SPRUCING UP OUR LIVING ROOM FOR SPRING

This is a collaborative post.

It’s supposed to be the hub of your home. A place to relax and socialise, to feel happy and at peace but do you know what? I can’t bloody stand our living room right now!

We have two lovely pieces of furniture either side of the TV unit — an antique bureau with a vintage-style mirror and lots of storage space and a welsh dresser. Neither of them are being used properly and have become dumping grounds for the clutter of family life, it’s driving me up the wall.

We’ve also got a rabbit hutch because Lily got a new fluffy friend for her birthday (Jasper), a dog cage to keep Georgie away from the rabbit when he’s having a wander around and toys, so many toys, without an organised home of their own.

It’s definitely time for a spring clean and an overhaul to brighten up this untidy, dull space ready for the season of flowers, sunshine and lighter days.

First things first, I’ve got to do something about our blinds. They came with the property and they’re an awful discoloured cream. I’d really like something that allows us to control the light flow better rather than the ‘all or nothing’ choice you’re left with when you have standard blinds. These bay window blinds from Thomas Sanderson are the sort of thing I’m after as you can open and angle them to let the light filter through whilst maintaining some privacy. All of their blinds come with a 5-year guarantee and they offer flexible payment options.

I’m happy with our two sofas but the fabric recliner sofa could do with a decent clean so I’ll be seeing what our new Vax Dual Power Max carpet cleaner can do to try and freshen it up and get rid of some of the toddler stains! We were very kindly gifted the carpet cleaner by AO (review to follow shortly) and it comes with a handy hose attachment for fabrics and upholstery.

I’m kind of stumped when it comes to the toys because we haven’t got that much room in here anymore but I’m thinking of trying to free up the welsh dresser and displaying some on the shelves and popping everything else in the cupboard underneath.

The last thing is just the decor which needs a seasonal makeover. I’m thinking some spring-coloured throws for the sofas, lots of cushions (I am a self-confessed cushion fiend) and some woodland-inspired accessories to give the room a cosy, bright and homely feel.

Spring Decor Wishlist 2018

Faux flowers and vase — £15 at Sainsbury’s // Be Happy cushion — £10 at NEXT // Bunny cushion — £6 at George // Cotton throw — £25 at N.O.T.H.S. // Spring candle — £20 The White Company 

Do you have any plans to spruce up your living space this Spring?

Are there any decor or accessories that you’re currently lusting after?

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