Friday, May 24, 2013

Lounge room update but not for long


Change is as good as a holiday

Lilyfield Life Mid Century Armchairs


Hello in the early afternoon! Yesterday I had to cancel my plans as I had a little one home sick for the day but it was nice to spend a quiet day at home (especially as I have a bit of a cold and thumping head myself). I decided to rearrange the lounge room although I probably was a bit ahead of myself as this morning I have sold the coffee table. However we won't be coffee-table-less for long as I have an old one ready for a makeover.

Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture

I usually place a cabinet or bookshelf along the side wall under the chalk board lady but I thought it might be nice to switch the lounge around. I've stated before that our lounge room is a hard shape as it's very wide and not that deep. One half is where we have the tv and aubergine lounges and the other half acts as a sitting room.

Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture

Soon (well within the next two years - no rush with these things, you know!) we will be knocking the whole back of the house off - this is a bit of a dogdy fibro add on with a badly poured cement slab that I painted white and a sloping roof with hideous fluro strip lights. The double doors you see above are into what would have been originally an outside toilet. It is now a tiny, tiny laundry that is almost impossible to use as it also houses our vacuum cleaner, suitcases, the ironing board etc. I have to pull everything out to put the washing on. Anyway such a first world problem.

Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture
Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture

The wooden chest above houses my paints and tolls that I'm using for current projects. It saves me dragging everything back out to the shed at night - and means the house at least looks tidy when I'm not mid-project.  I love the old lettering and patina on this. A good little spot to rest your drink on also.

Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture

I am not a fan of overhead lights in the evening. Especially in this room as they are two huge double neon strips. We have lived with the lighting for 10 years as it just isn't worth replacing when we will eventually rebuild this room.  We have several lamps scattered around and candles. This Moroccan hanging lantern is a recent purchase, second hand from the talented and creative Miss Melissa and Mr Charlie of the InnerWest Vintage Garage Sale. If you love old junk and special treasures then join their popular facebook page. They run an auction most evenings and you can get some wonderful treasures on the cheap.

Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture
Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture

This is a beautiful Victorian cabinet that was my parent's. It has always been by their front door whichever house they have had. I really love the amazing carvings. Such workmanship.  I am hesitant to put stuff in the cupboard. It would really ake it mine then - another step of accepting Mum's passing. Weird I know. I have had a couple of friends whose parent have died in the last few weeks. It is so sad but I suppose to be expected now we are in our mid-40s.  It just makes me appreciate my dad even more - he's fit and well and busy with life. He even keeps me on my toes by letting me know of any grammatical errors or typos on my blog - Love you, Dad!

Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture
Lilyfield Life homewares and french painted furniture

And even my kids approve of the new layout. As soon as we got home from an appointment late yesterday afternoon, they grabbed their books and snuggled up in the new area.  We are without any form of heating at the moment as I've left it so late to get our gas heater serviced - the lovely long Sydney summer had me fooled. So we are all wrapped up in blankets of an evening. Anyway, I much prefer this environmentally friendly and snuggly way of staying warm.


I am coming up to my 400th post very soon and will be hosting a give-away.  I really appreciate all the support you give me. 

Lilyfield Life homewares and painted furniture

Have a lovely weekend.  I am looking forward to sitting on the couch and having a cup of coffee while the morning sun streams in.  (after all the kids' sport  tomorrow I should find some time to do that.)

Fiona xx

7 comments:

  1. it looks cozy and lovely! i love the crate and the pillows you created!

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  2. Hi Fiona
    It wouldn't be the inner west without a fibro extension. I do love your pieces. Funny about your dad. My mum corrects my mistakes on here as well.
    Carolyn
    Desire Empire

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  3. Enjoy your weekend Fiona, your house looks beautiful. I love your arrangements.
    Sweet kids also.

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  4. Love the arrangement,so warm and inviting .

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  5. Very nice. I am fine with living in a terrible house that is going to be renovated too (but yours isn't!!!) - we bought our house which was 1 bed when we had one baby, and when we moved out to renovate it we had two kids! It was 2 years 7 months of everything piled up on top of furniture, and furniture on top of furniture. But, even I draw the line at strip lights for 10 years!! Couldn't do it when it would be easy to put in a pendant and paper shade for peanuts?

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  6. Looks so snug and inviting. I would also want to curl up on that couch. looks great, Fiona
    Beth xx

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  7. Photos are beautiful as is your lounge room.I have always loved your rug when I catch glispes of it in posts.where did you get it from?-love dee x

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