We’re all stuck in a bit of a decorating conundrum at the moment; we have heaps of extra time on our hands to spend around the house, but most shops are temporarily closed and delivery times for online purchases are up the left… so it begs the question, what can we do to update our homes using what we already have in our possession? Thankfully, there are LOADS of things you can do to refresh the four walls we all feel pretty much confined to at the moment. All you need to get started is a little spare time (yep!) and a quick read of this blog post to help you along in the creativity department… :)…
My youngest daughter, Annabel, turns 9 later this year and had outgrown the childish baby pink decor in her small bedroom. It was time for a mini bedroom project and she wanted to make sure she was involved!! She completely ran the project in many ways – instructing me clearly on the aspects of the room she didn’t like and the colour she wanted on the walls… but more on that later!
The first thing we did was get rid of the existing loft bed. It was an IKEA one similar to this one and although it incorporated plenty of storage and sleeping space within a singular piece of furniture, it took up almost half her bedroom floor space, making the room feel cramped and busy. It’s not a big bedroom by any means, but not a ‘box room’ either, so we felt there must be a better way of maximising on the space available.…
I’d been planning to refresh our kitchen walls and cabinets at some stage this year, mainly because after four years they had become rather grubby and – what can I say – I fancied a wee change! So, the paint charts were stuck onto the wall, sample pots dusted off and Pinterest thoroughly salivated over… then, as we are all too aware, 2020 took a very strange turn, with talk of complete lockdown impending by the middle of March.
Suddenly I realised I needed projects lined up to keep me same throughout my time at home! Home schooling certainly wouldn’t fill my days with happiness, but painting definitely could! Luckily, I had chosen the overall look I was trying to achieve in the kitchen. I wanted a darker colour on the units and a lighter colour on the walls to freshen and brighten the room up a little, particularly as the back of our house has a northerly aspect.
Have a read to find out how I got on :)…
It’s been a while since I last featured a home tour on here, but this one is definitely worth the wait! I’ve followed this home owner for about a year now on Instagram, having instantly been drawn to her considered, yet rustic style home set in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. A bright and light interior punctuated with rich earthy tones and carefully curated vintage finds throughout, it’s no surprise that its owner, Siobhan, has amassed a huge Instagram following in a short period of time on her account @home_stead.
I had the pleasure of meeting Siobhan in person whilst on a family trip to Edinburgh last autumn and honestly, I think we could have chatted all day about everything interiors related! Having hailed from the north-west of Ireland, she and her husband Rory relocated to the Scottish capital just over eight years ago and bought their first home together two years ago.. it’s now a beautiful family home for them and their two little daughters, Úna and Nora. It’s truly amazing how far they’ve come in restoring this Victorian mid terrace to its former glory!…
I recently took it upon myself to revamp my eldest daughter’s bedroom. We gave her room an express makeover when we first moved house over three years ago, but I recently decided to remove some old wallpaper, meaning it all needed skimmed and repainted again.
This time around, however, my 12 year old wanted a say in her bedroom’s design and I suppose, why not? She’s the one who has to spend most of her time there, so it needs to be a space she can relax and feel comfortable in.
Updating older children’s and teenagers’ bedrooms is a tricky task, as you want the room to ‘grow’ with the child so that you’re not faced with the ongoing expense of redecorating it every couple of years. We all know teen girls can be incredibly fickle in their tastes, so getting it right from the outset is no mean feat! So… if you’re planning a teenage girl’s room, I thought I would share some styling tips with you to help you along the way to bedroom perfection!…
Although we’ve been in our current home just over three years, there always seems to be a project to finish off. I wonder whether it will always be like that? (My husband says yes, if married to me…)
Our master bedroom is one such project; having ripped up the old green carpet and rid the room of the 1980s glazed slide robe, the room pretty much stayed stripped back and waiting for its makeover for almost a year. There just always seemed to be another, more pressing, job to save up for. Sound familiar?
This is how the room looked back at the beginning of 2017 before we had our new furniture chosen, walls painted or carpet fitted…
Shortly after the new carpet went down, we ordered a bed frame from MADE. I always loved the design of the wooden Ercol beds, so was delighted to find the Penn bed, which is really similar in style, but comfortably within our budget! We topped it with an IKEA HÖVAG mattress that was previously gifted to me for the purpose of a blog post I wrote some time ago in collaboration with IKEA (which you can read here). We also bought a desk for the corner of the room for me to use as a dressing table; I’ve detailed more about it further below.
It took me a while to choose a paint colour for the room, however after much deliberation, I settled for Farrow & Ball’s Peignoir, a beautifully soothing soft pink with just a hint of grey. Perfect for a calming bedroom scheme. The room pretty much stayed like this for a year, however I just felt it was missing something. It was only when I moved a Canadian art print (that my uncle and aunt in Ontario had given us for our wedding), onto the space above the bed, that I felt inspired to create a colour scheme around it that would add a bit of depth and interest to the room.
I put together a basic mood board to pull my thoughts together and keep me focused:
Taking into account the colours in the painting, I chose another Farrow & Ball colour, Inchyra Blue, for the wall behind the bed, which marries really nicely with the Peignoir. Inchyra Blue is more of a deep teal shade than a dark blue, so it’s really warmed the room up and made it feel like a cosy haven to retire to at the end of the day. I also love how the pale oak bed frame looks against it. This change spurred me on to finish off other aspects of the room, to the point where I can finally show you how it’s progressed from the bland beige ‘boudoir’ it once was.
So, here’s how the room is looking now!
Isn’t the Inchyra Blue just THE most gorgeous colour? It’s so cosy, yet if I’m sitting reading in bed, the room still feels light around me, rather than dark and heavy. I found the bedside rug in IKEA – chosen because it breaks up the grey carpet (a slight regret of mine to go grey with the carpets… on hindsight I think an oatmeal/neutral floor covering is more versatile), and it also ties in the dark teal colour of the wall.
I bought the little desk from La Redoute (the Jimi desk), which I use as a dressing table after years of drying my hair on the floor in front of a mirror! Feels very extravagant now :)
The round mirror is from The Range (similar one here) and the wall-mounted beside lamps are good old IKEA RANARP ones which are great, because you can angle them away if reading in bed whilst your partner is sleeping.
I picked up the bamboo lampshade in B&Q recently, having had a bog standard white drum shade hanging here for a while. I love the dappled light it casts come evening time. B&Q is becoming a great place for finding home accessories that don’t cost the earth and you can fire them in the big trolley with your paint and sandpaper and the husband never notices! Win win!
We more often have plain white bedding on the bed, but I do still love this boho style patterned set I bought from H&M a while back. It’s nice for a change, although I don’t think they stock it any longer. The cushion covers are from H&M too and generally move around my house a lot! The bed blanket adds to the cosy factor and is a beautiful wool one I was gifted some time ago for work I did with local homeware company, Murmur.
I also have plan to make a pair of curtains for in here and am considering using IKEA fabric for budget purposes – this one is a great colour match to the room, so I must get on with it before it goes out of stock. (It’s not a great picture of it online, but if you look at the canvas bag hanging on my peg rail further down, it’s made from the same fabric!)
This is a gorgeous little peg rail I picked up in H&M a while back, although they are quite often sold out… can you tell I absolutely LOVE H&M Home products?! So well designed at such a good price point. The little glass globe plant hanger is from Söstrene Grene… wish I had bought a few of these!
We had IKEA PAX wardrobes fitted at this side of the room where the old slide robes used to be. They are an absolute must-have if you want good storage solutions on a tight budget! We have loved them and I find the central mirrored door handy for when I’m getting ready to go out (when my kids allow me 5 mins to check myself out!!)
Just had to include a pic of this little old lady enjoying the sun!
This is the view out onto the landing. I feel it’s important to consider a colour scheme for your room that flows well with the adjacent spaces in your home. It helps make your home feel calm and connected.
So, that’s how my bedroom is looking! Just the curtains to sort out, then I can tick it off the list… I’m looking forward to showing you my daughter and son’s bedrooms soon, too. Again, they just needed tweaked to finish them off, but it’s great to finally feel as though the home has our stamp on it outside of the main living areas downstairs.
Have you any home projects on the go that you’ve put off for a while?
I’ve been really excited about this latest blog venture. Having wanted to do a home tour series for a while now, I’m finally kicking it off and I have some gorgeous properties lined up to share with you over the coming months. I always feel really inspired hearing other home owners’ decor stories and seeing what they’ve achieved and I hope that you will, too!
First up, we have a visit to a lovely family home set within the picturesque County Down countryside. It’s the home of Laura Jayne, who lives here with her husband and two sons, aged 12 & 13.
Laura Jayne and her husband built their modern home just three years ago and designed every aspect of it themselves. As well as being a typically busy family home, Laura Jayne also runs her home, floral and eco living workshops from the house (you can find out more about these at www.thehomleyhaven.com).…
Latte, cream, buff, sand, khaki, ecru, stone, fawn… no matter how you label it, it’s all beige, isn’t it? Well, guess what, it seems this once boring neutral is making a comeback into our homes, perhaps finally stalling our long time love affair with all things grey… but are we ready to embrace it and can we make beige exciting again?
I’ve been noticing beige returning to interiors a lot lately, particularly in modern rustic schemes, where it’s been used as a contrasting, warming, backdrop against modern black kitchen units or introduced alongside natural wood finishes and raw linen textures for a soothing, tonal scheme. It doesn’t portray the coolness that we so often associate with grey and in my opinion, it’s probably a much easier shade to get right. Grey can be really tricky to perfect in different lights, particularly as it picks up blue, green or purple tones, however beige can work in almost any light – you just have to choose your surrounding decor scheme carefully to keep the look fresh and modern, rather than bland and boring.…
I recently embarked on a little DIY project that I couldn’t resist sharing with you, as it literally took me five minutes to do!
I’d been meaning to make or buy new tiebacks for the linen curtains in our front drawing room and was seeing lots of lovely, Scandi style, DIY home accessories all over Pinterest, such as pot trivets and decorative garlands, beautifully handcrafted from natural wood beads. Their rustic finish lends such warmth to a room.
Anyway, one of the accessories I spotted was a set of wooden bead curtain tiebacks in an Etsy shop, but I couldn’t justify paying for something that I felt should be really straightforward to make! So, one trip to my local Søstrene Grene store later, and I was ready to make my own.
When we bought our house, the utility room was one of the reasons I fell for it. Ok, ok, I realise that might not be everyone’s first attraction to their new home (especially those of you who are sub-40 and have a social life!!), BUT… this room, with its original 1930s fitted scullery units and old fashioned Sheila’s maid, really felt like the heart of the home. I could just imagine life going on in there all those years ago when the house was shiny and new and I was giddy at the thought of getting my hands (and a tin of Farrow & Ball’s finest) on it.
So that was over two years ago and the first room I wanted to redecorate has now become the final room to redecorate… why does it always work like that? We knew that the avocado loo installed in the WC just off the utility room would need to be replaced eventually, however felt that it was better to just tackle both areas at once. And since the old toilet has finally given up in its campaign to be the last proudly-avocado loo in town, I’ve been busy stripping old wallpaper and removing old tiles like there’s no tomorrow.