Our lounge is the heart of our home – everything happens in it.
In Winter we find ourselves huddled around the fire, sharing pizza and laughing at yet another animated movie. We sit on the floor around the coffee table and play card games, or the kids take over and play teacher/teacher. Seth and I settle ourselves into the couches and get into our evening series and chill time as a couple and the kids sometimes play hot lava and throw our cushions all over the floor.
Who am I kidding, they do this even when they’re not playing. I swear it’s the first thing they do when they walk in the house. They head straight for the lounge, throw off the pillows and sigh with the satisfaction of a job well done.
In Summer we sit as still as we can on the couches to try and keep cool while the kids run circles around us, begging and pleading to let them swim. It’s where we sit and catch up after a long day, where Kyla and I snuggle on the couch to practice her reading and where I spend many hours lost in my latest book.
Basically speaking, we spend a great deal of time in our lounge. It’s also one of the first spaces that you see when you come into our house because the floor door basically leads straight into it. So it’s quite important to us that it reflects our taste as a couple/family.
When we moved in, there was not much happening. Unlike our previous house, it didn’t have a big gaping hole in the floor so we were pretty chuffed with it exactly how it was – you know, not hazardous or anything. And slowly but surely we’ve been transforming it into what we wanted.
Most recently we updated the fireplace because it was clad with fake stone and well, fake stone is pretty bad, but painted fake stone just seems so much more acceptable. We did it as a “white wash” because I still wanted some of the stone colour to be slightly visible and not a flat matt finish, so we did a half paint/half water concoction to do it. I’m pretty chuffed with the results.
I thought it would be quite cool to take a look back at how far we’ve come, so let’s travel all the way back to 2012 when we moved in to this past weekend where we updated the fireplace…
Dare I say that this is just the start of my updating buzz. I’m now determined to fix up another area that I spend the other half of my time – my bedroom!
I’d love to know what you think?