Welcome to the second post in my new feature, Real Living. With this series I’m hoping to showcase real homes from real people giving us in insight into what turns a house into a home. Much of what I feature here on Love Chic Living is very aspirational, some might say it’s intimidating even, so the Real Living feature focuses on real homes and looks at what we love about them. We learn what makes a certain room special to the homeowner and get a real sense of what homes are really like, not just what they look like in magazines. Everyone likes a peek behind the net curtains don’t they? Don’t we all crane our necks and sneak a look through a living room window as we walk past? ‘Real Living’ is just like that, only from the comfort of your own living room!
We just moved our bedroom into the attic room, leaving the kids to have bigger rooms downstairs. I love this room because it feels like an escape, it is peaceful, the sound of the traffic far below is soothing. I love the period features, the old fashioned bed and the butterfly theme which carried on from our wedding.
I always coveted my mum’s Edwardian dressing table when I was little, I was so excited when I got one just like it on freecycle, along with the wash stand we use as a TV stand. When mum died I inherited her dressing table and my old one went back on freecycle. My husband was left a grandfather clock which needs some TLC. In his will his Grandad stated he could have it as a wedding present, so it seems fitting to have it in our bedroom. The rocking chair was a present from my mother in law.
As you can see the room needs some TLC, last night the heavy rain dripped through the window, there’s some damp, the curtains are faded and I have no wardrobe anymore, just piles of clothes on chairs. The ‘All you need is love’ wooden signs Mr A bought me need re hanging. It needs some accessories to brighten it up, but I can see it feeling like a hotel room one day. Any ideas Jen?
Penny what a fabulous space! I can see how it feels like an escape, almost a cocoon from the rest of the world. The Edwardian furniture is lovely and tells a real story, making the room personal to you. I’m sure it will fall into place once you get some more storage for the clothes. Maybe it’s worth having something bespoke made to fit the space – it’s always tricky getting wardrobes to fit in an attic. And then let the furniture be the statement focal part of the room. Keep the window dressings simple and have some blinds made, and maybe build on a typography theme following your fabulous ‘All you need is Love’ wall art.
Thanks for sharing this with us Penny. If you’d like to see your favourite room featured on a Real Living post drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.