As many of you know it’s a busy year for me. As well as my work here at Knots & Kisses and planning our wedding, we’ve taken on the renovation of a 6 bedroom house in Torquay! So I wanted to share with you some updates of how we are getting on.

Previously I shared our ‘before photos’ which include a picture of us exposing the brick wall in the lounge. Well I’m happy to say that the lounge is now finished! I’m so so pleased with it and my amazing other half Ant worked himself to the bone exposing the brick wall and installing a reclaimed fireplace which replaces the awful brick fireplace which was there before! Its definitely been hard work … I was on my hands and knees at midnight one night picking staples out of the wooden flooring before we stained it lol .. but its definitely been worth it.

industrial vintage and navy living room

navy and vintage lounge

Most of the furniture in the lounge we already had from our previously rented house, but I had always envisioned that furniture and decor working against dark navy walls and exposed brick so was over the moon to have it finally come together ! I had a vision for a cosy but industrial vintage and navy look. Ant’s Grandad’s antique union jack is pride of place on the brick wall and I was very excited to finally get the rug down which we bought from Morocco when we were there at Christmas! Our red vintage cinema seats also look great under the window and provide extra seating without taking up the amount of room an extra sofa would and making the room look overly cluttered.

One of the newer pieces for the room is the giant copper anglepoise lamp we bought from Graham & Green … I absolutely love how it looks against the navy in my little reading corner. And I’ve also invested in a butterfly palm for the corner of the room – I love that house plants are back in fashion but I have to say I’m pretty nervous as I don’t have the greenest fingers so am going to try my best to keep it alive!

navy and vintage lounge decor


There are still the odd bits and pieces to do … we eventually want to replace the modern plain white radiator for a lower dark grey Victorian one, but that’s going to have to wait a little while for when we replace some of the other radiators in the house.

Will keep you updated with any further renovations

Nikki x