ding dong, the lounge is done

We live in a fairly small, fairly magnolia, two-bed flat, and have recently come to accept the fact that there is very little chance that we’re ever going to be able to own somewhere. Images of myself in a tea dress and brogues, wielding a sledgehammer, while knocking down walls and drinking tea (an odd mixture, but hey, this is my dream), have finally disappeared, and been replaced by a lifetime of other-peoples-rules. So far in our rental lifetime, we’ve been pretty lucky with landlords – we’ve had the ‘we-don’t-care-as-long-as-it’s-all-restored-before-you-leave’ type, which has meant that we’ve been able to put up shelves and pictures until we’re blue in the face. Almost a year and a half after we arrived, our lounge is starting to look something like the room I had pictured when we viewed the property on our first visit….

As you probably know by now, I am the proud owner of one toddler, who was only just over a year old when we initially moved in. My grabby handed little investigative monkey meant that keeping any craft equipment, art supplies, or machines of any kind in the lounge was an absolute no-no – but now he is nearing the age of three, and no longer shows any interest in any of my things, instead choosing to build garages from bricks and pretend the arm of the sofa is a horse. Which means, that I can finally have a little crafty area in the corner of the room, all to myself, hurrah!

A year and a half after we move in, I am pleased to present to you….. my lounge!

I love it, I really do. I love how it gets the late afternoon and evening sun, so we sit watching television or reading bathed in light. I love how it manages to be both cosy and tidy. I love the fact that nothing matches, and that I always look forward to collapsing on the little sofa at the end of a busy day. At the moment, I am sitting on that very same sofa, typing this and talking to my lovely Twitter friends (you know who you are!), with my feet on the footstool (which desperately needs covering), and a cup of tea on the table next to me. Obviously I’m wearing a beautiful vintage dress and my hair is immaculate. I most certainly am not wearing the Husbands jumper and some old tracksuit bottoms…. ahem.


  1. Anonymous
    May 28, 2011 / 8:31 pm

    it looks really lovely, Vicky!

  2. mother of purl
    May 28, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    Looking great- so comfy and cool. Especially like your craft corner- must get round to sorting mine! x

  3. Rose&Bird
    May 28, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    It's lovely, the mismatching works well x

  4. Michelle
    May 28, 2011 / 8:44 pm

    Your living room looks lovely. You have proved me wrong that you can't really let your personality show through when you have a rented house.

  5. Miss Moopette
    May 28, 2011 / 10:47 pm

    I love your room and demand you send me it in the post at once! Your craft corner is beautiful too and if you can't send me that then I demand you send yourself and get mine sorted out, right this instant! ;~}It looks like heaven to me. Our front room is…tbh…hideous.x

  6. lou
    May 29, 2011 / 8:43 am

    Oh how lovely! It's sooo cool. I love you craft corner, made me feel I need to get to sorting mine out…its all just chucked in the spare room at the moment. Love the crochet touches. Beautiful! I've just done a post of my living room too! Lou x

  7. A Thrifty Mrs
    May 29, 2011 / 9:59 am

    I love it! It is so light and bright and your furniture makes it look like a great big cuddle of a room.

  8. Fay
    May 29, 2011 / 11:16 am

    Excellent work in making a home from a rented house I say. We're in exactly the same position with combined student loans that equal a small mortgage, it's unlikely that we'll be buying before we're 40. I just hope our next landlord is as free and easy as yours. X

  9. Amanda Weiss
    June 6, 2011 / 7:47 pm

    You have made it look so cozy and cute! I love all the unique touches!<3,Amanda bspoke

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