The Interior Design Bug!

Since falling madly in love with Karen from the White Approach (and AllAboutTheBoys), I’ve been on a bit of a mission to modernise and redesign my home. So far so good. At the moment my main focus is downstairs. If you read my previous post about this you’ll see I’d already started by putting decorative window film in and what a difference!!

The design spurt took a bit of a back seat but my reason stint as a Harvey’s Furniture tester (read here) has changed that and much to Roy’s dismay (every time he comes home something has moved :p ), I’m back on the ball. Now I do not have a DIY SOS budget so it’s a case of little by little but it’s amazing what little changes can make to a room!

I love the new Alexis coffee and lamp table from Harveys, the colour lifts the room but it also had the unfortunate effect of making me realise that other items need updating. The biggie was the desk!

A lovely old desk, great storage.. but sadly now past it’s best and the wrong colour.

Ideally we’d have got a new desk from the Alexis range but they didn’t do one so it was a case of finding one that matched! We came up trumps at Argos funny enough with this very simple desk. Roy used some spare wood and the runners etc from the old desk to make a keyboard and mouse section and we’ve fitted it in into the alcove. WHAT a difference! The room looks neater, and definitely bigger!

Next up, my mantle piece. The lovely Karen sent me this lovely piece for a focal point and my next challenge will be scouring the car boots and charity shops for unique bits and pieces that take my eye to “build” a mantle that looks much more interesting and less scarily symmetrical than this one does now.

At some point I need a new more neutral suite (burnt orange can limit how you dress a room lol), though finding a 3 seater and a 1 seater, rather than a 3+2 or a 3 piece suite isn’t easy, and also a new TV unit that will fit in with the rest of the room. Then some new art and this room is done. It’s amazing how simple additions and changes can make a room look completely different (thank you Karen & Harveys!). For too long it’s been a functional room, but bit by bit I’m going to turn it into one that reflects us more as a family and really have it as a room we want to show off.

And then (shh don’t tell Roy..), the KITCHEN!

I am a Harveys Furniture Tester, & Have a Confession To Make…

First of all..
What is a Harvey Furniture Tester?
The lovelies from Harveys have sent a few lucky bloggers some furniture to test out and review.

Secondly I was lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous coffee table and lamp table.

Thirdly (the confession) I don’t like coffee tables!! I’ve never had one before but expect they are a just a dumping ground for stuff. Aren’t they? Well I thought so but it turns out I was wrong.

I was sent the gorgeous Alexis Coffee table and Alexis Lamp Table (Click to visit the Harveys site and see the specs and more product details). Now being coffee table virgins we have had to experiment to find the “right” use for it.

The “Grown Up” Coffee table
The “Work” table
The Coffee table for children

So which one did we decide was the “best look”? We didn’t – we decided a coffee table like this should be used for whatever we needed it for. I must also add though:

It looks just fine all by itself!

I must stress that I didn’t actually know what would be arriving until it arrived (oh the excitement!! Ahem) so to get two pieces like this, that fit my lounge so well was a huge bonus. Just look how the Alexis lamp table fits here…

Isn’t it gorgeous, and a perfect “cover” for the stepper machine I will be using “soon” to tone up these here legs 🙂

Delivery: I was called on the Monday to tell me my order would arrive on Thursday and that I would be called on Wednesday to get a time slot. Well I didn’t get a call on Wednesday but that’s ok. These things happen, and it’s how they are dealt with by a company that makes the difference. I called customer services on Thursday who apologised profusely, told me my slot was 2-5pm and when I explained I had a school run in the middle of that, they contacted the driver and ensured it would be with me either side of the school pick-up. The driver himself rang to confirm this. THAT is what I call good service!

Three burly uniformed delivery men (who were clearly camera shy as they scuttled off before I could get the camera out lol) delivered the pieces, put them where I wanted them to go & offered to unpack. I declined as I had the school run to do but wish I hadn’t as the pieces were SO well wrapped, it took 20 minutes to unwrap them!

Extremely well wrapped but no excess/wasteful plastic or boxes. Impressive.

So far so good Harveys, great products, great service.
My husband isn’t overly keen on you now because having these gorgeous pieces in my lounge has made me realise the whole lounge needs reorganising and modernising – you’ll be hearing more about this soon.
For now though….
Big thumbs up Harveys!

Harveys have a *Pay no VAT, Up to Half-Price Sale* going on at the moment so why not use the opportunity to update your home! Find out more on the Harvey website, and why not look them on Facebook or have a chat with the friendly folk on Twitter?

*Please note. I was sent these items to review. I am not being paid to supply a review, I am not being told what to write. My views are entirely my own*