Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lounge Room Uplift

After the success of my mini bathroom revamp I have decided to continue on through the rest of my house and make it a little more, shall we say, appealing.  With the loaming possibility of maybe having to sell our house in the somewhere 'near or distant' future, I have decided it is time to clear the clutter and try and widen the appeal of the joint!  I'm also attempting to do all of this while keeping within a tiny budget.

Anyway, my next port of call was my lounge room.  It's the most lived in room in the house, and if the state of the carpet is anything to go by, generally the room that gets the most trashed.  Honestly, when we decide to sell the house the carpet in THIS room has to be completely replaced.  It's undergone all sorts of horrible stains....from milk, to food, to toilet-training-toddlers peeing and pooping everywhere and more horribly...to projectile vomit stains.  There is nothing for it but to basically tear it up and start again, but at the moment, while I still have a toddler not yet toilet trained, this carpet has to stay.  Sooo....(sorry to put you off your lunch)......to continue....

This bookshelf above has followed me from house to house to house to house (I've moved 16 times in my life so it's looking a little worse for wear), but was completely over stuffed with books and there were a few large scrappy looking folders on the bottom shelf, which hold all the paperwork I have to keep (you know, things like birth certificates, immunisation records etc).  I moved all the folders to my linen cupboard (out of sight completely) and rearranged the books so they are now a lot neater.  In the meantime I had made a few more little purchases from Kmart at ridiculously cheap prices to decorate this now much tidier space.
The pale blue folder is actually my writing folio where I have put all the magazine articles I have ever written.  Having worked as a writer and photographer for a Gippsland magazine for about a year and a half there are over 30 articles in here and it makes quite a nice collection....so I suppose if I ever get the opportunity to go for another magazine job it's going to look pretty impressive (!)  This folder was sitting on a higher shelf originally, lying on it's side, but it is actually a pretty nice looking bit of stationary (if you can get excited by stationary...which in all honesty a lot of us do....) so it's much better on display like this.  The little glass jar and (fake) peonies was a Kmart buy and weirdly they came as a set (well...I found it weird).  The copper basket is also new, something I bought on impulse because of my newly discovered copper 'thing' (my post here on my bathroom revamp was my introduction to my new found copper obsession).  I will find something to put in it no doubt sometime soon.
Oh...more copper.  This is unlike anything I ever thought I would have ever bought in my life but the triangles in this....um....thing....extended on from the triangly theme that started in my bathroom revamp.  It's actually a candle holder, but as you will see, it suits the mirror I bought.  The little black clock is new too! (all Kmart)
The picture frame was bought separately and from my local chemist.  They have great gifts and this was on sale.  I'd been eyeing it off for a little while, and although there isn't a picture in it yet, I think it's really pretty.
Ok, so here's the mirror I mentioned.  Yes!  It matches the candle holder!  Bet that weirded you out for a while...wondering how a candle holder can match a mirror!  It's sitting above our TV cabinet, which is to the right of the bookshelf.  This was actually what started this particular make over, this mirror.  I'd seen it in the Kmart catalogue and as it was only $15 I thought it would be good to put here instead of the very dark poster of a bucking bronco that was here.  Seriously.  There was a bucking bronco on this wall.  It's now in the boys room.  Way more appropriate.  Anyway, I thought a mirror would help to lighten the room and open it up a bit.  It's not huge but I think it helps.  These are just some of the many roses from my garden that I have been picking.  They've gone nuts this year.
In the opposite corner to the bookshelf is my little desk, which I've had for a while.  It's my 'office'.  Normally I sit my laptop here and do all my writing and blogging from this spot but it's easy enough to put the computer away in the cupboard when I'm not working and have a pretty corner.  More flowers from my garden in a white teapot that was a wedding gift, a Kikki K. notepad, Ikea chair, a little fox pen holder and all the picture framing in my house has been done by my Dad.  He's an AWESOME picture framer, he used to have a business in Melbourne, but now works part time at it out of his workshop on his farm.
So this was my second attempt at decorating.  I will continue on........



  1. Wait... how did I miss your bathroom revamp post? Checking that out next!

    One of the best ways to make a space feel "new" is to declutter it. Our bedroom was a freaking nightmare just a few months ago. I did a lot of damage control and got rid of a ton. I also moved things about to create the illusion of more space. I think this looks very nice for a room you constantly use. Oh my your stain stories. hahaha Better yet, tile that room. (; Easy clean ups! haha

    1. Yes tiles! or concrete it! Then I could just hose it out!

  2. Wow, yay! That was fast. So happy to see another revamp post! Everything looks great, and even more coppery 'things'!!!! It doesn't help that copper 'things' are everywhere in the decor world as of late. Well done Amber! Can't wait to see where you go next!! ;) ;)

    Much Love!!!

    1. Is the copper stuff what they call Industrial?! It does look rather good, although too much of that type of look is not really my style, but I think it combines well with sort of rustic looking farm pieces. I'd love a house that was kind of 'shearing shed' inspired. That would be kind of funky!

  3. I love this whole farmhouse-chic look that you've got going on! Very nice :) x