Interior styling for my new house

So… we’re buying a house!

A few weeks ago I wouldn’t have imagined it. We’ve been renting for a few years and buying wasn’t supposed to figure for at least another year or so, so busy were we saving for a deposit.

But then, out of the blue, our landlords wanted us out so they could sell. Don’t you hate that?

Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of things I dislike about renting and like about owning a home. We’ve just been focused on saving enough to buy a house we loved, and we weren’t ready yet.

But, you know, sometimes life happens when you’re busy making other plans.

Turns out, buying somewhere cheaper and sooner than we had planned to is the right thing for us at the moment and now there are so many things I’m looking forward to about the move.

As I’ve said before, I’m something of a property devotee, always rubbernecking as I drive and peering into pavement-level windows. So I’m dying to be able to decorate just as we I want.

I can’t wait to scour eBay, vintage and charity shops and flea markets for unique finds I can use and upcycle. In fact, I’ve already started.

I’ll be able to put into practice all those ideas I’ve been pinning for months.

These particular features top my list of ‘must-dos’.

Good doses of colour

It’s easy to add pops of colour – not too much mind – with accessories but
chairs work well too. I predict spray paint will become my new best friend. Calming sky blue, sunny yellow and fuschia pink are my current favourite shades.

turquoise wicker chairs

yellow bathroom

colourful living room

colourful cushion and bench

colourful cafe dining room chairs

colourful kitchen

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In interior design and in fashion we’re seeing lots of geometric print and this works really well in livening up floors and walls.

grey patterned floor

colourful patterned trays

bathroom printed walls

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Mix vintage and modern

I’m not a vintage purist but I do love a good charity shop and flea market find. But as in this DIY, I like to add a modern twist to old pieces. It isn’t always easy to seamlessly combine old and new, but when it’s done well, it works.

vintage kitchen with metal chairs

vintage drawers in bathroom

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An eye-catching entrance

This might be difficult as our hallway is, as estate agents might say, ‘bijoux’ or ‘easy to maintain.’ And we seem to have a lot of coats. However I’d still like it to make a statement if it can and this is one of the places I’d like to see patterned walls. I’ll also be asking my clever dad to make some compact but cavernous storage.

chevron wall entrance hall


Gallery walls

The worst thing about being a renter is you’re not supposed to make holes in the walls, but I love to have things hung up. I don’t plan to do this all over the place but will be picking one wall – probably in the dining room – that can be filled with photos, artwork and inspiration.

gallery wall in hallway

gallery wall

bathroom gallery wall with vintage mirrors

hallway gallery wall

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It has been a long time since I’ve had a bedroom that it is as a bedroom should be. By that I mean a sanctuary, a calming influence, one that is bathed in light and has plenty of room for my ever-increasing wardrobe. OK, the last might be a bridge too far – after all the room is only about 12ft square, not 20 ft, but I plan on being clever with cupboards so as many things have their place as possible. There is little doubt my favourite interior design colour – grey – will figure in the bedroom.

perfumes on a silver tray

green chest of drawers with tassels



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Fire pit

I’ll be asking hubs to build a fire pit in the garden. For many of the same reasons I love camping, I love eating outside. It’s incredibly relaxing and makes you take quality time just being together and talking.

fire pit
A spot of fun
the neighbours have better stuff doormat



Sheepskin on seating. It just has to be done. How much would it help you to get out of bed if you could sit on a seat like this as you sleepily apply your make-up?

sheepskin chair

sheepskin chair

sheepskin rug

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We will basically have to redecorate every room, but we kind of love working together and getting our hands dirty. We’ve completely gutted and renovated two houses before but we expect this one to be an easier journey. (I hope we’re right!)

It may impact on my blogging time but I hope not too much. And I’m looking forward to sharing my makeovers with you.

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