If you came to visit our home, you’d be forgiven for thinking the style is quite minimalist. Our living room is a classic example – no shelves, side tables or many trinkets. I just can’t be bothered when there’s still so much to do in terms of ‘structural’ work like a new ceiling which will finally happen this year, and then new flooring and skirting.
Back in 2015 we fitted a log burner to replace the ugly gas fireplace which we inherited from the previous owners and I spent a year looking at it, using it and loving it but somehow feeling that something was missing. It looked sleek and stylish, exactly what I was looking for. We’d purposefully chosen a Scandinavian-manufactured stove to get a larger glass pane and because we didn’t want anything fussy or over-branded but it now crossed my mind that perhaps it looked too bare.
What we inherited from the previous owners. Turn the tap on the right and lob a match in, fingers crossed for the best!
Last Christmas really reinforced the feeling we needed to create a mantel above the fireplace, somewhere we could decorate for the festive season especially with so much Pinterest and Instagram inspiration flying around. So I began researching but it always felt fruitless – either not the right look or too expensive or some of our other home projects for 2016 getting in the way.
Christmas 2015, pre-beam and organisation
Intervention came just as it always does, right on the verge of giving up hope. A company called Traditional Beams had started following me on Instagram and making a beeline for their website, we realised they had exactly what we were looking for – a range of beams which could be customised in a variety of sizes and finishes at such reasonable prices.
We’ve got a good track record so far of finding some great companies via Instagram, at the end of October Woodson & Son built our logstore on the patio, another company I’d come across via the social media platform and been so impressed with their craftmanship and attention to detail. I love supporting smaller independent businesses wherever possible, so far so good.
In the end we opted for a rustic finish beam to match our hallway mirror and console table, measuring 3.5ft long, 6 inches high and 3 inches deep. Pete was sceptical as to how easy it would be to fit but with helpful instructions and internal brackets fitted to the rear of the beam, it was a case of drilling holes into the wall and slotting the beam on which couldn’t have been more simple. And the cost of the beam? £75 including delivery.
Now it looks as though our beam has always been there and it’s amazing what a difference this little finishing touch has made – it’s added even more of a focal point to the living room whilst still somehow being clean and minimal in style. Now all that’s left is to work out how to decorate it once Christmas is over but needless to say we’re absolutely delighted. On to the next project…
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