Remodeling update: Livingroom

YAS! Finally, after 6 months, we’re able to put our butts on a couch – or even a comfortable sitting object in general – again. The last few months we’ve been living in our kitchen without a table and in our master bedroom. Which can be all cozy and all but we are so delighted that our living room is actually livable!

Before I left for Ibiza, we finished up the living room as much as possible. I’m so proud of the journey we’ve been through and how it looks now, even though it’s not even finished yet! The process has been slow which it will remain but every week we can cross something off our list. Except for the plastering of the walls, the beam we had to place and the herringbone floor, we did (and will do) everything ourselves! That’s why we also need our time to finish it because we both work full time. But when I have some time off it’s also good to relax! I also started a traineeship at work so I also need to clear up some time for that.

Anyway, above you see the picture of how the place looks now and below you can see our progress along the way. After we are done remodeling it’s time to buy some furniture! So don’t mind every combo you’ll see here on the blog, we must do with what we have at the moment!

Remodeling update: Livingroom | Layla Rosita,
How we bought the house
Remodeling update: Livingroom | Layla Rosita,
Breaking down the supporting wall
Remodeling update: Livingroom | Layla Rosita,
Breaking down the fireplace
Remodeling update: Livingroom | Layla Rosita,
Placing the supporting beam

Remodeling update: Livingroom | Layla Rosita,

When we entered our living room, the first thing we did was ripping out the big hairy dirty carpet. Yuck! I ripped and tore all the wallpaper down and the guys kept busy with breaking down the wall. We soon realized we wanted to break down a supporting wall so one of Romke’s friends helped us to place a steel beam. After everything was ripped, Romke needed to place several plasterboards and we had to put wallpaper (!) on the ceiling so the stucco would stick to it.

We’ve seriously been through so much trouble with the cement plaster on the walls. I will spare you all the dirty details but it caused so much delay in all the other processes too, like the installment of the kitchen and laying the herringbone floor.

I have been painting all the window frames, but I still need to do the window sills. We also placed a big hard stone to put our wood burning stove on. We chose a taupe/grey herringbone floor with a black border to make it classic. It suits the house really well.

I was supposed to pack my bags for Krakow, Poland, last weekend but I wasn’t able to lift a single finger. The love of my life stabbed me in the back, or actually stomach: I got down with food poisoning… And I even did it myself. So I’m not sharing recipes any time soon? Thankfully, I am feeling a bit better after three days in bed. And I have to because we are leaving tomorrow by car at 6 AM. Yikes!

Has anyone been to Krakow before? What are the best places to eat and what are the must-sees? Oh, and of course, what do you think of our living room update so far?

Love, Layla






  • Kim

    Omg you’ve gotten so much progress done with the house! I love your big light. Is it IKEA? Hope you had fun in Ibiza, girlie!

    • Hah YES Ikea!!! We had actually bought it to hang above our stairs, underneath a skylight, but we hadn’t figured out yet how to hang it there so it was just laying in its packaging. So we decided to hang it in our livingroom first, and actually, I want to keep it in the livingroom! I looovee it, such an eyecatcher! Ibiza was am-a-zing! <3

  • Merel van Poorten

    Wow! Looks so pretty <3
    what an amazing transformation.

    X Merel

    • Thank you sweetie! <3 It really is, but we still have so much left to do! 😀 xxx

  • Ahh you have a pretty hectic life but look at what you’ve accomplished, really neat lounge room! So good to know you can everything, DIY, full time work and travelling. Wow girl, you’re pretty awesome, where’d you get all your energy? Nice work!!!

    • Oooh babe, that is such a sweet comment! <3 But believe me, I have days that I feel like I can lay in bed all day. I don't give in to it, but I do feel tired on the weekends. It is important to take a break when its needed and don't push yourself when you're not feeling like it. 🙂 XOXO

  • What a progress! Well done, you! Hope that you’re having/had a wonderful time in Krakow. I’ve been there 3 times I think and it’s such a beautiful city 🙂 x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Such an amazing transformation ! Well done!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  • 6 months must of been a long time of waiting to finally have a living room! I know I would be anxious to decorate a nice new place. It looks so stunning!

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  • Ohhhmmyy i love the transformation, i wish i can remodel my room too.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  • Margot R

    Such an amazing transformation !
    It seems like so much works !

  • Your house looks so fabulous! Amazing what you’ve created and totally in love with it.

    xx Simone
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