Then+Now // The Lounge…

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wood burner parker knoll crochet wrapped branch cosy corner lounge ercol mid-century picture wall industrial table glass warehouse trolley lounge ercol mid-century industrial ikea steel locker cabinet mid-century mackintosh sideboard ball ceiling light I love this room…with it’s warm wooden floor & south facing brightness…it has two sets of window doors which we fling open in the warm weather, and which bring the outside in. They let a huge amount of light flood in & make the most of the seasons. On sunny evenings, we get to watch the most amazing sunsets over the fields, and it’s the best place for pheasant, rabbit & deer spotting.

It’s a big space & yet it feels warm & cosy. It’s where we spend time relaxing together, pottering, & slowing down. Where we have ‘cinema time’ (as the Bear calls it), snuggle up after long days, and spend our lazy Sunday afternoons. It’s also where I can be found late at night; curled up on my adored Ercol day bed (which is in serious need of some restoration!) making or writing.

When we were looking at houses, we’d both imagine Christmas…if we couldn’t see space for all the family & a great big tree (D’s criteria for chrimble), it wasn’t happening.  We could totally see it here, and among other smaller details, the lounge & kitchen sold it to us, with imaginings of the family together in the lounge; fire lit & lights twinkling. And the kitchen; filled with smells of christmas cooking & the table set with room for all.

The wood burner was one of the first things we added to the house. We’ve had one in the last two houses, and we love it. The flu goes straight up through the inside of the house & goes through our bedroom above, which I really like as a feature, and toasts up our room nicely.
Again, there’s alot to do still…I’m debating over a paint job on the McIntosh sideboard (from my Grandparents), and I’d love to have the two Parker Knoll chairs done at some point (also from Grandparents). I need to restore the webbing on the Ercol & re~cover it, D is desperate for a new sofa (which I’m resisting!), and colour…I have lots more plans for pops of colour.
We can’t decide on window dressings. At the moment, we have nothing, which we really quite like, but we do need something, more for practicality than anything else (thinking these or soft linen or muslin panels ~ completely different huh?!) And that ceiling light…I hated it at first, but I’m warming to it…it kind of suits the room somehow & I’ve yet to come across an alternative we agree on.

Oh and the coffee table? It’s a trolley rescued from a glass factory before demolition which I found on eBay…I love it, but I know a lot of visitors don’t ‘get’ it…Mother~in~Law was utterly dumbfounded!…but it’s different, repurposed & has signs of stories to tell, which makes me just love it even more, plus, it’s really easy to move around for impromptu balllet shows!

I look forward to seeing this room grow and change the most I think. If you fancy seeing what kinds of looks I’m loving, why not check out my homestyle board on pinterest

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(You can also see here for ‘then’ shots before we got in, and see the Bear’s ‘playroom’ here)

Comments (4)

  1. Leanne

    A really beautiful room. I have just bought a Clare Nicholson print home from the framers. I’m thinking of buying the one you have onthe wall – she has 20% discount this week too!
    Leanne xx

  2. Bee

    Your lounge is beautiful … it is lit perfectly … we have the enje blinds in our kitchen diner … we had the same quandary … we love no window coverings but needed something and the enje worked perfectly … we cut them to size for our windows … Bee xx

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      Thank you Bee! That’s really helpful to know ~ I think Yvonne at Yvestown also has them in her Lounge and found they gave her that effect, so I think it’s what we’ll go for xxx

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