Sitting room back in action

It’s been an up and down journey for our sitting room.

sitting room before we moved in

When we first moved in we essentially lived in this room alone. It was a bit drab but it had heating and the kitchen at the time was on this floor and accessed from this room.

Then we had to move out for the plumbing and re-wiring to take place.

And then of course the ceiling collapsed which we have only recently had fixed. Plus we had to give the fireplace some serious attention.

And now we have finally got to a point where we can give it a lick of paint. Ultimately I think we’ll wallpaper this room, but we wanted to give it a quick fix. So we bought some Dukes Blue by Crown Period Paint and this is how it’s looking now.

You’ll notice it’s not exactly finished. Despite the potentially nice floorboards we’ve decided to carpet this room and have chosen a very neutral colour which we’ll have rugs on top of. We just want one room at least that is a bit cosy.

You can see how this room used to have a large rug in the centre with stained boards round the outside. We’re going for a kind of modern version of that arrangement.

To ready the room for this Klaus has made a new hearth area. We now need to buy a new grate and get the chimney swept. The carpet is on order and after the sad demise of our old sofa we have also ordered a new sofa bed.

I also can’t stand these dull curtains, they came with the house. They are actually pretty odd as they come in a total of seven sections. Presumably there’s some logic to this but I can’t work it out.

But curtains are so expensive that like the others in the house we’ll just have to live with them for now. Plus if we are going to wallpaper we’ll have to think clearly about what we’ll replace them with.

There’s not exactly enough furniture for this room but adding all the extra bits we’ll now need is fun enough and something we can take our time over. But this time next week it will be a fully functioning room again, which if we wanted to we could just leave.

But we won’t…



The other bedroom

It’s been a bit quiet over the last couple of weeks as Klaus has been busy working on a his proper job and to be fair he is the main driving force behind much of the work done on the house.

However I have got round to taking some photos of our bedroom. Like the other room it’s not finished and what you don’t see in these shots are all our clothes on rails but it’s a step in the right direction. 

You can get a sense of the rail effect from this picture taken the weekend we moved in (this is the bed we later moved into the other bedroom). It’s a bit neater now.

We chose a new quite neutral wall colour. I normally prefer more colour but we had a headboard that I made for our previous house we wanted to use again and this colour worked best with that and the fireplace. The colour is elephants breath by Farrow and Ball. Probably the best name ever for a paint.

The colour looks really different from one of these shots to the next . In the morning light it’s quite varied as well with one wall looking cool and the other much warmer. I like that.

We’ve kept the existing curtains, but we weren’t too keen on the pattern and just for now we have simply turned them round so we are actually living with the lining.

The floor boards in here are painting the same colour all across the top flor and into the other bedroom. I used the same colour to update an old mirror we had steadily fallen out of love with. Klaus claimed it was “too 1990’s”.  Here it is just before I took my paintbrush to it in rather a pretentious photo which has Klaus’ piano in the relfection

And here it is afterwards back in the bedroom.

These fireplaces in the bedroom are really polarizing. Some people love them and some literally hate them. We can’t afford to change them at the moment anyway, but I am starting to come down on the side of love.


In getting ready for moving we are having a clear out. Klaus has convinced me to throw away my back catalogue of interiors magazines (mainly homes and gardens and living etc). But before throwing them away I have gone through and cut out everything that catches my eye in the hope that it’s useful.

I’ve tried to organise them into themes.

Starting with the hall.  


I like the image of the staircase particularly, the contrast of the dark wood and painted rails. I also really like the corbels. Our new and currently drab hall could so with some features like this.

Sitting room. 

The TV unit on his page is a really neat idea. I’d like to use stronger colours like this on the walls as well. 






I was surprised how similar all these fireplaces were when I lined them up, seems like we like relatively plain white but traditional. 



Pointing out something not relating to chairs on the chairs page, the colour of the shutters behind the black chair is very similar to the colour we’re thinking on for the shutters in our kitchen. We’re considering pigeon which is similar but paler. 


The kitchen bottom right is probably most similar to the free-standing look we are planning. I’m quite keen on the pink walls in two of these shots but Klaus doesn’t seem too keen…..


Again mainly very traditional. Apart from the pair of very modern sinks. Klaus thinks it’s better to go for the more traditional look as these will date less quickly and I like the idea of using some very decorative tiles around the bath and sink as they have in some of these pictures. I don’t want the whole house to be traditional though so we”ll have to keep an eye out for the overall balance. 


Again lots of strong colour but also patterned wallpaper. Something we’re keen to try out as we haven’t used any before. 


It’s big (for London) and bland at the moment. Will need some proper planning.