Sunday, 11 September 2016

Living Room Inspiration

Well...we've finally got a completion date - woohoo! We're due to get the keys this Friday (yes, as in less than a week). My mind is going into overdrive for living room ideas as it's the one room apart from our bedroom that we will be able to decorate pretty much straight away- aside from knocking out a hideous fireplace *shudders*.

For our sofa we're going for the Ashford from Next in the fabric shown above (soft plain in mid French grey btw) and the snuggle seat in a dark stripe fabric. Initially the other half was dead set on having matching sofas and actually tried to convince me to get two striped sofas - erm nope - before I finally brought him round to the grey and stripe combo. 

Our new home has floorboards which we're going to sand down and stain, however with floorboards comes a chilly house. In a bid to combat this I'm thinking soft rugs, lots of blankets and of course fluffy socks! I'm also loving this soft grey / dusky pink and gold colour combination - it feels warming without being too dark which is perfect for our new living room as its not massive. 

I am also on the hunt for a cast iron fireplace and surround - although it's proving hard to find one around the Newcastle area, if anyone has any tips I'd really appreciate them! Hopefully next time I write a post we will have the keys to our new home and we'll be starting some DIY renovations. *fingers crossed*


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Kitchen Inspiration

We (as in me and my boyf) are due to sign on our first home next week which means my mind is going into overdrive looking at home interiors. The house we're signing for is a bit of a fixer-upper which means we get to put our own stamp on everything. The one room in the house I cannot stop thinking about is our kitchen. At the moment it's a bit of a wreck, however we're planning on pulling down some walls here and there to create a spacious kitchen-come-diner-come-family-room. 
I'm trying not to get too carried away with ideas as our budget is limited however I have fallen in love with dark blue shaker kitchens with marble tops *swoon*. There is just something so different yet practical about them - I did have my heart set on white units and white tops but its not the best colour to have in a kitchen when you're prone to being a messy cooker. As we're planning on opening the kitchen up I also think the dark units will help make the room feel warmer and more homely. The only thing I haven't decided is hardware colours - I love copper handles (anything copper really) but I think brushed silver may be a more solid choice.

I just wish the whole process could hurry up so we can move in and get designing our home! Are any of you in the process of buying a new house? How is it going - if you've got any tips I'd appreciate it!