Ivy Cottage Renovation : The Lounge
If you follow me on Instagram you will know that over the past two years we have been renovating our little cottage. This has been a slow process as we have had a budget to stick to and have relied on my Dad who is in his late 60s to help us. He has been amazing and we can’t thank him enough for his help. It was also quite nice to have him around so much. That said I am so glad the work is now finished. Well I say finished, I don’t think home decoration is ever finished do you? As soon as you think you have finished there is always something that needs improving. For now though we are happy to say the house is done. I do feel a lot more relaxed now there is not building equipment everywhere and like I have more time on my hands. I’ve also really enjoyed the buying the last details to really finish the look off. I have managed to hold my horses and not buy everything in one go and am happier with everything as a result. The look is far more relaxed and eclectic. I try to buy items when we go somewhere on holiday or for the day so that a nice memory is attached with them. We have several items that remind us of lovely times, along with some eBay bargains, brand new furniture and hand me downs. I love matching old things with new, textures, lots of white and keeping spaces clutter free and bright. I plan to write a few blog posts showing you how the house has developed over this time. Let’s hope that I’m not ready to redecorate by the time I’ve finished writing them!
When we bought Ivy Cottage we knew that we wanted to open up the lounge into the dining room. Initially this room had small double doors that opened on to an old plastic conservatory. We envisaged opening up the room to make it feel spacious and lighter.
This is exactly what we did and we don’t regret it. The room now feels so much bigger and makes a more usable space. The dining room links onto it and it makes us spend more time together as a family. I can still talk to the family when I am cooking dinner and Baxter will quite happily sit at the table drawing and chat to us whilst we listen to the radio or watch television.
The only worry that we had with open plan living and creating this new space was that it would feel too big and cold. I really wanted to keep the room painted white and use textures to create warmth. When I started to add the rugs, cushions and pictures the room really started to feel cosy. The log burner made the room glow and warm. It is a space that I love to be in and return to after being away.
So that’s our completed lounge. I hope you like it. After months of visualising how I wanted it to look and spending hours on Instagram and Pinterest looking for inspiration it is the look I wanted. Please let me know what you think.
Thank you for reading!!!