My Lounge Makeover with Before and After Pictures

It’s coming up to two years since we moved into our first home.

Our lounge went through a massive transformation and that’s what I’m going to be sharing with you today!

So this is what it looked like when we first moved in…


lounge before makeover photo

Well what can I say, it was a bit of a mix and match. Let’s take it step by step…

The blue sofas were second hand passed on from the in-laws. We were very lucky to have grabbed these super duper comfortable seats because there was no way we could afford a new set as soon as we moved out. They’ve really served the family well and it was even a little sad to see them go 😉

Then there’s the contemporary rug. Although it’s quirky, it definitely doesn’t suit the space and looks too small. It also doesn’t really go with anything else, apart from maybe matching the colours of the floral and patterned cushions. That’s gone now too.

Lots of decor and photo frames and hangings have been moved around as well. Plus, we acquired lots more since our wedding so as these things go you won’t see most of the things in the before photo in the after photos below.


lounge white furniture moroccan rug wooden tables PIB wooden table set of three window sill lounge deer candle holders and plant chris and alina dancing photo frame shelfie

The space definitely brightened up and reflects much more of our style, rather than being a space with an amalgamation of random items.

We bought our new light beige sofas from Debenhams which we saved up for and it looks perfectly with the knitted white cushions we received as wedding gifts.

We also needed a replacement for the old rug so now in its stead is this Moroccan rug* with a diamond pattern from The Rug House. It adds an eclectic edge to the room which I really like as well as a modern twist to compliment the dark wooden floors in the living room. You’ll also see it in my post where I styled a ‘light and bright’ space.

Did you also spot the massive mirror* on the wall? It’s from Next from a styling shoot I did for their Easter DIY Styling challenge. It really opens up the space and bounces the light to the darkest corners of the room.

Then there’s my newest and most favourite edition, the set of three vintage wooden tables* from PIB Home. With really quirky and unique items on their site I found it hard to choose only these to buy. I love that the dark wood matches the floors and I’m so impressed with the pattern and chunky design of the tables too. They’re so easy to use and really stylish as well – everyone always compliments us on those 🙂

Last but not least are the finishing touches and details.  You’ll see our first dance wedding photo is in a lovely frame and I’ve also added a couple of plants and deer candle holders to the window sill.

In general I feel the space is much more homey and much more us too. The next steps would be to change the ceiling light as we’ve had it for a while and we might even paint the lounge another colour and get rid of the blue but we’ll see! I’m sure I’ll keep you updated 🙂

Have you had any recent room makeovers at home?


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • July 17, 2016

    Kara Guppy

    I am desperate for some wooden tables but we just don’t have the room at the moment with all the kids toys. It looks fab!

  • July 18, 2016


    Your living room looks gorgeous I just love the whole room and cant pick out one item I love the most. Our living room is the room which needs the most make over but renting makes it tricky.

  • July 18, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    Love the new look and the floating shelves 🙂 Although we’ve moved in our new home in May, we still have loads of photos/prints/paintings to hang. x

  • Wowzer, what a difference! You have done so well! I love it all. I love grey, and Next is amazing for home stuff!

  • July 18, 2016

    I didn’t think it looked too bad to start off with, but the makeover does step it up and make it look even better, well done!

  • July 18, 2016


    Wow! It looks so much brighter and modern, well done!

  • July 18, 2016


    oh my this is amazing I am loving the makeup and how you’ve used up the space next to the sofa.

  • July 18, 2016

    Newcastle Family Life

    It looks wonderdful so bright and welcoming. I love the new sofa’s, we too have hand me down sofa’s off relatives and while they are comfortable they don’t look so great and are not my style. xx

  • July 18, 2016

    Nikki Thomas

    That is so much better! I love your new room, the light fitting is gorgeous and I love the way you have done the wall shelves. Amazing

  • July 18, 2016

    Anita Burr

    My living room is in desperate need of a makeover. Wow what a difference to your living room, it looks amazing. Love your tables.

  • July 19, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    I think it looked good in both photos but I really like its transformation and Next is brilliant for homeware!

  • July 19, 2016


    Now this looks just amazing, I love the shelves, I really need shelves at home x

  • July 20, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    Wow your lounge looks like a completely different place now. Love it.

  • Wow what a stunning transformation 🙂 Looks lovely xx

  • July 20, 2016

    Baby Isabella

    What a massive difference! Love the colour and the statement pieces xx

  • July 27, 2016


    What a complete change. You did a great job, it looks beautiful 🙂