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Welcome to my blog. I write about my life with my family, renovating our cottage and trying to lead a more creative life.

Ivy Cottage Renovation : The Lounge

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!

The Lounge

The view from the lounge out into the dining area and the new extension. There was a plastic conservatory here previously. There was a wall dividing these spaces before with small doors leading onto it.

The view from the lounge out into the dining area and the new extension. There was a plastic conservatory here previously. There was a wall dividing these spaces before with small doors leading onto it.

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.

These are the old doors that lead to the conservatory. We had the damp course fitted first which is why there is plaster missing on the walls. We lived with this for over a year!

These are the old doors that lead to the conservatory. We had the damp course fitted first which is why there is plaster missing on the walls. We lived with this for over a year!

The room when it was first opened up. Instantly it felt bigger and brighter.

The room when it was first opened up. Instantly it felt bigger and brighter.

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 room starting to take shape. Even with all of the building equipment around us we loved the new space that we had created.

The room starting to take shape. Even with all of the building equipment around us we loved the new space that we had created.

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.

The view into the lounge from the dining table. Our son loves to draw and will sit for hour on hour at the table chatting to us whilst he draws. Having this space has encouraged him to do this more.  The table was an auction bargain and the chairs are from my parents. The hanging light is from  Industville . I love how this lights up the corner and it makes a feature of the high ceiling.

The view into the lounge from the dining table. Our son loves to draw and will sit for hour on hour at the table chatting to us whilst he draws. Having this space has encouraged him to do this more.

The table was an auction bargain and the chairs are from my parents. The hanging light is from Industville. I love how this lights up the corner and it makes a feature of the high ceiling.

The finishing touches have nearly all been added here. The rug is from  Made.com , cushions are  H&M Home , sofa is  DFS , lampshade from  Wilko  and the prints by  Juniqe . The rocking chair was an auction bargain and we bought reclaimed doors for the whole of the downstairs from a local specialist store.

The finishing touches have nearly all been added here. The rug is from Made.com, cushions are H&M Home, sofa is DFS, lampshade from Wilko and the prints by Juniqe. The rocking chair was an auction bargain and we bought reclaimed doors for the whole of the downstairs from a local specialist store.

I am so pleased with how my Dad build the fireplace. He made the arch, re-plastered around it and built the hearth with reclaimed bricks. The tiles are slate and we have these in the entrance by the front door too. These materials really compliment the vintage furniture and add to the homely and relaxed feel I wanted.

I am so pleased with how my Dad build the fireplace. He made the arch, re-plastered around it and built the hearth with reclaimed bricks. The tiles are slate and we have these in the entrance by the front door too. These materials really compliment the vintage furniture and add to the homely and relaxed feel I wanted.

An aerial view of the lounge. I am so happy with how it looks.

An aerial view of the lounge. I am so happy with how it looks.

One of the final details that I added was the Bloomingville shelf from  Scandiborn  which I displayed my Donna Wilson plate, ceramics that I bought when we went to Copenhagen and new plants from Isherwood and Co.

One of the final details that I added was the Bloomingville shelf from Scandiborn which I displayed my Donna Wilson plate, ceramics that I bought when we went to Copenhagen and new plants from Isherwood and Co.

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!!!

Rebecca xxx

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