As some of you may already know our we bought our current property as a bit of a project that needed some work done, before intending to sell, hopefully later this year. We have slowly been working through each room getting ready to put it on the market. Things have gone much slower than expected, mainly because having two small kids at home is not overly conducive for renovations. The picture above is our partially finished living room space, at this point we had taken away the badly built-in shelves and terrible wooden surrounds and replaced them with more useful storage but otherwise we have pretty much been making do as the living room didn't have to many issues to start with but now we are ready to get the paint out and get what we need done to finish this room.
Firstly we will be painting the walls white instead of this slight off white shade, we are going to paint all the skirting boards, fix the fireplace surround, box in wires properly, get a carpenter in to build a new housing for the gas & electric meters and possibly replace the carpet. We are also going to declutter and strip back to a simple and minimal interior and invest in some beautiful wall prints.
We want to keep the space light, airy and still contemporary and one of the big focus points of any living room space is the sofa as not only is this where you relax but it's also where at times you socialise if you have friends over or have quality family time to play board games or just snuggle up in the evening so the sofa is one of the larger investments you will make when it comes to living room purchases.
For myself there are four main criteria when it comes to picking a sofa
3. Supporting homegrown businesses
We would love to replace our current sofas with something that we can take to the new house, which will hopefully be a victorian property, so something fairly modern but can also look good in a bay front property would be perfect, which is why I am loving this retro style fabric sofa from Sofa Sofa a South Wales based company which makes all of their products here in the UK
Is it strange to feel really excited about discovering a company nearby where you live that makes such beautiful sofas including stunning Chesterfields? We feel like we finally know who we are going to use when replacing our current living room furniture but they are also an environmentally friendly company who only use non tropical hardwoods sourced from sustainable European forests, plus it's not being shipped from China so keeping the carbon footprint down. So one would then think the costs are going to be high for a quality UK made product but it's not as they themselves source the fabrics and leathers direct from the weavers and tanners as well as making all the furniture in-house and keeping overheads low.
So once we have stripped back to basics in our living room, replaced our tired and well used sofas I thought I would put together a little mini wishlist of a few other things to help style the makeover.