Living room – progress pic

We have a living room and separate dining room in our house, the dining room was barely used so we turned it in to a playroom. That never really worked as I like her playing where I can see her and to be honest having such a large toy space meant we just filled it up. We’ve been slowly ditching the excess in the two rooms in preparation for the wall between them coming down for a few months and 3 weeks ago it finally came down!





These are all taken from roughly the same point in the room so you can see how it’s opened up.

It still needs the walls patched up and a fresh coat of paint and we won’t hang pictures until after that. We have a different curtain pole to go up so it matches the window at the other end and I have a new sideboard coming tomorrow, it’s a bright colourful retro style and the storage fits board games, our current one doesn’t.

Here’s the other side:


And after we realised moving the bookcases would make the space look tidier:


There’s so much more space now and it looks so light and airy. I really love it, it’s better than I expected and a Tabi has been running circles through the two doors since the day the floor went down!

We’d still like to change the triple window at the dining end for a bifold door at some point but the quotes were too high so that’s on hold for now.

We may also replace the dining table for something bigger. I’d like to start hosting Sunday lunches and this table just won’t do, again that’s something for later when we’ve saved up a bit.

House Edit

Ah the house changes….

We are doing the following

  • Moving a door into a cupboard from my husbands study to the w/c
  • bringing down the wall between our living room and dining room (currently Tabi’s playroom)
  • changing our living room window for a bifold door
  • installing decking outside the new bifold door
  • moving the front path and extending the fence.

Currently Our living room looks like this:

We’re planning to change it to:

The first picture is aiming towards the wall with the TV on it, which is coming down, the second picture shows the living room window as a door.

Maybe floorpan will be easier!

RoomSketcher Level Image

I think a more open plan layout will be better with a toddler running around and the door out onto decking should give us more use of the garden. I can’t let her run in and out just now because of the step down to the patio, I don’t want her to trip, especially not onto slabs!

I do have some concerns. We went open plan in our last house and found that unless everything was spotless, the whole space looked messy. That was an open plan kitchen, living, dining in roughly the same space as we now have for living/dining. The last house didn’t have a large glass door at one end either so I’m hoping the combination of larger space and extra light stops it looking cluttered.

It’s just nerves because it’s quite a lot of money to be spending (I think around £7k) and there’s alway the chance that it’s a mistake and you’re wasting your money!

And the £7k isn’t just for the wall! It’s the wall, decoration, moving a cupboard door from husbands study to the w/c, building warrant, bifold door addition, decking and some work on the front garden. All electrical and plumbing work (there’s a radiator in the way), flooring and with any luck it should stretch to cover maybe half of the string shelving I have my eye on!

Being Minimalist vs Looking Minimalist

I follow The Minimalists on Facebook and last week they had posted a link to a minimalist apartment tour. One of the comments on their post was along the lines of ‘why are they always white boxes? Aren’t there any minimalist homes that are colourful?’.

I think homes/rooms can look minimal, but actually be full of junk. You know, white walls, grey sofa, white furniture… but all that white furniture is stuffed full. I suppose you could ‘cheat’ minimalism by decorating a certain way so that when you walk into a room you get the same calm, uncluttered feeling. If its just a matter of decor, why declutter at all?

I am making a few changes to my own home that fall in the minimalist aesthetic. The family bathroom is having a fitted mirror installed across the entire top half of the wall above the bath. We’re planning on some white/grey floor tiles in the same bathroom and I already prefer white paint in most rooms.

The thing with the aesthetic is that it hides so much. My friend just bought a new house. She’s very neat and tidy anyway and her house is all white paint, grey carpet, neutral colour scheme throughout… but I’ve never thought of her as a minimalist, especially in the wardrobe. Even still if someone looked at my house (with less stuff) and her house (with a regular amount of stuff and 7.5 metres of build in wardrobes stuffed full) her house would probably be the one you think was a minimal home.

Does anyone else feel like they have to redecorate to ‘suit’ the minimalist stereotype?