The official description of this house is 4 bedrooms, 3 living areas. When we moved in, from a much smaller house the number of ‘lounge rooms’ was confusing. No one knew where to find anything 🙂 So they became the ‘sunroom’ (off the 3 children’s bedrooms, the lounge room (previously featured in the new study/salon/craft room) and the living room where we essentially did live. Open plan from the kitchen this room takes up one side of the house. I often say “I’ve bought a house with no walls,” and this room is a perfect example. L-shaped it has the kitchen bench at one end, double doors and a door to the hall on one wall, a small piece of wall on the opposite side and an L with 3 sides of windows.
I’ve just spent a couple of weeks with it covered with drop cloths and plaster dust. It’s strange, but it was hard to find pics to show what it used to look like because I moved stuff around after Mum died, and I have strong memories of previous arrangements, but not necessarily photos of them. One constant – the TV has always been in the corner, so it was visible from the kitchen as well as all of the room.
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My father liked television, it was always on in the evenings. After he died I don’t know if it was habit or company or what but Mum always turned the tv on before the news. So it’s interesting that I haven’t actually watched tv in this house in nearly 18 months, and in fact none of the TVs are currently even plugged in, let alone tuned in. (But don’t get between me and my computer or I’ll hurt you ;))
The kitchen end of the living room has changed from seating to dining and back again over the years.
I bought the stools from a market just after Mum went, they were a horrid 80’s ‘teak’ orange so I stained them walnut.
The organ only moved into the room when the carpets came up in the lounge.
That was the before. Several weeks of filling cracks, painting the ceiling, prying shelves out of walls, filling holes, filling more holes, sanding filler, filling along the edges of the windows and cupboards and door frames later, I could finally start painting. I’m still working on artwork, but… ta da!
It feels so good to get rid of that cream (well okay, it’s still on the windows and the kitchen, but progress has been made!) The walls are white duck half and the trim is Lexicon.
It’s really hard to get this colour to photograph properly with so many windows around it. It’s Dulux Azure Blue, the same as in the study/salon. To me it’s a bit deeper than it shows on-screen. I love it more every day. I have plans for the cupboards over the bench – hence why they haven’t been painted yet.