Two New Sofas | The Ordinary Moments

I thought twice about writing this post. Well after last week’s one about our new bed, I didn’t want my Ordinary Moments posts to become really materialistic! What next, ‘The New Chopping Board’? ‘Six New Pairs of Tights’? We aren’t making any more big furniture purchases anytime soon I can assure you!

But the sofa is such a focal point of a home isn’t it? It’s where we cuddle up to read story after story on a rainy afternoon. It’s where we sit for the children’s favourite treat of a ‘movie night’ (watching a film in your pjs with a bowl of popcorn). And it’s where I find Carl asleep in the mornings with Teletubbies on in the background when he’s taken Ernie down super early.

When we first moved into this house I was heavily pregnant and then thrust straight into life as a mum of three under four… decorating and traipsing around furniture stores wasn’t really a high priority. We made do with what we brought with us from our old much smaller house, and before long you get used to it and you don’t really notice that it’s not working (or you’re just too tired to look properly!). At the end of last year we realised that we really needed to do something to make our house feel more like home. I said to Carl that it kind of felt like we’d been squatting in it for a year. No thought had gone into any of the rooms, we’d just dumped things wherever they fitted and got on with life. There were no pictures on the walls and the paint colours hadn’t been chosen by us.

So we’ve started, room by room, to put our own mark on the place. Just a lick of paint and mostly cheap ikea furniture, some photos and prints for the walls, some lamps and pot plants. It’s amazing how much difference it makes. The house really feels like it’s ours now and it’s so much more homely than it was. We have a Victorian mid terrace house which for all it’s faults is actually a good solid and surprisingly beautiful old house with its high ceilings, fireplace and original coving and ceiling roses. There’s an extension on the back, which although looks slightly tacked on to the rest of the house, means that we have 3 reception rooms and gives us so much more space that is definitely needed as a family of five!

The three bedrooms are all good sizes and we have a bay window in the front room and master bedroom which I just love. I can’t wait to put a dressing table in the upstairs bay.

It’s probably going to take us the whole year to get around the rest of the house but I’m really enjoying the process of making this old house finally into our new home.


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  1. February 26, 2017 / 8:23 am

    I think there’s definitely a joy in doing the things that make house into home – we sort of squatted when we first moved into our current house, making do with the bits and bobs we’d had from student days and it was a big deal when our first sofas arrived, and an even bigger deal 5 years ago when we replaced them with something that wasn’t so squishy you could disappear into it for days!
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  2. February 26, 2017 / 8:38 am

    We need a new sifa but have decided to wait til after the toddler years haha x #ordinarymoments
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  3. February 26, 2017 / 9:42 am

    Oh I do love a good sofa, how nice it must be for you all to be adding to your house. We currently privately rent and I am desperate to buy a house soon because ours has very few things on the walls and we can’t make it ‘ours’ so to speak #TheOrdinaryMoments
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  4. February 26, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    We just moved house and I love making if a home. It’s something we are doing gradually, but I love the whole process of it. Sofas are a so important to get right, they are a feature of the room and get used a lot x #theordinarymoments
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  5. February 26, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Hahahahaha too funny! Its a big moment in life…for so long you cant have such luxuries and its joyful and memorable to make these purchases. Enjoy snuggles and chill outs on what looks like a lush sofa x #ordinarymoments

  6. February 27, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    There is nothing like turning a house into a home. We were about 2 weeks pregnant with Athena when we moved into this house and luckily for us the nursery was already beautifully decorated by the last owners. We did nothing until she needed a new room as I was pregnant with her brother. It’s only now, over 6 years since we moved in that our house is getting to show our personality. It’s always a work in progress though! x
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  7. March 6, 2017 / 10:26 am

    I love the new sofas! Gorgeous photos – bless their little feet! We are now at the point with our house we are updating what we did when we moved in 10 years ago – I think moving is going to be the next thing on the cards now! xx

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