Over the last year I’ve found myself picking little projects around the house to keep myself distracted from our struggles with conceiving number 2. Most of them involved cleaning or rearranging rooms because it doesn’t cost anything and could take me anywhere from a couple hours to a couple days depending on what I needed. Luckily for me, Distraction is something I do very well.
Recently, my favourite way to take my mind off things has been rearranging our living room. We had it the same way for three years and since then our needs have changed; whilst it worked perfectly when Evie was smaller because we could use the floor to it’s full advantage, what we really needed was a dining table. The rearrange centred around getting a table in the space we have without it taking over the room; we live in England where houses are smaller and we have a two bed flat, limiting our space even further. I also wanted to focus on making the space visually enjoyable and calming as I suffer from a lot of anxiety and my surroundings can make or break my mood; we rent our flat and I find when you rent, your space can often not feel like your home.
I am really happy with the way the living room works now, we have the table that we wanted and can have family meals together. What’s more, everyone who has been to visit since has told me that the room actually feels bigger. Awesome! Below are some pictures of some of the new bits that we’ve added to give the room a freshen up, I like to do this every few years as I feel it stops the space being uninspiring and can change the mood of a room, without having to fork out the time and money repainting it all.
I love our table, it’s solid pine and we picked it up at a local charity shop for £70! It has really cute heart cut outs on the legs and has a farm house style, which means there’s more leg space underneath and it takes up less floorspace overall. It is much slimmer than most tables we looked at but we seldom have people over to eat so for the three of us it’s perfect and means we have an extra place for any of Evie’s friends that want to visit for dinner.
Both my husband and I love art and photography and while we have a lot of pieces that are regularly displayed around the flat, we do like to swap some pieces out every now and then just to keep them enjoyable – and it gives me an excuse to pick up some more! The gallery wall was something we have been meaning to do since we got married, but we didn’t have a wall with the right space to do it until now. We picked frames up over a couple of months to spread the cost and picked photos from our recent holiday and our wedding. It’s still not finished but i’m being rather fussy with the pictures i want displayed and I want to take my time over it.
The Thai Buddha print was something I fell in love with the moment I saw it. It looks like it’s been embossed and has such a serene tranquil quality about it that it was a must buy; I found it at our local Homebase for £10.
This is one of my favourite DIY’s i’ve ever done. I’ve seen a lot of framed initials floating round on Pinterest and it was something that I really wanted to add to our gallery wall. I picked up the frame at a pound shop, the letter was £2 from Hobby craft and the tissue paper and backing card came to £4, meaning the whole project was done for under £10; much more purse friendly than the made to order ones which are anything from £20+.
These are another DIY that i did a few months ago. I was at my local garden centre’s pot recycle bin when i spotted these four terracotta pots in rather bad shape. They had mould spots on them and were in need of some time and attention but I knew they could be made new again. After a soapy hot scrub, a few coats of acrylic paint and some lace detailing, many think they were shop brought. I use them for my Succulent collection which gives me a lot of enjoyment. I was never one to have house plants when i was younger but it’s amazing how some fresh greenery can really make your space calmer and feel more alive.
I hope that you enjoyed a little look into my home and some of the DIY’s i’ve been adding to our space. I’m sure in time I’ll change out or rearrange again but for now, the room flows nicely and is a nice, calming space to come back to after a mad day with Evie at the local soft play – which is all I want, really.