a magazine rack.
What do you think? Do you like it? Is there anything we could have done better?
I like Ikea in general. It’s modern, Scandinavian and affordable. I take your point that for a single person it might be more like shopping experience from hell, but I would argue that one can always opt for a home delivery, and having furniture assembly party is always an option.
What I most like about Ikea is their showroom. Try to avoid busy times. We went to the one in Lakeside with S on Saturday evening, and it was half empty, so we could cruise around all different departments starting with the living room, through kitchens to bathrooms.
We went there to get few bathroom accessories as we are having our bathroom done in a week time (can’t wait to show you the pictures). Ikea is great for accessories. The value for money is unbeatable.
I must say whoever designed their showrooms is a genius. Every time we go there, we get more stuff that we intended in a first place. Oups!
Seeing products in a room setting is stimulating. I always leave with 100 more interior ideas, and that’s the point!
Happy 2013 to All my Readers! Hopefully it’s going to be kind to us! Wishing you lots of great creative ideas and interior inspirations!
Our New Year’s resolution is to finish the house! I couldn’t be bothered this year to write any personal resolutions as I know I won’t have time for anything apart from redecorating and sourcing interiors. But you know what, I love it! And I love telling you all about it!
A quick round up of what we did in 2012:
Installation of gas central heating
New sash windows
Master bedroom revamp
Front garden and back courtyard sorted
Office/guest bedroom restoration
New floors upstairs
New carpet in the hallway
Living room repainted
What else we’ve got left to do:
1. Finish living room
2. Repaint the main door
3. Second reception room/library
4. New floors downstairs
5. Utility room
7. And the kitchen
The last two are going to be the most expensive and will require lots of research.
As soon as we finish the heavy DIY, we’ll be able to focus on more pleasurable part: hanging frames, getting accessories and general interior styling. Can’t wait!
Wish us luck!
What are you planning to do in your home this year?