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JonesyAndTheSalad Wed 29-Mar-17 23:25:15

We've lived here for about 3 months and don't have any a massive budget.

It's an old house which is very nice as I love character houses but it's a bit bleak now Autumn's arriving...I'm in Oz and it's getting quite chillly!

There are wooden floorboards throughout and I did splash out on a few rugs when we moved in but I see we need's quite a big house.

So those are on the horizon. But there's a definite lack of cosiness going on.

I have a fireplace that works and it's probably time to light it so that will improve things...and a fireplace that's empty and non functioning in another room and needs something to make it look pretty.

Two sitting rooms both have BIG fireplaces and mantles.

Kitchen is very vintage with original fittings...any ideas overall to make things less bleak?

WHat attracted me in the first place is now feeling a little bit Dickensian!

I want to generally warm the place up. This is probably made worse by a visit to friend's last night in their modern, centrally heated and stylish home.

LilacSpatula Wed 29-Mar-17 23:30:38

Cushions, wall hangings, general soft furnishings. It's probably having an impact on the acoustics which will make it feel more bleak. Soft, soft, soft. Blankets etc...?

QueenArseClangers Wed 29-Mar-17 23:33:03

Lamps, lamps and more lamps.

Fuck those big lights.

gleam Wed 29-Mar-17 23:34:20

Candles. Basket of logs. Cosy throws.
Warmer colours in general?

dontblameme Wed 29-Mar-17 23:34:37

Fairy lights!

Happyandhungry Wed 29-Mar-17 23:34:49

Throws and blankets and cosy lighting

poshme Wed 29-Mar-17 23:34:58

Non-functioning fireplace- use candles. A few really big/fat ones in warm

Etymology23 Wed 29-Mar-17 23:35:05

Cushions, blankets, lamps not overhead lights, curtains not blinds.

Could you collect fir cones to fill the decorative fireplace with? Do you have logs etc inside?

Could you put more pictures up? My parents have wall hangings. Post cards or dried hops in the kitchen? Is bunting a step too far? Or plants that don't need too much watering?

Headinthedraw Wed 29-Mar-17 23:37:53

Houseplants make a huge difference for not much money.

ICJump Wed 29-Mar-17 23:38:25

I'd go and spend a couple hundred bucks in Kmart. And do up one room super warm. They've got nice rugs, blankets, cushions and even a few bits nice furniture.
Heating large drafty houses in OZ is crazy expensive.

LittleWingSoul Wed 29-Mar-17 23:38:50

Lots of plants. Large ones on the floor and smaller ones on window sills.

Lamps, table and floor.

Picture frames on the walls.

Rugs, throws and cushions.

Have a look at pinterest for ideas!

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Wed 29-Mar-17 23:42:24

A cat or two

PeaFaceMcgee Wed 29-Mar-17 23:42:38

Pretty bunting, fairy lights, floor / table lamps, cushions throws big green leafy houseplants,

Inthebathtub Wed 29-Mar-17 23:43:46

I'm in a similar situation in the UK and have bare floorboards and gaping spaces due to lack of furniture.....
I improved some occasional tables from packing boxes and covered them with spare sheets/blankets/tablecloths with lamps on.
I bought some tea light candles and put them in an old glass serving dish with water in the fireplace (non functional but no gas/elec fire yet) and floated them.
Also unused vase with Christmas fairy lights in, spare pillows and duvet on floor and arranged as a floor seat......
Hope you settle in smile

Inthebathtub Wed 29-Mar-17 23:45:16

*Improvised occasional tables, not improved!

JonesyAndTheSalad Wed 29-Mar-17 23:49:33

Thanks guys. I wanted big fat candles but Oz is so bloody expensive! Twenty dollars each and when you need about 7 it's not doable!

I think I do need to visit least the blankets are cheap there! Pictures aren't cheap here...nothing is! grin

MortalEnemy Wed 29-Mar-17 23:51:27

Light the rooms with standard and table lamps, not the overhead central light fittings, as others have said. More rugs, floor cushions in warm colours, big houseplants, bookshelves. What have you got on the walls?

Venchi Wed 29-Mar-17 23:56:51

I painted my whole sitting room off white, I wanted it to be all scandinavian. It should have looked brilliant but it didn't look so sleek, it looked just bland.... so I painted one wall orange. It's not a feature wall. It's just one wall painted orange and I think it has really livened the place up.

haveacupoftea Thu 30-Mar-17 00:07:40

Lamps and a big throw over the sofa. Curtains in autumn/winter colours. The empty fireplace just needs a few logs placed in to make it look as if its going to be lit any day now!

sunbunnydownunder Thu 30-Mar-17 00:11:35

I am in Oz too, Kmart is your best bet on a budget. join some of the Kmart Hack sites on facebook. Also see if there are any freecycle facebook pages in your area, I got a free gas fire off of our one.

Qwebec Thu 30-Mar-17 00:17:42

warm and cosy slippers!
If you can get them at reasonable price you could even buy extras for guest, but really nice ones for you are fantastic.

JonesyAndTheSalad Thu 30-Mar-17 00:23:32

Sunny thanks for that tip...just found one of the hack pages on FB and it's very good!

LadyB49 Thu 30-Mar-17 00:35:50

Dry garden flowers to use as features. I dried hydrangea blooms and hung them in groups of 3 / 5 from ceiling corners and ends of curtain poles using rafia, rope, ribbon as appropriate

Picked up items from boot sales and painted them up using emulsion paint and a coat of beeswax put on with a paintbrush.

MDFalco Thu 30-Mar-17 00:39:36

Try the Reject Shop. They seem to be all over Australia now. They have a real mix of things that are very ordinary (and you wouldn't look at twice) and extremely nice and appealing at good prices.

JonesyAndTheSalad Thu 30-Mar-17 00:40:32

Lady my house and area is very dusty and I have always had issue with dried flwoers for that reason! I do the same with regards to furniture....(can't afford new!) I suppose it's really all down to money! I have to spend something to make a real change now. sad I can sew so think I'll get some fabric for new cushion covers and some more blankets for sofas....I have a lot of lamps but there are definitely a few bald areas where another lamp or little table with a lamp could be placed.

Paintings I have some lovely the moment they're propped up as DH hasn't got around to hanging them! I'll make him do it this week!

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