Our Lounge Reveal

Our Lounge Reveal

More so than any other room in the house, our lounge has undergone some significant changes. We’ve stripped wallpaper, ripped out a fire place and spent many many hours painting and decorating.

As mentioned in my stress-free house move tips feature the previous owner had left the lounge in a particularly sorry state, and after an afternoon spent cleaning we were finally ready to turn our hands to our interiors aspirations.

Before longe makeover and Ruby Makes four

Before longe makeover and Ruby Makes four

It’s all been worth it though and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

We decided to opt for a soothing sage green, bringing back a more traditional cottage style to what had become a tired and dated room.

Practically falling down anyway, with the help of a steamer the wallpaper was quickly removed, making way for freshly painted walls. After loving the results of our dressing table make-over we were more than happy to try out Valspar’s Wall and Ceiling paint, choosing from their vast range of shades.

We could have colour matched, but with so much choice we decided to take a few swatches home and see how they complemented the Next Home cushions and curtains we had already chosen. We were keen to steer away from a cold minty green, and equally we wanted the room to feel bright and fresh rather than dark and dingy. After much deliberation we opted for ‘Wild Hillside’ and it is the perfect shade.

After lounge makeover and Ruby Makes four

Great quality, two coats was plenty. We’d opted to paint the two emptier walls, keeping those which boasted features a little plainer. Armed with a roller and paintbrush we’d easily covered them both in one afternoon.

To complement the sage green palette we opted for an almost charcoal grey corner sofa and a light beachy blue snuggle seat. We were keen to make sure we had plenty of seating on hand for when family and friends come to visit. So far we’ve managed to sit eight on the sofa so I’m counting that as mission accomplished.

After lounge makeover, and ruby makes four

The light fittings were already antique brass and while I’m not the biggest fan of their style its certainly the metal I’d have chosen. To match we found this great floor lamp from Argos of all places, and I love how it looks against the beautiful plaid design of the curtains. Hopefully we’ll be switching the light fittings soon but as a low priority job they’ve been relegated to a little later in the year.

After lounge makeover, and ruby makes four

Its fair to say that the our log burner has been our greatest success so far, and we couldn’t be happier with the transformation. I’ll be covering the process in its own post fairly soon, but for the meantime I’m sure you’ll agree there has been a pretty drastic change…

Before and after lounge fireplace

It wouldn’t be a traditional log fire without a wicker basket full of kindling, and the rug in front was an absolute necessity. From Casa Bella you won’t believe how little it cost.

The perfect length and the ideal shade to complement our snuggle seat, it really couldn’t be more at home. Our two dogs love to lie across it, and I’m sure in winter they’ll be permanent fixtures, soaking up the warmth of the fire on chillier evenings.

after lounge

We chose our remaining furniture to complement the beam of the log burner, opting for warm darker wood which will hopefully stand the test of time. Our TV unit was a bit of an eBay bargain, with the ladder desk an investment piece from Graham & Green. I’m hoping to have an office space to call my own will make me a little more organised…

Overall we’re pretty pleased with how our lounge turned out. There are still a few more finishing touches I’ll be adding, but overall I’m considering this makeover a job well done.

After room makeover

As first time decorators it can be a little nerve-wracking bringing your vision to life, questioning your judgement with every purchase. We found swatches were the way to go, and I’m still carrying about fabric samples to this day. Who knows when you’ll have the opportunity to buy the perfectly co-ordinating cushion!

Most of all a little confidence goes a long way, and after all our hard work we’ll be putting our feet up and enjoying our new room!

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  • Looks lovely, I love the sage green, a colour I would choose for my front room (if I wasn’t renting!). The log burner is perfect for the room, good choice! #HomeEtc

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thank you so much Molly, it was such a relief when it all came together! xx

  • Carly @acupfullofglitter

    Oh what a lovely makeover. I love the colours and the pattern on the cushions and curtains. It looks like such a cosy room.

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thanks Carly 🙂 We started out with the cushions and curtain pattern and then chose everything else from there. Once we’d made the first decision everything was a little easier from there xx

  • Oh it looks so lovely, I love the colours. The stove area looks amazing! Love the big wooden beam above it. I think we have the same lamp x #HomeEtc

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thank you, I was worried about the colour but thankfully we picked the right shade 🙂 I think it is, I was thinking the exact same thing when I read through your post! xx

  • Caro Davies

    It looks GORGEOUS!! What a difference 🙂 I love the sage — such a restful colour and a really good neutral too — it will go with so many accent colours. The Valspar paint is fab isn’t it? I’ve used it to paint my new garden office and I am so impressed with the quality 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up, Caro xx #HomeEtc

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thanks Caro, your comments have made my day 🙂 Valspar paint is brilliant, well worth spending a little more for such a great finish! I normally opt for light blue when we decorate, so Sage Green was a little out of my comfort zone, glad we took the plunge though! Oooh have you written about your garden office? I’ll keep a look out for some inspiration xx

  • Oh wow it looks beautiful I love your choices, it looks so vert stylish. I love the curtains too its all so cosy yet modern x

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thanks Sarah 🙂 The curtains are still on sale on Next, and I’m so tempted to pick up a few more of the matching cushions…. my Husband thinks we don’t need them, but I’m not sure its ever possible to have enough cushions….

  • Mommy Outnumbered

    Very nice. Great job on the fireplace make over. I love the colour combo too. Very chic and comfy feeling 🙂

    • andrubymakesfour

      It was such a big choice, the old fireplace had quite a fan base but it just wasn’t our style! Thank you so much for our lovely comment xx

  • What a transformation – love the green. it looks so different too, you wouldn’t believe it if you hadn’t known would you? #homeetc

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thank you so much 🙂 I have to admit, I was a bit nervous, I hadn’t realised the fireplace would be quite so big… but I think the room can just about manage the size xx

  • Aw wow, I love the cosy, shabby chic feel! The log basket is so lovely, as are the mantelpiece decorations, it looks the perfect place to spend a rainy or wintry afternoon 😀 super cute doggy! xx

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    • andrubymakesfour

      Thank you so much, we found the log basket in the Christmas sale at Laura Ashley, definitely a bargain buy 🙂 Haha she is very cute, but also a little bit naughty. That rug has had some very muddy paw prints across it over the last few months. xx

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    WOW love it – the room looks so cozy and inviting, and yet really stylish too. Great job and love the colours. Thanks for sharing as ever. Jess xx


    • andrubymakesfour

      Thank you very much Jess, we’re so pleased with how its all come together! xx

  • notjustthe3ofus.wordpress.com

    Amazing job! You have certainly had your work cut out there and it shows in the results. Loving your fireplace. #HomeEtc

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thank you! We’re so happy we took the plunge, totally worth the risk 🙂 xx

  • Elena

    What a transformation! Really like the wood burner, I think they look really nice and the wicker basket compliments it nicely.
    The sage green is beautiful too and really suits the room

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thanks Elena, hard work but so worth it! Certainly won’t be redecorating for quite a while 🙂 xx

  • Laura Hyde

    What a gorgeous room! I love that snuggle seat – as I’m on the search for one at the mo, would you mind telling me where it is from? Thanks 🙂

    • andrubymakesfour

      Of course not 🙂 It was from Laura Ashley, and I think they have a furniture sale on the moment, happy shopping xx

  • Wow, it looks so nice! Really cosy. I love the fireplace! <3 x

    • andrubymakesfour

      Thanks Alex 🙂 We’ve always wanted a log burner, so really looking forward to putting it to good use this Winter!