Thursday, 20 August 2015

Planning the interior design and decorating of my new garden room

It's all getting very exciting at the madmumof7 HQ with lots of projects coming together and after years of hoping and dreaming we are very close to having some extra space which will come in very handy as my little ones grow into big 'uns.

I have to confess that we did chuckle a little when my husband's older brother and his wife finally got the family room they dreamed of just as their youngest child moved out. But now in a similar position myself with my little birds  starting to fly the nest, I can see that actually we need the extra space more than ever!

As our grown and growing up children now tower above me and have similarly sized friends there just aren't enough seats round the kitchen table or on the sofas.

We find increasingly that WE are lurking upstairs in our room or in the kitchen while our one living room is taken over by the younger generation wanting to watch TV, play consoles or just chat without mum or dad hanging around.


Regular readers might remember that about a year ago we started a garden room/conservatory project and it is so advanced now that I am finally searching websites for tips on interior design, decorating and finishing touches for my new room.

I am well known for my love of anything vintage-esque, shabby chic or French shabby and dream of a room filled with beautiful pieces which echo the look I have in the rest of the house.

Salon de estilo vintage, Unik Vintage Furniture/Homify
Westbury Painted Kitchen dresser-
The Cotswold Company/Homify
Storage is vital and I have seen some gorgeous vintage-style dressers which would be useful to keep my china, glass wear and cutlery in as I plan to have a large dining table in my new space so I can finally entertain more than 6 contortionists guests.

I love the "indoors out" style of decorating garden rooms, orangeries and conservatories - no rattan sofas for me! I like natural shades, tweeds, aged leather, lots of textures mixed up with cosy rugs and warm throws.

I don't intend to cover up the bricks which were the outside wall of the house, and hope to have the floor made from old scaffold boards sanded down for a chunky aged look topped with a large faded kilim-style rug.




One end of the new room (which extends the width of the house) will be a cosy rest area with comfy chairs or a sofa, a small coffee table and lamps, ideal to retire to for reading or chatting while the teens take over the TV.

Salon de estilo vintage, Unik Vintage Furniture/Homify
Salon de estilo vintage, Unik Vintage Furniture/Homify

The other end will be a dining area, fairly formal but with lamps, candles, table cloths and cushions to create an intimate atmosphere for my planned dinner parties.

I'm hoping the project will be complete well before Christmas and you can be sure I will be sharing pictures of some of my key pieces and ornamental bits as soon as I have the finished room to display them in!


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