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Refreshing our living room

When I heard about Look Again's 'Refresh Rather Than Relocate' Challenge, I knew it was rather up my street! We bought our house three years ago with big dreams of renovating it all - refitting the bathroom, kitchen and conservatory and re-decorating all of the other rooms.  Sadly, time and money have meant that we've rather ground to a halt and are living with a lot of the bad DIY jobs and interesting décor choices of the previous owners! I must admit, the temptation has been at times to give up and buy somewhere different - somewhere a little newer with a little less textured wallpaper and wood cladding - but our budget would likely allow for only a one or two bedroom new property, rather than the three bedroom, conservatory and study we have now in our 'project house', so we're determined to stay put and carry on working hard to make it the home we've always dreamed of.

So, refreshing rather than relocating is definitely on the agenda - choosing stylish pieces that make a statement and help to bring a room together.  As you know by now, I'm a huge fan of retro, mid-century styling, and that theme has inspired most of the choices in our current living room.  Although our living room is fairly 'complete' in terms of DIY tasks, it does have a lot of rather 'mish mash' items - the sofa from my previous flat, a lamp from my parents' house, the coffee table from another flat repurposed as an entertainment unit - and very little that we've chosen specifically for our current home with a clear style in mind.  This photo is our living room as it is now - I do love it, but it could definitely do with a bit more steamlined style.  I think it has every colour in the rainbow dotted around, piles and piles of cushions that don't really 'go' and as I mentioned, a lot of furniture inherited from previous homes or friends and family.

My house

With the challenge of 'how to revamp a room on a £750 budget', I had a good look around Look Again for pieces that would really hang together and give our lounge the refresh it really deserves.  I am already dreaming of what they would all look like in our home!

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mousai cushion - £12 // carnival wallpaper - £35 per roll // katya sofa suite - £450 
lyric wall art - £29 // wilsden entertainment unit - £120 // knitted pod - £80

My wishlist comes in at £726 - a small price to pay for refreshing our most occupied room! What do you think of my choices? That sofa really looks incredibly comfy - and long enough for Tom and I to both sprawl out during marathon TV sessions! I adore the funky Graham and Brown wallpaper, and that knitted pod looks perfect for coming home and plonking yourself on after a hard day at work.

With most of us tightening our purse strings amidst a backdrop of rising house prices, estate agent fees and hefty deposits, refreshing rather than relocating definitely seems like a sensible option.  Which room would you choose to refresh given the opportunity?

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16 comments

  1. Your living room looks lovely, it's pretty large to be fair, ours is the tiniest thing in the world lol x

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    1. It is quite long, it is a sort of kitchen/diner as we have the table in the back but it is a bit of a funny shape frustratingly! xo

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  2. I think your living room is absolutely lovely as it is, all that bright light coming in through the patio doors is great...I'm pretty jealous!

    I could do with £750 to make over one of our rooms, we've put all our money and efforts into downstairs, and not touched the upstairs yet!

    xx

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    1. Thanks lovely. I do love having all the light flowing through, I just wish it was a bit more coordinated with some nicer pieces of furniture - grass is always greener I suppose! I know what you mean, you have to pick and choose which rooms to start with which can be frustrating at times! xo

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  3. I love your living room, it looks really lovely and light! :)
    I could probably do a make over of my room. I have lots of mixed furniture all from when I was a younger teen. x

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    1. Thanks Nicola. It is really light, we are really lucky to have the conservatory at the back. Most of my furniture has been accumulated from my teens up until now too, it would be so nice to have some new things bought specifically for this house! xo

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  4. I've always loved your living room - even though not everything matches it still pulls together quite well. Looks effortlessly nice.


    Morag x
    moadore.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much - I've always hoped that's what it feels like, I guess I can't help but feel like things looked a little more coordinated but it is a nice mish mash of things we love! xo

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  5. I guess even though I've had to replace the ceiling and have the whole room redecorated in the living room at mine, I'd still choose to update that. It could do with more colours as it's just been painted cream as I just wanted it to be finished - who chooses Xmas holidays to decorate?! :(

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    1. The living room is always top of people's lists isn't it as so many people spend so much of their time there? I always think cream and white is a nice backdrop, you can pep up a room by adding colourful accessories then?xo

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  6. We have got a spare room which we imagined would be my craft room or a dressing room, but lack of time means we haven't done anything with it in almost 3 years! Have plans to crack on over the Bank Holiday weekend!

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    1. Spare rooms are often the last to be done aren't they! A dressing room would be amazing - can't wait to see what you do with it! xo

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  7. Your living room is gorgeous, I love the bits and pieces dotted around. We only rent but we are looking to move in a couple of months so could do with some new curtains and cushions!

    Maria xxx

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    1. Thanks so much - there is certainly a lot to look at but I am envious of people who have a really coordinated colour scheme! Curtains and cushions are such an easy way to update the décor when you rent aren't they? xo

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  8. I love your living room, it looks so bright and I like your decor style too, really original and cool. I've neber heard of Look Again and their prices seem reasonable, will have to check them out!
    Katie x
    www.missenchanting.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Katie. We are lucky that it's so bright and there's so much light that comes in through the conservatory. Look Again are great, they have some great pieces for really reasonable prices! xo

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