Homeserve Winter blogger challenge: making the living room cosy enough to live in

This summer we celebrated five years in our current home, the longest Ghostwriterdaddy and I have ever lived in one house together. This is the house that we brought the preschooler and the baby home to, and the house I coveted like a crazy woman when The Big One was first born. This is the house I always thought I would grow old in.

Over the last five years we haven’t really had the money or the time to do much with the house, but as we planned to live here a long time, we figured DIY and decorating could occur on an ‘as and when’ basis. Then we got a new kitchen, and suddenly we are a little addicted to finally making the house a home. Our latest project has been the living room. This was one of the first rooms we painted when we moved in and over the years we’ve had new rugs and cushions but that’s about it. It certainly was not cosy. I used to love the deep chocolate feature wall with the olive green accessories but quite often that wall looked so bare and it honestly did feel cool in there at times. So…

Homeserve asked us to take part in their Winter blogger challenge, which is all about transforming a room in your home to make it more cosy. They kindly sent us a £50 B&Q voucher to get us started and we needed very little encouragement from then on! This is what we did:


Living room before


You can see from the pictures above that the room was pretty unloved, sadly. The walls were bare and the toys were out of hand. We do have cute kids though!

The colours

I decided early on that I wanted  colours. No more off white walls. I wanted yellow and grey. I wanted patterns. I did not want to be swayed on this!

New living room

The Walls

The feature wall is opposite the windows, which look out onto the front garden and the road beyond that. This wall was also home to the TV but we decided we wanted to completely change the room around. We moved the sofas clockwise  and popped the TV on the wall opposite the door to the room, exposing our feature wall as a huge blank canvas. We bought some Art House wallpaper in Opera from B&Q (I can’t find it online, sorry!) and hung that on our wall. We also used our voucher to buy a tin of Dulux matt emulsion in warm pewter for the other walls.

Living room walls


Immediately our room was transformed.

The floor

We need new carpets! Until then, our new rug, again from B&Q, in dark charcoal hides a multitude of child induced sins. On top of that we have the best coffee table ever- a den and a slide in one! What more could you ask for?


We have lights from our Christmas tree right now, but the effects of the yellow in the wallpaper and the soft, warm grey really brightens the room. We do have a couple of large floor lamps that work well towards the cosy effect of the room too.

living room lighting

The effect

The room is certainly more cosy. The warm grey is almost soothing and the retro print of the feature wall adds a quirly edge to the room that is so much more us! I don’t know how I put up with such a bare room for so long! We have a dresser that we bought a few years ago which has different colours draws and different handles and knobs on it. We love that dresser and it reflects a lot of the ways in which we approach things in life. It doesn’t really match, but it works really well.

living room finished

So what do you think? We love this room so much now- it has so much more personality and it’s more than ready for Christmas morning now!

This post is our entry into the competition. We were sent £50 B&Q vouchers to use for this purpose.



    • ghostwritermummy
      December 22, 2013 / 8:56 am

      What are you waiting for?! 😉

  1. December 21, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Wow what a transformation, it looks lovely! Xxx
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    • ghostwritermummy
      December 22, 2013 / 8:56 am

      Thank you- it really is a transformation isn’t it?

    • ghostwritermummy
      December 22, 2013 / 8:56 am

      Ah thank you! Such a change isn’t it?

    • ghostwritermummy
      December 22, 2013 / 8:55 am

      The wallpaper is awesome!

  2. Nicola Savage
    December 22, 2013 / 12:49 am

    Love it! Funky, fun and functional for a fabulous family!

    • ghostwritermummy
      December 22, 2013 / 8:55 am

      ah thanks!

  3. Nicola
    October 7, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    It looks really cosy and modern. Where is the tv cabinet from?

    • ghostwritermummy
      October 9, 2014 / 7:01 am

      Thank you! It’s from Ikea 🙂

  4. Griff
    March 5, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Good news, albeit late. I’ve tracked down the wallpaper if anyone stumbles across this and is still interested.

    According to my local B&Q it’s called “Orsino” and it’s their own brand rather than Art House.

    I’ve attached a photo to show the details –

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