With our recent hallway makeover painting and decorating completed, I’ve been turning my attention to all the extras that need to be decided on – lighting, rug, hall accessories, that type of thing, so I thought well, why not pull together a little wish list of products I have my eye on? Like most of us, budget is key, so in many ways this is a longterm wish list, however I’ve no doubt it’ll be nothing short of great fun scouring online stores, the humble high street and, of course, secondhand treasure troves for the ideal accessories to complete the look of what is an often overlooked, but centrally very important, room of the home.
I’ve been shopping from inside my home a little bit too; a habit I believe we should all get into, because after all, why shouldn’t an ornament, lamp or favourite chair not be moved around once in a while? It instantly refreshes a room or corner, allows you to be creative in finding new uses for a piece of furniture and (most importantly) it costs zilch.
Actually, I want to write a blog post solely dedicated to the art of shopping from within your own home, as it’s become trendy to stick to a capsule wardrobe and wear your old clothing in new ways, so why not transfer this line of thought to our home interiors, too? Keep an eye out for that one…
Anyway, back to the job in hand!
If you’ve been anywhere near a homewares shop or interiors magazine recently, you’ll have surely noticed the HUGE trend for all things tribal that’s been making its way from the catwalks and into our homes.
Fabrics are awash with African prints in earthy tones of rust, ochre and bronze, ceramics are emblazoned with painted tribal patterns ranging from Aztec to Ikat and texture is everywhere, with bamboo, rattan, roughened wood and hessian tying the whole look together. In fact, you could say this theme is more akin to a nomadic, world traveller trend, with inspiration taken from anywhere between the South American desert (think Aztec prints on woven throws) to the streets and souks of deepest Morocco (think intricately decorated brass lanterns and bejewelled frames and glassware).
So, with many stores on the High Street and the major supermarkets channelling this look through their Spring/Summer ’17 homeware collections, it’s easy to become carried away with it all and buy tribal/nomadic/ethnical everything, but like other super trends that have come and gone before, the trick is to choose wisely … only buy what you love, select pieces that will fit with your particular decor style and aim to buy items that can be easily swapped out when you become tired of the look. Oh, we’re so fickle, aren’t we?!
When we moved house almost a year ago, the first part of the house we decided to redecorate was the open plan kitchen/living room. Firstly, we had the existing oak units painted a light cream (Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin to be precise), then we laid a new wood laminate floor throughout the entire room and finally retiled the kitchen wall area between the cupboards and worktop. It has made such a difference compared to what it was like before! (Take a look back in case you missed it; I did a first reveal of the work last year here).
Over the past couple of months, we have been busy finishing off the room with softer touches such as window coverings and rugs. There are still some additions I’d like to make to add further warmth to the room, such as the introduction of more colour across cushions and textiles, however it’s definitely getting there.
At last I can finally show you the latest reveal pics! (more…)
Firstly, a Happy New Year to you! It’s so good to be back here ready to share a fresh new 12 months of home interiors discoveries, challenges and projects with you.
So here we are in January – that long, rather bleak month which seems to stretch out to infinity with its cold, biting air and dark mornings. It’s also the time when we have finally taken down our wonderful Christmas trees and cleared everything cheerfully festive and sparkly back up into the attic for another year. The upside to this is that for many of us, ridding the house of tinsel and other excess dust-attracting décor gives us a welcoming, clean, refreshing feeling, however the lack of twinkle and greenery can also make our homes feel that little bit bare and less inviting than before. It’s for this very reason that I’ve decided to dedicate this first blog post of 2017 to giving you a few ideas on how you can fill that void left by the Christmas decorations in your home and embrace the season of winter throughout your interior décor.
Hello, I’m back!!
Where has November gone?! You may have noticed I have fallen behind with regularly updating the blog lately, however I haven’t been too far away, working on some writing and product styling jobs as well as working on the house, of course! (Does it ever end?! .. No, thought as much!)
If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I have been finishing off the kitchen/living area that we have been redecorating as a main priority since moving house back in the Spring, with new curtains now finally in place at our patio doors! I am just awaiting some dark blue roller blinds to be delivered for the other kitchen windows, which (fingers crossed!) should be here before Christmas… then I will do a second blog reveal for all you lovely people of how things are looking.
The other thing I have been considering recently has been wall art … not just in the kitchen, but around the living space downstairs, too. We really could do with injecting a little more interest and, dare I say it, personality, in the form of wall art and even some framed photos that we all seem to plan to do but never actually make a priority. That was why I was delighted to be given the opportunity by the lovely folk over at Posterlounge to review a selection of their art posters in my own home environment.
When I packed my bags and went off to uni all those years ago, I arrived into an empty shell of a student dorm room where the most personalising I did to the space was to make my bed up with my duvet cover from home and throw a few books and framed photos onto the shelves – and it pretty much stayed that way for the entire four years!
Roll on (ahem!) twenty years and I’m pleased to see that things have definitely moved on. Students renting rooms have a plethora of choice when it comes to shopping to customize that little square of space to call their own, from the mainstream movers such as Ikea with their low priced lighting and furnishing designs to the more individual and quirky styles found at the likes of Urban Outfitters and H&M. When it comes to dorm room decor, there really is no excuse to have to splurge out more cash than you have to – lighting, storage and bedding in particular can be picked up at very reasonable prices and in pretty cool designs; you just have to be a little creative in your shopping sometimes!
So, whether you’re a fresher student heading off to your first term at college, a newbie graduate renting for the first time or even a parent who’s looking for cool pieces for their teenager’s bedroom, I’ve been taking a look at how you can get the look for less…
This year, when I returned home from holidays in July, I felt totally energised and ready to get really stuck into some decor projects around the house, including our ongoing kitchen update project. This, I’m sure, was partly due to having a fantastically chilled out holiday in a beautiful part of France, but also because I was really inspired by the wonderful flea markets, antiques shops and interiors over there. There was just so much to whet my appetite. Please take me back!!
Alas, not possible, but back home I am and ready to spend some more time here on the blog. So what’s been going on at home? Well, with our kitchen/living space undergoing its gradual makeover these past few months (see some more of this here), I have lots of progress to share with you!
We live in a decor age whereby wooden furniture has been loved and almost loathed in equal measures, some preferring it in its natural, raw state, whilst others will chalk paint or gloss everything in their path. I suppose when it comes to 1980s orange pine I don’t really blame them, however I do think there are some beautiful woods out there that should be left as they are to shine out as a statement piece in their own right. A perfect example is the walnut and glass china cabinet I have at home that originally belonged to my Great-Grandmother which I simply adore for the way it is. Ms Annie Sloan ain’t getting her hands on that baby!!
Essentially, the choice as to whether you paint a piece of furniture or not mostly boils down to your personal style preference; if you love the French country look then an oversized armoire painted in a dusky hue of Paris Grey will undoubtedly look the part in your home, just as a set of mismatched dining chairs painted in pretty pastel shades or an old china cabinet in a slick of bright green paint will guarantee a vintage style lover that quirky, eclectic look she’s after. Personally, I love wood for the warmth and character that it imbues, but painted pieces can add individuality and a sense of fun, too. And as I’ve shown before now, sometimes there’s a fine line between a trip to the dump and a gorgeously upcycled piece of furniture you can feel a little bit proud of!
For the purpose of this post, it’s all about renewing our love for wood, be it teak, walnut, mahogany or, dare I say it, pine… check out these awesome interiors for ways to work that wood baby…
I am totally loving anything blush pink at the moment (did you check out my post on THE pink sofa?! Trust me, do, I defy you not to be converted to dusky pink…), not only because it’s such a contemporary, fresh, colour, but also because I think you can introduce it successfully into so many decor styles, from modern country to industrial to Nordic cool. So, be it blush, rose, dusky or powder, there’s a pink out there for everyone…
I’m currently planning how to redecorate our kitchen/living area (you can read more about it here) and as we’re working around an existing mid-grey sofa and footstool (ours is this one from Next), I can really imagine pale pinks and a bit of monochrome working well with the charcoal grey sofa.
Here are some charcoal/blush looks I have been crushing on lately…
It seems like only last week that I was talking about Christmas home decor and gift ideas, yet here we are on the cusp of the Spring Equinox and with Easter only a week away. Spring has sprung upon us rather quickly this year and I for one feel like I haven’t really invested the time to properly stand back and appreciate the delicate Spring flowers tentatively starting to appear in the garden or relish the oh-so-subtle heat of the new Spring sunshine in between scurrying clouds.
But enough poetic thoughts. The Easter Bunny is arriving early this year and it’s time to freshen up the home with some Spring touches. Decorating your home at this time of year needn’t be as opulent and obvious as at Christmas time; in fact, Easter decorations are at their most effective if kept delicate and simple.
Not sure how to go about it? Here are five stylish decor ideas you can start on this weekend and enjoy in the run up to the festivities…