The Lounge Renovation Continued

To say that the build up to Christmas was busy and stressful would be a massive understatement. Sadly we said goodbye to two wonderful members of our family and then my brother was taken very ill and required a stay in hospital (fortunately he's on the mend, albeit slowly, and they let him come home for Christmas). So because of all of this, work on the house came to a bit of a standstill.

The week before Christmas we had the old gas meter moved out of the hallway (we have no idea why the previous owners had it inside the house!) and we had a log burner fitted in the lounge. 

We opted for a black stove with a black slate hearth. I had really wanted a cream coloured stove, but we were advised that any damage to the paint would show up and it was approximately £200 more expensive, so I compromised and went for the black one. We still need to decide on the style of mantlepiece and the material that we want it made from and we need to paint the new plaster around the fireplace.The area around the window still needs to be rubbed down and painted too.

I have started to think about how I would like the finished room to look. We have been researching flooring options and we are thinking about oak floors in the lounge, hallway and the den. I would add a nice big rug around the seating area just to make it feel a little cosier. At some point I think we will change the sofa, but this probably won't happen until after we have completed the kitchen/diner extension.

To help me get ideas of how I want the room to look I have set up a Lounge board on Pinterest, where I am pinning all the things I would like our lounge to have. I like neutral colours and will add splashes of colour with accessories and soft furnishings so that they can be changed fairly easily if they go out of fashion. I want the room to feel light and airy during the day, but warm and cosy in the evenings. The window is large and it isn't positioned in the middle of the wall so I'm struggling to find window dressings that I like and that will soften the window area without looking dated. 

Do you have any ideas, hints or tips for me? Where do you get your interior design inspiration from? Leave me a comment with your favourite home interiors Pinner/Blogger/Instagrammer etc. 

Sam xx