The living room is nearly done. The kitchen is all set up. My office space is a work-in-progress. It’s not quite there yet, but now that I’ve settled into my lovely new home, I thought I’d start sharing a few little corners of it as I go along.
Like all of my favourite things in life: music, food, fashion, beauty - I pick up most of my inspiration from blogs. Now, I can add “home” to that list, as I’ve been non-stop blog trawling, Pinterest pinning and Ikea hacking to get my terraced abode turned into a finished product that I’m happy with.
The living room is where I knew I would want to spend lots of QT, especially now that winter is well and truly on its way (cue curling up in a foetal position under a blanket, watching a whole series on Netflix, surrounded by candles and sipping a cup of tea). I wanted a room that was cosy but spacious, with lots of soft furnishings, but that struck a balance between being feminine but not too girly. There is still so much I want to add - wall hangings, a coffee table, a proper TV unit (at the moment, everything’s on a table!), a ladder shelving unit, a floor lamp…and the list continues.
For now, I’m quite happy with the bare bones of my living space, and most of it is all thanks to Ikea. Ah, Ikea - that wondrous, yet bizarre, Swedish homeware mecca. For some, it’s where time drags on forever, but for others - myself included - it’s where dreams are made. Thanks to Ikea, I got a beaut of a sofa delivered on move-in day, i.e. next day delivery, even on a Sunday. No messing about. My sofa is a three-seater with a chaise longue, and I just adore it.
The throws and fur cushions are also Ikea. I would’ve never considered myself a fur-lover, but I think the winter weather has made me want to deck out my entire house in fur, pinecones and candles. The rug that you can see peeking out of the corner of these snaps is also Ikea - at just £30, no grumblin’ necessary.
My white lanterns are, surprise surprise, Ikea, and my pillar candles are from a boutique homeware store in Wilmslow (but you can pick them up from supermarkets like Tesco or Sainsbury’s really easily). I’m going to build upon the fireplace, as it is the focal point of the room, but I’m still on the hunt for inspiration there.
These things should take time.
The one piece of “interior decorating” advice that I will never forget was given to me before moving into this home. It was to “never rush the process”. The layers and objects will tell a story, and buying everything quickly and new in one weekend just won’t. So if, like me, you’ve just moved, don’t give into the temptation to buy everything new and now - turn it into your new, long-term project; an organic, fun and exciting process where you can let your personality dazzle through.
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