Lounge refresh (+ before & after video)

lounge-makeover-before-afterA while back now I started planning a little lounge makeover, which I discussed in this post. In the photo above you can see how things used to look. I wanted to give our old faithful sofa a new lease of life and replace a few bits of furniture to freshen things up in time for Christmas. As is customary, I of course immediately started pinning to a new inspiration board so I could gather some ideas together (I love me a project).

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Here’s another snap taken before the makeover. As you can see, we didn’t need to do any major redecoration but I felt the furniture wasn’t really working in there plus I wanted a more modern and coordinated look and less of a tired-looking hotch-potch of accessories. I blame Pinterest again entirely, it doesn’t half you give you ideas! So, ready for the big reveal? There’s lots more photos plus a before & after video I filmed too, after the jump (sorry to be a tease but it’s quite picture heavy)!

lounge-makeover-revealTa-dahh! Here’s the new look – I think we surprised ourselves at how much of a difference a few changes can make (tip: start with a new rug, it can transform the whole room!). It’s like most things in life, you put up with the status quo for ages, while slowly driving yourself mad because you really want to change lots of little things. But actually, it didn’t take that much to give this room a whole new look.modern-loungeI have to say that one fairly big trip to Ikea was involved (following some careful planning of course) to pick out some new bits and pieces. But there are one or two alternative pieces in there too that play to our love of old and new. Have a watch of this short video I made, which talks you through the whole before and after process. Cue lounge tour!




For some stupid reason, I keep talking about bronze in that video when what I really meant to say was copper (it’s been a long month!). But hopefully the rest of it made sense!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne thing that really helped to give the sofa a bit of oomph was the addition of new cushions and throws (no surprise there). But rather than just accessorising, I wanted to try and change the overall colour and look of the sofa a bit, without actually buying a whole new sofa! To do this, I swapped out a couple of the larger dark brown cushions that originally came with the sofa and replaced them with four new cushions from the Loaf range. Their cushion range has been a bit of a revelation to me I have to say and if you can’t afford to buy a new sofa then ‘upgrading’ with some new cushions is quite an affordable way to go. Get this: you can choose from over 100 fabrics/colours in their classic scatter range (I could not make up my mind, but the free swatch service comes in very handy). In the end, I went for two jumbo sized cushions in Gunmetal in the brushed cotton fabric and two medium sized cushions in Magnesia in brushed cotton linen. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor a long while I’ve also been itching to get some photos of the kids up in this room too, so we decided to make the facing wall a bit of a feature with an ikea display shelf (love these, and have them all around the house). It’s nice to have some of my fave black and white baby photos in here now, though it does make me far too broody. We also treated ourselves to a new white TV unit to keep all the DVDs out of sight. Before, the TV and everything was shoved on a glass coffee table which was a bit of a waste, so we’ve now moved that to the centre of the room, where I’ve done that thing with our favourite books on display!

On the other side of the room, we have a couple of interesting corners. One was just fine, where our old Mastermind-style chair and angle poise lamp still sit, pride of place. We moved a picture around to that corner too and the general addition of a few plants seems to have plugged any gaps.black-leather-swivel-chairOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now let’s talk about copper (and not bronze!). This is an interiors trend that has been going strong for over a year and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, which I’m happy about. I’ve always loved a bit of shiny metallic to mix it up a bit with wood and soft furnishings. So I jumped at the chance to inject a bit of copper into this room with this side table and lamp – both of which I adore. I think they warm up monochrome so well without feeling heavy and dark. Instead they’re warm and bright in winter but still look fresh in lighter months. I just need to keep on top of the polishing so they stay gleaming!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And finally, the other corner of the room (as you’ll see in the video) was nothing more than a buggy park and magnet for junk. For ages, we’ve been on the lookout for the right piece of furniture to fill this space but also serve a purpose. We had contemplated buying a second-hand bureau and maybe up cycling it but then we spotted this modern version during the trip to Ikea and it just ticked all the boxes: right size, colour, style and price so we grabbed it.

I really like the idea of having a little writing desk where I can sit with my laptop (but still keep an eye on the kids) or where they can do some homework. It’s also a good bit of storage space for stationery, pens and all that stuff that tends to clutter up a room. Plus I just love the little well on top where you can store or display things, in this case more plants (we went a bit mad on the foliage front). Oh and the chair was a charity shop find a while back but turned out to be the perfect height.

Hope you enjoyed the room tour and makeover. Of course now it’s covered with Christmas decorations and there’s a tree in the corner, but it still feels pretty nice to have got this project finished. Maybe it will inspire a little new year refresh of your own if you fancy it. All product details listed below in case you need them.

Soft furnishings: Geometric cushions / blanket & striped throw: Ikea / Scatter cushions c/o Loaf /Plants: Ikea

Furniture: Coffee table (old), similar here / TV unit / Bureau desk: Ikea / sofa (old), similar here / leather swivel chair (old), similar here / Copper side table c/o the French Bedroom Co.

Lighting: White Anglepoise lamp: Out There Interiors / Copper floor lamp c/o Furniture village / Mirror: charity shop (repainted), similar here

Walls: Dulux colour matched to Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath.

Give me a shout if there’s anything I’ve missed out!

 

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laura redburn //

it looks fab! the wall colour is so lovely. i don’t have a desk but watching/reading this made me realise that a bureau might be the perfect thing for my room as it’s not really big enough to contain a desk.

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Kathryn //

Thanks Laura. It’s a really good space saver and I like the way it keeps all the mess out of view! Xx

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Zoe - floral and feather //

I looks great, such a transformation with just a few items! You’ve inspired me to keep going with ours, having moved in a year ago we’ve got the painting and big furniture done, but I’ve not got round to the finishing touches like pictures and throws yet!

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Lori //

Loving LOVING the copper lamp and the new tv stand really makes the room look fresh and bright! What a fab transformation, perfect for Christmas xx

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Rachel //

Looks lovely – I hadn’t realised Ikea did a bureau like that. Will have to have a look. I also love the copper accents – my sister-in-law has some excellent copper lamps and lampshades which I always covet.

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Kathryn //

I know we were so excited when we spotted that bureau – it comes in bright orange as well!! X

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Candy Pop //

I adore this post and it’s lovely to see your living room. I love the copper items and the painted mirror looks perfect. Just in time for Christmas, well done! xx

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Eleanor //

Kat! Stop copying my great ideas 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’m sitting here up early waiting for the decorators to come, who are going to paint the wall of my living room almost that EXACT colour! How funny! I’ve also taken a sneaky note of your photo shelf and copper lamp to be honest….both are the sort of thing we really fancied for our ‘blank space’ at the moment. Hope you have a really happy Christmas in your ‘new’ living room!

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Kathryn //

Ha! Hardly an original idea of mine but I do love the way grey contrasts with white and all the other bits stand out so well against it. Exciting re your new lounge too x

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Kathryn //

Yeah that’s what I’ve always loved best about that sofa too; with 3 kids we can still all fit on and cuddle up together to watch TV.

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Lizzie Woodman //

Gorgeous room… I love that bureau – it looks great in that space! I smiled when you mentioned your empty corner on the video – I think everyone has one of these don’t they?! We have had that rug in our playroom for many years and it’s been great – if someone spills something on it it comes off really easily too, which is always a bonus…

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Kathryn //

It’s really worked out well Lizzie (though mainly filled with Kids’ stuff but fine by me as I can close the lid on it all). xx

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Sallytangle //

A little bit late to the interior party here BUT this looks so much different without too much cost/effort at all!! It also looks a lot lighter too! LOVE it Kat! I also love the touches of greenery, it makes it look ever so fresh and clean and that rug?!? Well that rug is just the dream xxx

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Viv //

Looks really contemporary and cosy! We have the same sofa, family all love it because it’s so squashy and comfy… However the leather is beginning to peel (it is old) have you had to deal with this? I used various leather treatments but with no luck.. Just wondered if you have had the same problem? X

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Kathryn //

Hi Viv! Yes the leather has come off in a couple of little patches, mainly due to wear and tear from the kids but I try to disguise it with all the blankets/cushions. The sofa cushions themselves always wash up well so it’s standing the test of time (just)!

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