Some of the posts I enjoying reading the most are interior styling posts.
I love looking at houses for sale. I want to know how other people have styled their homes. Much like I use Pinterest, I love to have a nosey at other peoples homes to give me ideas and inspiration or to confirm, once and for all, what really won’t work for me.
In saying that, opening up my home to the world is both exciting and terrifying. We don’t have many visitors, we live so central to the city that we tend to meet people elsewhere. Our home really is our sanctuary. Somewhere private and personal to us.
And although I love reading interior posts and looking at other peoples interiors, there is something daunting about allowing people to have an opinion on something that is so special to you.
So let’s start small.
When I bought my flat it was magnolia. Magnolia everywhere. The living room had that textured puffy wallpaper, with magnolia painted on top. We had cream carpets. New, nice, but not nice enough to last any kind of spillage.
It’s an old tenement building. I love the high ceilings, coving and tall bay windows. I wanted it to be bright (and white) and to take it back as much as I could.
We spent what felt like weeks stripping layer upon layer of wallpaper. Weirdly, they had fully glossed the walls underneath all of the layers and marked out all the wallpaper strips in MARKER. BLACK MARKER. Can you believe that?
You will never fail to be surprised by people when redecorating an old property! At the same time as stripping the walls, I ripped up the carpet. Not knowing what would be underneath.. I can now say, in hindsight, was a big risk on my part. But we had natural floorboards and they were in good condition. RELIEF.
Although.. they were varnished with animal fat and took HOURS to strip. Literally, hours. In hand with the nosiest industrial machine we could find. I can assure you that we were probably not the most popular neighbours that day.
Perhaps I will go into all of this more at another time. I digress.
We have two sets of windows in our living room, with a small wall section in between. It has always been quite difficult to style. The wall is the first thing you see when entering the room so we wanted to make a statement but not something so prominent or bulky that it overwhelms the rest of the room.
We chose this set of drawers as our main feature piece. We found them on Gumtree which every now and then throws up something incredible! I love a good mid century furniture item as you will see, but they are also practical! I’m not going to lie to you, these are filled with Peters games and DVDs because they were not aesthetically pleasing to me sitting in piles by the TV.
On top of the drawers I have one of my favourite home items. This large Habitat round gold mirror. I absolutely, totally, unequivocally adore it. It really opens up the room and makes an understated statement (my favourite kind).
The surface of the drawers change frequently. At the moment it’s a mismatch of items. Some of the books look pretty. Some of them have meaning or memories attached to them. A polaroid, a plant, a print, a boob candle and a trinket box.
So there it is. I said lets start small but I think I rambled a lot, i’ll get there.. one day!