House update: The lounge

White lounge wood floors with wood burner

Hurrah! Our lounge is finally finished! Originally we weren’t in a massive rush to get the lounge done but we’ve had a bit more work on than normal lately and therefore had a bit more spare cash so we decided to splash out and get it finished before Christmas.

Now that’s it’s finished I’m really glad we pushed ourselves to get it done. We spend a lot of time in the living room and it just looks so big and lovely now that it’s all painted white and I feel so much better now that it’s all clean and nice! No matter how many times we used the carpet cleaner I just couldn’t get that horrible old musty smell out.

The first thing we wanted to get sorted was the heating. Our lounge opens out onto our south-facing back garden so we assumed that it would be lovely and warm. Man were we wrong. It was literally like an igloo even in the height of summer.

We looked at several solutions, including electric radiators from Verismart Heating as they’re 100% efficient and have a bunch of handy features like auto time adjust and open window detection but in the end we opted for more traditional gas radiators as we needed a gas supply bought to the house for the oven anyway. We also had a wood burner installed which I think is Nick’s new favourite thing ever. He’s built a fire every night so far regardless of the temperature so we’ve been sat sweating most evenings! He’s pretty excited about winter now just so he can use it more!

Although the lounge is ‘finished’ in terms of painting and floor-laying, we haven’t quite caught up with putting art on the walls and things yet. We really want a series of those old-fashioned style travel posters for some of the big National Parks in America. I’ve found some on AllPosters and now we’ve just got to decide which ones to get! We’re also on the search for the perfect rug at the moment. We want one of those classic red and blue patterny ones, you know what I mean, the ones that look like they could be in Downton Abbey. I’m not sure what you call them!

Living Room beforeLiving Room renovation duringWhite lounge wood floors with wood burnerLounge beforeLiving Room with Dean Forge wood burnerLounge renovation beforeLand of Nod teepee play tentLounge renovation duringLounge renovation afterDean Forge wood burner

If you’d like to see the rest of my house renovation, check out the links below:

Bathroom renovation | Kitchen renovation | Bedroom renovation

*This post is in collaboration with Lasse Pedersen

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