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House renovations part 2 – the lounge is done!

October 2, 2015

This post has been a long time coming! You may remember my post about our newly renovated dining room (although I won’t blame you if you don’t, it was over a year ago!). So we had a bit of a break from house renovations after doing our dining room – mostly to save up again but also because we were starting to hate ourselves with all the painting and DIY that there was to do every evening/weekend.

The next big project has been the lounge. We had a hole in our porch floor from where we had some pipes replaced and hadn’t fixed it yet, plus more artex on the ceiling, a porch which was taking up half the room, built in cupboards to get rid of…basically (and no offence to the previous owners) it was very much stuck in the late 80s/early 90s. The photos below show how it was when we first got the keys.

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This is the mid way point, earlier this year. It was so exciting – look at my excited face! And now….

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I think it’s fair to say we’ve transformed the room! We put the same wood flooring in as the dining room so it extends all the way through the whole of the ground floor, apart from the kitchen (on our to do list). I’m so pleased with the fireplace – despite this being a Victorian property and should have loads of original features, like many of the houses in our area it had been stripped of any character. I was so happy to find the brick fireplace underneath all the plasterboard! The plan is to eventually get a wood burner…maybe.


The shelves are just some ply from B&Q but together with some brackets from IKEA. We were looking at String shelves but they were way too expensive, so after a few Pinterest browsing sessions we came across a similar idea using the IKEA brackets. We wanted to keep some wood in the room rather than just having white shelves, and I think it works really well. In fact they are one of my favourite features in our house now.

The shutters are also something we’ve wanted for ages too. Lots of the houses in our area have them and I would inspect each and every one. I love them! We also have them in the bedroom, and eventually i’ll do a post on that too but it’s too much of a mess right now to take photos of.


No, i’ve still not read The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. He is one of my favourite writers ever and yet that book has sat on my various bookshelves over the years almost untouched. I did try once, my friend and I both dared ourselves to read it but to no avail. Has anyone read it? Someone please enlighten me…should I try again?!


The sofa and the floor light are from MADE, the rug is from the Stockholm collection at IKEA, and the light is from IKEA too. Most of the rest of the decor are things we’ve bought from second hand stores or are hand-me-downs. Oh, and of course a cute little kitten in a cone…


This is Mira. She had just been spayed so had a scar on her side, poor little thing…we also have a boy cat called Orion but he was feeling a bit shy. 

I’m now starting to feel like we live in our own house. The whole place is really coming together and feeling like ‘us’ – I can’t wait o be able to show the rest it and how it’s looking, and the journey we’ve taken to get to this!

<3 Sofia


House renovations part 1.2 – starting on the lounge

February 16, 2015

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If i’ve been a bit quiet this week on the blog, it’s because we’ve had our lounge turned upside down with work finally having started on it! It’s all very exciting, and at the start of the week it looked like a shell of itself.


The plan was t0:

  • restore the brick fireplace to it’s former glory
  • board the ceiling to get rid of the artex (after this we’ll only have one more artex ceiling to get rid of!!)
  • make the wall and alcove to the right hand side of the fireplace (as you’re looking at it) less wobbly by boarding it
  • make the gas and electric meter hidden in a more attractive looking box than the previous one
  • remove the frame around the window (the frame that was there went right up to the ceiling, which made the room look smaller that in was)

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Oh yeah, and the hole that’s been just inside our front door was going to be cemented too! We’ve had that hole for pretty much a year now, it was only meant to be there for a couple of weeks! But oh, how time flies…

When we got back after the first day, the fireplace had already been knocked through to be rebuilt and repointed – very exciting!


We’re leaving it with the flue so that if we decide to get a wood burner in future we can still have one. For now, we’re just going to close it off to have candles and things in the fireplace instead.

Excuse the really poor photos – most of them had to be taken in the evening when we got back from work. But you get the idea.

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It was very weird not having the hole there anymore. I had gotten so used to stepping in to it…I almost miss it (shh, don’t tell Tony….!!).

By the end of Wednesday the builders had done there bit, and it was on to the plastering. We now have beautifully plastered walls, ready for painting (almost, they’re still drying), and a lovely rebuilt fireplace.

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I’m looking forward to redoing this before/after photo once we’ve cleaned up the bricks and painted the room. It’s going to look so good, and I can’t wait to have a fully functioning lounge again.

Next step – paint, floor, skirting, decorate. We won’t be able to rely on the builders to do all that for us, so it will be a lot of late evenings painting again. It will be worth it!

Stay tuned for more house progress :)

<3 Sofia


House renovations part 1 – the dining room

September 2, 2014


Tubby is my favourite piece of furniture ever!

It’s all been very exciting as our house renovations gets underway, and it’s finally starting to come together! The dining room is almost complete, so I thought i’d share some photos of our progress so far. To begin with, take a look at how the dining room looked before:

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This is taken from the corner next to the kitchen.

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And this is how it looks now!!

We got some lovely (and inexpensive!) solid oak flooring from Gardiner Haskins which we laid ourselves (or rather, Tony laid with the help of one of our friends), and turned the stairs 180 degrees so that a corridor could be built to the bathroom upstairs. This has meant the stairs come down straight in to the dining room which I absolutely love, it joins the house together really nicely!

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We bought a pair of  yellow Habitat Aerial lamps to hang over the table, as a contrast to the teal patterned wallpaper. I love yellow accents, so couldn’t resist these!!

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The wallpaper is the real star of the show. I’ve been eyeing it up for ages, and it’s from a collection by Sian Elin.  We actually ended up buying it from Off the Wall as we needed an odd amount, and Sian didn’t have that particular paper in stock at the time. It’s probably my favourite colour ever, it’s an amazing pattern and it makes me smile every time I walk in to the dining room – what could be better?!

We’re looking forward to sorting the dining table and chairs, and putting up the second lamp. The room is still quite bare as we haven’t got any shelves or anything up, but i’m tempted to leave it as is for at least a little while longer as I just love the wallpaper so much, I don’t want to tarnish it with shelves just yet!

Stay tuned for more updates!

♥ Big love