Monday, 21 August 2017

Before...And After; Part 1. The Lounge!

It's been about three months since I first posted the BEFORE photos of my new flat, and finally, FINALLY, I have a room that is complete enough that I'm ready to show you.

I've been really picky with the fact that absolutely no one is seeing the flat until it's done. Friends are not allowed to visit. Photos will not be taken. And unfortunately I'm even pickier than that too, as I've been insisting on repainting everything and getting everything just perfect before it's all revealed. But finally, the lounge is ready to be revealed!

Let's ignore the fact that I've already show you a completed photo up at the top there, and let's remind ourselves of the before photos...

So that was back in May... And this is now! (It's also significantly less dark than it looks in the photos, thanks sun)
I figure you may be interested in buying a few of the bits yourself, so let's go through a couple....

With the bigger furniture, it's basically all from Ikea. My sofa is a Norsborg and cost £375, link here. The coffee table is also from Ikea and is a Lack, costing £27 (here). Underneath the table I've got a couple of board games, some cook books that I use the most frequently, a small pile of National Geographic magazines I've not got through yet, and, uh, a trashy celeb magazine to balance it all out... The rug is yet another Ikea purchase, but I can't tell you the name or the price as I actually bought it used from an out flatmate, and I'm very glad I did as it really makes the room! The TV stand is from Argos, and is this one for £57.99. The flowers on the unit are from a Tesco Express, randomly. Finally, the cushions are from Debenhams and are these ones for £12.99 each. It was wonderful to finally find these cushions as it took absolutely ages to find some that are the right shade, everything was either neon or this horrible mustardy colour and absolutely nothing in between. The lamp in the corner is another Ikea one, it's this one for £25 and makes a really nice glow!

If you're considering a Norsborg, I really like mine. The main reason for purchasing it was because it was one of the cheaper ones I could find that was still big and comfortable, but it's been a good addition. The rug is by far my favourite part though, it brings everything together so nicely and is such a nice texture!

Let's look at a couple of the smaller details...
 This wonderful doorstop is from Next for £18, here. I originally went out with the intention of buying a dog one to make a joke about the fact I can't really keep a dog here, but I thought this zebra was just the cutest thing of all time. I was worried he wouldn't quite suit the flat so I went back to Next and considered him about ten times before seeing there was only one left and giving in and buying him quickly!

 First of all, the bird artwork you can just about see in the top photo is from The Range. It's called "Gathering Bird Canvas" and cost £17.99 from here. We'll get on to the unit!

 This adorable hedgehog coaster holder is also from Next. He was £12.99 (here) which I suppose is a bit steep for some coasters, but frankly he was really cute and well made and has given the coffee table some personality so I really don't mind at all!

 By the TV I've got this delightful purple alpaca! I love him, I was worried he wouldn't fit into the room but luckily his colours really match that of the two pictures above him. He's from Arkapasso, but unfortunately I can't give you an up to date price for him as I got him at Comic Con. The candle in front of him is from M&S, it's part of one of their seasonal ranges so sadly not available anymore.

 For additional artwork, I've shown you these two before as they were in my last flat as well. I've got these amazing canvases of San Francisco and Paris that I bought from etsy. I remember it took me absolutely ages to choose which two I wanted, but I'm very happy with these ones. They're so bright and really liven up a white room! They're from lauraamiss on etsy, here.

 In the corner I have this crazy display case situation going on. This is made of three units from Ikea all shoved together - they are all Billy bookcases, which amazingly cost just £25 each, here.

  The ducks on the top row are from this set from Next and cost £12.99. Scroll right to the bottom if you want the same colours I have as they have a few others!

  The second row includes a little sheep that is actually from Waitrose, this picture from Next, and a little owl that I bought in Epcot in Disney World a few years ago.

  Row three is a little pig candle holder from Next and a big Hello sculpture, also from Next for £16 here. The sculpture wasn't originally going to go here as it's amazingly versatile and looked great no matter where I put it! The owl calendar on the right is from a market, and as you can see, almost never gets updated...

  The two candle holders on row four are both from Clintons, and the plant is from M&S.

  Finally the boxes at the bottom are all from Ikea and are absolutely enormous. The majority of them are completely empty, naturally, but one of them includes lots of art supplies and colouring books and the other includes all the cooking books and recipes that I don't use all that often, but might one day!

I'm very happy with the lounge, and it came out exactly how I wanted. I went in with a grey and yellow theme but was a little worried about how everything would look together or if it would look a bit too feminine or over the top but actually I think it's all come together really nicely. I was also worried that the blue of the sofa wouldn't fit together with everything else, but I think it all looks really good together.

As I often mention on twitter, my favourite thing about the whole flat is how bright it is, and how much I love my view from the lounge. It's not completely done yet but probably won't ever warrant a full post anyway, so let's show you the balcony too - it does lead off from the lounge, after all!

As you can see, the balcony overlooks a park and is basically my favourite thing ever. Even when I can't be bothered to actually go down there or don't want to go out onto the balcony, I love being able to see so much green.

I don't know where the chair on the left is as it was already there when I moved in (and it's a real shame too as it's really comfortable for an outdoor chair, but I can't find a copy of it anywhere!) and unsurprisingly the other two are from Ikea. The table is this one for £15, and the chair is this one for £35. (It's also really annoying to carry around the store so don't be like me, save it til last!)

So, part one is finally done! What do you think? :-)


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