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

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  • Reply Harriet Addison October 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Sofia it looks amazing! I’m about to attempt this with a house… I certainly don’t have your vision x

    • Reply sofiabianca October 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Harriet! Lovely to hear from you, hope all’s well? x

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