We made a lot of changes to the lounge after the arrival of B. Here is the ‘TV area’ before:
This one (above) was taken in 2011 – it must have been sometime around my husband’s birthday – hence all the cards! Sorry about the bad quality photos in this post – some of them were taken on my phone and the others were taken in poor light on a mediocre camera.
Here’s the same area yesterday:
As you can see, the area is now much less cluttered and much more baby-friendly! The big toys were bought at a nearly-new sale or handed down from B’s cousins.
B already has too many books (not that such a thing really exists, of course). She has the ones she reads most often in the boxes downstairs, and then some more on her shelves in her room. She likes books – thank goodness for the public library! The green box came from Wilko.
We got the two boxes underneath from The Works.I bought the London Underground one because I like it – the other one is a Very Hungry Caterpillar one. The lounge is a bit of a mish-mash of colours and styles but I’ve tried to get some sort of continuity in the room in the sense that there are a lot of bright colours around (I know that doesn’t sound like continuity, but some of the colours are even the same ones!) – some of it looks more like a playroom than a lounge, but such is the nature of having a child in the house, I suppose.
Note very mish-mashy chairs and cushions – the joy of renting a partly furnished house! Basically, if you rent a part-furnished house, mish-mash (AKA eclectic if you’re being designer-y) is the easiest way to go!
The sofa bed (above) is ours. We bought the Union Jack cushion (in a sale at the now defunct Past Times) mainly because we’re fans of Sherlock and there is a very similar cushion in the modern BBC version of 221b Baker Street. #silly
The round table in the corner has another mish-mash – this time of pictures..and my favourite lamp:
I haven’t photographed the other corner of the room, mainly because it’s mainly take up with a travel cot that doubles as B’s play pen/holding area if we need to put her somewhere contained for a bit, and it’s not particularly interesting or nice to look at!
So, we have come to the end of the tour, for now…