My Favourite Room: A Tour and Competition

With all the building work currently going on in my house, it’s hard to find a space that’s calm and peaceful, that isn’t filled with dust or boxes. This week has been hard for #ProjectAttic as a 6 hour torrential downpour combined with a lack of any real roof, resulted in a sleepless night as we fought the water flooding into our home. It wasn’t pretty, and it’s made me realise how much I miss the old house before all this started. Doing any kind of major house renovation is always going to be stressful, but this week has been particularly hard.

So, it’s made me think about where I love to be in the house, and how I’m going to take solace from all the mess and devastation.

Gloss oval coffee tableFor me, my favourite room in the whole house has to be my living room. There are many reasons but mainly it’s because I’m so loving the current decor and it’s generally a toy-free zone. With the building work ongoing I’ve made it a clutter free zone too, so we have at least one room to which we can escape. I’m glad I made that decision early on in the process. It’s also the space where I choose to work at the moment until my new office is done, so I do spend a lot of time in there.

Wall collageWe bought this house over 13 years ago and the living room was one of the first rooms we decorated. It’s our first home together and so we tend to make joint decisions about the decor (not ideal in my opinion!) but that’s how it works. This room originally had a beautiful gas fire and marble hearth (bet you wish you had one) and bay window seating, which had just been ripped out in this photo.

living roomOriginally we decorated it in a palette of greens and browns (some palm print jungle wallpaper would have worked nicely at the time) and lived with that for a few years.

Habitat MOMO chair

Fireplace after

Fireplace after full shotAbout 5 years ago we decorated again, and this time added the Harlequin wallpaper hung vertically, with a bright white backdrop. Last year I decided to revamp it slightly and added in a lot more print and yellow accents. New wall art, light fittings, armchair and fireplace accessories have been included this year too, and it feels so homely and ‘done’ now. It’s just the right amount of colour and accessories for me, although I did think about changing a few of the cushions the other day – ssh! Don’t tell anyone.

In this video I made with Netmums, you can see me talking about the colour updates I made, and how I display my accessories.

Being our first home together, we’ve become incredibly attached to it. It was such a big effort to get here; we both owned our own properties at the time and spent over 9 months selling them both, one at a time, before we were able to move in here. I’m not sure I’d recommend it, but you do what you have to do when it comes to buying houses. We recently talked about moving again but decided to stay put and renovate instead. It meant applying for another mortgage, which was a little scary being self-employed, but it’s worked out ok in the end. Information from sites like this one here was really helpful.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed a little look around my favourite room. I wonder if you’d like to show me yours?

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Competition Details:

I have £100 of John Lewis vouchers to give to one follower or reader who shares their before and after pictures of their favourite room. I would love to see the renovations, updates and room revamps that you’ve undertaken, and along with the Principality Building Society, we will choose our favourite to win the prize.

All you have to do is connect with me on social media and share your before and after pictures, telling me why you love your favourite room.

You can find me in the following places:

Facebook || Twitter || Instagram

Just choose one platform and share with me using the hashtag #BloggerKeyhole

Full Terms and Conditions are below – Good luck!

Competition Ends: 30th October 2015

This post is in association with Principality Building Society.

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‘Through The Blogger Keyhole’ Competition (the ‘Competition’) is open to customers and non-customers aged 18 or over who are UK residents. The Competition is not open to employees of Principality Building Society (the ‘Promoter’), NetBooster UK (the ‘Administrator’), Jen (Love Chic Living) (the ‘Competition host’) or their families or anyone associated with the Competition.
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The winner of the Competition will receive £100 John Lewis vouchers.
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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. Marcel
    October 17, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Hi Jen,

    Renovations can be stressful alright and a room to ‘esscape’ to sounds like a great idea!

    We are continuing our run of bad luck with uor proposed attic conversion. As you know our first builder let us down (we think that he underpriced himself) and it turns out that our second builder is not VAT compliant!!

    Here in Ireland there is a home renovation scheme with which you can claim back 13.5% of a home renovation spend. Without the builder being VAT registered we can’t claim any money back. We mentioned this to the builder so he gave us a little discount on the quote which is not as much as we would receive back under the scheme.

    Given that the attic conversion was meant to start at the end of August/start of September it is likely that the conversion would be finished by now but instead we haven’t either started.

    It looks like we will do it during the Easter holidays next year as between now and Christmas is too busy.

    Fingers crossed!!

  2. Stephanie
    October 21, 2015 / 8:14 am

    I have sent my before and after pictures on Twitter! I love my bedroom makeover, our bedroom was a 1960’s time warp and the brown flower wallpaper and dark enclosing furniture was so depressing. I wanted a place where I could relax and have my own space, so I chose a calm grey, silver and white colour scheme. This was the first time I hadn’t gone for a neutral cream colour and pushed my design ideas a bit more. However I love it and super pleased with how it turned out.

  3. sian hallewell
    November 15, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    Hi, who won the competition? thanks

  4. Visakhapatnam
    August 1, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Its looks like a perfect place for live during weekend. Plan for this exciting place easily to spend time with your family.

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