Come in! This is the view from the hall. I did a lot of work out in the garden yesterday but then it started to rain :( You know what they say - God invented rainy days so that gardeners can get their housework done!! So, I moved inside and started Spring cleaning. Yes, I know I'm a bit late with the ole Spring Clean thing but between one thing and another I haven't got round to it! Anyway, better late than never!! So, I started on my Living Room and gave it a thorough de-clutter and clean. Now it's much better!
I can't believe it's taken me so long to get to this room! I really wanted to give it a little makeover so it feels fresh and Spring-like. You can check out what the living room looked like when we first moved in and what it looked like at Christmas, by clicking here. The photos I took at Christmas are so dark but you can make out what's there! Out went the rug and mismatched photo frames. I also put my faux fur throw (which I love) away until Autumn. This room feels so much lighter and airier now. This is the view into my new office - the making of which you can read by clicking here. Double doors into office open . . .
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To add a little Spring colour I treated myself to a new hydrangea and zinc metal planter.
I also bought these new cushions for the couch - they were a bargain buy - 7 or 8 euro at Penney's (Primark)!! The couch is from Ikea.
Love my new hydrangea . . .
If you read my Easter Sunday post, you'll know that I recently bought a mirror for over my fireplace - problem is it doesn't fit!!! so we have do a job on the fireplace - more about that later! At the moment, I have this piece of original art which I love which is unusual for me as I generally like more traditional pieces.
The strange beige strip around the hearth is a rubber bumper so that little baba doesn't bump his head!!
This is my office chair I bring in to the Living room on occasion . . .
A French candelabra and framed postcard . . .
I love these French metal round tables - they are so handy and easy to move around the house when you want a change, I have them in this pale French grey and also in black . . .
My treasured white marble lamp!
Spring means baby herb plants, I like to have a few around the house - this is rosemary.
One of the things on my 'to do' list is print and frame lots of photos and create a gallery wall somewhere - I've done three so far - at this rate the wall should be done by about 2020!!! From left to right - photo number 1 - Niall and myself (hate myself in photos - I'm just not photogenic), photo number 2: my eldest son Aran on the day of his graduation - isn't he handsome! photo number 3: Niall with our baby Criostoir - I love this photo of Criostoir laughing!!
It's really amazing what a good clean and de-clutter can do to a room. I actually enjoyed doing it too! I put on my Amelie CD (from the film Amelie) and flew threw it in no time!
Curly metal photo frame . . .
I always have a few books on the coffee table and swap them out from time to time. On my coffee table at the moment . . .
Pure Style by Jane Cumberbatch
At Home with White by Atlanta Bartlett
French Home by Josephine Ryan
Farrow & Ball The Art of Colour by Coleman & Addeo
And that's it! Hope you enjoyed the little tour round my living room! After all the cleaning and de-cluttering I think I'll be taking it easy for the rest of the weekend! Now, I think a nice cup of tea, my Easter egg - haven't eaten it yet! and the film Somethings Gotta Give! yes - that sounds like the makings of good Saturday evening! : )
Enjoy your weekend!
ps - just reading over this before I hit the publish button! phew - it's a long post - congratulations if you made it to the end and your reading this : )