Monday, June 09, 2008

Work-in-progress

Today I'd like to show you my not-quite-finished lounge room. Now what is a lounge room? You might ask. Well, here in Australia, it is common to have a lounge room in a home, it is a formal sitting area which is normally situated in the front of the house, just after you've stepped in through the front door. This room is usually decorated with more formal furniture, often has a fireplace and mantelpiece. It's different to the living/family room which is another area of the house. So you could say there are two sitting areas, that's why the formal lounge room often doesn't get used as much as it should be, friends and family who visit often just head down and gather in the living/family area, situated near the dining and kitchen area.As you can see I didn't decorate my formal lounge in a strictly formal style, but I think some Louis XV white painted chairs and a coffee table in that style would finish the look very well. My love for metal garden benches also shows here as I've got a bench in first sooner than anything else. Dark wood furniture is usually associated with more formal rooms, but I didn't want this area to be dark with dark wood furniture as that look simply wouldn't work well there. I like the glow of natural wood, but I love painted furniture and that airy light romantic atmosphere they create even more. (Okay, maybe I am biased, I do tend to like the softer romantic look) I would love a fireplace and mantelpiece(in white of course), but they have not been the pressing need and we spend most of our time in the living area where the heating is in winter, the fireplace and mantelpiece are just something I'd love for the sake of the traditional look, so they haven't been made the priority. So all in all, this room is a pretty room which doesn't get used very much, although I do get lots of compliments from friends about the decor, which means people do notice its existence. I'm sure as we get more chairs in there, we'll be likely to use it more in the future. We do use it for opening presents under the Tree at Christmas time and I do go and sit in there for my cuppas sometimes though. LOL. Hubby prays in there every morning too, so there you go, we do use it a little bit. My darling hubby uses one corner behind the partition for his study area now, as our kids have grown and they need one bedroom each and the study has become a bedroom. The good thing with darling hubby is he is not fussed about the pale pink on the walls (even though by the time he moved his study in there the walls were already done) and he just leaves the decorating of the house entirely up to me. Our house is a very basic house with no activity room, home theatre, computer room or anything extra like that as so many houses do these days, but we love it because it is our home sweet home.
Hope you enjoyed this tour of our lounge room which is a work-in-progress and I'll update you with more as I keep working on it.

7 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Your loungeroom is lovely. Thanks for the fabulous tour.
With a family the size of mine 4 adult children & partners and 3 grandchildren visiting several times a week my loungeroom gets used as well as our familyroom.
This weekend it has had a makeover. Carpet pulled up Tasmanian Oak boards put down. Now we wait for it to be polished so all my furniture is in the garage.
Alison

Sweet Designs said...

I so enjoy your blog, your lounge room is wonderful, it sounds like you have nice plans for it too. I would want to be in it all the time. :)

Ivory Spring said...

Hi Rosy,

Thanks for the tour for your lounge room. It looks like a very relaxing and sweet room. Louis XV chairs are very versatile - they tend to look good wherever they are... I like them too!

I would like a more formal living room as well that is MUCH smaller than the regular living room, but I don't have one presently. I suppose I could have converted hubby's office into a formal parlor, but I don't think that's going to happen... hahahaha! :)

CIELO said...

I like it just the way it is; femenine and lovely :) but I'm sure whatever you'll do it will look even better.... Have fun creating....

Hugs

cielo

Linda said...

Loved the tour of your beautiful lounge room loved the colours. We are the same we just mainly use our family and rumpus room (we are lucky to have both) It's great because at least that is one room of the house that doesn't seem to get very messy.
Cheers Linda

Kelli @ Vintage Vavoom said...

Your lounge room (love that term) is beautiful. I'm glad you stayed true to your style instead of trying to fit into what it "should" be. I would love to lounge there any time.

Kelli

Art by Ronda Juniper Ray said...

Stunning and breathtaking. How wonderful it must be to lounge in your lounge room!