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Transformation Thursday #3 – The Snug

I know it’s only been a week since my last transformations post but today is the last official day of summer, so it’s only natural that the majority of the rooms in the house are going to be looking fairly different for the next couple of months with all that gorgeous A/W decor. So, I thought I’d sneak one in whilst it’s still looking how it ‘normally’ looks without the seasonal decor.

So, welcome to the snug! I call it the snug as it is our second living room, but it is the one we use most as a day-to-day relaxing space in the evenings to watch TV and films. Also with it being the closest living room to the kitchen it does just get used more in general. That is pretty much the main and only purpose of this room for us – to provide a cosy and inviting atmosphere to snuggle up, spend time and watch a film (preferably in the winter with the fire going!)

Before:

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Luckily with this room there really wasn’t much work for me to do (yay!). It was the only room in the whole house that when we moved in I didn’t want to paint/change the walls or flooring, so the stunning William Morris wallpaper, which was also there when the previous owners moved in 16+ years previously, stayed in tact.

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After:

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I just simply adore this wallpaper. It’s very Arts & Crafts inspired and William Morris originally produced this design about 10 years after the house was built, so I feel it’s very in-keeping with the house and adds that traditional feel to the property. The print is obviously very botanical and nature inspired, so I knew that the window style mirror would work perfectly and help create a ‘garden room’ feel. With there only being one window in the room, placing the mirror on the opposite wall adds loads of light by reflecting it back off, so it makes it feel as though there is actually two windows in the room.

We replaced the old shelf that had been acting as a mantle piece with a lovely piece of reclaimed timber from a local reclamation yard. I had wanted it to be floating but due to a very large hole in the plaster behind the wood it wasn’t such an easy job as I had hoped. We may take it off, fill in the plaster and then put it up again without the brackets, but it’s fine for now. I just painted the brackets using the same green as the chimney breast, which is Dulux Origins in Dusted Moss.

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Chandelier – Was in the house previously so I don’t know where it’s from |Mirror – The Range | Wicker log basket – The Range | Glass Storm Lantern – Emma Bridgewater | COO tea light holder – Emma Bridgewater (discontinued) | Lamp – Gumtree

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The sofa is an Ashford 4 seater right-handed L shape from Next and is in the Dove Grey Boucle Weave, I love the fabric choice of this sofa as so far it’s been very durable and because the weave has slightly warmer grey tones in it, it’s a lot more forgiving to any spillages. However, we did buy this sofa for our old house, which if you remember was an open plan living room and kitchen, so the L shape worked really well. It wasn’t even a year old before we moved to this house so selling it and buying a new one wasn’t even an option, but the L doesn’t work the best for the symmetry and layout of the room. However, for purpose and cosiness it does actually work nicely as you can snuggle up right next to the fire. In a few years I would look into replacing it for one without the L, as I think it will open up the room a lot more and make it more evenly laid out, but for now it’s fine.

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The wooden chest was something that I had wanted as a coffee table for a long time, but I had never rushed the purchase because I wanted to find the right one – being the right size, look, type of wood and price! I’m so glad I waited as I managed to get this one for £80 from a local seller and he was able to tell us some of the history of it, which is that it was a plumbers tool chest from the late 1800’s, around the same time the house was built!

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Sofa – Next Home | Tartan Cushions – Next Home | Faux Fur Cushions – Next Home| Linen stripe cushion – John Lewis | Linen heart cushion – Next Home | Coffee Table – Gumtree | Standard lamp – Gumtree | Bird lamp shade – Laura Ashley

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Candle – The White Company | Coffee Table Book – Amazon | Slate Heart Coasters – Asda | Grey Tray – Maison By Emma Jane

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Artwork – Homesense | TV Unit – eBay (Is a Corona piece)

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Curtains – IKEA (similar)

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Thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed a snoop around our snug!

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