17 April 2015

Feature Friday: My Living Area

It is Feature Friday once again, but instead of featuring someones else's house today we ares stepping right into mine. We bought our house a little over two years ago now. We have basically gutted it, new floors, paint, tiles, kitchen. bathroom, roof and landscaping. We have been very busy! We have refreshed the house and made it a home but now just needed to style it and make it feel a little more 'us' (that is me & Hubby).

You may have heard me going on about getting a new lounge and wanting to redo my living room recently? You can catch up on all the lounge chit chat here, here + here.

Well here it is. the new lounge, charcoal in colour, fabric and what I call a 'his and hers lounge' as it had adjustable headrests and armrests. 

Today I wanted for you to step inside my living area and see the what I have been working on...

Lets take a look at the before
I wanted a fresh new look for my lounge and living area. Something with a bit more colour, texture and life! This is what the lounge looked like when we moved in. Brown window frames, a shaggy rug, dark heavy furniture and the best bit was the new front door we had just hung which you can see here.

Then we replaced the windows in the house to white frames and actually removed the double hung windows at the front. We removed the fixed glass pane you can see in the picture above and plastered it, then installing just the double sliding windows. 

It wasn't me this living space, it wasn't my style and it was all of our 'first' furniture. You know the furniture you get when you move out of home, buy a package deal from a cheap outlet and be stoked its yours. So it was time for an update.

So this is the new look - our new living space...

Neutrals, whites, blues, timber and lots of texture. I braved up and hung my very first gallery wall here behind the lounge. I was so nervous about putting lots of holes into the wall and that I wouldn't like it, but I do. I love it, I love that they are not all perfectly in line and randomly placed. I think it adds a homely feel.

I have added a winter throw rug and a sheepskin to make a warmer feel and to soften the charcoal of the lounge. I was going to buy the lounge in a more neutral coastal colour 'dune' but am so glad I didn't. Last night I polished off the last off my Easter chocolate and lets just say I may have dropped a little on the new lounge...luckily with the dark colour it didn't show at all...phew! The charcoal is a great colour choice for me!

It was so hard to snap a photo without Mr Coopar photobombing. He is so cheeky, he wouldn't budge, so I just had to snap him snoozing in this photo!
Do you have photobombing pets too?

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I am still so in love with my Hamptons side table I made for the entrance way. This piece was under $80 to make and not too difficult if you have a drill and know your way around a few basic power tools! You can see how I made it here.

I am so in love with my African juju hat. I was so determined to make one for my new living space and am thrilled that it turned out so well. You can see how I did it here via my DIY tutorial.

So what do you think? A good choice? Are you loving the more relaxed feel in the living area like me? Are you tempted to buy a new lounge now, maybe do a living room redo too?

Have a great weekend lovelies x
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  1. I love your new lounge room Ashlea, the neutral tones with hints of blues is something that I have in my home too and I really love the different pieces of art on the wall too. You have made a dramatic difference now, no more "first home bargain pieces" that we all do when moving out I remember a cheap timber table and outdoor folding chairs when I first got married. Gotta start somewhere

  2. This all looks fantastic! We desperately need a new lounge suite. Love your coffee table too!

  3. It looks gorgeous chick - so relaxing! I could happily plonk on the couch there and chew your ear off ;) xx

  4. Your place is gorgeous! I dream about cooking in a kitchen like yours. x

    1. Oh you are too kind Bec! It's compact, but pretty. I do love it :) x


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