Lounge Makeover

I’m so excited to say that our lounge makeover is pretty much almost complete (for now at least – we all know it’s never final in this house haha!)

Just in case you missed it, a few weeks before Christmas we decided to order ourselves some new sofas (you can read more about that here) and chose two longer sofas instead of the three pieces we had before. I got home that evening and my brain went in to overdrive, I even went to bed that night still pondering how the sofas would look best in the lounge and by the time I woke up I had a vision! Except like most of you now know, that vision involved tearing down our existing TV set up, flipping the room to the opposite side and building a false chimney breast!


Initially we planned to do these changes after Christmas but I’m far too impatient, so in typical Mr & Mrs Rackley fashion we were in the DIY store by the end of the week with a trolley loaded with wooden battons and plasterboard! You can read the step by step of how we created the False Chimney Breast here.

TV unit now in place, we had a few weeks wait before we could continue with the makeover (which let me tell you was not so much fun for someone so impatient!). I spent that time choosing a couple of new pieces of furniture and picturing which cushions/throws/lamps would complete the look.


We swapped our Next chandelier for the larger version – the room is quite wide so this size feels more suited!

Chandelier – Link


These geometric side tables were from Melody Maison and create the perfect modern/stylish base for my lamps.

Side Tables – Link

The lamps were from Very and are very heavy but sparkle in the light!

Lamps – Link

Footstool – Sofology Savanah range

Throw – Link

Radiator Cover – eBay Link

Glass Candlesticks – Asda


We kept the same coffee table and console table from before and bought a matching console table for the other side of the fireplace (I’m obsessed with symmetry if you didn’t already know – it’s a basic show home inspired style to make things symmetrical!).

Console Table (Medium) – eBay Link

Frames – Link

Mini Orchid – Link


We chose the most beautiful beaded trellis wallpaper from Wallpaper Sales to create the perfect backdrop to my new design, it also seemed to be made for my geometric side tables! The paper arrived towards the end of January and we set to work papering late in to the evenings to get it complete on time for our brand new carpets to be fitted (we didn’t really want to be playing around with wallpaper paste anywhere near those new carpets so were on a mission to get it done before!). Luckily, we managed to meet that deadline – even re-papering our bedroom too!

Wallpaper – Link

Paint – Ammonite by Decorating Centre Online

TV Lights – Link

Fireplace Surround (Manila with downlights) – Link

Electric Fire – Link

Lanterns – Link

Home Sign – Link

The wallpaper in here has now been updated to the Shard from I Love Wallpaper in silver – the warm walls make it less grey!


Our new carpets then arrived the first Friday in February – you can read more about that here, in case you’ve missed my multiple excited posts/stories about them, they are the iSense Serenity range from Carpetright and are an absolute dream – the softest, most luxurious feeling carpet I could’ve ever hoped for, I actually get excited each evening to just take my shoes off the second I step inside my front door now!

Carpets (beige) – Link

Mirror Tray – Link

Orchid – Link

Mini Lantern – Link


Then not long after that our infamous new sofas arrived! Yes, I still blame them for this entire makeover but it’s been worth it 🙂 You can read more about our new sofas here.

Sofas – Link

Coffee Table – eBay Link

Footstool (similar) – eBay Link


The same day my pretty new statement mirror from Very arrived to complete the wall area behind one of the sofas.

Mirror – Link

I had ordered these Kylie Anya cushions for the centre of each sofa and think they work beautifully with the colour scheme!

Cushion – eBay Link


Once the sofas were in place, I actually went straight out to one of my go-to stores – Matalan – and filled my basket with throws! I’ve gone for the patterned ones to hang on the sofa arms and the plain one to drape over the footstool.

Throw – Link


This cosy corner is home to our swivel chair from Dunelm – Mr R used to have a swivel sofa in our old set up and this was our compromise as the new suite didn’t have a swivel chair option! I spent a long time searching for an armchair that swivelled but wasn’t huge and looked attractive – I love the button back detail on the chair! The legs will be sprayed chrome soon to match the room.

Swivel Chair – Link

Kylie Palermo Cushion – Link


We also chose new curtains for this room from Dunelm – they’re textured and have a subtle shimmer to them, you must see them in real life to appreciate how lovely they are!

Curtains – Link

I also added crystal holdbacks!

Hold backs – Link

I’ve used the loo roll trick on these curtains to create perfectly spaced pleats! I’m told that PVC pipe and foam tube work well too!

You cut a slit in the loo roll (I used half a loo roll for smaller pleats) and hook it on the rail horizontally behind each pleat so it creates equal gaps between each pleat – hey presto!


We’ve had an on-going dilemma with our big patio doors, as much as I love how much light they let in, they lack privacy and I wanted a solution that could be easily pulled aside if we wanted the full window open, closed at night without having to move the curtains constantly but also still let lots of light in.

We ordered both vertical blinds and viole panels – at the moment we have the vertical blinds up and they’re doing exactly what I wanted from them. Will be experimenting with the viole at some point too, so let’s see which one ends up there long term (if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m actually quite indecisive which is why my décor changes constantly as I find new things I love all the time!).

Vertical Blinds – LinkLink

Voile Curtains (Not yet pictured) – Link

UPDATE: indecisive as ever, none of these actually won! We ended up going for vertical blinds to match the front windows instead.

I also opted for a new rug from Matalan, as the previous one was blending in with the new carpets – it’s lovely and soft!

Rug – Link


And that’s all for now 🙂

You can read my original lounge tour with the old layout here – Link.

Lots of love


*This post contains collaborations with Sofology, Carpetright, Dunelm, Melody Maison, Wallpaper Sales and I Love Wallpaper, as always all opinions are my own.

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