Living Room Decor: Old House New Style

About this room

When we came to see our house for the first time back in 2014, there are a few things that I instantly fell in love with and this room was undoubtedly one of them. That said the living room decor was very dated. The house itself  had a good vibe to it, had most of it’s original features in tact and had lots of space. The front room of our house looks out onto what I consider a picturesque view, a mix and match of coloured old Georgian doors of Dublin belonging to our neighbours. This room gets flooded with light in the morning, is spacious and has a beautiful old marble fireplace with the original tiles and grate still in tact. In winter, the glowing open fire lights up the room with warmth and ambience.

When we moved in to our house in November 2014, I was heavily pregnant. We then made the grim discovery that the entire house needed to be rewired, something I don’t think we were prepared for mentally or financially at the time. Nevertheless we soldiered on and the job was done. During this time we actually lived solely out of this front sitting room, we had a bed and table and chairs set up and used to light the fire every night to keep warm. Looking back now it really is hilarious to see how far we’ve come, and to this day I think this room is my favourite room in the house.


When we bought the house there was a pink and red carpet teamed with yellow wall paper. It was old school and maybe nice of a time, but I was so excited to pull in back in the hope of finding some good floor boards underneath. Needless to say the house of dreams didn’t fail me and we had the old original wide floorboards restored and treated by some local tradesmen.



When we eventually got all the wallpaper stripped off the walls (no mean feat I tell you), we opted for a Dulux Ha’Penny grey paint for the walls. I absolutely adore this colour and have had countless people asking me for the details of it. The only way to describe it is a green grey, it is matt and gives the room a really warm glow.


Our couches are from EZ Living, the Elise range (2 seater fixed back and 4 pillow cushion back) . I’m fussy when it comes to couches, and found it hard to find a couch the was both comfortable and that looked great. This range is fantastic and comes in a range of colours and fabrics in store. We recently purchased a new TV unit and sideboard from the Kinsale Range at EZ Living.


On the walls I have some black and white framed photographs from one of my favourite artists Dominic Beyens at Eclectic Lens who is Dublin based. If you haven’t seen his work before it is well worth having a look at. I also have two Simone Walsh prints framed on the walls either side of the window featuring some well loved Irish food stuffs!


My antique lamps were given to me as a gift and give the room some real old time charm. I picked all my black wall frames up from IKEA (The Ribba Range). My mantle piece vase in from the Marquis range by Waterford Crystal. The tea light holders on my mantle piece are Vera Wang by Wedgewood from the ‘Love Knot’ range.

Thanks for having a look, I will be writing about each of the individual rooms in our home which we have restored and renovated since 2014, so keep on eye on the site for additional rooms!


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