Interior Design Disagreements Solved

Roy and I are pretty much on the same page about pretty much everything. After nearly fourteen years of marriage, we tend to share many of the same likes and dislikes. Right now, we are planning a new dining room and living room and there have been a few things we’ve disagreed on.

When I say a new living room and dining room I mean our two (good sized) rooms run together and while they are separate they share a carpet etc. We are having our utility room rebuilt at the end of April and after that is done and the mess is finished with we plan to re-carpet through the lounge/dining room, install vertical blinds in the bay window (for privacy and to manage sunlight) and buy a new (or new to us) suite. We are agreed on a three seater and a one seat/armchair.

What we disagreed on is how to revamp the room. I prefer to keep our neutral walls and insert colour and style by searching for pieces that work via example, a one stop shop for every room such as LionsHome. Roy wanted to think about a feature wall. Now, the problem was that we are looking at using grey, dark grey and light. I think grey on the walls or even just a feature wall will be too dark. Don’t you?

My idea, which Roy did come around to once we had a good browse online was to stay neutral, ditch any ideas of painting and papering and perhaps add a grey-striped carpet, grey curtains and then jazz the room up with some colourful cushions.

I’m thinking of something like this, maybe.  Photo credit

The last time we undertook a living room makeover it was significantly smaller (a different house) and we had a baby and a small boy. Now the small boy is heading for secondary school shortly and the baby is six (and a half) and so we feel we can be a bit more grown up with our choices. How their rooms look under the pile of toys and clothes is up to them.

The corner of my living room. As you can see I have high ceilings and a large room. The neutral wall colour has to stay.

While I’m not exactly fickle about my interior design choices, I do like to be able to switch things around and inject a new colour or theme without breaking the bank or having to repaint (I hate painting with a passion). For example, at the moment I have a gold, silver, wood and blue thing going on (warmer than you’d think) but like the idea of a mixture of greys, neutrals and a pop of colour. In eight or nine months I might be ready to ditch the grey altogether and so will be looking for home decorations in a new colour or set of colours.

So, while we originally disagreed on how to address the paint/don’t paint dilemma/disagreement I think being able to browse so many looks and home accessories online made it easier to visualise what we both wanted and how it would work.

Now, where to buy a two-room carpet without needing to sell a (Roy’s) kidney. I just need to convince him that striped over plain is the way to go…….




Doing Up Your Home On The Cheap 

One of my favourite things to do on an evening is to curl up on the sofa and watch one of my interior design shows on television (while browsing and pinning to my many related Pinterest boards). There’s something so addictive about watching people realise their design dreams on shows such as Grand Designs or even 60 Minute Makeover. And though on these shows things can sometimes get a little out of hand (DIY SOS is a key example of where things can go wrong but may be soon righted with some good-old fashioned elbow grease), it’s still a great viewing experience and makes me more determined than ever to get our home looking just perfect.
One of the things that does annoy me a little about the shows is the fact that they all seem to focus on big-budget homes and makeovers. Sadly I do not have £500 for a light fitting or £200 for a single lamp however this seems to make me all the more motivated to add personal touches and improvements to our house on a budget.

At the moment we have two main jobs on our to-do list. One is to do something with our big box bay window in the lounge (original bottle-glass sash windows!) and the other is to do something about the lack of warmth when the seasons change. Our house is big, old and beautiful. It has fabulous original features such as this gorgeous bread oven and most of the rooms have fireplaces, including the bedrooms.


What our rooms also have are really ugly boxy radiators! At the moment we are researching electric radiators which our energy provider says may help heat the house more efficiently and which will look considerably nicer than the monstrosities we have in place at the moment.

Home heating devices from Verismart’s include electric radiators for example look much nicer and work out cheaper in the long run too. They would also save us valuable wall space because the ones we have at the moment are incredibly (and unnecessarily) long.

Bay window-wise I’m currently searching the internet for the best way to get rid of the nets in the bay and keep the heat in and am torn between shutters and blinds. The quote we had for blinds was £380 which is more than we wanted to pay however being of a thrifty nature I’m wondering about whether there’s a more frugal way around this. If I work this out I’ll let you know as something definitely needs sorted as I hate our nets.
Soft furnishing wise I’ve decide to shop local in the interests of supporting local trade and cutting the cost of my fabric (we have a fab local shop called The Fabric Bird). Sadly I’m lacking any sewing skills however one of my sisters is a dab hand and I’m hope to bribe her into running up some cushion covers and the like for me with chocolate hob nobs and a decent cup of tea (see, thrifty labour).

As ever, I’m keen to hear what anybody out there feels is a fun way of making your (my!) home look chic in a cost-effective way. Feel free to post a link using CommentLuv  when you comment to any interior design (especially thrifty projects) you’ve seen or written about below. Indeed any hints and tips on how I’m going to get this boy-filled house into a soft, warm and lovely home on a budget would be much appreciated!


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