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I'm currently house-hunting and have already seen about 15 houses, none of which have made me feel at home - yet!
It's always the same, you know as soon as you walk through the front door that you've found the one.
But I'm happy to keep looking and of course, I'm happily thinking about all the decorating I'll be doing and new furniture I'm hoping to find. It will all come from a flea market or auction of course!
I don't think I will be able to find the stunning character cottage that I'm looking for just yet - budget won't stretch to that for now but I'm hoping to find a house that still has a soul and that will look ok full of rustic pieces and all the second hand and vintage stuff that I'm amassing.
And I'm hoping for a kitchen that will allow me to go the whole hog in terms of cottage/rustic style. I currently rent so my interior design aspirations have been somewhat curtailed for the past few years but watch out new house wherever you are, you will be getting the full treatment!
Over the past few years I've completely fallen in love with rustic and vintage style and the kitchen will likely be the first area to be changed. Naturally I've been filling my Pinterest account with kitchen ideas first and finding other images of things I love, like this dresser.
Not just the colour (which is stunning isn't it?!) but the idea of the open shelving to display china and vintage pieces and the traditional cottage look too. I know I'd be happy with something like this in my home.
I love open shelving, the idea of being able to see easily where everything is and not having to delve into cupboards all the time.
My current kitchen is a bit cramped in terms of storage so I'm looking forward to having something like this:
Plus all that lovely vintage ironstone too of course....
I've got my eye on a large cupboard I've spotted (I'm not telling where!) but it would give me the option to do something like this:
Which is just stunning, plus it's practical, plus it would make me super organised. For once.
I'm feeling drawn to a romantic looking kitchen if I can get it but as I said, that may have to wait for a while but something like this would make me very happy!
Not sure I can afford the French Chateau just yet but I can dream.
A more achievable aim would be a cosy corner for dining, something along the lines of this pretty kitchen diner:
Good lighting, comfy seating, a great practical eating area, what do you think?
Next up, the living room!
Tell me what you think of these ideas and how you've achieved the vintage look in your own kitchen.
Until next time x
When you are looking to buy vintage pieces, you can't beat a good auction or car boot sale for a good place to find unusual and unique vintage treasures, especially if you go regularly and find good sellers that are there very week. But what about online?
Ebay and Etsy are undoubtably two of the best places to find some awesome treasures, and you can find some amazing pieces at very good prices - although prices have been creeping up over the past few years as vintage grows ever more popular.
But what about when you are just looking for interiors inspiration or a gift idea for a friend who loves a bit of kitsch. Well, Pinterest wins hand down for pretty much everything in my opinion but I've also found some great resources online for up cycling and vintage inspiration lately:
Its an American site but its a treasure trove of ideas, How-To's, ideas, videos, TV episodes....etc etc etc! Brilliant resource for ideas on upcycling, gardening, decorating and so on plus they show you how. For example turning a plant pot into a lamp or make throw cushions, its all here.
I discovered Pippa's site recently and love not only the site itself but how much information and industry tips she shares - well worth a look and an interesting read. I loved her recent styling for Country Homes & Interiors magazine.
How could I not mention Period Living!? Lots of advice, projects, ideas and design, plus buyers guides and lots of lovely images to help inspire you.
Again, great resource for design and styling, it may be an American site but I do like its approach to all the good things in life, lets face it recipes and homes, brilliant!
I've had the Houzz app on my phone for about 18 months and find its an absolute treasure trove of all things interiors. More angled towards modern rather than vintage but still plenty of period properties and articles here plus its pretty much property porn if nothing else! Great for renovations and finding a local professional too.
Another recent discovery, this site gives you all the info on National Trust properties and all their treasures. The National Trust Treasure Hunt is a fantastic read, all about the wonderful objects, how they are preserved and all the preservation work that goes on, a really good behind-the-scenes and history lesson.
Prepare to loose hours on this fantastic website, a really inspiring place to be, plus fab images, stat.
Still a great place to find bargains, whatever style furniture or homewares you are after and its great that you will be buying from someone local too.
Yes, you can shop at Oxfam online! They have a great Vintage section and although prices are no longer super cheap, you can still find a bargain plus some unusual items too, good fun to browse and if you buy, you are of course supporting a great cause.
This fab vintage gifts emporium makes me slightly jealous and is a good place to find vintage gifts at great prices...!
The internet is so huge that I have no doubt missed some favourites for some people, let me know in the comments of any great sites I should know about - in the meantime, happy reading!
Until next time x
I recently did a presentation to ladies of a lovely networking group that I belong to about interiors trends for 2017 and how they can be used within our respective businesses, how we can tap into them for marketing purposes and so on. And I thought that I could bring some of that information to you, albeit, this time, how you can take those trends and apply them to your interior decorating.
For lovers of vintage and handmade, we can still tap into trends each year without sacrificing our love of second hand and traditional, just by taking some popular colours and finding those unique vintage finds in those colours for example.
So what can we expect this year? Well the colour of the moment is pink - Spring is a time for freshness and brightness and this season pink has taken centre stage. You can use this in soft furnishings without having the commitment to a colour that may well not be your choice in a couple of months time. The following image from Mad About The House shows how you could bring a subtle shade of pink into your home without it looking too girly or sugary.
You may be aware of the colour guru Pantone and the fact that they set a colour for each year and for 2017 their choice is 'Greenery'; a bright, fresh green that can just as easily be brought into your interior schemes by adding plants as much as by adding a paint colour. Botanicals are also huge this year and I've just taken that to mean that we all just love plants and want more of them in our homes!
For summer, colours such as yellow, aqua and teal will take centre stage - great for clothes, we all love a bit of bright dressing when the sun is out or we are on our summer holiday.
This image from Dear Designer blog may not be to everyones taste but does show how you can bring these colours together for a cohesive look in your home.
Once we get into autumn and winter this will change to the usual sort of hues of plum and orange, deep greens and blues and other natural colours. Perfect for making your home feel cosy and warm. This image from Sainsbury's Home gives a good idea of how you could use these hues for impact. Just add a roaring log fire and candles - very hygge!
Overall, for 2017, gold, green and blue will be everywhere in interiors.
In terms of themes for this year, there are a few worth mentioning. First the 'Boutique Hotel' look, essentially lots of lovely velvet, shiny surfaces, mirrors and gold, such as this image by homedecorideas.eu.
Next, 'Nomadic' which is east meets west and pretty much anything goes, a great eclectic look that means you can mix old and new with ease. If you don't want to change too much, just add a few throws and cushions and you're done! Theculturetrip.com shows this well I think with the wall hangings and soft furnishings especially.
'Unfinished Industrial' is a more modern look this year which favours concrete as a material for furniture. Perhaps just concrete plant pots either side of the front door would fit the bill nicely without sacrificing comfort!?
And lastly, 'Rustic Charm' which is lots of wood and botanicals. Great for me, I've got plenty of wood and lots of plants! Sorted. I liked this image by the urbanite.com showing a fabulous piece of furniture, great for storage but simple and rustic too.
For plenty of inspiration, I've put together an Interiors Trends 2017 board in Pinterest (here) to give you plenty of ideas of how to bring these ideas to life. I could search Pinterest for hours looking for ideas on interiors (and I do!) as its great for inspiring you to think slightly differently about how you can take up to date colours and ideas and use them within your own home scheme without having to do a complete makeover. I hope you find some inspiration here!
Until next time x
Its a pretty new phenomenon here in the UK to decorate our houses for celebrations such as Halloween and Easter, but its becoming more and more popular each year and I love that it's become a 'thing' over here.
I try to do something to mark those occasions and this Easter I've used my white display tree (you can buy them at Hobbycraft here) and my own decorations to bring a bit of spring colour to my kitchen.
As you would expect I've used my own handmade hearts (available in my Etsy gift shop here) and a few padded hanging hearts made from scraps of material along with some lovely hanging eggs I bought a few years ago. I hope you like it - simple but a nod to the celebration this weekend and to sunny spring days. A few more ways to bring Easter to your table:
You'll find lots of inspiration for Easter decorating on my Pinterest boards here. It doesn't have to be costly or time consuming and could be just as simple as having lots of flowers in the house or a simple floral arrangement on the table for Easter sunday lunch, using different vintage homewares, such as bottles and jugs as shown below.
They still add plenty of warmth and atmosphere in the evenings whilst it is still chilly. Plus if you buy them this weekend, there's 10% off all candles!
Wishing you a light, bright, fresh and happy Easter.
Until next time x