Home Makeover on a Budget: The Lounge (Part 1)

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As you probably know I have 2 kids aged 5 and 8 and we both work from home in a smallish 3 bedroomed house. J works in the loft and I work in a corner of the kitchen. We have busy lives and by nature neither of us are tidy or any good at all at DIY. Hence the mess our home is in. Hence the need for a budget makeover

It made sense to start our budget makeover in the lounge

The lounge is the room where we entertain the most, it is the least bad state of all the rooms and it is where we spend a large part of our time relaxing. It is really important this room looks nice. When redesigning your lounge, be sure to check out some good home shopping catalogues online stores, local shops fleamarkets and basically a vvariety of places to see what inspires you.

Nothing was absolutely dreadful about this room but it was looking very shabby and because it was looking very shabby we were treating it very shabbily. Have you noticed how life works like that. If you have an untidy cupboard you just throe stuff in. If it is neat and tidy you place things in carefully. I always dress better if I have had my hair done. Like begets like.

Ignore the crazy kid see how messy it is!

So yes our room was shabby. The paint all marked and blinds dusty, wires sticking out everywhere and TOO MANY TOYS!!! (ignore the crazy kid check out how messy it is!)

We had just sort of stopped taking care of it. It hadn’t been painted in 8 years and we just kept on adding stuff. Unloved, cluttered and in need of a freshen up and some style inspiration.

It was looking quite dark and gloomy too.

 If you don’t know Achica they the leading members-only luxury lifestyle store, offering designer brands at great prices. They run exclusive daily shopping promotions – each lasting up to 72 hours only. The promotions are amazing you can save SO much compared to the original prices. Its a really great way to get nice  stuff at a great price.

Jen (from Love Chic Living ) who is our stylist advisor for our makeover (and a friend so we are luckily gettings free consultation) told me to have a good browse through Achica and make a note of what inspired me. There was so much!!

From some of those inspirations and from keywords I had shared with her about how we visualised the new room Jen drew up a moodboard for us.

Next week I will share the moodboard with you and explain how we chose our colours and what we decided to change!

See you then!

P.S   Brilliant £10 free for both of us!!

By the way I’m never one to pass up a good deal and Achica have a fabulous offer. If you decide to sign up as member (it’s free and there is no obligation) you will get £10 off your first order and I’ll get a £10 voucher if you use my link to sign up http://www.achica.com/1288854/beckyg I  love it when everyone is a winner!!

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  1. December 15, 2012 / 08:34

    Can’t wait to see the next post! Have fun 🙂
    (I love Achica – have had some great budget buys)

  2. Becky
    December 18, 2012 / 18:43

    Thank you Jen and Nicki I am excited too and I love Achica too – waititll you see what i chose!

  3. Pingback: Home Makeover on a Budget: The Lounge (part 4) Completed! | Family Budgeting

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