Thursday, 1 October 2009

LOUNGE MAKEOVER - Almost there!


At last, we are getting there...


Come and take a look at some of the changes..


Well there certainly was plenty of this and


plenty of that going on

Alan & I began the process of decluttering the lounge, pieces of furniture were taken away for good including the red armchair. Everything else had to be moved towards the window so that we could start painting the floorboards


Before


After...
The walls were painted with Endurance Durable and Washable Matt "Timeless" by Dulux & the floorboards were painted with International Polar White Matt floor paint.


Work in progress


and after....








The watercolour painting above the fireplace is one of my favourites.












The windows also had a makeover. The dark wood had to go! The frames are painted in Jasmine White by Dulux







Vintage curtains: Petronella by LIBERTY. A couple of years ago or so, Laura Ashley brought a very similar design, almost a replica of Petronella by Liberty fabric which no longer exists.

Lilly enjoying a spot of sunshine by the window






At last a spot of relaxation....This side of the room is more or less finished, just adding a few more decorative bits here and there. However, on the other side of the lounge there is still a bit of work going on. As soon as completed, more photos will follow...


A bientôt!

Isabelle x

76 comments:

The Garden Bell said...

Great job on the make over. So nice to see someone else living through this.... ;0)

Laura said...

Hi Isabelle,
I love the way it has turned out! Your flowers are gorgeous too!
Take care, Laura

Lori said...

Isabelle, that is looking so beautiful!!! you must be really excited about the pretty changes:)

Stephenie said...

Oh Wow!!! Your make over looks sooooo beautiful.. Love the wallpaper and the beautiful picture.
Hope all is well..
Stephenie

Michela said...

Hi Isabelle...you seem to live into one of those houses you can see only on the Country Living Magazine! Your curtains are fantastic!

Bumble Bee Cottage said...

It looks lovely Isabelle. What a lot of hard work you have put but what a wonderful result. Ah, decluttering; I always find it is much harder than you think it is going to be. I am impressed by the level of decluttering you were able to do judging from your before and after photos. Your curtains are fabulous, especially the glass drops.

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Dear Isabelle,
So much to inspire in this post. To be honest, I even liked the before photos of your lovely home! Your decluttering is giving me hope that I can get there however! I adore the wallpaper (trying to talk my partner into wallpaper at the moment) and the lace trims and the lovely feel of the room. I can't wait to see how the other half progresses. The floor to ceiling bookcase is perfect and we are about to fit our tiny cottage out with them. Thank you for sharing your world. xx

Les Cotrions said...

Congratulations Isabelle! You made a faboulous work! The floor is gorgeous and your lounge is fantastic! Bright and cozy! Stunning flowers!
Enjoy your result!
Big hugs and take care!
Vale

Lisa said...

Your room is looking really lovely, all those fresh flowers add such a homely feel. The crystal droplets on the window edging look so pretty.
Lisa

KC'sCourt! said...

WOW! Great look! Love the curtains and the flowers, and the picture.

marigold jam said...

It looks lovely - I especially love the crochet trimming with the bead drops in the window and your beautiful cat sitting enjoying her new domain.

Jane

LiLi M. said...

Whow, you did an amazing job! The result is outstanding, I cannot wait til you finish this job, I love it all! Have a producive day!

sue15cat said...

It all looks lovely, I especially love the little lace pelmet at the window, an idea I think I must steal!!

Sue xx

bekimarie said...

It's looking lovely!
Love what you've done at the windows with the lace and droplets and the lace on the fireplace really makes a statement. I would love a fireplace, a focal point of the room, something to work round.
Can't wait to see the end result!
(((hugs)))
Beki xxx

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Isabelle
Your lounge is looking beautiful, you must be so happy with the makeover! I love the print of flowers above the shelf, and the lace in the window looks exquisite. Well done on achieving such a wonderful space - you've really had to work hard!
I notice you've been visiting some of my favourite places recently: Farleigh Hungerford Castle and the Peto Gardens. Both are not far from here. I adore the castle it is great as a picnic venue!
We must organise our cup of tea in Wells soon, as there is so much to chat about!
Happy days to you
Denise x

A Bun Can Dance said...

PS: Lilly looks so totally gorgeous in her window seat !

The Vintage Magpie said...

Hi Isabelle, gosh it looks amazing. I love the lace under the fireplace and the crystal droplets on the window. Beautiful x

Hen said...

It looks lovely, Isabelle. really love your floral painting and the dahlias are beautiful, especially when enhance by Lily! Look forward to seeing the rest. Well done for all your hard work.
Hen xxx

bellaboo said...

It all looks absolutely beautiful.You have worked so hard!
Love the watercolour too.
One of my Autumn projects is painting in the house.Will have to wait til after our holiday now.

Bellaboo

lucey said...

I love those glass droplet's on your lace at the window I can just see the sun shining on them...Lucey x

Mary Poppins said...

How gorgeous and pretty and beautiful and lovely and special :)

I adore the fire screen, we have a 1920s oak fire place and I am always on the look out for a screen.

You have inspired me to shifty on with ours, we have walls and ceilings to paint, floorbaords to paint, plaster to go on walls ;)

Well done on all your hard work

X

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Gosh you have been working really hard! I love it really fresh and pretty. Love the big book case too. Really gorgeous! We have been slowly empty our dining room ready for a freshen up! Hopefully in the very near future! lol.


MBBx

Marie Reed said...

Your windows are phenomenal! Goodness gracious what a lucky girl you are:) Even the cats stops to smell the roses over at Suzy's attic!

Tabiboo said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love the painting and the whole room seems to have come along beautifully. Lovely and cosy - as a home shoould be.

Nina x

Becky said...

Looking good! Love the dahlias!

Brabourne Farm said...

Your room looks fabulous - so fresh and pretty and the window looks beautiful. Leigh

Katie said...

What a fabulous makeover! I love the watercolour you've hung over the fireplace. The colours of your flowers are so cheery too. I think you've earned a cup of tea and large slice of cake after all your hard work! Katie x

Floss said...

You've used the pampilles on the lace idea! It really looks wonderful. The whole room is beautiful and calming. Now, enjoy it!

Purple Sparkle said...

It looks so gorgeous! I love the lace and all the flowers :-)

Serenata said...

Lovely - so beautiful! Well done.

sarah-jane down the lane said...

gosh Isabelle what a labour of love! but so worth it......it has really transformed the room, I like it that you chose different whites as white comes in a myriad of shades which blend so beautifully, love love the lace pemet, divine,

Sarah x x x

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

WOW it looks just gorgeous hun!! LOVE IT!!
All the hard work has definately paid off and the place looks just beautiful x
Annie x

Julie said...

wow you must have worked hard. It looks absolutely lovely though - very bright and light and peaceful, but with lots of beautiful objects to catch the eye. Hope you have many happy hours spent in your new look room x

Susie's country cottage said...

Gosh you have been busy. The room looks gorgeous now so I'm sure it was worth all the effort.

Candy said...

Just jumped over from Jane's Laughing with Angels. What a wonderful makeover in progress. The mantle painting and real blossoms are incredible. That pink one especially! Love the window scene with the lace curtains and glass tear drop collection, charming...Mr. or is it Ms. Kitty seems to agree.
Thanks for leaving the door open for my visit and when you take a break from work pop in and visit down here in Texas.
Thursday Blessings ;-)

Candy said...

Oops ;-( make that June not Jane.

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Looks like a room in a dreamy b&b! I'm a huge fan of soft blues, and the flowers you have there add just the right amount of bright color. Kitty in the window looks pleased with the results! ;)

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

It's absolutely lovely Isabelle! The leaded windows are simply gorgeous, and it looks so restful and serene.

I remember the Dulux advertisements used to have an Old English sheepdog - my dad always wanted one after seeing the adverts.

Fantastic job!

Rosemary said...

Hi there,
It's looking so pretty!!
Great job!
Love the cat!
Rosemary

Mary Poppins said...

Thank you for sharing your story, thinking of you and sending special butterfly kisses to little E, a very, very special angel :)

X

June said...

Isabelle, it all looks so beautiful and you have worked so hard! I love your photos of your kitty in the window. The photos are stunning. That is such a beautiful window. I love how English houses have such deep sills.
Hugs,
June

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Isabel,
Saying I love it just doesn't say enough. It is so charming with all your sweet touches throughout. I would kill for that window and throw in Lilly and we have a deal!!! You have really transformed this space and I can picture you all spending a lot of time there now. Noticed you used the crystals on the laces like they had in that shop.....it fabulous!
I'm off to catch up on your other posts.
Bravo on this project I know it was hard work!
xo,
Carole

Riet said...

Your makeover is lovely . I love the wallpaper and the curtains. Nice change

All things nice... said...

Isabelle,
Your lounge make over is soo pretty, its looks perfect, just the place Id like to sit down in front of the fire on a cold night and read one of the books from your book shelf.

All things nice...
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Gena said...

Hello Isabelle! thank you for your lovely comments on my blog,I sympathise with the floor painting! we painted our stairs and it took forever!looks great though doesnt it? and I just adore those crystal droplets at the window! super idea!

Anna said...

Isabelle, all very cosy and looks wonderful! I love Lilly in your beautiful window, really sweet!

Anna x

Annie said...

Your house is looking beautiful, so light and airy. The water colour of the flowers is lovely. Your dahlias look great, I have posted some photos of dahlias on my blog, the colours are amazing and so many different kinds.
Ann x

Sylvia said...

You did a great job !
Love the painting and the flowers,
it all looks so cosy.

Have a nice weekend,
Sylvia

Julia said...

Its beautiful - you have worked so hard and it is so tranquil and pretty! I like all the little touches, the flowers, the pictures...we are still waiting to put alot of our bits and pieces back, alas they are still packed in boxes as we try and find five minutes to sand down an old bookcase and give it a fresh lick of paint! Then it will really start to feel like home again!

Enjoy your lovely new room!

Sending love
Julia xxx

Debbie @ The Shabby Bungalow said...

Wow your room looks fab. The little lace pelmet with the crystal droplets is fantastic. We hve just about finished our loung makeover which has been going on for months and months as we had so much work to do in there. You get to a stage that you think it's never going to end! LOL

claire said...

your lounge is really lovely...love the wallpaper you have great taste ;)
(it can be found in my home too lol!!)
The floor painting must be a real labour of love...

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

lovely lovely lovely what a fab job you have done - im a big fan of painted floorboards yours look fab :-)
Lesley x

Lyn said...

Looking good! I love the watercolour painting and the window treatment the best!
Love
Lyn
xxx

Yvonne said...

So so pretty. what an amazing transformation. I L.O.V.E the flowers all over, no wonder Lilly wants to stop a while and enjoy
Yvonne xx

The Vintage Kitten said...

Your room looks so pretty X

la petite perle said...

Hello!
I can tell that you´ve done a great work with your house!
Lovely!

Big hug
la petite perle

Carolyn said...

Hi Isabelle,
I am so glad you left a comment on my blog so I found yours.It is all so lovely.I love the photo of the cat in the window.I am coming back tonight to have a good look around.
Take care,
Carolyn

Country Cottage Chic said...

It looks so very pretty! All the flowers are wonderful too.

Jayne

koralee said...

So lovely...I adore the pale blue and white..the wallpaper is lovely...well everything is lovely right down to the sweet kitty! You have worked hard...now it is time to enjoy! Happy Weekend!

a mermaids purse said...

wow!! such a BEAUTIFUL home!!
i love it!! thanks for your sweet comments on my blog...so glad you came and visited me as now i have your wonderful blog in my life xxxx

Florence and Mary said...

You have been working hard but your efforts are paying off as it looks great.

Victoria xx

heidi said...

you have been a busy bee!!
i love your window frills with the droplets,very pretty!
thankyou so much for popping by at my blog & leaving lovely messages. xx

julieknitsjuliesews said...

So much hard work, you have done a fabulous job, everything looks lovely. best wishes Julie.C

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Isabelle, it looks fantastic! But the perfect touch is your beautiful garden flowers!

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Isabelle, you have made a great work!!! It's so lovely with your touch so sweet and charming: the flowers, the waalpaper,the water painting (that'sw my favourite)!!!
Congratulation my dear friend
Take care and a bientot!!!

Laura@EdenRose said...

What a lovely house you have and a gorgeous blog! i'm glad i stumbled across you today x

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hi Isabelle!
I'm hopping over from June (Laughing with Angels) and I have to tell you that I enjoyed my visit here! This was a beautiful make over and your photos are gorgeous!!! See you again soon~
everything vintage

Vicki said...

Hello, Isabelle,
I love your room transformation!! The watercolor painting is so beautiful. I love the lace at the windows with the teardrop prisms, the pretty flowers in the lovely pitchers, and of course, Miss Lilly perched in the window. I read the story of your dear Aunt Suzy and the home she lived in with your grandmother. I love to hear family histories!! Thank you so much for stopping by Bunny Cottage today. I love to have visitors. I have signed on to follow your wonderful blog and look forward to visiting with you regularly. Blessings to you. Vicki

manon 21 said...

j'aime beaucoup le parquet peint.
ton ambiance sera douce.
bonne journée

Manon

Melanie said...

Hi Isabelle, thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my blog, I have replied to it, thank you and God Bless. xxx

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh how lovely.
love
Alison
x

OhSoVintage said...

Good grief, I am your 72nd comment! It all looks wonderful, bet you are thrilled with the result of all your hard work. I see you used the same floor paint and colour as I used in our bedroom. I particularly like the lace at the window.
Ruth x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! EVERYTHING is just gorgeous!!
(I love how your central light fitting has lampshades matching each side of your room! ;-)) heehee...I'm teasing you! Its very brave of you to share a work in progress!
Hope you'll soon be finished and can enjoy all your hard work,
Niki x

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

I love this post Isabelle. I read it a while back but it was so late and I was so tired to comment so I came looking for it. The room looks so beautiful. You have such a taste in color and decor. It is very English country. I love the way you blended all the florals and the valance with the glass drops is so pretty. I am sure you are enjoying this room. I can relax in there anytime.
Big Hugs!!
Sonia

Julie said...

It is beautiful! Well done!
x Julie x

cathleen said...

What a lovely post, Isabelle. I especially love the photos of your kitty! So sweet.